Adventure Vacations in Costa Rica: Get ready for fun!
Some people always go for an adrenalin rush. It is in their DNA, and their soul food. If you also feel like that, Costa Rica awaits you with its rich biodiversity, environmental conservation, and volcanoes. The country boasts unlimited adventure options for adventure-seeking travelers. Read on!
1. Volcano hiking in Arenal
Arenal happens to be the Costa Rican adventure Capital. The area offers zip lining, waterfall rappelling, horseback riding, and white water rafting with hiking in the Arenal volcano national park. Looking like a Mayan pyramid, The Arenal volcano is an iconic place to visit in Costa Rica. It offers plenty of activities and relaxation opportunities to enjoy the vacation. The area offers combo tours that keep one exploring places throughout the day.
2. Sky adventures in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Besides the wide variety of flora and fauna, Monteverde Cloud Forest boasts several sky adventures for visitors. It includes treks on zip lining, a sky-gondola ride, and walking on hanging bridges. They showcase the cloud forest with a nice adrenalin rush. Visitors can zip line through seven cables and enjoy the breathtaking views below. The areal gondola ride takes one above the canopy of the forest trees and offers the best views of the area. One can also walk on the hanging bridges for enjoying a nice skywalk.
3. Chase waterfalls
Trekking to the gorgeous waterfalls of Costa Rica is one of the best adventure sports that one can enjoy. It is more so, as none can forget the first experience of a waterfall bursting in the jungle. You can explore the La Fortuna waterfall. You need to hike for about 20 minutes to reach there. One can swim in the pond formed at the base of the waterfall or can jump in using the rope swing. Adventure lovers can also explore Bajos del Toro, Alajuela. Located in a valley between extinct volcanoes, it offers a gem of an experience with forests and trails. One can also visit Cataratas del Toro Waterfall.
Surfing is a great adventure sport, and Costa Rica beaches are best known for surfing. You can experience a wide range of breaks and swells and offer year-round surfing opportunities for beginners to experts. One can do surfing at Playa Grande,
Espadilla Beach, Playa Hermosa, Jaco beach, Dominical Beach, Cabo Matapalo & Playa Pavones, and Osa Peninsula offer great surfing. For the ultimate surfing experience, adventure lovers can visit Playa Naranjo, Witch’s Rock. Salsa Brava beach and Playa Cocles on the Caribbean side are also great surfing destinations.
5. Diving and Snorkeling
Diving and snorkeling also offer great adventure vacations in Costa Rica. The explorers can watch several marine animals like dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles, whale sharks, etc. Gandoca Manzanillo on the Caribbean coast offers easy diving and snorkeling. Boasting the largest living coral reefs, Cahuita National Park is a perfect snorkeling destination with its shallow water. Cocos Island also offers exclusive diving and snorkeling experience for adventure seekers.
6. Enjoy Rafting
Costa Rica is home to some world-class rapids offering thrills and extreme adventure. Adventure-seekers can travel downstream in rivers offering class I to Class IV rapids. Penas Blancas River offers easy and family-friendly rafting with opportunities of viewing wildlife. Visitors can enjoy exciting but manageable rafting in the Naranjo River. The Pacuare River also offers some exciting rafting. One can also watch the surrounding rainforest.
If you are for excitement and thrill, Canyoning offers a good adventure opportunity. One can do canyoning in the Arenal area. Manuel Antonio also has some of the most popular canyoning terrains. Monteverde boasts several waterfalls that have lengthy and challenging rappels. The place offers opportunities for hardcore adventurists. Rio Perdido, Guanacaste offers the best zip line.
Costa Rica offers some of the best hiking opportunities. These let one immerse in the scenic natural landscape, and watch wildlife. One can take the one-mile-long Catarata Del Toro Waterfall Hike that takes one to the waterfall. Adventure tourists can also hike the 8 miles long trails in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Tourists looking for more adventure can climb the 3820 meters high Home Cerro Chirripo by negotiating a trail that is more than 12 miles, one way. It offers unique coastal views.
9. Explore National Parks
Plenty of adventure opportunities are there in the National Parks of Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio National Park offers good trails, spectacular wildlife, and many adventure tour activities. If you prefer natural hikes through rainforests, the Tortuguero National Park is the place for the same. Corcovado National Park Also offers extensive hiking