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Adventure Activities in Costa Rica

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If you’re searching for your next adventure, look no further than Costa Rica! Read on to find out why this beautiful country is the ideal vacation spot if you’re in need of an adrenaline rush and what adventures you can have here.

Discovering Costa Rica

Costa Rica sits in Central America. It may only be a small country but it has plenty to offer tourists with its tropical beaches, stunning scenery, and fascinating culture. It’s also one of the world’s most biodiverse countries with over half a million species.

There are also plenty of exhilarating activities for adrenaline-seekers to enjoy in Costa Rica’s great outdoors, from rainforest hikes and surfing to white-water rapids and ziplines. Thanks to the country’s compact size, it’s possible to experience all Costa Rica has to offer, making it perfect for an adventure vacation this year.

From Jungle to Coast

Holding around 5% of the earth's biodiversity, Costa Rica’s natural treasures are protected with around 25% of the country being conservation areas. Here, you can enjoy Cost Rica’s stunning terrains, including volcanoes, Caribbean beaches, rain forests, and jungles, all in one country!

In the Tenorio Volcano National Park, you’ll find natural hot springs, a tropical wet forest, and the Rio Celeste waterfall. The park is also home to lots of wildlife, such as white-faced monkeys, pumas, tapirs, and anteaters along with several species of exotic birds.

Meanwhile, at the Cahuita National Park, you can discover the most preserved coral reef in the Caribbean and marvel at the stunning white-sand beaches and turquoise sea. This Caribbean forest environment is home to many different animal species like raccoons, coatis, sloths, iguanas, lizards, and snakes.

Or for a Costa Rican jungle experience, visit Tortuguero National Park. Access is only possible on small boats and the area is internationally renowned for having one of the largest green turtle nesting beaches in the world.

Why Costs Rica is the Perfect Place For an Adventure

So what kind of adventure activities can you take part in during your Costa Rican vacation?

Zip Lining

Also known as ‘canopy tours’, Costa Rican zip lines are world-famous for their super-long lines and incredible views. You can zip-line through rainforests and over beaches with zip lines suitable for all levels of experience and thrill-seekers!


Explore the Tortuguero National Park by kayak, where you can see toucans, monkeys and other wildlife up close without disturbing them as you glide across the water.


If you’re feeling super adventurous, why not go white water rafting through the rapids in the canyons of Costa Rica? The Pacuare River is a 108-kilometer river, famous for being one of the best rafting spots in the world.


In the Monteverde Cloud Forest, you can experience the thrill of a skywalk through the treetops across a series of suspension bridges and admire the magic of the tropical forest from a different perspective.


Costa Rica is world-famous for its waves and people come from all over to surf here. You can rent a board or bring your own. If you’re a total beginner, there are surf classes and camps on offer. These can introduce you to the thrill of riding the waves.

Scuba diving

Costa Rica has both Pacific and Caribbean seas. They offer plenty of scuba-diving opportunities for anyone looking to explore under the sea. You can take diving tours to discover tropical sea life, coral, and shipwrecks.

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