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16 Adventurous and Fun Things to Do in Costa Rica

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16 Adventurous and Fun Things to Do in Costa Rica

Are you planning to have your next adventurous vacation to Costa Rica? If so, then get ready for your new experience!

Are you looking for an adrenaline rush or want to relax and unwind? Then this list of adventurous and fun things to do in Costa Rica will surely help.

Costa Rica is a small country and you can drive from one end to the other in just one day. BUT, there is an amazing amount of exciting activities that are perfect for any traveler, from zip-lining through the jungle canopy to white water rafting.

Here is the list of 16 adventures to experience in the tropical region of Costa Rica.

1.       Zip Lining through the Jungle Canopy

The most adventurous zip lines are located close to Tamarindo, a popular surfing destination on the Pacific coast. If you want to experience an unforgettable adventure, this activity will surely provide it! You can also build your own fun canopy with Pakistani rugs, a net, and some rope.

2.      La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Visit the La Paz Waterfall Gardens and you won’t stop talking about Costa Rica for the rest of your life. The Largest Animal Sanctuary in Costa Rica with over 100 species of animals, and 3.5 kilometers of Cloud and Rainforest Hiking Trails.

3.       Canopy Tour in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

A canopy tour is a fun activity for anyone who is nine years or older! If you’re looking to get up close and personal with some of Costa Rica’s flora, this tour will give you that chance. You’ll have views of the tropical rainforest canopy, with the bonus of learning more about how a canopy functions.

4.       Hiking through a Forest

Hiking is a natural and adventurous way to explore your surroundings. Our country has plenty of incredible trails for you to choose from. There are different levels of difficulty when it comes to hiking. If you’re looking for an easy hike for beginners, then the Chilamate Trail is perfect! Experienced hikers recommend any of the 7 Chilamate trails.

5.       Lankester Botanical Garden

Find stunning collections of bromeliads, orchids, and other air plants here. The Lankester Botanical Garden, near the city of Cartago, takes up 11 hectares and hosts more than 3,000 species of plants.

6.       Horseback Riding on Hacienda Guachipelin Ranch

If hiking isn’t your thing, then horseback riding is another adventurous way to enjoy the outdoors. Hacienda Guachipelin Ranch is a working ranch that makes for an incredible day trip of Costa Rican nature and history.

7.       Trip to Waterfall

Costa Rica has plenty of tropical forests. It’s also home to the majestic beauty of waterfalls. The most popular waterfall site is probably Manuel Antonio, but there are smaller ones all over Costa Rica that can be just as beautiful and a lot less crowded. You should also try Catarata Oropendola, in Rincón de la Vieja National Park.

8. Lightning Strike Zip Line

A zip line located on the outskirts of Arenal. It takes you through a beautifully dense forest and across a meadow. You’ll enjoy incredible views all around. Costa Rica is home to some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Central America! This activity will be one you won’t forget.

9.       A Tour of Arenal Volcano

Costa Rica is home to many volcanoes. Arenal is one of the most popular tourists because it’s so close to La Fortuna and has a great view. The last eruption was in 2010, but you can still hike around its base or take an aerial tram up to see the volcano.

10.   Dining in the Forest

There are many restaurants in Costa Rica, but one of the most fun things is dining in a jungle-inspired restaurant. Dining under the stars with a view of an ocean or forest is a great experience and offers something different than any other restaurant could offer you. You can also take your food and create a dining area in the middle of the forest and use soft, comfy, and cozy wool rugs to cover the area you are eating food.

11.   Toucans & Turtles

One of the most fun things in Costa Rica: visit a local zoo-like Jardin de Curu Wildlife Sanctuary. Just to get there is adventurous in itself. You’ll go nuts over being able to learn a lot about toucans, turtles, and other wildlife you’ll find in the sanctuary.

12.   Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

It doesn’t matter if you’re a scuba diving master or just a beginner. Costa Rica has two coasts and 800 miles of coastline. If you can go scuba diving or snorkeling safely? Betcha! We don’t want to give you a mile-long list of where to go, but Best10 gives you a good head start.

13.   Bird Watching

Some think birding is boring. It might be in front of your home. But in Costa Rica, you’ll find 812 different species. There are hundreds of places to go for birdwatching in Costa Rica. Spend a few hours birdwatching and you’ll never stop doing it for the rest of your life!

14.   Explore Costa Rica From The Water

Costa Rica offers an endless list of water-based activities. There is one for each age, starting with surfing. For older people, there is deep-sea fishing, or parasailing for those who are not scared of heights. You can go kayaking or just a simple boat ride at night. Take your pick of many fun things to do on, in, over, and under the water.

15.   Visit The Tallest Tree In The World

The world’s tallest tree is located in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. It just might make for a great photo opportunity on your trip to Costa Rica. You can also take an extensive tour of the forest, which will help you learn more about all of the different plants and other animals that live there.

16.   Whale Watching

This is seriously something you don’t want to miss out on, whale watching. The best time of the year is during the months of January, February, July, August, and September. Don’t try to go the cheap way, it’s too dangerous. Rent a licensed tour guide with a safe boat, please.

In Conclusion

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in all of Central America. This country has a rich history, culture, and natural beauty that will make your heart sing when you visit. If you’re looking to book an adventurous vacation with lots of fun activities for yourself or family members, then this blog post should have given you plenty of ideas on where to start planning!

Ready to make a decision on which adventurous and fun things are on your to-do list now? Then pack your luggage and make your way down here! Oh, and if you like it so much here that you want to move here, contact the experts.


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