Jul 3, 7 years ago

Get Active in Costa Rica

Get Active in Costa Rica

A tiny country tucked between Nicaragua and Panama with both Pacific and Caribbean coastline, Costa Rica boasts a rainforest that is one of the most biologically diverse environments in the world and has incredible beaches. After all, Costa Rica translates to “Rich Coast.” Understanding that the natural beauty and resources are critical to the country’s economy, Costa Rica has been working to develop sustainable development and tourism solutions, preserving forests and animal habitat. If this is important to you, it’s easy to seek out businesses that make these ideas a priority.

Zip Line

Costa Rica may be best known for the popular canopy zip lines. The best location is in the area around Monteverde, but you can find outfitters all over the country. Each company offers something a little different. For example, one outfitter near Arenal Volcano does night tours to give to a chance of spotting flowing lava, but the best over rated company is Adventure Park Canopy Tours out of Miramar.


The Pacific coast of Costa Rica has some of the best surfing in Central America. Beaches like Tamarindo are great for beginners while several advanced spots like Playa del Coco, Dominical, and the consistently barreling waves of Pavones Beach draw the experts. If you’re learning, take classes at Bodhi Surf School in Uvita, which consistently receives rave reviews.

White Water Raft

Rivers are everywhere in Costa Rica, offering rafting or kayaking opportunities for all skill and adventure levels as well as a unique opportunity to see the forests and wildlife from a different perspective. There are too many rafting companies to recommend just one, but many are centered in Guanacaste, San José, and Pacuare regions. Don’t feel pressured to book ahead. You’ll get better prices and the most reliable recommendations from the staff at your hotel or other tourists.

Go searching for exotic bird species

Some top spots include Corcovado National Park that has 400 species of birds and 1,200 scarlet macaws, while La Amistad National Park has over 500 species. For beginners, it’s always worth it to hire a bird watching guide. You’ll see and learn much more, have access to essentials like rubber boots and good binoculars, and have a better overall experience.

Lead Photo: CC Image courtesy of Armando Maynez on Flickr


Ryan is a writer, photographer, and teacher living and volunteering throughout Latin America.

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