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Top 10 Outdoor Activities in Costa Rica

There are plenty of outdoor activities in Costa Rica to enjoy and so much to explore on your next trip. There are hidden beaches, clean rivers and lush green jungles that are perfect to enjoy.  Costa Rica is a great destination for enjoying a variety of outdoor activities including leisure and adventure activities.

The Pacific and Caribbean coastlines both have mountain ranges that have wonderful waterfalls, several volcanoes, amazing tropical rainforest, rushing rivers and dense jungles.

Here goes a list of our Top 10 Outdoor Activities that you can enjoy while you are in Costa Rica.


Over a quarter of the land in Costa Rica is covered in rainforests. Zip-lining is one of the best outdoor activities in Costa Rica to enjoy discovering the enchanting ecosystems of this country. There are a number of zip-line courses that fly over beaches, through treetops, and across canyons. These kilometer long cable rides make for a thrilling experience.

White Water Rafting:

Some of the best White Water Rafting rivers in Costa Rica are in the Sarapiqui, the Corobici, the Pacuare and the Reventazon. rivers. Each river has differing degrees of difficulty, making it easy to find one that suits the skill levels of the paddlers. If you are an adventure lover, White Water Rafting in Costa Rica is perfect for you.

Sea Kayaking:

In both, the Pacific and Caribbean coasts there are plenty of places to go and enjoy Sea Kayaking. It has become increasingly popular over the recent years. Sea Kayaking in Costa Rica is ideal only for the experienced kayakers and should never be attempted without a guide.

Snorkeling and Diving

In Costa Rica, you will definitely find many terrific Snorkeling and  Scuba Diving opportunities. If you venture to the Caribbean coast, where the water is warm, you will be in for a tropical treat.  You will see a wide variety of marine wildlife and underwater flora, particularly at the small reef near Manzanillo.

There are also many snorkel opportunities all along the Pacific coast as well, such as Bahia Ballena and Playa Panama.


Costa Rica is a great surfing destination due to its world-class surfing breaks on both the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. There are many popular surf spots such as Playa Negra, Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Playa Tamarindo, and Playa Jaco.

If you don’t know how to surf, no worries, there are several surf camps and learning centers where you can learn how to surf and enjoy carving-it-up in the waves.


Costa Rica offers an abundance of places to go for a good hike or walk. You can enjoy this outdoor activity  in one of the various tropical rainforests, a local mountain range or along one of the many beautiful beaches.

There are many hotels and centers that arrange hiking or sightseeing tours that you can enjoy and have a lifetime memory.

Horseback Riding:

You can enjoy horseback riding almost everywhere in Costa Rica. You will be able to go through the forests, in the mountains, and along the sea. Horseback riding along the beach on the Nicoya Peninsula, in the south, and Sámara on the west coast are very popular for this outdoor activity.


Is there such a thing as “Heaven on Earth”? If you are a birdwatcher, Costa Rica may just be that heavenly place.

The country boasts 840 species of birds. With the help of a good birding guide, you can find out the right place and spot some of the more elusive species. Some of the popular species are The Scarlet macaws, Oropendolas, Royal Flycatchers, Toucans, Laughing Falcons, White-fronted Nunbirds, Cinnamon Woodpeckers, Kingfishers and many more.

Sport fishing:

Costa Rica is one of the best places for enjoying sport fishing. It has a vast amount of healthy waters and knowledgeable locals that know where and when to go sports fishing. Both coasts have a variety of fish such as Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Roosterfish or even the Mysterious Marlins.

Most people report that the Central Pacific of the country is the best place to enjoy sport fishing.


Would you enjoy the thrill of scaling down a canyon face that is soaking wet from a waterfall? If so, Canyoning or Rappelling is another of the popular outdoor activities in Costa Rica that may be perfect for you.

Waterfall rappelling is one of the most adventurous outdoor activities in Costa Rica. It will give you the opportunity to get very close the awesome natural wonders found in the mountains and rainforests within Costa Rica.



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