Costa Top Recreational Activities to Include on Your Costa Rican Tours

Posted on Apr 22, 2017 | Travel Tips |

One of the main reasons to visit Costa Rica is to admire the natural scenery and incredible terrain. Although cities like San Jose and Dominical are exciting places to explore, the best memories are often made in the great outdoors. Many tours are tailored to your interests and can include exciting recreational activities in Costa Rica. From mild rafting trips down a river or whale watching tours to thrilling zip-lining or scuba diving, tours through Costa Rica can include all of the outdoor activities you have always wanted to try. Here are some of the most popular adventures to include on your tour in Costa Rica.

Horseback Riding:

This is one of the most memorable activities to include on your Costa Rican tours. Companies offering horseback rides on the beach are not typically offering guided tours but simply allowing visitors to ride a tame horse along the stretch of beach. For guided tours, look for horseback riding opportunities through the jungle or rainforest. Tours can last for as little as an hour right up to a full day with a meal provided at midday.

Canopy Tours:

These rainforest tours take place along a zip-line and are one of the most thrilling ways to tour Costa Rica. Zip along the lines, while wearing a harness, through the top canopy of trees and take in the native wildlife in areas like Manuel Antonio.

White Water Rafting:

Although many water based activities are best enjoyed along the Pacific coastline of Costa Rica, the Caribbean region of the country is the best choice when it comes to white water rafting. Costa Rica has opportunities for Class II, III and even Class IV rapids for experienced rafters. The two top rivers for white water rafting on Costa Rica are the Naranjo and the Savegre. The Naranjo boasts the biggest rapids and is one of the top destinations for adventure enthusiasts from around the world.

Whale Watching Tours:

The southern region of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is the ideal place to go on a whale watching tour. Choose a tour depending on how adventurous you are feeling. The most basic tours take you on a large boat out to sea and provide snacks, drinks or meals and you admire the animals from the boat. Other tours include time spent in the water in kayaks or even snorkelling and scuba diving as part of the package.


Costa Rica is known around the world for offering incredible surfing opportunities. The warm weather, waves and coral reefs that provide the perfect breaks mean that surfers from around the world flock to Costa Rica. If you want to learn the sport yourself, join a tour that includes lessons along the Guanacaste Coast. Playa Negra and Tamarindo are both full of local surf schools to teach you the basics and rent boards to travellers.

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