We're pretty adventurous, you may know this from following our YouTube videos or just hanging out in our Facebook groups. We live about half the year in Costa Rica and along with the beautiful scenery and adventure tourism, it's probably most known for offering a variety of adrenaline-fueled outdoor activities (the kind of activities that make you really know you're alive!!)
Despite the country’s small size, travelers and locals can easily discover fun and stimulating outdoor activities in virtually any city, so if you're into that, let's explore a few great options below :-)
So let's start with something a little gentler here... Horseback riding tours provide riders with the opportunity to experience a wide variety of spectacular places in just a few hours. Almost every city in Costa Rica offers these tours with the exception of some locations in and around the waterlogged northern Limon Province, and some of the best areas for horseback riding include Guanacaste, Manuel Antonio, and Arenal. In most cases, tours can be arranged for private individuals and large groups and don't forget that inexperienced riders are also always welcomed.
In the early 1990s, canopy tours gained immense interest in the small Quaker community known as Monteverde and today, canopy tours are still one of Costa Rica’s most popular outdoor recreations. The activity consists of (what feels like flying!) from platform to platform via a secured zip line. Although most participants are moving too fast to catch a glimpse of the abundant wildlife, many hosts of canopy tours educate their riders on the typical inhabitants in the Costa Rican rainforests.
White water rafting is a great way to experience places, animals, and scenery that may be overlooked on the Costa Rican terrain. You're likely to see exotic wildlife such as parrots, iguanas, and herons as you rush down the river with seven other adventure seekers and your tour guide. Equipped with life jackets and helmets, white water rafting is a fairly safe activity so beginners are welcome to join the fun. The best time of year to participate in this action-packed outdoor recreation is during the rainy season when the rivers are flowing fast, which is usually from May to December.
Slightly more relaxing than white water rafting :-) - adventure seekers with the inclination will love sport fishing in Costa Rica. Depending on the time of year, you could catch a variety of fish such as marlin, tarpon, and snook. Although the vast majority of the big fish are returned back to the sea alive, sport fishing is a favorite pastime among locals and visitors alike. This exciting activity is offered in the following cities: Playa Flamingo, Quepos, Barra del Colorado, and Golfito and if you're interested, keep in mind that sport fishing is available year round.
I'm (Ka) out surfing as often as I can, I absolutely love surfing. Costa Rica is home to some of the best waves in the world so it’s no surprise that surfing is another of the country’s most popular adventure activities. Although travelers and locals can surf throughout the year, June and July are the most awesome months to surf at Southern beaches such as Pavones and Matapalo, but of course this depends on your preference. Other great surfing locations include Playa Grande, Playa Hermosa, and Playa Negra. Many surf spots offer surfing lessons so whether you're a beginner or expert, you've every reason to get out there! If I can do it, so can you ;-)
I wouldn't recommend surfing when the ocean is too crazy though - back in 2011 we made a little safety video with our boys on some of the dangers, so if you're a surfer or just enjoy going in the ocean please always stay safe around the water!
This is an interesting one. Costa Rica’s volcanoes are an integral part of the country’s heritage. The Arenal volcano is one of the most popular volcano hiking sites. Every guided volcano hiking tour offers a fun, safe, and educational outdoor experience for the whole family to enjoy. Typically, February to March is the best time to visit the peaks as this is usually Costa Rica’s driest season.
You can tell a lot from what a person would do in their spare time. So tell us, which one of these would you prefer the most? Are you a horseback rider, or a Volcano hiker? Leave us a comment below okay?