Costa Rica is an incredible country, offering long stretches of deserted white sand beaches, dense jungles filled with a rich diversity of exotic wildlife, lush rain-forests, raging rivers, towering volcanoes, and smiling communities.
The beaches really are second to none, the scenery is phenomenal, the country boasts wildlife you have never before encountered, and all inclusive Costa Rica luxury resorts are world-class.
On top of all of this though, Costa Rica has an adventurous activities scene which rivals that of New Zealand!
Costa Rica’s landscape and temperate climate lends itself to outdoor activity, and it is the perfect destination for anyone wanting to combine a love of the outdoors with an adventurous spirit!
Throughout the country there are a wealth of activities and attractions so exciting and in locations so breathtaking that there is enough to dedicate full vacations solely to an adventure tour! Your days can be spent soaring through the treetops and nights in amazing cabin accommodation amongst rare rainforest species.
Spend time to enjoy white water rafting, hiking, abseiling, zip lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, bungee jumping, surfing, swimming, canoeing and canopy tours – your biggest challenge will be trying to fit it all in!
Here are our favorite options for adventurous activities in Costa Rica!
Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a bungee jump, and a jump from the Colorado River Bridge will be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life! 265 feet high, it is one of the highest bungee bridges in the Americas, and one with the most visually stunning backdrop – although it’s kind of hard to enjoy the scenery while standing on the wrong edge of the bridge!
Tropical Bungee offers jumps every day with round trip transportation from San Jose. Departures are at 8am and 1pm.
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Soar over the jungle on Costa Rica’s famed zip-lines! This is one of the top tourist attractions in Costa Rica, and consists of platforms connected by thick cables stretching across tree-ladden ravines, hillsides and valleys. You will be strapped into harnesses, clipped into the cables and sent flying from one platform to another.
There are so many options in terms of Zip-lining, so make sure to do some research first to find a reputable tour operator. Recommendations include Selvatura Park, The Original Canopy Tour and The Canopy Adventure Tour.
Visiting Costa Rica without making it to a rainforest is missing the whole point of the country!
There are amazing hiking trails throughout each region which are some of the most tranquil and beautiful in the world.
Picture miles upon miles of white sandy beaches, clean surf breaks, epic waves, and water so warm there’s no need for a wetsuit.
Costa Rica is a surfers paradise, and a world class surfing destination for beginners and surf pros alike. With beaches less crowded than that of California, Indonesia, Hawaii and Australia, Costa Rica is the perfect location for both pro surfers and those who wish to learn.
Additional Adventurous Activities
Additional adventurous activities include white water rafting, horse riding, hot springs, mud baths, abseiling, mountain biking, volcano tourism and … waterfall diving!