Costa Rica Active Adventure
White Water Rafting
There are many rivers in Costa Rica offering excellent opportunities for white water rafting adventures ranging from Class I to Class V. It is an exhiliarating experience as you navigate the river and sections of rapids in an inflatable boat. When the riverbed has a relatively steep gradient it increases the speed and turbulence of the water and rapids are formed.
The stunning Sarapiqui river has rapids of class II and III and is a good option for beginners. Head to the Pacuare River in the Central Valley for world class rafting. Daytrips can be done from Arenal or Sarapiqui areas, or there are specialist lodges for multi day adventures on the Pacuare River.
Costa Rica has a wealth of surfing beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. There are beaches that are more suitable for beginners and others suitable for expert surfers. Tamarindo beach in the northern Pacific region of Guanacaste is a popular surfing town for beginners and experts. Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula is popular for both surfing (expert) and yoga. Dominical on the Southern Pacific region has lots of surf instructors to choose from. On the Caribbean coast the town of Puerto Viejo is a popular surfing town.
There are many beautiful and well marked hiking trails in Costa Rica. Guided hikes and self guided trails are available at lodges around the country and in the many National Parks such as Monteverde, Arenal Volcano, Cahuita and Manuel Antonio. These hikes can provide an excellent opportunity to view local wildlife and birds and to see a range of habitats.
Ziplining is a popular adventure in Costa Rica and there are numerous ziplline centres throughout the country, each with exceptional scenery, including canopy ziplines at Arenal and Monteverde.