Things to Do

Things to Do

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Costa Rica blends raw, wild nature with a developed tourism infrastructure that offers the ideal balance of authentic flavor and convenience. For you, this means you’ll have your choice of almost any activity, anywhere in the country!

Get your blood pumping with the Costa Rica staples like flying through the rainforest canopy on a zipline or paddling hard as you navigate the intense white water rapids, but don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path and try something new, too. Choices include adventure, nature, wildlife spotting and bird watching, leisure, sports and aquatic tours and activities.

Guided tours are a great option that will really help you discover your surroundings in a way that would be difficult—if not impossible—on your own. Guides are highly trained and very skilled; their eagle eyes can spot a furry ball of a sloth up in the canopy where you see only a coconut, or a tiny colorful dart frog hidden amongst the leaves. Guided tours can take you to visit coffee farms to taste some fresh brew or to far-flung volcanoes, mountains, coves and beaches on full or half-day excursions that make for easy and worry-free adventures.

Costa Rica is well known for its diverse ecosystems and wildlife, but don’t skip out on the city. The country’s beach towns, small cities and tourist destinations all offer great souvenir shopping, dining, and plenty things to do when the sun goes down, but the capital of San Jose is the best choice for upscale shopping and culture. So whether you crave Costa Rica’s fashions, a night of dancing, or live theater, San Jose is your stop.

When you’re ready to relax to the melody of a rainforest or the crash of waves, Costa Rica’s spas, hot springs and other destinations are ready to comply. Boutique hotels and spas dot the nation, and skilled staff deliver unparalleled treatments that will replenish your body and spirit, from four-hand massages and deep-cleansing facials to paraffin pedicures and full-body exfoliation—you name it, and you can find it in Costa Rica. Natural, volcano-fed hot springs are also a top choice for total relaxation, and the mineral-rich waters and volcanic mud are believed to have restorative properties that rejuvenate and enliven.

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Along the coasts there is nothing like sipping a tropical cocktail with your feet in the sand. Browsing the local shops and tasting the fresh local cuisine is a great way to enjoy an afternoon. You may even find that perfect souvenir as a vendor walks by your spot on the beach or in a beachside stall.

If you’re looking for some action, fishing is also at the top of many lists, and with good reason. Sportfishing in Costa Rica is great all year round with any type of experience available, from freshwater to fly, from inshore to offshore. No experience required—we have excellent boats and captains on hand to help you if you need it.

Your explorations are limited only by the length of your stay and your ambition. So while you’re here, schedule some time to indulge in your dreams: rappel down waterfalls and rocky cliff faces; dig your toes into powdery white sand; taste fresh brewed coffee right on the plantation; dive with sharks, rays and octopi; and ride horseback down the beach at sunset. Whether you come to surf, to sightsee, or to spot an endangered animal in the wild, Costa Rica strives to fulfill—and exceed—your expectations!

To help focus your planning, check out some favorite and unique activities in Costa Rica.

  • Best Beach Bars

    Best Beach Bars

    Costa Rica means Pura Vida. As everybody knows, Pura Vida can be best achieved sitting on a hot tropical beach with an ice cold beer. With almost 1,000 miles of coastline on both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, there are plenty of...

  • Canopy Tours

    Canopy Tours

    Think of canopy tours as a semi-tame adventure – a safe but thrilling romp through the treetops. Zip-lines are also a favorite way to catch a glimpse of the jungle canopy, tropical scenery, and the forest’s exotic residents –...

  • White Water Rafting

    White Water Rafting

    Costa Rica’s rivers criss-cross the country, bisecting some the most popular destinations & guaranteeing you good time while white water rafting Costa Rica.

  • Shopping & Nightlife

    Shopping & Nightlife

    For shopping nightlife and some gambling the Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica is where to be. For suggestions on where the hotspots are read on.

  • Extreme Tours

    Extreme Tours

    Adventure may be the name of the game in Costa Rica, but not all tours are created equal. On a scale of tame to terrifying, most of the country’s adventures fall somewhere in the range of adrenaline rush, not adrenaline deluge.

  • Coffee Farm Visit

    Coffee Farm Visit

    Cafés are your standing invitation to dip your toes into Costa Rica’s coffee culture, but if you’d prefer to jump in, head-first, a coffee farm visit is the way to go.

  • Visit to Hot Springs

    Visit to Hot Springs

    Natural stone and vibrant botanicals surround a natural pool that lies ensconced in a quiet forest. Mist rises off the water’s surface, evaporating into the tropical breeze. The only sound is the singsong of birds and your feet,...

  • Dolphin & Whale Watching

    Dolphin & Whale Watching

    Costa Rica is home to an estimated 25 whale and dolphin species, which migrate, mate and make their home in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. In most areas, dedicated whale-watching tours are uncommon, as other excursions –...

  • Waterfall Rappelling

    Waterfall Rappelling

    Waterfall rappelling, also known as canyoning, is one of Costa Rica’s most thrilling and popular adventure sports. The concept is simple: suit up in a harness and belay your way down a waterfall.

  • Sea Turtle Nesting

    Sea Turtle Nesting

    Sea turtle nesting is one of Costa Rica’s most incredible experiences. If you visit the right place at the right time, you can bear witness to this emotional feat of nature.

  • Nature & Wildlife Tours

    Nature & Wildlife Tours

    In Costa Rica, you could be swimming amidst hammerhead sharks and manta rays. Or standing stock-still on a pitch-black beach, watching in awe as a 1,200-pound leatherback sea turtle lays her eggs.

  • Golf in Costa Rica

    Golf in Costa Rica

    While Costa Rica is now a top tier destination for eco tourism, sport fishing, and even medical tourism, one aspect of this popular Central American country that is often over looked is it's appeal as a world class destination for...