Costa Rica might not be a large country, but it is absolutely overflowing with once-in-a-lifetime experiences and adventures. Between the beautiful coastline, the verdant jungle, and the picturesque mountains and valleys, you’ll have no shortage of things to do on any trip to the country. But if it’s you’re first time to visit the land of ‘Pura Vida’, then don’t miss these top five activities:
Yoga is increasing in popularity around the world. Now, almost anywhere you visit, you’re nearly guaranteed to find a yoga studio or hotel offering daily classes. But the yoga craze has been going strong in Costa Rica for quite some time now. With fierce competition, yoga studios and retreats have had to up their game to keep traffic flowing through the doors—which means that you’ll have plenty of great options to choose from no matter what style or level of yoga you desire. You’ll return home feeling healthier, happier, and ready to take on the daily grind once more.
With so much coastline, it makes sense that surfing would be one of the country’s main attractions. Head to Puerto Viejo for some of the best surfing in all of Costa Rica. The strip of beaches surrounding the small town are suitable for both beginners and advanced surfers alike. The small beach town of Dominical hosts numerous surf competitions, and is easily one of the best places to catch a wave if you’re serious about your surf. Finally, the Nicoya Peninsula is a great place for beginners to practice bellyflopping in the gentle white water. Many surf instructors promise a 99% chance that you’ll at least get up on the board, so it’s worth giving it a try!
If you’re ready to experience the wild side of Costa Rica, head to the Osa Peninsula and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Corcovado National Park. Here you’ll spot Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, Howler Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Tapirs, and more. It’s recommended to hike into the jungle with a guide for optimal chances at wildlife sightings.
You can’t visit Costa Rica without savoring the decadent local chocolate! There are plenty of opportunities around Costa Rica to go on a chocolate tasting tour and learn about the cacao making process. Chocolate has played an important role in the history of Costa Rica, and these tours are not only informative, but delicious! I recommend Rainforest Chocolate Tours in La Fortuna.
In many ways Costa Rica put zip lining on the radar. Just don’t expect to spot much wild-life while zipping up to 30 miles an hour. Go zip lining for the adrenaline rush, as well as the incredible views of Costa Rica’s secondary cloud forest. I would argue that Monteverde is the best place to zip line in the country.
These are just five of the amazing adventures awaiting in Costa Rica!
Have you been to Costa Rica? What other activities would you recommend?