Costa Rica Tours and Activities Guide

Costa Rica offers many exciting ways to immerse yourself in its natural elements. It is the consummate destination for exploring ecosystems and connecting with a peaceful culture. Whether discovering fascinating species with a friendly Costa Rican guide, zipping across the rainforest canopy, or relaxing in a volcano-heated hot spring, there are a variety of tours and activities to engage travelers of all types.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens Tour, Costa Rica
La Paz Waterfall Gardens TourLa Paz Waterfall

Sleep in before being transported to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens for an all-day tour at one of the best eco parks in Costa Rica. The excursion is designed to start later than most tours so you are rested when you experience what the Waterfall Gardens boasts as the essence of Costa Rica on a guided hike through the reserve.

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Butterfly Gardens
Nature Walk
Species Exhibits
Snorkeling, Paddleboarding, BBQ Beach Day, Costa Rica
Snorkeling, Paddleboarding, BBQ Beach DayPlaya Flamingo

This tour starts with a kayak ride to a beach near Playa Flamingo. While you're there, you can snorkel, paddleboard, and eat a barbecue picnic.

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Beach Trip
Snorkeling
Playa del Coco Catamaran , Costa Rica
Playa del Coco Catamaran Playa del Coco

The Marlin del Rey Catamaran Tour is a great activity for family and friends to enjoy ocean breezes and coastline scenery while sipping delicious tropical drinks. Feel the wind in your hair and bask in the sun while sailing breezily past bays and sandy beaches.

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Catamaran Tour
Kayaking
Snorkeling
Snorkeling Marino Ballena , Costa Rica
Snorkeling Marino Ballena Uvita

Snorkel amongst the Pacific Ocean's crystal blue waters and spot a colorful array of marine life in the Marino Ballena National Park on this 2 hour tour.

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Boat Tours
Snorkeling
Montezuma Waterfall, Costa Rica
Montezuma WaterfallMontezuma

Take a hike to see some of the natural wonders hidden in the Montezuma forest. You’ll cross aerial bridges and swim in waterfall pools.

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Hiking
Leisure
Suspension Bridges
Cafe de Monteverde Coffee Tour, Costa Rica
Cafe de Monteverde Coffee TourMonteverde

This coffee plantation doesn’t just produce an incredible cup of coffee, it’s also a vitally important part of the community. Learn how family, sustainability, and attention to detail all combine to nurture coffee from cherry, to bean, to brew on this educational tour that’s part local history and part culture. Yes, you will enjoy samples!

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Coffee Tour
Cultural
Beach & Jungle Horseback Riding , Costa Rica
Beach & Jungle Horseback Riding Playa Cocles

See the beauty of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast on this horseback tour that explores both the jungle and the beach. You’ll see an abundance of wildlife, with a guide who can help you spot animals peeping out from among the jungle leaves. Best of all, the horses that you’ll meet on this trip are easygoing rescues who get to graze freely whenever they aren’t giving tours.

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Horseback Riding
Agua Tibia Surf Lessons, Costa Rica
Agua Tibia Surf LessonsNosara

Learn from local Costa Ricans how to surf at Playa Guiones, one of the best beaches in Guanacaste for beginner surfers. Surfing is probably easier than you think, especially when you have a seasoned professional to help you get the timing just right.

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Surf Lessons
Corcovado National Park Day Tour, Costa Rica
Corcovado National Park Day TourUvita

Hike through the lush rainforests of Corcovado National Park and spot an incredible amount of biodiversity on this exciting all day tour.

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Boat Tours
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Waterfall Rapelling and Rafting Tour, Costa Rica
Waterfall Rapelling and Rafting TourArenal

Combining two of the country’s most adrenalin-packed activities, this tour will have you rappelling down waterfalls and surging over white-water rapids! Set in Costa Rica’s Northern Lowlands near the base of the Arenal Volcano, the scenery for this tour couldn’t be any more beautiful.

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Rafting
Rappel
Rafting on the Savegre River, Costa Rica
Rafting on the Savegre RiverManuel Antonio

The Savegre River, one of the most pristine rivers in the country and surrounded by lush vegetation and meandering waters, features class II and III rapids that are perfect for beginner rafters.

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Rafting
Buena Vista Mega Combo Adventure, Costa Rica
Buena Vista Mega Combo AdventureRincon de La Vieja

This expedition at the Buena Vista Lodge allows tour members to enjoy canopy tours and horseback rides, and hot springs all in one day. Oh right and then there is that 400-meter waterslide through the forest.

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Horseback Riding
Hot Springs
Suspension Bridges
Waterslides
Zip Lines
Lake Arenal Outskirts - Road Cycling Tour, Costa Rica
Lake Arenal Outskirts - Road Cycling TourArenal

On this road biking trip around Lake Arenal, riders will coast along rolling hills and enjoy stunning scenery. This wonderful excursion is perfect for beginners and intermediate riders.

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Biking
Club Rio Multi Adventure, Costa Rica
Club Rio Multi AdventureArenal

On this tour you’ll visit an activity center that faces the Arenal River. Several parts of the property are included in your visit to Club Rio, including hiking trails, swimming, and lunch at the club. In addition you’ll get to pick two adventure activities.

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Horseback Riding
Hot Springs
Kayaking
Nature Walk
Pure Trek Canyoning Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Pure Trek Canyoning Costa RicaArenal

This family friendly excursion, will begin with a 30-minute 4x4 trek through tropical rain forest while beneath the shadow of the Arenal Volcano.

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Rappel
Talamanca Indigenous Village Half Day, Costa Rica
Talamanca Indigenous Village Half DayPuerto Viejo

Get a peek into the extraordinary lives of the Indigenous on one of the largest indigenous communities in central America. The Bribri family are extremely proud to share their heritage.

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Community
Cultural
Indigenous Culture
Tabacon Hot Springs Evening Pass, Costa Rica
Tabacon Hot Springs Evening PassArenal

Set amidst a rainforest near the base of the Arenal Volcano, the Tabacón Hot Springs are a fantastic place to unwind. Tabacón was one of the first hot springs resorts in the Arenal region.

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Hot Springs
Leisure
Sport Fishing Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Sport Fishing Manuel AntonioManuel Antonio

The Pacific coast of Costa Rica offers world class sport fishing for all ranges of fishermen, including novices and avid fisherman. The beauty and excitement of a day on the Pacific is hard to beat.

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Sport Fishing
Costa Rica Pura Vida Experience, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Pura Vida ExperienceSan Jose

This tour takes visitors to some of San José’s most interesting cultural highlights. To get from one destination to the next you’ll walk and take local transportation.

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City Tour
Cultural
Guided Tours
Museum
Manuel Antonio Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio Sea Kayaking and SnorkelingManuel Antonio

You’ll start paddling on the south side of Quepos Port, and head toward Playa Biesanz. Manuel Antonio has an incredibly scenic coastline with dramatic, rocky cliffs.

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Kayaking
Snorkeling




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