Costa Rica Kayaking

Blessed with over 802 miles of coastline and boasting countless lakes, rivers and estuaries, Costa Rica is ripe for kayaking opportunities. Kayak tours allow for greater and more private exploration than mainland excursions, simply because there aren’t as many people on the water. The tours, which are open to both experienced and inexperienced kayakers, are a wonderful way to spot wildlife both above and below the water. Oftentimes they involve a combination with other activities, such as snorkeling or mountain biking. Places to kayak include Lake Arenal, Manuel Antonio’s estuaries and Jacó’s coastline, among others.

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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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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
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Nature Walk
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
Ocean Kayak and Snorkel Isla Chora, Costa Rica
Ocean Kayak and Snorkel Isla ChoraSamara

Enjoy an ocean kayak paddle to Isla Chora for some snorkeling and beach relaxation off the coast of Sámara in the Nicoya Peninsula region.

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Kayaking
Snorkeling
Tortuga Island Tour, Costa Rica
Tortuga Island TourMontezuma

Take an adventurous, all-inclusive tour of the gorgeous coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Along the way, you’ll have ample opportunity for spotting wildlife as well as relaxing in the natural beauty of Tortuga Island. This is an all-day tour—your boat departs at 9 AM from Montezuma and returns at 4 PM.

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Boat Tours
Kayaking
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Marine Wildlife
Scuba Diving
Snorkeling
Punta Uva Sea & River Kayak with Hike, Costa Rica
Punta Uva Sea & River Kayak with HikeManzanillo

This multi-activity adventure will have you exploring Costa Rica across land and sea. You'll kayak, hike, and have opportunities to swim and play on the beach. Along the way you'll see wildlife and enjoy refreshments. A full and fun afternoon is ahead of you!

Kayaking
Nature Walk
Tamarindo Catamaran Tour, Costa Rica
Tamarindo Catamaran TourTamarindo

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 silently past beautiful bays and sandy beaches.

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Kayaking
Leisure
Snorkeling
Panache Catamaran Sailing, Costa Rica
Panache Catamaran SailingPlaya Flamingo

Head off for a day of sailing, snorkeling, and swimming on this tour. You’ll sail up the coast from Playa Flamingo and explore some of the Nicoya Peninsula’s most beautiful coastal areas.

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Kayaking
Leisure
Snorkeling
Marino Ballena Sea Kayaking Tour, Costa Rica
Marino Ballena Sea Kayaking TourUvita

On this active tour of Marino Ballena National Park, you’ll get to visit a popular snorkeling spot and have a fun kayaking cruise around the coastline. This excursion comes with great views and the chance to see colorful wildlife.

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Tamarindo Estuary Kayak Tour, Costa Rica
Tamarindo Estuary Kayak TourTamarindo

The Kayak Tour to the Tamarindo Estuary offers an adventure through a wildlife filled nature setting near Tamarindo in the Guanacaste region.

Kayaking
Mangrove Tours
Bioluminescent Kayak Tour, Costa Rica
Bioluminescent Kayak TourPaquera

Take this kayaking tour to see the magic of bioluminescence. The waters just off the Gulf of Nicoya contain a type of algae that glows in the dark.

Kayaking
Night Tour
Cinco Ceibas Full Day Tour, Costa Rica
Cinco Ceibas Full Day TourPangola

The Cinco Ceibas’ full day tour includes a walk along the elevated rainforest boardwalk and your choice of horseback riding, river kayaking or an educational oxen wagon tour. Transportation to and from hotels in San José area is also included.

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Hiking
Horseback Riding
Kayaking
Ocean Kayaking and Snorkeling Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Ocean Kayaking and Snorkeling Manuel AntonioManuel Antonio

A challenging half-day journey along the coastline of Manuel Antonio, this ocean kayaking adventure takes you past islands and inlets for incredible views and bird watching.

Kayaking
Snorkeling
Combination Lake Arenal Kayaking and Biking, Costa Rica
Combination Lake Arenal Kayaking and BikingArenal

Get active and see Costa Rica’s largest lake on this biking and kayaking tour. This lake covers 33 square miles , and is surrounded by lush jungle and tropical wildlife.

Biking
Kayaking
Sea Kayaking, Costa Rica
Sea KayakingManuel Antonio

On this sea kayaking adventure you’ll take a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park’s Pacific coastline.

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Mangrove Kayaking, Costa Rica
Mangrove KayakingManuel Antonio

This kayaking tour will take you to the waters that surround Damas Island, off the coast of Manuel Antonio National Park. When you tour this area you’ll get to see estuaries and mangroves, and paddle up the inland canals. Your group can set the pace for this tour, and no experience kayaking is necessary.

Kayaking
Mangrove Tours
Jungle Tubing, Costa Rica
Jungle TubingManuel Antonio

This tour takes you down some of Savegre River’s exciting Class II rapids in an inner tube. You’ll find this section of the river brisk, but not too fast for comfortable tubing.

Kayaking
Jaco Sea Kayak and Snorkel, Costa Rica
Jaco Sea Kayak and SnorkelJaco

Get wet and explore the open ocean just outside Jaco with a half day kayaking and snorkeling tour.

Kayaking
Snorkeling
Damas Island Mangrove Kayak Tour, Costa Rica
Damas Island Mangrove Kayak TourManuel Antonio

The Damas Island estuary is just fifteen minutes outside of Manuel Antonio. Mangroves are born where ocean waters meet fresh water rivers, creating an underwater rooting system amongst the trees.

Kayaking
Mangrove Tours
Blue Dolphin Catamaran Tour, Costa Rica
Blue Dolphin Catamaran TourTamarindo

On the blue dolphin sailing tour, you’ll head out into the Pacific Ocean for a few hours of fun. With both public and private tours available, you can choose between a sailing and snorkeling adventure or a sunset sail at day’s end.

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Kayaking
Snorkeling




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