Costa Rica: Haven for Adventurous Travelers

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Costa Rica is the adventure capital of central America. The tourism industry has continued to thrive since becoming a go to destination in the late 80’s for American’s with the close proximity giving the country an exotic feel not too far from home. If you want to combine adventure with a bit of glamour, that’s possible too at one of the many Costa Rica luxury vacations.

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Here are five must do activities for adventure seekers in Costa Rica.

Zip Lining Through The Cloudy Forest
Zip lining was founded in Costa Rica and the thrill of supermanning across the cloudy forest town of Monteverde is epic. The greenery extends for miles as you soar over the top of Selvatura Park.

Surf All Of The Waves
Costa Rica is a premier surf destination with waves catering to the first timer, the expert and everything in between. If you just can’t get the hang of surfing, try your luck at stand up paddle boarding (SUP).

Three popular surf spots:
1. Tamarindo, which hosts a few competition during the year, a cool base to hang out for a few days.
2. Jaco Beach is perfect for beginners with a nightlife scene.
3. Puerto Viejo, home to the largest wave in Costa Rica, Salsa Brava.

Chase A Few Waterfalls
Waterfalls can be found all over the country so if you’re renting a car, they’re a great way to break up longer drives. Three of the better waterfalls are:

1. Jaco’s Waterfalls: Jaco is the waterfall capital of Costa Rica with some hikes taking you past a dozen or so waterfalls. Enough said.
2. Nauyaca Waterfalls: This one doesn’t aim for size but the cascades are epic and the hike through the rainforest makes it even more special.
3. La Fortuna Waterfall: With the water tumbling a massive 70 metres from the base of a volcano. this is the kind of waterfall you see in calendars. It’s worth a look from both viewing platforms.

White Water Rafting at Rio Pacuare
The rafting at the river gorge of Rio Pacuare isn’t dangerous with people of all abilities able to give it a go. The big drawcard is the rapids with around 52 over an 18 mile stretch. That’s a long way to raft in one day buy with steep green walls and wildlife popping up from time to time, the pain you’ll wake up with the next day is totally worth it.

Hike All Over Costa Rica

Hiking trails are abundant in Costa Rica with several dormant volcanoes making for some of the best hiking trails.

– Arenal Volcano National Park: Hiking in this park will give you lots of great views of Costa Rica’s most famous volcano, Arenal.
– Manuel Antonio National Park: If you need a confidence boost about your hiking speed, come hang out with the sloths here. You’ll leave them in your dust no matter how slow you are.

With 30% of the country covered in National Parks, the possibilities are endless. Look into Santa Rosa National Park, Carara Biological Reserve and Santa Juana Mountain. That’s plenty to get started.

Some might say Costa Rica is becoming too touristy. Don’t listen to them because the country caters to you, the tourist, so well. Get over it and embrace your next adventure!

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