1. Arenal Volcano
Costa Rica is a land of adventure, and its unique location in Central America ensures that this is also a land of seismic activity.
The country is known for its large number of volcanoes, and one of the most iconic is the Arenal Volcano. Located northwest of San Jose, this is a stratovolcano that reaches over 1,600 metres high and is considered the most active volcano in Costa Rica.
Set within a beautiful national park, there are endless hikes and spectacular views of the volcanic peak from the surrounding region.
The hiking doesn’t end at the Arenal Volcano though, because Costa Rica is renowned for its national parks and rainforest scenery.
This is the perfect place for a spot of hiking and you can tackle trails that lead to volcanoes or into the highlands, and walks that take you through dense jungle or along pristine beaches.
Don’t forget your boots, because hiking is one of the best things to do in Costa Rica.
But while hiking has long been a popular pursuit in Costa Rica, in more recent years the country has become a burgeoning surfing destination.
With a long coastline that stretches along both the Pacific and Caribbean, that should be no surprise really. There are plenty of superb surfing spots in Costa Rica.
The best time for surfing is usually considered to be the dry season, and the best surf spots are nearly always found along the Pacific coast.
4. Zip Lining
One of the most adventurous things to do in Costa Rica is zip lining.
At first glance, Costa Rica seems to have an almost absurd number of zip lines in the country, but when you see the scenery you’ll soon see why.
Zip lines are the best way to see the rainforest from above, as you glide over the canopies. There are zip lines in most major national parks, including Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Parks.
5. Corcovado National Park
For Costa Rican style outdoor adventures, take a trip to Corcovado National Park.
Located in the southwest, this is one of the most biodiverse national parks in the country, where the rainforest meets the Pacific Ocean.
Intrepid travellers will find a huge range of adrenaline-inducing pursuits to try in Costa Rica. One of the most exciting is canyoneering.
The ominously named Lost Canyon in Arenal National Park is considered to be the pioneering canyoneering destination to visit.
7. White Water Rafting
Adrenaline junkies won’t want to ignore the chance to white water raft while in Costa Rica, because the raging rivers offer the perfect rafting grounds.
Visit right after the rainy season ends for the most tumultuous white water, or opt for the dry season for a more relaxed version of rafting.
8. Scuba Diving
It’s not just the rainforests of Costa Rica that are brimming with biodiversity and wildlife, but the oceans too.
Costa Rica has some pristine scuba diving sites, and the Caribbean coast has the most diversity. The holy grail of dive sites is Cocos Island, which is often considered to be one of the best diving sites in the world.
If you’re not a qualified diver, don’t fear because the snorkelling in Costa Rica can be just as thrilling.
On the Caribbean side, head to Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge for some pristine snorkelling opportunities.
There are few better ways to experience the lengthy Costa Rican coastline than by sailing.
Join a sailing trip as you cruise along the coast and watch the sunset from the water, as you enjoy the serenity of Costa Rica.