We’ve compiled a list of the best 10 outdoor activities to enjoy in Costa Rica, and there’s much to see and do on your next vacation. There are secret beaches, crystal clear rivers, and lush green woods to explore. Costa Rica is fantastic for various outdoor activities, including leisure and adventure.

The Pacific and Caribbean coasts contain mountain ranges with beautiful waterfalls, volcanoes, incredible tropical rainforests, rushing rivers, and deep rainforests.

Here is a list of our Top 10 Outdoor Activities to do in Costa Rica:


Costa Rica’s rainforests encompass about a quarter of the country’s area. Zip-lining is among the greatest ways to experience Costa Rica’s stunning environments. Zip-line courses fly over beaches, through trees, and over valleys. The excitement of these kilometer-long cable rides is unrivaled.

White Water Rafting:

The Sarapiqui, the Corobici, the Pacuare, and the Reventazon rivers are some of Costa Rica’s top white water rafting rivers. Each river has a different difficulty level, making it simple to pick one that matches the paddlers’ abilities. If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure, White Water Rafting in Costa Rica is for you.

Sea Kayaking:

There are several spots to go Sea Kayaking on Pacific and Caribbean shores. Over the last few years, it has grown in popularity. Only experienced kayakers should attempt sea kayaking in Costa Rica, which should never be undertaken without a guide.

Snorkeling and Diving

Snorkeling and scuba diving are very popular in Costa Rica. Traveling to the Caribbean shore, where the water is warm, you will be treated to a tropical delight. You’ll see diverse marine creatures and underwater plants at the little reef near Manzanillo.

Several snorkeling spots are along the Pacific coast, including Bahia Ballena and Playa Panama.


Costa Rica has world-class surfing breaks on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, making it an excellent destination. Playa Negra, Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Playa Tamarindo, and Playa Jaco are prominent surf places.

No worries if you don’t know how to surf; there are various surf camps and learning centers where you can learn how to surf and enjoy carving up the waves.


There are several spots in Costa Rica where you may go for a beautiful trek or stroll. This outdoor activity may be done in one of the numerous tropical jungles, a nearby mountain range, or many lovely beaches.

Many hotels and tourist attractions offer hiking or sightseeing trips you may enjoy and remember for a lifetime.

Horseback Riding:

In Costa Rica, you may ride a horse practically everywhere. You can go through the woods, mountains, and coastline. Horseback riding on the beach is a popular outdoor sport on the Nicoya Peninsula in the south and Sámara on the west coast.


Is there such a thing as “Heaven on Earth”? If you are a birdwatcher, Costa Rica may be that heavenly place.

There are 840 bird species in the country. You can find the ideal site and spot some of the more elusive species with the help of a professional birding guide. Scarlet Macaws, Oropendolas, Royal Flycatchers, Toucans, Laughing Falcons, White-fronted Nunbirds, Cinnamon Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, and many more species are among the most popular.


Costa Rica is a fantastic destination to go sport fishing. It boasts a lot of clean water and residents who know where and when to go sports fishing. Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Roosterfish, and even Mysterious Marlins may be found off both coastlines.

Most people agree that sport fishing is best enjoyed in Central Pacific.


Would you like the adrenaline rush of scaling down a canyon face drenched in water from a waterfall? If that’s the case, canyoning or rappelling are two popular outdoor activities in Costa Rica that could be ideal for you.

Waterfall rappelling is one of the most adventurous outdoor activities in Costa Rica. It will allow you to get very close to the incredible natural wonders found in the mountains and rainforests of Costa Rica.


-Written by Glenn Tellier (Founder of CRIE and Grupo Gap).

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