After living in Costa Rica for the past eight months, I’ve had more of a thrill doing activities here than I’ve had in any other country I’ve visited. Here’s a list of my favorite adventure tourism activities I’ve done, the best place to do them, and the best companies to do them with!
Zip-lining: Zip-lining is a thrill like no other and provides amazing views over the tree tops. I had the chance to zip-line twice in Costa Rica- in two different locations but both times with Sky Adventures. My first time was at their Arenal location, and the second at Monteverde. Although both locations were great, with excellent staff and safe practices, I personally enjoyed zip-lining at Arenal better. Thrill seekers like me will find higher and faster lines in Arenal, and you really can’t beat that view of the volcano!
Whitewater Rafting: I think whitewater rafting just might be my favorite activity I’ve done here in Costa Rica. When deciding where to raft at, make sure you pay attention to the level of the river. Rivers are rated 1-5, one being with the smallest rapids, and five being the biggest rapids that might just cause you to fall out of the raft!
I went rafting on the Savegre River on the class three rapids with H2O Adventures. While class three did offer some exciting rapids, if you are going purely for the thrill, I would consider a higher class. However if you are going with younger kids or older adults (for example, I was with my 13-year-old sister who had never been on the river before) then class three is a good place to start. H2O Adventures provided us with great guides, and even included lunch and a picture viewing party at the end.
Surfing: Surrounded by ocean on two sides, Costa Rica offers a multitude of beaches to surf at. I surfed for my first time at a small beach in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica called Playa Grande. Walking distance from the popular Tamarindo beach, Playa Grande offers a quieter, less crowded place for first time surfers. Stay in the nearby Playa Grande Surf Camp for access to their professional surf staff!
Keep in mind that these are not the only adventure tourism activities offered in Costa Rica. Make sure you do some research to find the activity that is right for you!