Biking Costa Rica has become a big deal. Costa Rica hosts several international touring races every year, and mountain biking is taking off as one of the hottest sport tourist attractions in this Central American paradise.
Not counting the formal Costa Rica biking competitions however, touring Costa Rica by bike can be impractical and even hostile without guidance. The roads are often bad and frequently have no shoulder. The weather can be unpredictable and uncooperative, making road conditions even worse.
The good news is that outfitters and touring operations regularly arrange safe, practical tours by bike and can even tailor design a tour for a customer or small group You can bring your own touring bike if you are especially attached to it, but Costa Rica bike rentals are getting better every year, with top class equipment and many new options.
Rental bikes make biking Costa Rica easy and headache-free.
To arrange a small tour using Costa Rica bike rentals, try Bi Costa Rica (www.bruncas.com/bicostarica.html), Bi Costa Rica can custom design a tour to suit your needs or you can choose one of their excellent existing packages.
Experience Plus/Specialty Tours (www.experienceplus.com) is the only touring company that offers actual touring bikes for guided biking Costa Rica tours, and they also offer assisted individual bike tours for beginners.
Mountain biking in Costa Rica, off road biking, and fat tire explorations have really taken off in recent years, especially in Arenal. Biking up and down the myriad mountain trails around the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal attracts mountain biking enthusiasts from all over the world now. The huge expanse of primary forest, the exotic fauna and flora, the waterfalls and streams, all make Arenal a first-rate mountain biking destination.
Best of all, after a vigorous mountain biking session around Arenal and its wonders, visitors biking Costa Rica can unwind in the natural hot springs at Tabacon and watch the fire works coming from the volcano. Sip a drink from the swim-up bar, poolside, and rest up to do all over again the next day.
Serendipity Adventures (www.serendipity-costarica.com) can set up mountain biking excursions at Arenal and several other prime destinations in advance, and Lava Tours (www.lava-tours.com) also offers a variety of fixed departure mountain bike tours around the country. Bike Arenal (www.bikearenal.com) is based in La Fortuna and offers a variety of one-day and multiday bike tours around the Arenal area only.
Finally, don’t forget that biking Costa Rica can be an inexpensive and welcome addition to a Costa Rica Pacific beach location too. Any major hotel can set you up with a bike that will get you around town or even from Playa to Playa—a great way to see the country side and get a little exercise while doing it.