Costa Rica adventures bring visitors of every skill level and personality to this Central American nation year after year, and for good reason. Costa Rica offers more adventure per square mile than possibly any other country on Earth.
The best Costa Rica adventures are found in just about every corner of this varied terrain, but some have become uniquely famous:
Diving off Isla del Coco on the Pacific coast feels a lot like a trip to the real Treasure Island. Listed as one of the ten best dive sites in the world, diving off Isla del Coco is not for the faint of heart. Divers here encounter schools of hammerhead sharks, curious manta rays, and harmless whale sharks.
Isla del Coco is extremely remote and offers no overnight facilities, which makes the ten-day excursion on a live-aboard boat the most popular and most comfortable way to enjoy an Isla del Coco Costa Rica adventure. Meals are served on board a luxury boat docked just off the shore.
Hiking Mount Chirripo near San Isidro on the central Pacific Coast is a Coast Rica adventure almost anyone can enjoy. On a clear day you can see both Atlantic and Pacific coast lines from the summit. On the way up hikers pass through a variety of bioregions, including a lowland pasture, a cloud forest, and a high-altitude tundra with grasslands and stunted trees.
For even more adventure, try kayaking around the Golfo Dulce. The Golfo Dulce remains relatively underdeveloped and as such offers a Costa Rica kayaking adventure that feels wild and remote yet still is relatively safe with a guide. Kayakers can expect to see mangrove swamps, estuaries with great fishing, and dolphins frolicking in the bay.
To book a guided multi-day kayaking adventure out of Puerto Jimenez, try contacting Escondido Trex (www.escondidotrex.com).
Surfing Pavones is a top-ot-the-list Costa Rica adventure for experienced surfers and more than worthwhile for lovers of remote locales. Playa Pavones is located at the southernmost part of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, just eight miles from the Panamanian border. Playa Pavones boasts one of the longest ride-able waves in the world. Catch that specific wave and you can surf uninterrupted for up to a solid hour.
Surfers have heard all of this before, that’s how famous Playa Pavones is the world over, but the beach also has its own charm and beauty, and unlike many of the more tourist-y spots in Costa Rica, the vibe here is definitely as laid back and unique as the surfers who love it. Contact Casa Siempre Domingo for wave reports and other local information (www.casa-domingo.com).