The must-see sports in Costa Rica!
On the water
Surf: the country is recognized globally for the quality and power of some of its waves (such as Pavones, Salsa Brava, Ollie's point, Roca Bruja and many others). However the country offers possibilities for all levels! Chop-chop, into the water!
Windsurfing and Kyte surfing: when the wind blows through here it's not for joking! From December to April, its strength and consistency make Lake Arenal and Bahia Salinas great playgrounds!
Rafting: the Pacuare River, in addition to its beauty, is recognized as one of the best rivers in the world for white water rafting with level III to IV rapids. However it’s also possible to raft on other rivers like Sarapiqui for example.
Kayak: there are many possibilities for kayaking! What better way to explore the canals or the mangroves?
Big-game fishing: Costa Rica is the ultimate fishing destination for casting and jigging! Big roosterfish, huge African red snapper, grouper, jacks without forgetting yellowfin tunas, wahoos, amberjacks and other predators...
Diving: the "Isla del Coco" is a paradise for scuba diving! The seabed has even been classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Snorkeling: south of the Caribbean Coast you will find series of spots where you can admire the corals and the amazing life that surrounds them (Punta Uvita, Manzanillo, Cahuita...). Pacific coast, no corals, but a mineral seafloors, habitat of a multitude of species such as rays eagles (Playa Conchal, La Penca, Calzón de Pobre...). Visibility is not always good, so you are better checking the conditions and favorable times before going.
Hiking and trekking: the possibilities are huge and for all levels! The most experienced hikers will enjoy climbing the Chirripó (the highest point of the country), crossing the Corcovado National Park or discovering the Amistad International Park. In addition to small well-marked trails in the many parks, there are many other paths... but these one are well hidden and known only by the inhabitants of the area!
Cycling and mountain biking: very popular in Costa Rica, many locals practice them during their free time. The many little-used roads lend themselves to adventure, whether mountain laces offering spectacular views or rugged trails crossing streams and forests! What’s more, you can find good mountain bike trails around Corcovado and Arenal, as well as in the central highlands.
Horse riding: rides are possible throughout the country. You even can make night excursions with packhorses to access the most remote sites of national parks!
In the air
Suspension bridges and zip lines: many possibilities of suspension bridges exist in the country. It’s an unique and fun way to discover the forests and their richness by climbing at the height of the canopy and the many epiphytes that are established there!