Are you planning on taking a vacation to Costa Rica but have no clue what you would like to see and do? Do you think that Costa Rica is only good for those who are looking to lounge out on the beach and enjoy the views of the crystal clear water? If so, you are in for a pleasant surprise because I’ve got several suggestions, aside from taking in the sun and sand, about a variety of things to experience while in Costa Rica.
A canopy tour in Monteverde – photo by manalahmadkhan (CC BY 2.0)
If you’re going to be visiting Costa Rica alone you may want to consider opting in for a canopy tour. These tours have become especially popular over the last ten years and you are sure to be able to find one that meets not only your budget but your interests as well. Some specifically worth considering are “The Original Canopy Tour” in Monteverde, “Pinilla Canopy Tour” in Tamarindo or “Dream Forest Canopy Tours” in Province of Puntarenas.
Coffee beans at a Coffee Plantation in Monteverde – photo by manalahmadkhan (CC BY 2.0)
Are you a major coffee addict? Guess what? You will be pleasantly surprised to know that Costa Rica is a coffee paradise and a coffee tour will prove it. Tours such as the famous “Britt Coffee Tour” in Heredia and the “Don Juan Coffee Tour in Monteverde” are very entertaining and informative and you’ll walk away knowing more about coffee than you thought possible.
Many people have been surfing before, and yet not many have had the opportunity to go windsurfing. If you are someone who falls into this category, or if you’ve just been dying to try it, you should definitely give windsurfing a shot while you’re in the area. Lake Arenal is a perfect destination in this regard and if you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent some and even take lessons from the local surfing company Ticowind.
Arenal Volcano – photo by Andrew Morrell (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Have you ever wanted to see a volcano? Well, you are in luck because Arenal Volcano is an active stratovolcano located in Arenal Volcano National Park in north-western Costa Rica (adjacent to Lake Arenal). Whilst it’s unlikely you’ll see lava running down its sides spectacular ash columns and underground rumbling can still frequently be heard in the area.
Tarcoles cruise guide feeding a crocodile – photo by John Menard (CC BY-SA 2.0)
If you’ve never been on a jungle cruise before then you’ve been missing out. On cruises such as “Palo Verde Boat Tours” and “Damas Island Mangrove Tour” you can sit back and relax while the boatman points out all of the beautiful and lush plant life as well as tropical birds and other scenery. Tours such as “Jose’s Crocodile River Tour” are tailored to let you get up close and personal with the American Crocodile. Whichever way you decide to go, there’s something for all wildlife and nature lovers out there.
Will you be traveling to Costa Rica with your spouse or significant other? If so, while you are in the area, you are definitely going to want to check out the hot springs. You and your partner will be able to relax your aching muscles and if you want you can even stay in one of the nearby resorts for even more pampering and spoiling.
About the Author
Victoria Heckstall is a freelance travel writer who loves to report on Costa Rica vacations.