Costa Rican is all about Pura Vida – the simple life; with endless beaches, rainforests, river valleys, and incredible biodiversity, there’s an adventure around every corner. With tons of non-stop flights from the U.S., it’s never been easier to experience the simple life for yourself.

Costa Rica is a dream for anyone who loves an active vacation. There’s so much to do in Costa Rica you might need a vacation from your vacation. Luckily, relaxing opportunities at beautiful oceanside resorts are also plentiful, so play hard and then enjoy some downtime before you head home.

If you need some ideas of things to do during your trip, here are a few popular choices.


Imagine soaring over and through the jungle canopy with the Arenal Volcano in the distance. Ziplining is one of the most popular and thrilling tourist activities in Costa Rica, and safety is a top priority.


Nearly 28% of Costa Rica is national parks, reserves, and wildlife refuges, so you know protecting the natural environment is a priority. Home to 27 national parks, twelve climatic zones, and more than 500,000 species of animals, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Keep an eye out for the three-toe sloth, howler monkeys, and tree porcupines (as well as snakes, frogs, and birds.. oh my!)


The warm water and steady ocean breeze make Costa Rica a surfer’s paradise. Spots like Playa Tamarindo, Playa Guiones, Playa Samara, and Playa Espadilla are great places for beginners, and many beaches offer boards and lessons so you can learn to hang ten with the cool kids.

Volcano Hike

The area around Arenal Volcano is one of the most visited and photographed spots in Costa Rica. Adventure seekers will love this region to go kayaking, whitewater rafting, tubing, paddle boarding, ziplining, and horseback riding under the awe-inspiring (and somewhat ominous) shadow of the still-active volcano.

Hot Springs & Tranquility

Imagine relaxing in a warm water pool in a lush, tropical rainforest as wildlife peeps and chirps in the background. Just look for a bunch of cars on the side of the road, park safely, and hop right in. Geothermal waters heated by a volcano bubble up through the earth to create the natural hot spring that flows throughout the Arenal region. Rumored to help with healing of all kinds, the springs are a favorite stop for visitors and are open to the public.


Costa Rica has waterfalls galore, and some are only an easy hike away. It takes just 20 minutes to hike to the La Fortuna waterfall near the Arenal Volcano. The water is chilly, but if you’re brave, jump in for an experience of a lifetime. You might even spot toucans, monkeys, and other interesting creatures during your visit.

Rio Rafting

Named as a Biosphere Reserve, Rio Pacuare offers a fun and challenging whitewater experience through the jungle. Known as one of the top stops for whitewater rafting, take a moment from the action to look around, and you might be rewarded with a glimpse of jaguars, tapirs, and all types of colorful birds.

Yoga Retreats

Costa Rica is also known for its wellness and yoga retreats. If you’re interested in relaxing or taking your yoga practice to the next level, there are opportunities to down dog for every level of yogi. Plus, you’ll find wellness cooking classes, farm-to-table dining experiences, fitness classes, hiking, and more to round out your experience.

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Curious about the current COVID-19 travel rules and restrictions in Costa Rica?  Check out this update from the. U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica.

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