Attention, adventure seekers! If you’re looking for a trip with plenty of outdoor activities and wildlife then I’d highly recommend Costa Rica. I traveled there back in May of 2016 for a five-day trip, not really sure what to expect. I learned you can easily spend your days exploring this lush Central American country and immersing yourself in the culture. To help guide any interested travelers, I wanted to put together my top activities for visiting Costa Rica!
Take a Coffee Plantation Tour // When we stayed at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation, a tour and tasting of their coffee were included. Costa Rica has a rich history of growing and producing coffee as it’s a large contributor to their economy. It was fascinating to walk the plantation with a guide and learn about the production of the coffee. We learned how Costa Rica only grows Arabica beans, because it’s forbidden by law to grow lesser quality coffee beans, allowing for a sweeter and smoother cup of jo!
Go on an Adventure // Costa Rica has amazing activities for outdoor enthusiasts. And even if you’re not a huge fan of Mother Nature, it’s a complete disservice to the country if you don’t actually go out and explore. You can do zip lining, bird watching, hot springs, suspension bridges and more. We decided to do a half-day tour of white water rafting when we were staying by the Arenal Volcano and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It’s hard to explain the feeling you get as your rafting through the rainforest, it’s sprinkling rain and you look up and see monkeys and sloths in the greenery above you. I promise you won’t regret stepping outside your comfort zone.
Trek Through the Rainforest // If you’re in Costa Rica there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t actually go into the rainforest – it’s all around you! On one of the days we hired a tour guide and he took us on a 3-4 hour hike through the rainforest in the Arenal area. I felt like I never knew what we were going to see between the snakes, howling monkeys, and colorful birds. Then, we headed to the La Fortuna Waterfall where you can actually swim in the pool at the bottom! It was a one-of-a-kind experience that made the 15-minute downhill, and then uphill, climbs worth it.
Hold a Baby Sloth // In all transparency, this was one of the things that I truly regret not doing. The cards were not in our favor and when we wanted to go to the sloth sanctuary and hold the baby sloths, it was closed. But our driver was so nice when we mentioned how much we wanted to see a sloth he made a stop to take us to the zoo. Granted, it wasn’t quite the same but it was still extremely thoughtful. So while I didn’t get to hold a baby sloth, I hope you do if you get the chance to go to Costa Rica and send me pictures!
Eat Like a Local // Is this considered an activity? Who knows. But regardless I highly recommend you skip the hotel restaurant and go into the city and find a hole in the wall with a ton of people. Our tour guide took us around Alajuela where he brought us to one of his favorite places. It was packed with people and we quickly realized why – the food was phenomenal!
I think what I’ve been trying to get across is go to Costa Rica! And feel free to contact me if you need any more recommendations or help planning!