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15 things to do in Costa Rica to get even closer to nature

A land of rugged rainforests and beach side escapes, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. What better way to tap into the true beauty of the country than diving head first into the amazing experiences it has to offer? From wildlife you’ll wow over to water fun that will make mermaids jealous, these are the best things to do in Costa Rica.

Go to sleep listening to howler monkeys

Is this enjoyable? Not necessarily, they are LOUD alright, but it is an experience that will make you feel connected to the country and its nature.

Take a jungle walk

Costa Rica is around 51% rainforest. That’s A LOT, so why wouldn’t you want to take in as much as you can? Get up close to nature and see trees in untouched parts of the world. Who knows if there’s an ancient ruin just around the corner…

Go off the grid

Did we mention Costa Rica has HEAPS of rainforest? Well we just did again, not to mention plenty of towns hidden amongst the trees. Go off the beaten path and stay somewhere you can only get by plane or helicopter, like Tortuguero, for a true back to nature experience.

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Go sloth spotting

This is a must for anyone in Costa Rica! Sloths are basically their national symbol and you can find them throughout the country. The best way to see them is a specialised walk at night, but you might even spot some driving during the day, just hanging out doing what sloths do (not much, JFYI).

See Sarapiqui’s unique biodiversity

Sarapiqui is one of the world’s most important places for rainforest research. Bird watching, white water rafting and as much peace and quiet as you want; this is pure nature porn.

Watch the sunset on the beach

Sunset + beach = bliss. Beaches in Costa Rica are stunning and you won’t want to leave for a minute. The added bonus of a sunset? You may just spot some nesting turtles, with many species of turtle calling these waters home.

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Bathe in some hot springs

All that running around the rainforest is going to have you in need of some relaxation, so dive into one of Costa Rica’s many hot springs. Many of them have been used by the locals and ancient tribes for thousands of years and have pretty great views…

Snorkel or kayak with dolphins and whales

The sea life around Costa Rica is diverse and rich, and that’s why it’s a great place to grab a snorkel or kayak and join them. You’ll be able to see dolphins and whales (species vary depending on the migrating season) up close and in all their natural habitat.

Take in the heights (or maybe even hike) a volcano

Costa Rica is right in there on the Ring of Fire, known for its shifting land masses and heaps of volcanoes. Hiking one of these beauties (Arenal is our fave), or getting driven to the top will give you a true appreciation for mother nature and the forests of the area.

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Try your hand at surfing

All those beaches are good for something besides sunbaking. Costa Rica has some of the best waves in the world and caters for everything from beginners to pros. Board hire and lessons are super cheap so you really have no excuse not to try your best at hanging ten.

Go scuba diving

Once you’ve mastered life on top of the waves, dive under and see the beautiful corals and marine life Costa Rica has. If you’re lucky you might even make a new turtle friend in the bright blue ocean.

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Seek out the wildlife and wonders of Monte Verde

The cloud forest is a far cry from the beaches, but it just goes to show how rich and varied Costa Rica is. Up in the clouds is a different kind of rainforest and it feels like you’ve stepped onto Mount Olympus. The air is so clean and the views are magnificent. Don’t forget your walking shoes so you can explore properly!

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Horseback riding through Tocori Waterfalls

In case you missed it, Costa Rica has endless waterfalls and rainforests, but seeing them on horseback with a local guide is the perfect way to learn about the exotic plants and animals.

See Manuel Antonio National Park

This is not your average national park. Sure you’ve got your trees and hiking trails, but you’ve also got coral reefs and white sand beaches! And no before you ask, you can’t build a hut on the beach and stay forever.

Go canyoning through waterfalls

This is your chance to let your inner Tarzan shine as you rappel, abseil and swing from waterfall to waterfall in the pristine rainforests. It’s a little scary, but maximum fun and the best way to see the falls! 

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