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Adventures in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a favourite destination for adventure holidays, giving visitors the chance to enjoy outdoor fun and thrills surrounded by spectacular scenery. If you're planning your trip, you can rest assured there's plenty of choice for exciting activities in the area.

The Guanacaste region's coastline runs along the Pacific Ocean, which is teeming with exotic sea life and opportunities to spot wild dolphins and whales. Inland there are mountains, volcanoes, forests, lakes and waterfalls to explore, each of which are filled with wildlife. There's plenty to see and do, so take a look below for ideas on how the whole family can enjoy this stunning region.

Enjoy fantastic diving and snorkelling

As well as offering miles of spectacular beaches, the Pacific coastline is an ideal destination for snorkelling and diving adventures.

Stay in shallow water and snorkel with the kids to get a closer look at the multitudes of colourful small fish that can be seen just a couple of metres off the shoreline.

You can also take in some scuba diving at top dive sites located within the area, such as off the shores of Isla del Coco. This island lies close to Playa del Coco and is a 70-minute drive from Playa Tamarindo. Here you can see schools of hammerhead sharks and manta rays, as well as a pod of wild dolphins.

Get in some mountain biking and four-wheel drive thrills

The rural inland roads and miles of untouched natural landscape of Costa Rica offer an exciting adventure playground for mountain biking and off-road four-wheel drive trips. You can ride around dirt paths, along cattle trails and across grasslands for some high-octane thrills.

There are tours available that offer differing levels of difficulty so you can choose a pace that suits you. Have a fun family day out or really go for it with a wild and fast ride through rugged terrain. Many bike tours take in the incredible views, such as through the beautiful Valle Crental and Zona Norte, which passes along the scenic Pacific coast.

Have fun flying through the treetops

Swinging above the forest canopy on ziplines is a sure fire way to have lots of fun. You'll also get some incredible views of Costa Rica's amazing landscape and spot treetop wildlife at the same time.

There are several family-friendly zipline adventure parks in the region, such as Pura Aventura in El Guapote, Playa Tamarindo. Offering a fun, eco-friendly environment you're likely to spot wild monkeys, exotic birds, puma and deer while you're flying around.

Practice your surfing and kitesurfing skills

The Guanacaste coastline offers several spots with good surfing and kitesurfing conditions all year round, so you'll find plenty of places to practice your skills and get in some high-octane holiday action.

Some of the most popular surfer destinations include the beautiful beach resorts of Playa Flamingo and Playa Tamarindo. Here you can easily combine a relaxed beach day and lazy lunch at a laid-back restaurant with your exciting watersports adventures.

Take an exciting white-water rafting or canoeing journey

For a full-on adrenaline rush, make the most of Costa Rica's many fast-flowing rivers and enjoy an unforgettable adventure experience. There are several exciting rafting and canoeing tours available which often include hiking through a fantastic landscape of creeks, mountains and canyons to get to your starting point. There are a number of places from which to take your tour, including the spectacular rapids of Colorado River Canyon - located just an hour's drive away from Playa Tamarindo.

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