Holiday in Costa Rica, need ideas for fun.

I love outdoors, sports and watergames. What fun activities are there to do in Costa Rica? Best place for scuba diving? I'll be there for more than 20 days, so I have a lot of time. Would like to know your ideas for hiking, trekking and exploring.


Country: Costa Rica


playa jaco is a wonderful place to stay. central to the west coast of costa rica. we do hiking/nature trails and snorkle/spearfishing tours. and can get you set up for horseback riding, scuba, fishing, zip-lines, atv and tons more! we can even book your hotel or townhome/condo accom. thanx for your time. howie
Hola (hello) Layne
Well Layne right now Scuba Diving on either coasts of Costa Rica, not so good rainy season visibility is not good.
If you really want to do a hike or trek I can set you up with a hike across the country it takes 28 days. Starts in Limon ends in Quepos. You can cut it in half go from Limon to Turrialba. Then Bus over to Manuel Antonio for a R & R on the beach.Or I can set it up where you do a downhill from the Dotas to to the beach in Manuel Antonio that is an easy 4 day trek and really beautiful!
You can also fly into Puerto Jimenez and do the Corcovado Trek rain is not bad there yet. Keep in mind we are coming into our rainy season now here in Costa Rica.However if you Surf then you are hitting our time of year here on the Pacific coast.
Either way I and we here at localyte are here to help! so get back to us a.s.a.p and let us help.
Pura Vida (pure life)
Go to my page here on localyte and click on my web site, to get an idea of what I do and about our places and activities Mark
Hola Amigos
Just to let you know. The rain does not affect the diving on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Diving Safaris is located in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste. June, July and August offer some of the best diving in the world. In fact the whole year is fantastic;)
For hiking, trekking, exploring and scuba diving, probably the best place would be around Drake bay, Osa peninsula in Southwestern Costa Rica. I would recommend you go during the dry season moslty to this area (from December thru April), since the water visibility can be an issue during the rainy season.

You can dive with Jinetes de Osa out of Drake Bay. Also-Aguila de Osa Lodge has a professional diving operation & beautiful lodge at Drake Bay. You would also have to hike at Corcovado National Park. The San Pedrillo ranger station is the closest, but I would recommend going to Sirena Station which is even more remote and really 'wild'. Lot's of animal sightings guaranteed!

But if you do decide to come during the rainy season your best diving area will be around Coco beach, Hermosa Beach, Flamingo, Culebra bay, Golfo papagayo, Bat Islands and Catalina Islands all in Northwestern Costa Rica-Guanacaste province. Preferably from June thru mid September. Avoid this area from Sept 15 thru end of November. Too much rain! You could stay at Tamarindo beach where there are planty of hotel options and lot's of acuatic sports. For hiking you should head to Rincin de la Vieja Volcano National park and to Santa Rosa NP in the Guanacaste area.
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Olman Arce
I have started a list of over 75 things to do within 2-3 hours of the Central Valley (which you can use as your base hence not sleeping in one hard bed after the other). If you want a copy, e- me at
I think Jaco is a good option. Everything is nearby and is close to San José (2 hours). I have a small hotel there with good rates and excellent service. My phone in Costa Rica is 8880-0517.

Hi, here is a link to explain you an ATV tours guided, really funny. It's the real way to see Costa Rica 2 hours from the airport and only 10 minutes from Jaco a nice city with good restaurants and night club.
We also have a nice house for rent on the beach in Esterillos Este with a nice swimming pool
Hello Layne

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1- How many people are there in your party?
2- What are your travel dates? Are they firm or flexible?
3- What types of hotels do you prefer? Large resorts, smaller boutique hotels, all inclusive hotels?
4- Would you like to move between regions or stay in one area?
5- Do you have specific regions of the country in mind that you would like to visit? If so, do have specific hotels in mind?
6- What tours/activities would you like to participate in? We offer all tours available in the country, the most popular include: canopy tours, hanging bridges, whitewater rafting, canyoning, horseback, volcano tours, hiking in national parks, dolphin/whale watching, sport fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sunset cruises, kayaking, caving, and biking).
7- How would you like me to arrange for transportation within the country? Private transfers, shuttle transfers, rental car, flights when possible?
8- Do you already have international airfare? If not, would you like me to include it? If you would like me to include, what airport will you be departing from?
9- What is your approximate budget for this trip, not including international airfare?
10- Any other comments you would like to share with me?
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Hi, here is a link to explain you an ATV tours guided, really funny. It's the real way to see Costa Rica 2 hours from the airport and only 10 minutes from Jaco a nice city with good restaurants and night club.
We also have a nice house for rent on the beach in Esterillos Este with a swimming pool.
if you like to do outdoor activities Costa Rica is rigth place to do it.... white water rafting, sea kayacking, wave runner, mtb, hiking, trekking, atv, and lots of difernt activities and recomendations for your vacations....... e-mail
Diving Safaris is located in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste. We are fortunate to have more than 10 prime dives sites that are only 20-30 minutes out by boat. Most sites accomodate all levels of experience. We also make day trips to Catalina and Bat Islands.
I am a raft guide so of course I will recommend you to do rafting. If you have the time and the money, a 2 day trip on the Pacuare River is for you, if you want to add a jungle hike then you should do a 3 day trip. There is also a 1/2 day trip in Quepos which is fun, cheaper and you can do any other activity of the area on that same day.
My favorite hike in Costa Rica is Cerro Chato, starts near Fortuna (Arenal area), it is a crater of an extinct volcano filled up with emerald looking water. This is my favorite place in Cosrta Rica.
My last advice is surfing. Get classes, rent a board and surf like crazy. Nothing else matters.

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Layne if you have not made any decisions yet on your trip please let us know if there is anything more we cn do to help here at localytes!
Pura vida Anamars
Fun ideas for CR Holidays:
1-surf lessons in Jaco or in Tamarindo beaches, Guanacaste

2-Windsurfing & kite surfing lessons in lake Arenal(Tilawa Lodge, Rock River Lodge).

3-Scuba in Play del Coco, Flamingo beach, Hermosa beach, Tamarindo in Guanacaste province. All have good scuba operators.

4-Horseback riding in Hacienda Guachipelin Lodge near Rincon dela Vieja Volcano NP. You can also go White Water tubing, zip lining, hiking, birdwatching, trekking to the top of the crater!
Hello there,

I highly recommend you Manuel Antonio for diving/snorkeling and forest exploration, Nauyaca waterfall in Domical is great option to explore virgen forest and the most beautiful waterfall in country.

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