Costa Rica Adventure Vacations

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Sizzling Costa Rica Adventure Vacations

Costa Rica adventure vacations bring you whatever you want. Let's take water activities. With two exciting coastlines--on the Pacific and the Caribbean--this compact land has excellent sport fishing, diving, snorkeling, surfing, river rafting, sea kayaking, and swimming. Concentrate on just one, or combine several water sports in Costa Rica travel packages.

For an unforgettable sea tour of the beaches on vacations in Costa Rica, take a four- or nine-day sea kayak jaunt along the coast and estuaries. Camp on lovely beaches and listen to howler monkeys and scarlet macaws. For heart-stopping excitement, go for whitewater rafting on one of five top-rated rivers: Sarapiqui, Naranjo, Corobici, Reventazon, and the epitome of tropical rivers, the Pacuare.

Exotic Land Adventures

Costa Rica adventure vacations include some unique experiences. For a one-of-a-kind thrill, explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest and go on the Canopy Tour. Sky Trek takes you flying over the trees using platforms, cables, and jungle bridges. For an educational and inspiring trek, take the family on the Rainforest Waterfall Walk. A professional naturalist will be your guide through the trails near Manuel Antonio National Park. Be sure to take your bathing suit for the optional swims in pristine pools along the way!

For another half-day outing limited to eight people at a time, go on the Rainmaker's Canopy Walk, a suspension bridge system that takes you 180 feet above the waterfalls. Six sections are attached to massive hardwood trees, thus minimizing impact on the rainforest below. Not afraid to get close to primordial reptiles? Visit Iguana Park, which is a preservation project, and view the beautiful (?) green iguanas that thrive there. In the same area is the Carara Biological Reserve, a world-famous nesting ground for the truly beautiful scarlet macaw.

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