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8 activities you have to do in Costa Rica

Top 8 ACTIVITIES THAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS IN COSTA RICA

Costa Rica is becoming an increasingly popular study abroad destination, but no wonder why. Costa Rica has a unique charm, because of its friendly people, beautiful Spanish language and “Pura Vida” attitude. This Central American gem offers endless possibilities. From adrenaline junkies to salsa enthusiasts and eco-lifestyle lovers – Costa Rica has it all. Here are the top 8 activities you have to experience in Costa Rica.

1. Explore THE MOST MAGICAL WATERFALLS

Costa Rica is world-renowned for its spectacular waterfalls. You can explore astonishing and instagrammable waterfalls all over the country, so take your new friends and go waterfall hunting in the Costa Rican forests. Lastly, you should not miss Rio Celeste and its magical blue water.

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Make sure to check out Costa Rica’s stunning waterfalls


2. GO HIKING and EXPLORE COSTA RICA’S DIVERSITY

What is the best way to spend your weekends in Costa Rica? Go hiking and explore this breathtaking country! One magical spot you do not want to miss is the beautiful Monteverde Cloud Forest. The rainforest’s mist creates a surreal atmosphere. Or how about a hike to Costa Rica’s highest mountain Cerro Chirripó. Rumours say that if you are lucky, you can see both, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, at the same time from the top of the Cerro Chirripó. But you need to find it out yourself!

3. LEARN ABOUT THE COSTA RICAN SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Costa Rica is the place to be for everyone interested in an eco-friendly lifestyle because it is the leading country in sustainability and ecotourism. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) awarded Costa Rica, the Champions of the Earth award in 2019. Therefore, we recommend you explore sustainable living by staying a weekend in a sustainable eco-lodge.

4. Learn how to SURF or improve your skills

Costa Rica is located between two oceans, thus it has a lot to offer for surf enthusiasts. Everyone from advanced surfers to beginners is welcomed by beautiful white beaches and clear waters. A beginner should try Tamarindo beach, as it is one of the best beaches in the world for novice surfers. So, better write surfing on your bucket list!

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Costa Rica offers surf spots for every level

5. TRY WHITE WATER RAFTING 

Looking for an adventure? White water rafting is the ideal activity for adventurous souls. You can choose either a short raft ride of a few hours or a multi-day adventure in beautiful tropical scenery. If you are lucky, you might even spot exotic white-faced capuchins or cute sloths on the way.

6. RELAX IN HOT SPRINGS

Located on volcanic ground, Costa Rica offers many unique activities. For instance, you will have the extraordinary chance to visit natural hot springs. Moreover, you can find the infamous hot spring river in La Fortuna. Soak in warm, luminous blue water and feel your muscles relaxing and worries disappear.

7. Take dancing lessons WITH THE LOCALS

Love the Latin rhythms? Costa Ricans are known for their cheerful dancing culture, and foreigners are warmly welcomed to the dance courses. Learn to dance Salsa, Reggaeton, Merengue and Bachata in local dance studios and show off your new moves later in Costa Rica’s vibrant nightlife.

8. GO ZIPLINING TO SEE COSTA RICA FROM ABOVE

The last tip for our top 8 activities is to experience Costa Rica’s spectacular views from above! Ziplining is a must when you travel to Costa Rica and with a good reason: It is known for amazing ziplining possibilities and up to kilometre long ziplines over rainforests and waterfalls. Overcome your fears and have an experience of a lifetime!

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Costa Rica has the most incredible ziplines


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This blog article was written by our intern Iina!
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