Costa Rica is a thrill seeker's dream. With so many diverse ecosystems and terrains, it is the perfect adventure playground. With hiking, horse riding, snorkelling, rafting, zip lining, and surfing, there really is something for everyone. With so much variety on offer, we’ve helped you out and narrowed down our top five adventure activities to help you get out and explore the country’s natural wonders...
As the eco-and-adventure tourism capital of Costa Rica, it’s no surprise the country hosts a dizzying array of national parks. From hiking adventures to white water rafting, wildlife encounters and stunning vistas – there’s a National Park to suit everyone. Below are the top five National Parks that cover the highlights of Costa Rica and allow you to get under the skin of this magnificent country.
Costa Rica is regarded as one of the safest, friendliest, most diverse and exotic destinations in the world. And if that wasn’t enough to highlight its family appeal, it is now also possible to fly direct from London with British airways, making it also easily accessible. Here, Imagine Latin America round up five the best family friendly properties in the country to get you started:
Home to more than 600 miles of unspoiled tropical beaches, which span two contrasting coasts - the Pacific and Caribbean – beach holidays here are as varied as you can get. Knowing where to start is tough, and so the guys on the Imagine Latin America team have picked out their top ten beaches to get you started:
Aguila de Osa
Corcovado and Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Aguila de Osa is a small jungle eco-lodge hidden away on Costa Rica’s wildlife-rich Osa Peninsula. Aguila de Osa offers spectacular Pacific Ocean views and a chance for amazing wildlife and rainforest experiences as well as Costa Rica’s best snorkelling.
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Situated in southwestern Costa Rica, in a location described by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on earth, Aguila de Osa is a superb place for an adventure into the pristine rainforests and warm waters surrounding the lodge. Situated on a bluff overlooking magnificent Drake Bay and the Pacific Coast, and only a short distance from beautiful Corcovado National Park, the lodge consists of just 13 large thatched wooden cabins offering the utmost privacy, and attractively decorated with hardwood or tile floors, ceiling fans, large bathrooms, and excellent views.
A spacious, relaxed open-air restaurant, Rio Selva, is set amid lush foliage with a partial view of the bay through the leaves, and serves up distinctive cuisine with a uniquely tropical flair, featuring fresh seafood, pasta, tasty vegetables, and luscious tropical fruit, prepared with simplicity and originality; on top of some rocks by the river is a bar, perfect for enjoying a sundowner after the day’s adventures. The service, upkeep, and attention to detail at Aguila de Osa are all top-notch.
Activities at Aguila de Osa focus either on rainforest or marine adventures. Corcovado National Park, around 25 minutes away, is one of Costa Rica’s crown jewels with its rich diversity and spectacular scenery. Your guide will point out many of the diverse rainforest species living here, and you may see white-faced and howler monkeys, white-lipped peccaries, scarlet macaws, coati, and much more. The trails are clearly marked and easy to navigate, ascending and descending through the verdant jungle. Trips are also offered to Caño Island, 12 miles offshore, and one of Costa Rica’s best places to snorkel and dive. During the months of the Northern and Southern migrations (December to April and July to November) you may be lucky enough to spot humpback whales or dolphins frolicking in the ocean on your way to the island, which is home to a variety of marine life including Olive Ridley and hawksbill turtles, white-tipped Sharks, several species of Moray eels, schools of horse-eyed jack and barracuda. Aguila de Osa is also a great choice for sport fishing.
When to go
From May to December it's the 'green season' when it rains more than the rest of the year, it can sometimes rain for 3 days in a row. However, this is rainforest and walking in the rain doesn't ruin the experience. October is the wettest month, the creeks rise and roads can be impassable. There are few people staying at Lapa Rios, though, so it’s much more intimate. January to April are the drier months, when it’s idyllic here. The busiest time of year is the second half of December, when you need to book well in advance.
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Costa Rica's southern coast is a sun-drenched paradise, where lush green forest meets wide sandy beaches. A little more untouched and isolated in comparison to the northern coast, it's the ultimate idyllic Costa Rica retreat.