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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.
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Arenal, Costa Rica
Best for: Highlights, Honeymoon, Spa
Arenal Nayara is a stylish jungle spa retreat with magnificent views of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. With its chic accommodations, excellent facilities and a great spa, Arenal Nayara is a wonderfully luxurious base to enjoy Arenal’s adventure playground.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Set among lush tropical rainforest with spellbinding views towards one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Arenal Nayara is a stylish retreat, and one of the best in the area. All 34 rooms at Arenal Nayara are free-standing units set in lush flower-filled gardens and provide the last word in comfort and privacy, while maintaining a close connection with the natural surroundings.The Deluxe Casitas and Casita Suites have the same amenities, with Suites having unobstructed views towards Arenal Volcano. The Casita Premium Suites and the Casita Nayara Suites have a balcony with Jacuzzi, and views to Arenal Volcano, and the Casita Premium Suite also has a spacious living room.
Facilities at Arenal Nayara include a fabulous restaurant, Altamira, which serves mostly Costa Rican specialities such as churrasco steak under a huge thatched palapa roof with stone patios around it. The open-air spa, where mud treatments incorporate ash from the Arenal Volcano, allows you to be pampered in between outdoor adventures, and the swimming hotel pool has a swim-up bar – a handy retreat when rain showers come to visit.
Costa Rica’s Arenal region is incredibly diverse and is home to a range of exciting adventure activities including hikes on Arenal Volcano, horseback rides to jungle waterfalls, kayaking and rafting trips, bird watching and bathing in the area’s natural hot springs
When to go
Arenal is fascinating all year round, though November to April are the best months for sunshine. December to March is high season and the whole Arenal area is inundated with tourists. The ‘Green’ season, from May to September, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Bird Watching Tour Near The Arenal Volcano
Based around the La Fortuna area discover the amazing display of toucans, parrots, oropendolas, colourful tanagers and parakeets on a morning or evening walk when the birds are most active. Chose between a morning or evening walk, or do both!
Pacuare Whitewater Rafting Class III-IV
Enjoy an exhilarating and unforgettable journey travelling over the rolling white water rapids of the Pacuare River, one of the top five in the world for rafting, surrounded by the natural beauty of cascading waterfalls and lush tropical rainforest.
Arenal Eco Glide Canopy and Tarzan Swing
Arenal Canopy tour is an unforgettable adventure with incredible views of Costa Rica's magnificent tropical rainforest and waterfalls. Suitable for all ages, this zip-line experience offers incredible views and will be memorable for the whole family.
Arenal Volcano Hike & Ecothermales Hot Springs
Experience an incredible hike up Arenal Volcano for some of the most incredible landscapes of lush forestry and lava flows. Afterwards, relax and soak your muscles in the hot springs before indulging in a delicious dinner.
Arenal Volcano Hike - Light
Enjoy sensational views during a gentle two and a half hour hike along the base of the Magnificent Arenal Volcano. Venture over lava encrusted trails that destroyed the area in 1968 and witness the area's fascinating regeneration.
Arenal Sky Trek & Sky Tram
Sky Trek starts with a tour in the Sky Tram to reach the top of the Arenal reserve, then begins a zipline adventure that allows you to observe the rainforest and its landscape whilst you're amongst the trees.
Kayak on Arenal Lake
Enjoy a beautiful day out on Arenal Lake with this wonderful guided excursion. You will paddle along the gentle waters, observing different species of birds and monkeys, all whilst admiring the staggering views of the imposing Arenal Volcano.
Eco Termales Hot Springs
Visit the Ecotermales Hot Springs for a relaxing and soothing experience. Sip a cocktail whilst enjoying the different hot and cold rock pools and indulge in a sumptuous poolside dinner. With a romantic ambience, its the perfect place to spend an evening.
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by Boat
Board your boat and traverse through the diverse wildlife reserves of Caño Negro and the Rio Frio, incredible for bird watching and for observing the Costa Rican wildlife. Look out for sloths, monkeys, caimans, bats as well as numerous tropical plants.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
San Jose, Tortuguero, Turrialba, Arenal, Granada and San Juan del Sur
See the best of both Costa Rica and Nicaragua in this two week trip. Let us take you away to explore the pristine nature and beauty of Costa Rica and uncover the hidden secrets of Nicaragua. This trip is unique and one not to be forgotten.
San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula and San Jose
An all-encompassing highlights tour of Costa Rica, taking in some of our favourite sights and staying in some of our favourite properties! Perfect for a first time visitor looking to indulge and see the best of this fantastic country.
San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Santa Teresa and Alajuela
A perfect combination of adventure, exploration and relaxation. Discover pristine rainforest, smoking volcanoes, crowd-free beaches and an abundance of wildlife, all in 13 nights whilst staying in a fantastic range of stylish and boutique accommodation.
Alajuela, Tortuguero, Turrialba District, Arenal and Manuel Antonio
This is the perfect itinerary for an adventurous couple in search of a honeymoon with a difference! Be spoiled by rich flora and fauna, and indulge in a splash of luxury.