top Costa Rica destinations

Costa Rica is filled with activities and destinations that will get your blood pumping.  When spending time in the northern lowlands of Arenal this is how you’ll spend your days.  

Here are the top activities of Arenal Costa Rica.

Explore Arenal Volcano National Park

Depending on your preference there is a unique way to explore the National Park that suits everyone.

Explore by foot and hike. There are a number of trails to choose from. While none of the trails take you to the summit of Arenal, all the trails provide you with viewpoints of the perfectly cone shaped volcano.

Explore by water and go white water rafting or enjoy a pleasant family float down the river.

Explore by air rappelling, canyoneering, or zip lining. Pick your poison. For nature lovers and avid learners you can experience a guided hike through the rainforest across several hanging bridges to get a birds eye view of the exotic animals and birds that inhabit this ecosystem. 

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

See Monkeys, Sloths, and Tucans 

When I think of Costa Rica, instantaneously a sloth pops into my mind.  Luckily for you, Arenal’s ecosystem is home to thousands of animals and birds including sloths, monkeys and toucans.

Go on a guided rainforest tour to spot wildlife and learn about the rainforest and the birds, animals, and plants that make it up. I went on a Hanging Bridges walk that took you through the rainforest and through the canopy.

Top Activities of Arenal Costa Rica, zip lining

Zip-Line Through the Jungle

Flying down a zip-line cable over the rainforest canopy, through trees and canyons, with panoramic views to match was one of my favorite top activities of Arenal Costa Rica.  And its no wonder that zip-lining in Costa Rica is on most peoples bucket list.

I chose to zip-line with  Sky Trek in Arenal and had an incredible experience.  The amount of time spent on the zip lines were enough to make me feel like I got my moneys worth.  The zip lines were equipped with a safety feature that wouldn’t let you accidentally get turned around and we all know I’m a sucker for safety.

 You can rent a go pro head strap there if you don’t already have one so you can get all of the adventure on video!

Top Activities of Arenal Costa Rica, hot springs

Spend the day relaxing at La Tabacon Hot Springs

Can we say a dream?!?! I was lucky enough to have been able to stay here for a week lounging in the posh hot springs, sipping on hand crafted cocktails.

There are dozens of hot springs in the area to choose from but if you want to style yourself out, hands down I recommend spending a day if not a few nights at La Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa. 

The Tabacon Hot Springs are tucked away in the rainforest with lush floral, beautifully landscaped gardens that surround the baths. The thermal water itself is naturally heated by the volcano and is slowly mineralized underground. There’s a luxurious, bad ass, eco friendly spa next door as an added bonus.

If you’re ballin on a budget and not staying at the resort you can buy a day pass starting at $85 and price increases during peak season. If you’re going to splurge on one thing in Costa Rica this is it. A few nights at this luxurious resort will have you recharged and ready to take on the world. 

Check out prices and availability here.

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Swim under La Fortuna Waterfall

This iconic waterfall is pictured on most maps, books, and magazines of Costa Rica and for good reason. Located 5-10 minutes outside of La Fortuna town, it is easily accessible and takes about 15 minutes to walk down the set of stairs (1200 steps in total) to reach to bottom of the waterfall.

The impressive 200 foot waterfall cascades down into a pool of water where you are able to swim. 

Warning: the water can be very cold and the current ca be strong. There are also plenty of places to perch up and have a picnic.

Admission: $18 to enter open from 7 am to 5 pm. No drones allowed

As a top activities of Arenal Costa Rica, this gets crowded, so if you want a shot without people in it my advice to you is to get there when it opens at 7.

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Rio Celeste ⇑

Although Rio Celeste is located in Tenorio Volcano National Park, about an hour and a half north of La Fortuna, I wanted to include this activity in the list because it was my favorite experience while in Costa Rica and its still in the general area.

Rio Celeste is a moderate 3.7 mile hike that takes you along a aquamarine river and to a mesmerizing waterfall and YES the color of the water is all natural.

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Hiking Rio Celese

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Enjoy the Pura Vida Life

The most common phrase you’ll here when traveling through Costa Rica is ‘Pura Vida’. Simply translated  it means ‘simple or pure life’ but in Costa Rica this is the way of life. 

Costa Rican’s or Ticos will use this term to say hello, goodbye, thank you, life is good. 

No stress, no worries, no problems are to be had when you are traveling through Costa Rica. Life is good and embracing the way of life here is the only way to truly experience Costa Rica and understand the culture.

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