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From kayaking through the mangroves in Santa Teresa to taking a guided nature walk through the cloud forests, there are endless things to see and do in Costa Rica. 

Luckily, at Scott Dunn, our destination experts have experienced what this amazing country has to offer first-hand and are ready to help you find the best and most memorable things to do in Costa Rica. 

Animal lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to attractions in Costa Rica. Travel to Monteverde for a chance to spot monkeys, ocelots and porcupines during the day, and a whole other range of wildlife on a private after-dark tour. Alternatively, visit the famous Manuel Antonio National Park to catch a glimpse of the country’s native sloths.  

If you’re looking to take in some of this country’s truly breathtaking scenery, we also recommend an escorted excursion through Arenal’s lush forests and canopies, stopping at impressive waterfalls along the way. 

For thrill-seekers, there are also plenty of great things to do in Costa Rica. From ziplining through the canopies to white water rafting in the Central Valley, we can arrange a bespoke experience that’ll add a sense of adventure to your Costa Rican holiday. 

So, whatever it is you’re looking to do in Costa Rica, our experts will craft you the luxury holiday of a lifetime, full of moments you’ll remember.

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Don Tobias Horseback Riding

Don Tobias Horseback Riding

Arenal, Costa Rica

Enjoy a gentle three hour trail ride taking you through beautiful lush scenery and as close to Arenal Volcano as possible. The Don Tobias stables have horses to suit every riding ability.

Golfo Dulce Dolphin Tour

Golfo Dulce Dolphin Tour

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Take a boat out into Golfo Dulce to look for dolphins. On occasion, super-pods of 300+ dolphins can be seen cavorting in the sparkling waters. The trip ends with an opportunity to snorkel over a coral reef, and a beach picnic.

Kayak on Arenal Lake

Kayak on Arenal Lake

Arenal, Costa Rica

Gently paddle around Arenal Lake and soak in the spectacular views of the volcano, best enjoyed on a clear day. Explore the shoreline and observe a variety of birds including herons, kingfishers and flycatchers.

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Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio and Uvita, Costa Rica

Take a leisurely hike with an expert naturalist guide through one of Costa Rica's most stunning National Parks, Manuel Antonio, where tropical jungle meets picturesque white sand beaches. See how many different species of flora and fauna you can spot.

Private Hanging Bridges & Arenal Volcano Hike with Tico Picnic

Private Hanging Bridges & Arenal Volcano Hike with Tico Picnic

Arenal, Costa Rica

Soak up the atmosphere on a rainforest canopy tour across the hanging bridges of Místico Arenal scouting for bird and wildlife, before enjoying a hike across the historic lava fields of the Arenal Volcano, with the reward of a luxury riverside picnic.

Rafting the Pacuare River

Rafting the Pacuare River

San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

The Pacuare River offers some of the finest white water in Latin America, winding through rugged canyons deep inside one of Costa Rica's impressive rainforests. As no roads lead to Pacuare Lodge, rafting in and out is the perfect way to arrive in style!

Rio Celeste & Volcano Hike

Rio Celeste & Volcano Hike

Arenal, Costa Rica

Witness the unearthly blue colour of the Rio Celeste as you take a rainforest hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park. Geological oddities and the Rio Celeste waterfalls are additional fascinations.

Sunset Catamaran Tour of Papagayo

Sunset Catamaran Tour of Papagayo

Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Set out on a cruising adventure aboard a luxury 47-foot catamaran to see ocean wildlife and jungle shoreline! Snorkel to see colourful marine life and soak in the sunset views surrounding Costa Rica's Papagayo Peninsula.

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The Original Sloth Tour

The Original Sloth Tour

Arenal, Costa Rica

For many, a trip to Costa Rica is not complete without a sighting of one of its best-loved mammals: the funny and curious sloth. Seek out the two different species with an expert guide who will take you to the best and lesser-known areas to spot wildlife.

Arenal Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Arenal Sky Tram & Sky Trek

Arenal, Costa Rica

Soar through the rainforest canopy on this thrilling zip wiring adventure in the Arenal reserve. Experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest from a bird’s-eye view, admiring the wildlife and spectacular scenery from above. Minimum age 8 years old.

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