Costa Rica has over 800 miles of coastline, washed to the west by the South Pacific, and by the Caribbean Sea to the east. It has beaches so flawless only sea turtles are allowed to use them – but just as many stunning shores for people playing, too. Add in rushing rivers, wetland, canals, springs, natural pools and streams, and it’s not much of a surprise to find the potential for water-based adventure is fairly limitless.
Here are the top five fun-filled aquatic activities for kids and families, handpicked by the Costa Rica Tourism Board. If you don’t see one you like, don’t worry, there are hundreds more to choose from that didn’t make this cut.
Costa Rica practically invented tubing, but it’s come a long way here since the daring days of DIY inner tubes. Now, it’s one of the most popular family activities in the country. Safety is a priority, tubes are more like mini-rafts, and tours with lead kayak guides are the rule.
But the rush of racing down rivers hasn’t changed one bit. It’s still as adrenalin-pumping and thrilling as ever, just easier to get into, a lot more fun for kids, and you can tube just about anywhere these days, from lush jungles to mighty gorges