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There's tons to do and see on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast so you definitely won't be bored! And there's something for every type of traveler: From high adventure on a wild river, nature hikes viewing the unique fauna and flora of the area or close up opportunities to learn about rescuing animals or making chocolate.
These are some of the tours and activities we recommend that are either in the area or which pick up/drop off at area hotels. And you can even book it directly with our tour partners right from here!
Most tours will pick you up and return you right to your hotel (or sometimes to another Costa Rica destination!). Tours which do not include transportation are indicated below and we will be happy to assist to you in getting to the start point in those cases.
Our tour partners have also put together packages which include transport, hotels and tours so you can either get your full trip to Costa Rica organized in one go or have them organize add-ons to popular destinations such as Arenal & Monteverde, Tortuguero or Bocas del Toro.
Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast has some of the world's best whitewater rafting, with unparalleled adventure and nature viewing opportunities.
Many of the rafting trips include transportation between San Jose or Arenal and Puerto Viejo so it's like getting your transport to/from Puerto Viejo for free! Your luggage is secure throughout the trip so you're free to enjoy your day on the river.
Here is our most popular tour:
Pacuare River: One Day
|Our most popular trip and Costa Rica’s most stunning white water river. Class III-IV rapids. Suitable for 12 years of age+|
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Costa Rica is considered to be the most biodiverse country in the world, not only due to its location at intersection of the Americas but also to a very high proportion of protected areas. The Puerto Viejo area has some of the most spectacular natural areas in the country and many are even of international importance. The area includes several protected areas including Cahuita National Park and the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge.
Sloths and monkies are frequent sights here as are a huge variety of birds. In season, turtles make their way to our beaches to lay their eggs. The flora is equally interesting with spectactular flowers and many interesting and colorful plants. Offshore there are colorful fish and dolphins to see on a snorkelling, diving or fishing trip.
These are a few of our most popular tours:
Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall
|What could be better than a day playing with monkeys, learning how cacao become chocolate and hiking to a pristine waterfall? Three of our favorite local activities combined to make a truly memorable day on your vacation.|
Caribbean Canopy and Zipline
|For a thrilling adventure get a bird’s eye view of the jungle while flying through the air at top speed on zipline cables.|
Cahuita Boat, Snorkel and Hiking Trip
|Cahuita National Park is one of the highlights of the area. This trip includes a guided hike and a boat ride with a stop for snorkeling in the coral reefs.|
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There are many local activities we can help you arrange. Many of these do book up so if you want to experience horseback riding along the beach or learning to surf in one of the best spots in the world, then have us book these activities for you.
We can even arrange a massage or a facial!
These are a few of our favorites:
|Riding horseback along the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean Coast is the perfect way to explore the area. Suitable for riders of all experiences (or none).|
|FThe Southern Caribbean is characterized by the largest reef system in Costa Rica, with deep water 2-4 miles offshore. This provides unique experiences for fishing for a variety of species using a variety of techniques. Full and half day private trips with a small sport boat or the option to go fishing the way the locals do (artisanal tour).|
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Costa Rica's South Caribbean (along with Panama) is home to the Bri Bri people. Many of these communities had no exposure to the modern world until recently. These tours not only give you a glimpse into a unique life but they support these communities in their effort at economic diversification. The Caribbean is also home to a unique Afro-Caribe culture. Many of our tours take place within the protected areas of the Kéköldi Indigenous Reserve or the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.
Here is our most popular tour:
Uatsi Waterfall and Indigenous Reservation
|Visit a beautiful waterfall, the indigenous cultural center and witness the chocolate making process.|
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These tours will let you immerse yourself in another nearby area such as Bocas del Toro in Panama or Tortuguero and are a great alternative if you don't have time to spend several days in the area. If you have more time and want to add several nights then check our destination packages page.
Our favorite discovery tours are:
Bocas del Toro, Panama One Day Tour
|A day trip to the Bocas del Toro islands including dolphin watching, snorkelling and a visit to the Red Frog Beach.|
Tortuguero Canal Wildlife Watching
|See the Tortuguero Canals by boat and get the chance to see wildlife on this day trip from Puerto Viejo or Cahuita.|
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Looking for multi-day packages which includes hotels, transportation and activities? Check the packages page. You can either get your full trip to Costa Rica organized in one go or have them organize add-ons to popular destinations such as Arenal, Tortuguero or Bocas del Toro.
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Our tour and activity partner, Gecko Trail Adventures, can help you plan a trip customized exactly to your needs and answer any questions. Please contact them for further details or use the chat function on the bottom right of this page.
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