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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 and 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 One Day Rafting Trip
Our most popular trip and Costa Rica's most stunning white water river. Class III-IV rapids. Suitable for 12+ years of age. Daily pickups from Puerto Viejo, San Jose and Arenal and you can return to a different location making it a way to travel without a day lost to travel!
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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 Center, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall
Three of our favorite local activities are combined in this tour. A visit to the Jaguar Rescue Center where you'll see monkeys, sloths and other animals rescued by the center. Then learn how to make chocolate from local cacao with an indigenous family. Finally a walk to a waterfall for a swim. A memorable day which supports animal rescue efforts and indigenous communities.
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Cahuita Boat, Snorkel and Hiking Trip
Cahuita National Park is one of the highlights of the area with an incredible variety of wildlife such as monkeys, sloths and birds. 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).
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Banana Azul Beachside Massage
This 1 hour massage at Hotel Banana Azul in Playa Negra is for a complete relaxation from head to toe. This treatment dedicated to your body to revitalize your mind and your soul immersed in scents and sounds of the Caribbean Sea. An experience that you cannot miss on your holidays.
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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 tour is:
Tortuguero Canal Wildlife Watching
See the Tortuguero canals by boat on this day trip from Puerto Viejo or Cahuita. Your knowledgeable bilingual guide will pick you up in a comfortable mini-van and we will first do a small city tour through Limon to learn about the Caribbean port city. Then we will take a boat to the Tortuguero canals where you can see a great variety of wildlife: birds, monkeys, sloths, reptiles and more are all possible.
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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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