Costa Rica is the country of high volcanoes, amazing forests, beautiful beaches, and rich wildlife. The good news is that there is no shortage of Costa Rica activities, especially if you are traveling by a boat rental. Surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, kite boarding, rafting, and stand up paddle boarding are some of the most popular activities here in Costa Rica.
Weather in Costa Rica
The dry season in Costa Rica lasts from December to April and offers perfect conditions for your sailing vacation. This is an ideal time to take part in Costa Rica activities and explore the country in a boat rental. The rainy seasons usually runs from May to November.
Marinas in Costa Rica
There are several marinas in Costa Rica, but there is only one full-fledged marina which offers all the basic facilities and it’s called Los Sueños Marina. It can accommodate 200 berths and is located just south from Golfo de Nicoya. Los Sueños Marina also features a fuel dock and a luxury grocery store. Golfito is home to Banana Bay Marina and Servicios Tierra Mar. Banana Bay Marina features several pricey slips, free Wi-Fi, and an upscale American-style restaurant. On the other hand, Servicios Tierra Mar offers bulletproof moorings which cost $8 and for just $4 travelers have access to the clubhouse that features showers, a massive deck, and satellite TV.
Top Water Activities
One of the most popular Costa Rica activities among travelers is fishing. There are many fish charters that provide fishing rods and bait to travelers and several charter companies that offer various fishing tours. Thanks to the expansive coastlines and wetlands of Costa Rica, places like Los Suenos Marina, Crocodile Bay Sportfishing Resort, Marina Papagayo, and Marina Pez Vela are very popular fishing destinations.
In case you are into surfing, you will be happy to hear that Costa Rica is a well-known surf destination in Central America. You will find dozens of surf shops along the coast and there are many beaches where you can surf. Famous for their world-class breaks, Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point are probably one of the most famous destinations for surfers in the region. Keep in mind that the Caribbean coast is only for experienced surfers, while the Pacific is suitable for beginners thanks to its variety of breaks. There are even surf schools for beginners on the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste region and in the popular town of Jaco. Nosara and Samara also offer excellent surfing conditions.
Diving and Snorkeling
No beach vacation is complete without an opportunity to snorkel and dive. Luckily, Costa Rica offers dozens of places with ideal conditions for both. Pay attention to the beach currents, as some of the places feature strong rip currents that are not suitable for beginner divers. Head out to Isla del Coco which is probably one of the most spectacular dive sites in the country. You will also find great snorkeling around the national park of Isla del Caño that features a rugged shoreline. Snorkelers will have a chance to see a variety of marine life here including sea turtles, manta rays, several species of sharks, and pelagic fish. If you are sailing in the Caribbean, for ideal scuba diving and snorkeling visit Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and Cahuita National Park.