Think Costa Rica and you immediately conjure visions of lush rainforest and rolling waves. It has long been a surfing paradise and wilderness enthusiast’s dream, but there’s far more to do and discover than hiking, yoga or surfing. At eco-havens like the Andaz on the stunning Peninsula Papagayo, you can get adrenaline kicks in cloud forests, embark on sailing expeditions or spend time with local families. Here are five alternative activities to try in Costa Rica.
Soar above the clouds
While surfers flock to Costa Rica for the sea and sand, its rainforest-clad mountains are just as thrilling for the adventurous. Spend some time above the clouds on a canopy tour through a lush jungle or cloud forest. Or for a real bird’s eye view, try shooting through the treetops on a hair-raising zip-line over misty gorges thousands of feet deep.
Set sail to your own secret beach
Why settle for sharing your sand with others when you can discover your own private beach? At the Andaz hotel you can charter your own boat for the day to explore the seas and strand yourself on some of Costa Rica’s most dazzling and little-visited grains.
Stand up paddle boarding
If surfing isn’t your thing then hopping onto an SUP is a more relaxing way to feel one with the waves. As you drift along you can spend more of your time soaking up all those eye-wateringly paradisaical views too.
Deep sea fishing
The deep sapphire blues of Costa Rica’s seas are a natural Adventureland, but for a rift on the traditional why not try your hand at a true seafaring expedition with a deep sea fishing trip. You’ll be able to enjoy the refreshing open seas while trying your luck in search of the Marlin, Snappers and Dorados that also favour these rich waters.
Support local communities
If you truly want to get under the skin of a place, then spend time with the locals. At the Andaz hotel you can join their volunteer program and have the opportunity to support and immerse yourself in the local community. Whether visiting farms, helping out with the school run or spending a day with a local family, you’ll get a unique insight into real Costa Rican culture and the feel-good factor that comes with making a positive impact on your holiday.