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10 Days of Delight: Your Ultimate Trip to Costa Rica

Make your trip to Costa Rica count

To help you make the most out of your trip to Costa Rica, we’ve created this travel guide that can promise you a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.Costa Rica is a popular vacation destination with its wide array of environmental and cultural attractions.  As you plan your vacation, be sure to check out the premier luxury Los Sueños Resort, featuring a spa, championship golf course, gorgeous views of the ocean and marina, and more!


10 Days of Delight: Your Ultimate Trip to Costa Rica

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5 Most Thrilling Things to Do in Costa Rica


Costa Rica Offers Thrilling Adventures in Paradise

An adventurer’s paradise, Costa Rica is full of thrilling opportunities for the intrepid traveler. Whether it is ziplining through the rainforest, or fishing for the big one in the crystal blue waters off the coast, you’ll find no shortage of exciting things to experience here.

Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs

Costa Rica’s best known volcano, Arenal was one of the most active in the world until 2010. While eruptions have for the most part ceased, Arenal remains a stunningly beautiful, symmetrical conical volcano worth a visit. The Arenal area also boasts lakes, white-water rafting excursions, and hiking trails complete with hanging bridges and gorgeous views. No visit to Arenal would be complete without a dip in the Tabacon Hot Springs, a completely natural, geothermal gem surrounded by lush rainforests.

Zipline Canopy Tour

Ziplining remains one of the most popular adventure activities in Costa Rica, and with good reason. Nothing can quite compare to the feeling of soaring through the rainforest canopy alone, with nothing but breathtaking views of the flora and fauna all around you. Tours can be found almost anywhere in the country, but those located in the Arenal and Monteverde regions are especially popular.

White-water Rafting

From gently floating down calm rivers, to fast and exciting white-water adventures, Costa Rica’s rivers offer boat, kayak, and canoe opportunities for all experience levels. For a real heart-pounder, arrange a rafting trip with one of the many guided water tours that can take you over the rapids and rappelling down waterfalls. You’ll also see areas of the jungle untouched and rarely visited while on the water, a big, and increasingly uncommon, treat.

Deep Sea Fishing

The coast off of Los Sueños offers some of the best fishing in the world. Boats wait to take you to top deep sea fishing locations teeming with marlin, sailfish, tuna and more. Local captains who know the best spots will guide you on a chartered sport fishing adventure you’ll long remember. Check out the latest fishing reports for some current local fishing conditions and news.

ATV Tours

To really experience all that the mountains and jungles of Costa Rica offer, there’s no better way than on an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV. Whether you’re on a smooth beach or braving a muddy, jungle trail, these four-wheeled vehicles give you the freedom of a motorcycle with the ability for off-road adventuring.

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Adventure Tours in Costa Rica

Rock Climbing, Surfing, And Waterfall Rappelling are Some Of My Favorite Outdoor Adventures In Costa Rica

Guest Post by Maddison M.

waterfallRappelDuring my senior year of high school, my Aunt, who lives in Costa Rica, asked me if I would like to spend the summer after high school with her. I was completely stoked because she worked for a Costa Rica adventure tour company for years, so she knows all the cool places to challenge yourself and find your strength in the great outdoors.

I grew up in Southern California and I love the outdoors and just about any outdoor activity. In school, I played sports, but I was more interested in sports found outside of school like surfing, skiing, and rock climbing. I love the feeling of challenging myself. Competitive sports are ok, but when I am challenging my body, it is something I am doing for the pure enjoyment of it. I’m not interested in scoring points or whose team wins.

Since my aunt owns a vacation condo in in the Los Sueños Resort (which she rents out to vacationers through the vacation property management team HRG Vacations), trips to Costa Rica are all the more exciting. When I’m not pushing myself climbing rock walls, rappelling down jungle waterfalls, or surfing the killer waves in Playa Hermosa nearby, I’m relaxing in the resort’s gorgeous swimming pools, golfing, getting a massage or sunning myself on the beach.

I’ve had some amazing adventure trips in Costa Rica with several awesome tour operators that HRG is connected with and always sets up:

  • Desafio Adventure Company: This place takes you to the middle of a thick rainforest behind an old church in La Fortuna. The whole trip takes about four hours to get through. You get to rappel down a series of eight waterfalls. The guides take you on the smaller ones first to get you used to the equipment and then take you down the more challenging ones.
  • On the North Pacific side of Costa Rica, there is a canyoning tour set back in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. It’s in the Pailas sector in north Guanacaste. This adventure tour gives you a variety of challenges. I like maneuvering my way through rivers, ponds, waterfalls and even rappelling down canyons! They use nylon ropes with a figure eight on this tour to send you rappelling a full twenty meters down into a canyon. You then climb back up the rock wall. Funny enough this canyon is called the “Colorado River Canyon”. If you need help going back up the rock wall, the guides will help you.
  • I always look forward to visiting the Strangler Fig. Now you may think that that sounds like some kind of haunted house or horror movie, but it’s not. The Strangler fig is kind of a creepy plant though because it kills its host tree slowly by strangling it from sunlight. Basically, the strangler fig starves its “victims” in order that it can grow and thrive. So this one adventure place on the Osa Peninsula allows you to scale 100 foot waterfalls on your way to the strangler fig where you will get to climb the fig up roughly 70 feet to see an unparalleled view of the Golfo Dulce. You’ll view this gorgeous body of water and surrounding greenery from over 450 up. The degree of difficulty that you face climbing the strangler depends on which root you decide to climb.


Every time I return to Costa Rica I look forward to seeing what new adventures my aunt will cook up for us! In fact, when I graduate from college, I plan to head back to Costa Rica for a year long internship at a permaculture farm on the East Coast near Limon. It won’t be the luxury of Los Sueños on the Pacific, but I’m always happy no matter where I’m at in Costa Rica, and you can bet I’ll get my little luxury vacation at Los Sueños in, at some point, while there.