With its Pacific and Caribean coast, as well as a large number of islands and bays, Costa Rica provides attractive conditions for people who love the sea. Moreover, on a hot day, several rivers and waterfalls offer nice refreshments as their water usually is cooler than the ocean which can reach temperatures up to 30 degrees in summer.
These are our top 3 activities for ocean lovers:
1. Snorkeling and diving at the Isla del Cano
The largest amount of coral-building organisms along the pacific coast can be found in the turquoise, clear water of Isla del Cano estimated by scientists to be about 50 million years old. In addition to its beautiful coral reefs, one can discover a huge diversity of marine species like manta rays, turtles, white-tipped reef sharks and many others. No matter if you prefer snorkeling or want to try scuba diving, this place is regarded to be the country’s most interesting biological reserve for seeing underwater wildlife. However, please be aware of the fact that diving numbers are strictly regulated. So, searching a suitable tour offer in advance is highly recommended.
2. Kayaking at the famous Whale’s Tail
After paddling out through the small waves of Uvita Bay, you can kayak towards the Whale’s Tail, the Marino Ballena National Park’s famous rock formation that occurs during the low tide only. This natural phenomenon corresponds in an unbelievable way with the gigantic mammals’ habits to pass by every year during their annual migration from July to October and again, in December through March. Discovering the beauty of Costa Ballena from your personal kayak with the sea directly below can be a fantastic experience for the whole family. Different providers who also offer a combination of kayaking and snorkeling at the reefs can be found in Dominical and Uvita, as well.
3. Stand-up paddling in the Mangroves
Not without reason, stand-up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing watersports in the whole world as the cool feeling of walking on water is just unique. In addition, it gives you a great chance to see wildlife in the abundant mangrove forests along the coast while gliding through the canals on your own board. This activity is also suitable for amateurs of this water sport because the large board provides easy conditions to keep one’s balance after a short introduction. In contrast to a boat whose noise often drives away animals before having the opportunity to see them, a SUP-trip offers you to immerse yourself in the nature’s sounds and beauty along the way.