5 Water Adventures in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

deep sea fishing

Guanacaste is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers alike.  As one of the most popular provinces in Costa Rica, Guanacaste has gained a name for itself as a tropical paradise with a pristine shoreline, beautiful mountain ranges and a number of volcanoes. Visitors are drawn to the long summer days, active culture and unparalleled wildlife. Located in the far northwest corner of Costa Rica, Guanacaste’s geographical features are diverse and exotic. Santa Rosa National Park is home to rare dry tropical forest, surfing sites and some 250 bird species.

  1. Surfing – Stretching 125 miles along Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, Guanacaste is a surfing hotspot. The beaches are blessed with a tropical climate, and the breakers are no stranger to beginner and expert shredders. Whether you’re looking for a remote getaway or a crowd favorite, this area has truly top-tier waves. There are many surf schools in Guanacaste, so if you haven’t tried it out yet head on over to one.
  2. SNUBA – No diving certification needed! Snuba is a form of surface-supplied diving in which an underwater breathing system developed by Snuba International is used. The word Snuba is a portmanteau of “snorkel” and “scuba”. The swimmer uses swimfins, a diving mask, weights, and diving regulator as in scuba diving. The air, however, instead of coming from tanks strapped to the diver’s back, comes through a long hose from tanks on pontoon rafts on the surface.
  3. Sport Fishing – Playa Tamarindo offers fishermen one of the top locations for deep sea fishing in Costa Rica and all of Central America. The highly active and easy to reach fishing grounds offer great year-round action with Wahoo, Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, Marlin, Roosterfish, Snapper, Grouper and more.
  4. Freediving – Freediving is a form of underwater diving that relies on divers’ ability to hold their breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. A short boat ride away, the Catalina Islands are surrounded by pristine water that is often described as being a breathtaking indigo color. These waters are home to an abundant array of marine animals such as Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Sharks, Humpback Whales, and Spinner Dolphins.
  5. Whitewater Rafting in the Jungle 
    • Corobici River (Class I/II) – Offers a tranquil floating trip that will satisfy any nature lover and mellow adventurer. The tropical dry forest is full of many bird species and mammals.
    • Tenorio River (Class II – IV) – Located near the Tenorio Volcano, the river winds, churns, and flows for 15 scenic miles before merging with the Corobicí River.
    • Cucaracho River (Class III/IV) – Set on the eastern slopes of the Rincon de La Vieja Volcano, a 12 mile stretch of river packed with over 70 rapids class 3 & 4, lush and untouched jungle landscapes packed with inhabitants such as spiders, howler and white faced monkeys, exotic and tropical birds like the Sun Bitter,White Hawks, Egrets and much more.