Adventure Parks in Costa Rica – Which One Should I Choose?
Costa Rica Adventure Parks are all the rage these days and if you are planning a trip to Costa Rica, you will probably want to visit one or two of these parks yourself. So with so many options the million dollar question is, which adventure park in Costa Rica you should choose? Well, we are here to help! Although most of the Costa Rica Adventure Parks offer very similar experiences, some are family focused, some are adventure focused and some are a bit more intimate for honeymooners. Below we have summed up some of the most popular adventure parks in Costa Rica based on customer feedback and our own experiences so you can choose the best Costa Rica Adventure Park for your travel style!
Family Friendly Adventure Park in Guanacaste - Buena Vista – If you’re looking for an adventure the whole family will enjoy, look no further than Buena Vista Lodge and Adventure Park! Fun for all ages includes horseback riding, hiking, hot springs, hanging bridges, canopy tours, and even waterslides! Ever wonder where the longest mountain waterslide in Costa Rica is? Oh… it’s right here at Buena Vista and its awesome! But adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure is not all that’s offered at the Buena Vista Adventure Park. Look for workshops and classes on everything from the proper milking technique of cows and goats, to eco-friendly paper making, and even creating compost and natural fertilizers! There’s a little something for everyone at this sweet and sustainably-run mountain hideaway.
Adventurous & Romantic Getaway in Guanacaste - Borinquen Mountain Resort and Spa – A fabulous destination for couples, Borinquen is where it’s at for adventures both romantic and extreme! Set in the stunning Rincon de la Vieja mountain range, Borinquen is as cozy as it is thrilling. Here you can take the leap from canopy tour platforms on the same day you take the plunge with your beloved. Trundle your way up the mountainside on horseback, or blast your way through the forest on an ATV. Does a day at the spa sound more your speed? Well, the relaxation is world-class around here… so look for that massage, facial, or body wrap to transport you to another place altogether! Couples will enjoy the intimate settings throughout the property and we are sure if you come for a one day tour to Borinquen Mountain, you will want to come back and spend a few nights in their luxurious accommodations.
Pet Friendly Cloud Forest Escape From San Jose - San Lorenzo Adventure Park & Lands in Love – If you’re the sort who takes your fur-baby with you everywhere, even on vacation, you’ll definitely want to check out Lands in Love! As the name suggests, this resort was born of love: love between friends, love of animals, and a deep and abiding love for Costa Rica itself is what brought this dream to fruition. Ziplines, canyoning, bird watching, hiking, canyoning and even an orchid nursery can all be found here at the San Lorenzo Adventure Park, along with a dedicated pet hotel for your furry one. The restaurants serve vegan, vegetarian, kosher, gluten-free, and any other dietary necessities. You are even invited to cook your own meals in their kitchen should you need as well. Lands in Love is the place to be if you want to really take a step back for a moment and appreciate all the love and beauty that surrounds you. If you just want to visit for a day, the one day tour combos at San Lorenzo Adventure Park include transportation from San Jose or Arenal and can even transport you from one city to the next if you want to. Great way to move across the country!
Most Action-Packed Fun in Manuel Antonio - MidWorld Adventure Park – For the best action in all of Manuel Antonio, Midworld has just the ticket you’re looking for! Seated within over 1000 acres of land and fronted by private river access and primary forest, the park is as stunning as it is fun! Hiking, ATV tours, zip-lining and rappelling, not to mention the longest double-cabled superman line in all of Costa Rica! At the MidWorld Adventure Park all of this is yours for the taking in this second-to-none adventure park in Manuel Antonio that will have you screaming for more action. With so many fun activities to choose from, MidWorld Adventure Park is a true gem in the heart of Manuel Antonio you will not want to miss out on.
Jaco’s Friendliest (and funnest) - Vista Los Sueños – The most fun you’re allowed to have at one time! Located just 5 minutes from stunning Herradura beach, Vista Los Suenos has a zipline tour worth writing home about. The Vista Los Sueños adventure park itself is located within transitional rainforest, meaning that it has interesting foliage you won’t find in the rain or dry forests. Horseback riding through this forest to a gorgeous waterfall reward is the perfect accompaniment to an already awesome day, and will give your guide a chance to explain more about how the transitional rainforest is so unique and important to the ecosystem. Giant Ceiba trees native to this type of forest are the anchors for the last 3 ziplines, offering a unique twist on the traditional canopy tour. These 200 foot giants used to stand guard over the ancient tribes people's deceased, the trees being so tall that they were that much closer to heaven and would therefore readily facilitate the transition of the soul. The first stairway to heaven, perhaps! The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the staff is probably the most friendly you will meet in all of Costa Rica. Vista Los Sueños has our vote for the friendliest adventure park in Costa Rica.
Everything You Can Imagine in One Adventure Park - Guachipelin - One of the premier adventure parks in Costa Rica, Guachipelin still leads the way in all-inclusive one day adventures. Canopy tour, Tarzan swing, aerial tram, waterfall rappelling, tubing down a river, horseback riding, hot springs, butterfly garden, frog exhibit, serpentarium.....seriously, need we say more? This place is packed full of fun and Hacienda Guachipelin is just as stunning as it is fun. Most of the activities mentioned are included in the Guachipelin One Day Adventure, but if you decide to stay for the night, you will enjoy the beautiful mountains of Guanacaste from your own veranda of the ranch style cabins. With so much fun and adventure to be had by all ages, we think Guachipelin is the perfect adventure park for groups and large families to explore for a day and we are sure you will agree.
Best Adventure Park Deal in Arenal – Los Cañones Adventure Park – A great value and a great experience are yours when you play at Los Canones & Los Lagos Resort! Los Lagos Resort is one of the oldest and most authentic hot springs resorts in Arenal. With all that land, lakes, and mountainous terrain, it was just begging to be developed into so much more. You really cannot go wrong when surrounded by majestic volcanoes and soothing hot springs, but with the backdrop of the Arenal Volcano the Los Cañones Canopy tour is an experience you’ll talk about for years to come. With 1.7 miles of cables varying in length from 50 to 500 meters, this is the longest canopy tour anywhere in the area. But Los Cañones is so much more than just a canopy tour! Hot springs, a frog farm, crocodiles, butterfly garden, hiking, and horseback riding are some of the other adventures that await you here. And thanks to very reasonable room rates, a world class spa, two unique restaurants and a swim up bar nestled right into a hot spring, you may never want to leave! With great rates, exceptional service and amenities, Los Cañones Adventure Park gets our vote for the best deal in Arenal.
Best Adrenaline Rush in Monteverde – Monteverde Extremo – For an adrenaline fix like no other, look no further than Monteverde Extremo. In this fine establishment you are encouraged to hurl yourself off platforms, fly through trees, swing like Tarzan, and get muddy with the best of them! If the name of your game is extreme sports, this is the place for you. Ever ridden a colossal swing? Now’s your chance! Suspended over 100 meters above the forest floor you’ll swing so high, the views of the landscape below will leave you breathless. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced, and Monteverde Extremo does it best. If you’re looking for something a little more “traditional extreme”, a good old-fashioned bungee jump is just the ticket! If heights is not your thing, Monteverde Extremo ATV tours are your ticket for muddy off-road fun in the surrounding cloud forest. When a place does the innovative and the extreme so well, you know you’re in good hands. Monteverde Extremo Adventure Park has definitely earned its name by taking every activity to the extreme!
Outdoor Enthusiasts Seeking Adventure in Guanacaste – Canyon de la Vieja Lodge – Nestled right into the Valley of Rincon de la Vieja volcano in scenic Guanacaste, adventures of all sorts await you at the Canyon de la Vieja Adventure Park! If you love to be outdoors and love adventurous activities outdoors, this is the adventure park in Costa Rica for you. From the moment you arrive to the simple wood cabin in the forest, the beauty and the potential of this great place becomes clear. River rafting, zip-lining and horseback riding are among the experiences offered here, along with a gorgeous outdoor pool and hot tub, spa services, and a bar for taking full advantage of recovery time between adventurous escapades! If you’re looking to change up your scene, put the TVs and smart phones away, get back to basics and play in the woods for a while. Outdoor enthusiast, Canyon de la Vieja is the place for you!
Still can't make up your mind about which Adventure Park in Costa Rica is the right choice for you? Ok, we have put together a little handy dandy guide of activities and amenities each park has to help you narrow your choice.
|Buena Vista||Borinquen||Lands in Love||Midworld||Vista Los Sueños||Los Cañones||Monteverde Extremo||Canyon de la Vieja||Guachipelin|
|Rafting / Tubing /Water Slides||X||X||X||X||X|
|Best For||Family||Honeymoon||Pet Friendly||Adventure||Friendliest Fun||Best Deal||Adrenaline||Outdoors Enthusiasts||Active Groups|
New adventure parks are springing up all the time in Costa Rica, so stay tuned for updates on some of this year’s newest additions. Been there done that? Please share your experience with us so we can spread the word and help fellow tourists find the best adventure park option for their Costa Rica vacation. Know before you go...that's our motto!