Manuel Antonio National Park (Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio) was established in 1972. It has a land area of 1983 ha. (the smallest of any Costa Rican national park), but it is well known for its beautiful beaches and was listed by Forbes among the world’s 12 most beautiful national parks.

 

The destination of as many as 150,000 visitors annually, Manuel Antonio Costa Rica has one of the most impressive landscapes in the world, with several coves, many white sand beaches, and lush forests that reach the beaches. The park has a large land and marine biodiversity, with beautiful coral reefs.

 

Why Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

Just a 2.5 hour drive from San José, Manuel Antonio is a good destination for visitors attracted to both natural beauty and urban amenities. Within easy reach of the park entrance there are a wide range of accommodations and restaurants from which to choose. Manuel Antonio is a popular choice for those who like to choose a single base from which to get a good sampling of the country. 

The park itself is a treasure of biodiversity where visitors can have relatively easy access to wildlife sightings. On land, this includes 184 species of birds and 109 species of mammals. Among these are two kinds of sloths and three of Costa Rica’s four monkey species. Dolphins and whales are sometimes seen within viewing range of shore.  

 

Things to Do in Manuel Antonio National Park

Whether you want to relax on a beautiful public beach by day and drink cocktails by a clear blue pool in the evening, or you want a more active, adventure-filled holiday, Manuel Antonio has what you need for a satisfying vacation. 

 

Enjoy a Beach Day

There are several beaches within and near the boundaries of Manuel Antonio National Park, at which snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing are popular activities. 

 

Playa Espadilla (sometimes Playa Uno or Playa Primera)

The closest beach to the town of Manzanillo, this popular family beach has almost a mile of sand. It’s not the quietest beach on the list, but it’s beautiful and easy to access if your goal is to move easily between your hotel, the beach, and dinner. And because it can be accessed from town, you avoid the small park entry fee.

 

Playa Espadilla Sur (Espadilla South; sometimes Playa Segunda or Playa Dos)

This is the portion of Playa Espadilla, separated from the bigger part by a rock break, that is within the park boundary. Smaller, and with more opportunity for shade than the main section, it can sometimes be busy. 

 

Playa Manuel Antonio

It’s an easy, pleasant hike in the park to this lovely beach. You’ll probably want to spend the whole day, so bring a picnic. There are usually monkeys in the trees above, but keep an eye on your gear, as they sometimes like to explore if you leave food or other objects unattended. Manuel Antonio beach is more sheltered than some others, so it may be better for swimming, though you should always check seasonal conditions before heading in. 

 

Playa Gemelas

A very small, quiet white-sand beach off the trail between Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Escondido. 

 

Playa Escondido (aka: Hidden Beach)

A beautiful, typically calmer beach, it’s the most distant from the park entrance. It’s worth the hike in, though at some high tides it can be inaccessible, so be sure to check tide tables and time your visit accordingly. 

 

Playa Playitas

A small beach at the far north end of Playa Espadilla, it’s not accessible at high tide, so plan your visit around the tide table. And bring some shoes as you’ll need to walk over a small section of rock to get in. Formerly a nude beach, it’s very chill and popular with gay visitors. 

 

Manuel Antonio Hidden beaches

There are a number of other small beaches in the area between Quepos and the national park. They’re often more difficult to access, or off the beaten track a little.  These include Playa Beisanz, Playa La Macha, Playa Gemelas. Ask your hotel for directions. 

View Wildlife

You’re almost guaranteed to see wildlife in Manuel Antonio, especially along the hiking trails within the park. They may include the Mantled Howler, White-faced Capuchin, and Squirrel monkeys, as well as two-toed and three-toed sloths, raccoons, coatis, pacas, anteaters, and even ocelots. 

 

However, you’re almost certain to see much more on a guided tour with a naturalist guide, who not only will have knowledge of what is commonly seen, and where, but can also answer questions about much of the flora, fauna, and avifauna in the area. 

 

Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling

Snorkeling from local beaches can be variable due to seasonal or climatic conditions, so check locally for current recommendations before heading out. There are also tour services that will take you by boat to other locations, such as Caño Island, that may provide more consistent opportunities for clearer water. 

 

Diving enthusiasts will find that the best opportunities are through tour providers, as boat access is usually advised. There are some protected areas suitable for beginners, but the Manuel Antonio area is best suited to experienced divers. 

 

Try Surfing

There are several points on the coast that are popular with surfers, including Playa Manuel Antonio, which is often very good for beginner and intermediate surfers. Local outfits will help set you up with gear and training, as needed. 

 

Hotels in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

While there are no accommodations within the park itself, there are many choices within walking distance of the park and beyond. Manuel Antonio hotels range from the budget, such as the Selina Manuel Antonio hostel, all the way up to high-end Manuel Antonio resorts such as Arenas del Mar. 

 

Manuel Antonio Restaurants

As with accommodations, the Manuel Antonio area has a good selection of restaurants all the way along the coast, for all price ranges and tastes.  

 

How to Get to Manuel Antonio National Park

There are several options for getting to Manuel Antonio National Park, depending on your travel style and budget.

Travelling from San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park

As Manuel Antonio is just about 2.5 to 3 hours from San José, most people who don’t rent cars use a shuttle service. A shuttle can pick you up at your hotel or from the airport in San José. The shuttles are comfortable and the roads are good, and although there may be traffic, at least you can relax during the ride. 

Flying to Quepos is also an option. Flights leave from the domestic terminal next to the main airport (Juan Santamaria International Airport) in San José. Once you arrive in Quepos, you can use a pre-arranged shuttle, a taxi, or the public bus service to get to Manuel Antonio town or park. 

 

No matter which transportation you prefer, we are happy to arrange it for you! Contact us at: info@caribefuntours.com, or give us a call at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (from in Costa Rica)

 

Getting Around in Manuel Antonio

The distance between the town of Quepos and the entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park is approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 miles). The road has a steep hill after you leave Quepos, with a few ups and downs before it drops down to the park. Therefore, bicycles are commonly only used in localized sections, especially nearer to the park itself, where hotels often provide rentals. 

A regular public bus service runs between Quepos and the park entrance. These popular buses start early in the morning and continue until about 9pm. The full route takes about 25 minutes and has several stops along the way. The last time we checked buses ran every half hour and the fare was still less than a dollar. 

Taxis are widely used. Official taxis are red with a yellow sign on the door, and often with an illuminated yellow sign on the roof. They are supposed to have working meters, but in reality this isn’t always the case. You should always negotiate the fare before you get in.

Uber is also now providing service in the area and is becoming popular with both tourists and locals. Though it is still technically unofficial (ie: not totally legal) this apparently doesn’t stop the government from taxing it. Confirm the driver and license plate before accepting a ride.

 

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Weather

The weather in Manuel Antonio is nice all year around, though there are seasonal variations. The driest, sunniest months are December through March. While the average high temperatures vary only slightly through the year, the hottest are March and April. May through November are usually the rainiest months, with average precipitation as much as 24 days per month. Don’t let this scare you, though: it rarely rains all day. Often, it is sunny in the morning, and if it rains it frequently does so in the afternoon, clearing again for the evening. 

 

Manuel Antonio National Park Travel Tips

  • The Manuel Antonio area is well-serviced by hotels, restaurants, and other services. Additional services are available in the larger town of Quepos. 
  • There are several banks with ATMs and teller services in the Quepos-Manuel Antonio area. Many places do accept credit cards, but it is always a good idea to have some cash as well.
  • Crime is not a significant problem in this area, but normal precautions should be taken. As with most places, at night it’s best to take taxis to and from Quepos. Do not leave valuables unattended while at the beach, as petty theft can happen. Monkeys may be a bigger problem than crime, however!
  • Rip ties can occur at many Costa Rican beaches, but this can vary by location, season, and weather conditions. Always check for local conditions, and take the advice of lifeguards when present. 
  • Please do not feed or interfere with wildlife. 

 

Are you ready to pack your bags for Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica? Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Caribe Fun Tours. We are happy to assist you in planning the perfect trip! We can set up transportation, fun activities, amazing accommodations, and more!

Email us at: info@caribefuntours.com or give us a call at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (from in Costa Rica)

You want your trip to Costa Rica to be as perfect as possible and your accommodation choice can be a big factor in the overall quality of your vacation. We completely understand! Choosing between Costa Rica hotels or an Airbnb can be a difficult, but crucial choice to make. 

 

There are pluses and minuses to each accommodation choice, but we believe that staying in a hotel in Costa Rica is almost always the better option for your vacation. Here are seven reasons why…. 

1. Hotel reviews tend to be more honest

When traveling to a foreign country, such as Costa Rica, you will likely read reviews before booking accommodations for your trip. We have found that typically hotel reviews are a lot more honest than Airbnb reviews. 

 

See, with a hotel, people don’t feel as much pressure to write a positive review if they did not enjoy their experience. When writing a poor review you are typically saying something bad about the facilities or overall service you received rather than criticizing specific employees you interacted with at the hotel. 

 

With Airbnb, people feel more internal pressure to give high ratings. It can be very difficult to leave negative comments about someone as a host and their property after you have met face to face and had multiple communications with online. 

 

That means when you go to book your own stay in Costa Rica you should take Airbnb reviews with a grain of salt. In general, these reviews tend to be inflated in comparison to the overall experience. 

2. Checking in to a hotel is typically much simpler

When booking a hotel in Costa Rica you will likely be given the name of the hotel and detailed directions. It is then up to you to arrive at the most convenient time for you. There will always be an employee happy to help you at the reception desk.

 

When staying at an Airbnb, you will likely be meeting up with somebody to get the keys to your accommodation. This can be difficult to arrange. It can be hard to predict exactly when you will arrive somewhere in Costa Rica due to occasional road work and traffic. You also never know how good your cell phone reception will be to communicate with them while driving to state your arrival time.

 

There is nothing worse than landing at the San José international airport after a long day of traveling, arriving at your Airbnb and discovering you have no way of getting in and you can’t get in contact with the host. This may sound like a worst-case scenario, but trust us, it happens.  

 

Another issue which can make checking in to an Airbnb difficult is getting proper directions on how to get to the property you rented. See, there are no addresses in Costa Rica. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. 

 

With a hotel, it is easy to enter the hotel name into your GPS unit and be directed there. With Airbnb, you will need to follow the directions provided by your host. 

 

This does not always go as planned. We have heard of people getting their rental car stuck after being directed down the wrong road in a rainstorm, travelers waiting for several hours for the response from a host after not being able to find the entrance to their Airbnb, and more. When staying at a hotel this is far less likely to occur. 

 

Plus, when checking out you will have to go through some of this again in order to drop off the keys to your host. At a hotel, you just have to walk to the front desk to return your keys. 

3. Two words…..hotel amenities

You often won’t find an Airbnb with breakfast, a swimming pool for guests to use, room service, and a cleaning person. These little luxuries go a long way when you want to make the most of your vacation. 

 

It is nice to know that after a day at the beach or hot springs you can come back to a nice clean room and that in the morning there is a delicious Costa Rican breakfast waiting for you in the hotel dining room. 

 

This also extends to basic things like having soap and shampoo in your hotel room. Typically, Airbnb listings do not provide these same amenities. That means that these toiletries are one extra thing you need to pack from your home country or buy once here. 

4. It is easier to see what you are getting

When choosing a hotel it is easy to look at a hotel website and see exactly what you will get by staying there. For example, it is possible to read about all the amenities and see pictures of what your room will look like. 

 

With Airbnb, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what the place will be like. The descriptions can be rather vague. Sometimes you may think you are booking an entire house and it turns out you are actually staying in a guest room in a family home. 

 

We have also heard of things such as guests thinking they booked a place with a private pool and it turns out that there are several rooms on the property that all share the pool. 

 

Or, we have heard of people booking an Airbnb in La Fortuna and the pictures on the listing show views of Arenal Volcano. In actuality, the property is located in the woods without any views. Pictures can be deceiving!

5. Costa Rican hotels are much more highly regulated

Whether you are planning to stay at luxury hotels or even a budget-friendly hostel, hotels in Costa Rica are regulated on a much different level than Airbnb is. 

 

At the moment Costa Rica is working to put laws in place to regulate Airbnb throughout the country. However, these laws are not yet fully in place. 

 

That means, as of now, Airbnb hosts are not subject to any of the regulations that hotels need to have. These regulations include regular inspections, safety requirements, etc. 

6. Hotels can often set up activities for you

Most hotels are established businesses in the town they are located in. This means that they often know all the best activities. 

 

Often, hotels have a concierge desk with someone who is happy to arrange things such as sunset horseback riding on beautiful beaches, national park tours, relaxing resort spa days, or whatever your activity of choice happens to be. 

 

When staying at an Airbnb you are more likely to be on your own to find the best activities and to arrange them. 

7. Your travel plans are secure

We, unfortunately, have heard many horror stories of Airbnb hosts canceling a guest’s reservations at the last minute. Of course, this becomes a bit of a nightmare to find a quality alternative accommodation option right before your vacation. This is especially a problem during Costa Rica’s dry season when everything books out early. 

 

When staying at a hotel, this is far less likely to occur. Hotels know how many rooms they have and are not likely to overbook. If something comes up and one person can not work the entire hotel will not shut down as an Airbnb might.  

 

For help booking your Costa Rica hotel, feel free to contact us here at Caribe Fun Tours. Our experienced travel experts know tons of excellent hotels throughout the country at a variety of price points from cozy boutique hotels, adult-only resorts, to budget-friendly options; we are here to help!  

 

Email us at: info@caribefuntours.com

Or give us a call at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (from in Costa Rica)

One of the most popular outdoor activities in Costa Rica for tourists is ziplining, and for good reason! People of almost all ages will love a Costa Rica zipline adventure above lush jungles and picturesque beaches.

 

This activity consists of zipping from one tree platform to another while harnessed into a pulley system on a steel cable. Usually, these platforms are several feet high, above the tree tops. It may sound a bit scary, but most people find it exhilarating once they try it. 

In Costa Rica, ziplining can be done throughout the country. This is great because Costa Rica is home to many microclimates. That means, wherever you zipline you will get a completely different visual experience. 

Not only that but because ziplining is such a popular activity it is possible to choose an experience that meets your level of adventure. 

Some courses consist of only a few platforms and some have over 15 different platforms to zip from. Some courses are made for people who want a thrill-seeking experience and some are designed for people who would like a tamer experience. 

It is completely up to you how thrilling you would like your experience to be. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do something such as go off the highest zipline in Costa Rica if you don’t feel comfortable with that!

 

Should You Zipline in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica Zip line tropical
Costa Rica Zip line

 

You should zipline in Costa Rica if you have the chance. There are so many Costa Rican ziplining companies that you should have no problem finding a great tour in the area you are planning to visit. 

Many companies offer combo tours as well. You can combine ziplining with a few other exciting adventures such as horseback riding or ATV riding and make a full day of fun.

 

Is Ziplining Safe in Costa Rica?

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Zipline in Costa Rica

 

Ziplining in Costa Rica is very safe. All guides undergo a rigorous training before being allowed to work. The platforms and cables are inspected daily for any damage and to make sure that there isn’t any tree growth blocking the path of the cables. 

 

Upon arriving at the adventure park you will put on a harness and a safety helmet. An experienced guide will help you to put on this equipment to ensure that everything is on correctly.

 

When you zipline, one guide will stand with you on the platform and will hook you up to the cable. They always double-check to make sure everything is hooked up correctly before sending you off. 

 

Another guide will wait for you at the other end of the cable. They will help you to slow down if you are coming into the platform too quickly. The guide will also unhook you from the cable and make sure that you get off the platform safely. 

 

The Best Places to Zip Line in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Zip line
Zipline in Costa Rica

 

Although you can find ziplining almost anywhere in Costa Rica, there are a few locations that stand out as providing unmatched zipline adventures.

La Fortuna

La Fortuna is home to the impressive Arenal Volcano and the La Fortuna waterfall. This area is often considered the best place to zipline in Costa Rica because of the unparalleled views and multiple adventure park options. You can even zip over a tropical forest canopy while enjoying views of the Arenal Volcano. 

 

End your day with a trip to one of La Fortuna’s many hot springs for the perfect relaxation after your fun-filled adventure.  

Monteverde

Monteverde is home to one of the world’s few cloud forests. Ziplining in the cloud forest, over dense fog and lush tropical plants is a unique and awe-inspiring experience.

 

In Monteverde, you can go on the longest zipline in Costa Rica which extends almost a mile long.

Manuel Antonio / Jaco

Manuel Antonio and Jaco provide a more tropical beach experience. It is beautiful to see the ocean in the distance while flying through the air on a steel cable. Most people head to Manuel Antonio to visit the national park, but why not try ziplining while in the area? 

 

San Jose

San Jose is home to Costa Rica’s largest international airport. If you are spending your first or last nights near the airport you can combine this with a fun ziplining day tour that will take you out of the city and into the beautiful Central Valley area.

 

Santa Teresa/Montezuma

Santa Teresa and Montezuma are the perfect spots to visit if you just want to get away from it all. The beaches are long, the surfing is good, and the people are relaxed; what more could you want? 

 

Ziplining here will give you dense forest views with possible glimpses of the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

Tamarindo

The Tamarindo area is great because of its proximity to the second international airport in Costa Rica (Liberia). Plus, you will never get bored in this area! 

 

Ziplining near Tamarindo is unique because the forest is not as dense as in some other areas of the country. If you are lucky you will even be able to get some views of the ocean in the distance. 

 

Would you like to book your ziplining tour in any of the locations listed above? 

Just email us at: info@caribefuntours.com 

Or give us a call at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (Costa Rica) and we will set up an amazing ziplining experience for you. 

Combo tours are also available. 

What You Need to Know Before Booking Your Zipline Tour

There is some ziplining lingo you should know before setting up your day tour. This will ensure that you sign up for a tour that meets your level of adventure. 

 

Superman Swing

A Superman swing is a normal zipline with a cable but it is done while in a special harness so you can lie down and look out over the land below. It may seem terrifying at first, but doing a superman swing in Costa Rica is amazing! 

 

Tarzan Swing

A Tarzan swing is where you stand on a platform and you are attached to the end of a cable. The other end of the cable is attached to a fixed point above you. You then jump up off the platform and swing! 

It is basically a giant rope swing (but you are actually harnessed in and safe, unlike a real rope swing). The initial drop may take your breath away, but then it is very exhilarating!

Rappelling

Rappelling is when you are attached to a cable and go down the side of a cliff face. In Costa Rica, it is possible to rappel down high waterfalls. This is a great activity for all you adventure lovers.

Hanging Bridges

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Hanging bridges in Costa Rica – Caribe Fun Tours

Hanging bridges consist of suspension bridges that you can walk over. These bridges are often combined with nice nature trails. The bridges vary in length and height, but they can guarantee a great view over treetops. Many Zipline companies in Costa Rica offer combo tours which include hanging bridge walks.

Canopy Tour

A canopy tour is just another name for a ziplining tour in Costa Rica. After all, you are getting an overhead view of the canopy below.

Costa Rica Zipline Tips

What to Wear

It is best to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing for your ziplining experience. Keep in mind that you will have a harness on, so dress accordingly. You will also have to wear a helmet on your head that is provided by the ziplining company. 

 

Closed-toed shoes are also often required. Something with a good grip on the sole is best. This will help you when landing at each end platform.

What to Bring

Almost all adventure parks have lockers for guests to use. These sometimes cost a small fee. You can store any backpacks or larger items in the lockers. 

 

We suggest bringing a bottle of water and a small snack for after your adventure. Most companies also have a small restaurant if you would prefer to buy a snack or drink.

 

You can bring your camera or phone, but keep in mind that it may be difficult to keep it secure while ziplining.

Who can Zipline?

Most companies allow children over the age of eight to zipline while attached to a guide. That means it is an adventure that most families can all do together.

 

It is helpful to be in decent physical shape. You will have to climb up to the first platform. This is usually done up a somewhat steep set of stairs. 

 

You may also have to do a bit of walking between some of the platforms. This is usually not overall strenuous, but keep in mind that you will have a harness on which adds a bit of weight.

 

Most ziplining companies will not allow people over 275 pounds to participate in this activity for safety purposes.

Set Up Your Costa Rica Zip line Tour

Are you ready to experience the best ziplining in Costa Rica? 

We suggest arranging this before your trip, especially during the dry season. Things book out fast! 

Email us at: info@caribefuntours.com 

Or give us a call at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (Costa Rica) and we will set up your fun-filled adventure! 

Combo tours are also available. 

Punta Uva Costa Rica boasts beautiful beaches with a relaxed Caribbean feel. Just imagine turquoise water, white sand, and palm trees. It doesn’t get much better than this Caribbean gem!

 

Punta Uva is located on the southernmost point of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, just north of the Panama border, in the Limon Province. Head slightly north and you can enjoy the popular town of Puerto Viejo.

 

Punta Uva Weather

The temperature in Punta Uva tends to be fairly consistent throughout the year. Typically, you can expect a day time temperature of low 90’s and a nighttime temperature that dips into the mid 70’s.

 

The driest months are February, March, September, and October. Rain does occur during the rest of the year but it typically does not last for the entire day. It is almost always possible to enjoy at least half of the day in the sun before the rain moves in.

 

The Best Things to Do in Punta Uva

Although Punta Uva is a small beach town, there are still plenty of fun things to do nearby! Here are some of the best activities.

 

Visit the Punta Uva Beach

Playa Punta Uva, Costa Rica is a beautiful white sand beach with turquoise water. This beach is perfect for families because of the typically calm waters.

 

Visit the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

The Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is a large area of protected land located in Punta Uva. For a nice hike head to Punta Manzanillo and walk into the protected area. The hike is not overly strenuous but it is a good idea to wear sneakers or hiking shoes. During the rainy season, the trails can be very muddy. 

 

Go Beach Hopping

Most people head to the Pacific coast to experience white sand beaches in Costa Rica. However, the beaches near Punta Uva also have white sand and are absolutely beautiful. Check out the nearby beaches of Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita to get a great feel for the Caribbean Costa Rica beaches.

 

Go Scuba Diving

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Scuba diving Costa Rica – Caribe Fun Tours

It is possible to go diving with experienced guides along the coral reefs in the area. The Punta Uva dive schools will ensure your experience is amazing. If you would like to snorkel, that is always an option as well. 

 

Try Surfing

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Surfing in Costa Rica – Caribe Fun Tours

Have you always wanted to take a surf lesson? The Punta Uva, Costa Rica surf is perfect if you are interested in trying your hand at riding the waves for the first time. More experienced surfers can rent a board for the day instead of taking lessons. If surfing makes you a bit nervous, you could always try stand up paddle boarding instead.

 

Take a Spanish Lesson

spanish classes costa rica

Spanish is the national language in Costa Rica. Although it is almost always possible to find someone that speaks English in tourist destinations, it is still nice to know a bit of Spanish. If you would like to strengthen your Spanish skills you can take lessons from experienced teachers.

 

Discover How Chocolate is Made

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Cacao Tours Costa Rica – Caribe Fun Tours

Did you know that cacao beans are grown in Costa Rica? In fact, you can even visit a cacao plantation and learn the process from planting the cacao plant to the actual production of chocolate. You will also get a chance to try tons of delicious chocolate during your plantation tour.

 

Go Whitewater Rafting

 

From Punta Uva, it is possible to go rafting on the Pacuare River. You can choose from one or two-day rafting tours which are loaded with fun and adventure for all skill levels. 

 

Take a day trip to Cahuita National Park

Cahuita National Park is located about thirty minutes north of Punta Uva. This national park is unique because the wildlife-filled jungle runs directly along a beautiful beach. With an experienced guide, you will likely see sloths, multiple types of monkeys, snakes, and more!

 

For more fun activity options from Punta Uva, check out all of our Caribbean tour options. Contact us here at Caribe Fun Tours and we will be happy to set up any of the above experiences for you. 

Email us at: info@caribefuntours.com 

Or give us a call at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (Costa Rica)

 

How to Get to Punta Uva

 

If you are visiting Punta Uva from San Jose it is possible to take a shuttle from the San Jose area or to fly from San Jose to Limon airport and then take a shuttle down to Punta Uva.

The roads between San Jose and Punta Uva are well maintained, but there is often a lot of construction going on. This means that what would be about a four to five-hour drive can sometimes take much longer. In the comfort of a shuttle, you do not need to worry about dealing with driving and can relax. However, if you would like to get to Punta Uva as fast as possible, flying is always a good idea.

To set up your transportation to Punta Uva, get in contact with us here at Caribe Fun Tours. We are happy to help arrange everything for you. 

 

How to Get Around in Punta Uva

The downtown area of Punta Uva is small. It is easy to walk between the beach and the few restaurants and hotels. It is also very popular to rent bikes in this area. The roads are flat and well paved. 

All day tours that you set up through Caribe Fun Tours will include transportation to and from your hotel.

 

Punta Uva Travel Tips

– Pack fast drying items. Even though it is sunny and hot in Punta Uva, due to the humidity, things can take a long time to dry. When possible, pack quick-drying clothes and use a microfiber towel for the beach.

 

– Take advantage of how close Punta Uva is to Panama.  Bocas del Toro Panama is a tropical island paradise. If you are interested, let us know and we can arrange the border crossing and transfer directly to the Bocas del Toro islands from Costa Rica’s Caribbean side. 

 

– Are you debating between staying in Punta Uva and Puerto Viejo? We suggest Puerto Viejo if you would like a busier area with many excellent restaurants, great nightlife, and nice souvenir shops. If you would like a much more relaxed environment with fewer restaurants and small hotels, Punta Uva is a better option. 

 

If you have any questions about visiting Punta Uva, just contact us here at Caribe Fun Tours. We are happy to assist you in arranging the perfect trip to Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast. 

We can set up transportation, accommodations, and the best activities for the perfect Costa Rica travel. 

Email us at: info@caribefuntours.com 

Or give us a call at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (Costa Rica)

The Pacuare River in Costa Rica is known as one of the best rivers in the world for white water rafting. Rafters of all levels will enjoy the thrilling rapids along the Pacuare River. 

 

Not only is this a great place to experience a thrill-seeking rafting trip, but the river is also stunning. In several spots, the river is flanked on either side by steep rock faces that are covered in lush tropical rainforest plants. In fact, it was even named by National Geographic as one of the top 10 most scenic rivers in the world.

 

Wildlife is also abundant here. Toucans, monkeys, sloths, and blue morpho butterflies are just some of the animals that are frequently spotted on tours.

About the Pacuare River

The Pacuare River runs approximately 67 miles before emptying into the Caribbean sea in Costa Rica. The river is divided into sixteen sections, but the most common rafting sections are known as the Upper Upper Section, The Upper Section, and the Lower Section.

 

Rafting tours can be done as a one day tour, two-day tour, or a transfer tour. 

Pacuare Rafting

Pacuare River Rafting One Day Tour

A one day trip whitewater rafting along the Pacuare River is the perfect way to experience a nice taste of the thrill that rafting can offer in a short amount of time.

 

On this fun-filled adventure, you will raft a total of 18 miles with 52 rapids. This tour is done with an experienced guide who will always put your safety first.

 

Don’t worry about driving to the Pacuare River in Costa Rica. This tour includes transportation from San Jose, La Fortuna, or Puerto Viejo. 

Upon arriving at the river, a full safety briefing will be given by the tour guide. You will then be equipped with all the gear you will need for your adventure. This includes a life jacket, helmet, and paddle. 

The first four miles of your trip will be on class II-III rapids. This is a great spot to get a feel for rafting and get some rafting guidance from one of the experienced guides.  

About 40 minutes into the rafting trip you will enter the Pacuare River Gorge. This five-mile area is considered to be some of the best white water rafting in Costa Rica. While here, you will also get a chance to see the stunning Huacas waterfall.

Next, the tour will enter a five-mile stretch in which the river is much wider. The water calms down here and it is the perfect spot to do some wildlife spotting. 

The Pacuare River rafting trip will finish in the town of Siquirres at the private operations center. Here it is possible to use the facilities to shower and change. You can also have a drink in the gardens before beginning the trip back to your hotel.

 

If you are interested in arranging a Pacuare River rafting 1 day trip, please contact us or you can book the tour yourself here.

Pacuare Rafting

Pacuare River Rafting Two Day Tour

A two day Pacuare whitewater rafting tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the excitement of rafting while also enjoying a hike to pristine waterfalls and swimming holes.  This tour consists of Pacuare River rafting on class III and iv rapids. 

 

The first day of this fun-filled trip consists of rafting down 8 miles of class III rapids. You will arrive at the Pacuare Lodge around lunchtime. 

In the afternoon, it is possible to join one of the various hikes, try your hand at fishing on the river, or just spend some time relaxing in the lush jungle.

The Pacuare River Lodge is located next to the river and has spacious walk-in tents on wooden platforms. The facility is well maintained with modern bathrooms and a nice main building for guests to gather in. This main building also has a well-stocked kitchen which provides an enjoyable dining experience. 

You will continue your rafting journey the next day after a nice breakfast with freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee.

Day two of the tour consists of all class IV rapids. A total of 14 miles are paddled on this day. Along the way, two stops are made, one for a hike and one for a delish lunch served along the river. 

Your tour will finish in Siquirres at the private center. Here you can shower and relax a bit before the trip back to your hotel. 

 

Note: Different companies run the same stretch of river for one, two and three-day trips. To give you better value, we put our rafts into the river 4 miles higher upstream than other companies. This means you get 4 extra miles of rafting by arranging your tour through us. 

 

If you are interested in arranging a 2 day Pacuare River trip, please contact us or you can book the tour yourself here.

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Pacuare River Transfer Rafting Trip

A transfer tour means that you will be picked up at your hotel in one location with all of your luggage, spend the day rafting, and will finish with transportation to your next location. This is a great option for getting from one location in Costa Rica to another and enjoying a thrilling experience along the way. This can be done between San Jose, La Fortuna, or Puerto Viejo. 

 

This tour follows the same schedule as the one day tour mentioned above. The only difference is that you will be picked up and dropped off in the different location of your choice. 

 

If you are interested in arranging a Pacuare River Transfer, please contact us or you can book the tour yourself here.

Tips for Rafting on Pacuare River

-Keep in mind that your clothes will get very wet on this trip. Please don’t wear anything that will get ruined by water. 

 

-Don’t forget to bring and wear waterproof sunscreen on the tour. You may be shaded by the high cliff river walls at some points, but the sun is still extremely strong here.

 

-If you have never gone white water rafting before, do not worry! All guides are very experienced and will assist all customers to ensure they are comfortable. 

 

For more info on planning a trip to Costa Rica’s famed Pacuare River, contact us here at Caribe Fun Tours. We are happy to set up the best Pacuare River tour based on your Costa Rica vacation needs.

 

Email us at: info@caribefuntours.com

Or call us at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (from in Costa Rica)

 

Are you ready to spot sloths in their natural habitat, experience how chocolate is made, see rehabilitated jaguars up close, go whitewater rafting down one of the world’s most beautiful rivers, zipline through the jungle, and more? All of this is possible on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica with a single or multi-day Caribbean tour!

Why Visit the Caribbean

Many travelers that visit Costa Rica head to the Pacific coast beaches and skip the Caribbean coast altogether. We think they are making a big mistake! 

 

The Caribbean side of Costa Rica has consistently decent weather, beautiful beaches, lush jungles filled with wildlife and a relaxed Afro Caribbean feel. Plus, this area is home to many so many fun tour options!

 

The three most popular towns to visit on the Caribbean coast are Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, and Tortuguero. Tortuguero is a great place to explore for a few days. Here you can take a wildlife kayak trip, visit a banana plantation, watch leatherback turtles nesting, and more. 

 

Puerto Viejo and Cahuita are better spots for spending several days. From these two destinations, there are many exciting options of things to do for all ages and adventure levels.

 

Here at Caribe Fun Tours, we are experienced tour operators and know all the best things to do on the Caribbean coast. It is our goal to make sure you have a perfect vacation to Costa Rica and our trips reflect that. Also, all of our Caribbean tours and trips are led by experienced guides who will always put your safety and comfort first. 

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One Day Caribbean Tours

Want to experience the best of the Caribbean in a short amount of time? The best way to do that is with a one-day tour! These tours are offered from Cahuita or Puerto Viejo.

Jaguar Rescue Center & Punta Uva Hike (Offered on Mondays and Wednesdays)

On this exciting tour, you will get to see animals in the process of rehabilitation. These animals often include sloths, jaguars, monkeys, and more! From there, your guide will take you on a hike through the jungle to the breathtaking Punta Uva viewpoint. It’s a great tour for people of all ages!

 

Book your Jaguar Rescue Center tour here

Cahuita National Park & Waterfall Hike (offered on Tuesdays and Fridays)

This is one of our most popular day trips and for good reason! Cahuita National Park is one of the top Costa Rican national parks for spotting wildlife. One of the best parts of this national park is that the jungle trail runs parallel to a stunning white sand beach. 

The one day Cahuita National Park tour starts at your hotel in Puerto Viejo or Cahuita. A guide will provide transportation to the national park entrance. Your guide will take you about 1.5 miles into the park before your tour group will turn around.  

Along the way, the guide will point out an abundance of wildlife including sloths, raccoons, white-faced monkeys, snakes, and more! All guides are very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the area. They also carry a telescopic lens so you can get an up-close view of animals hidden in the trees.

After visiting the national park, your guide will take you to a unique waterfall destination. You can swim here and enjoy a light snack before returning to your hotel.

 

Book your Cahuita National Park tour here

 

Chocolate Forest Experience and Coconut Beach Trail (Offered on Thursdays)

This tour begins with pick up from your area hotel at 9:30. Your guide will transport you to the chocolate tour. You will learn about the history of chocolate and the chocolate production process. Don’t worry, there will also be a chance to eat plenty of delicious fresh chocolate. 

 

After the chocolate tour, your guide will lead you on a nature walk. Along the way, you will take a break to eat fresh fruit and drink fresh coconut water out of a coconut.

 

Book your Chocolate tour here

Caribe Fun Full Day Tour (Offered on Saturday’s)

This fun-filled tour begins with pick up from your Puerto Viejo area hotel around 8:30 am. 

On this tour, you will get the chance to visit the local farmers market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. From there, your guide will take you to the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo. All animals at the rescue center are being rehabilitated to hopefully be released back into the wild.  

This is one of our most popular tours and is something people of all ages will enjoy!

 

Book your Caribe Fun Full Day Tour here

 

Check out our complete list of Caribean Day Tours for more fun options from Tortuguero, Cahuita, or Puerto Viejo. We also offer coral reef snorkeling tours, surfing tours, horseback riding tours, and more!

Multi-Day Caribbean Tours

Would you like to get the full Caribbean experience? Multi-day tours are great because they take all of the planning stress off of you. As a trusted Costa Rican booking agent, we will arrange everything for you and be there to assist you every step of the way. 

Caribbean Coast Explorer

The Caribbean Coast explorer tour lasts for six days and five nights.

 

This exciting tour includes three nights in Puerto Viejo and two nights in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Transportation is provided between destinations and from San Jose to Puerto Viejo. 

 

During your caribe tour, you will go on a white water rafting trip, hike in the Cahuita National Park, visit virgin islands in Bocas del Toro, and more!

 

Find out more and book the Caribbean Coast Explorer tour

 

Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled tour runs for eight days and 7 nights.

 

This action-packed tour includes two nights in San Jose, two nights in Turialbe, and three nights in Puerto Viejo. A mid-sized rental car is included in the rate for transportation. 

 

During this tour, you will go white water rafting, visit a jaguar rescue center, hike through Cahuita National Park, and more!

 

Find out more and book the Road Less Traveled tour

Caribbean Wet and Wild

The Caribbean Wet and Wild tour lasts for four days and three nights.

 

This wet and sometimes wild tour can be started from San Jose, Puerto Viejo, or La Fortuna. It includes two nights in Puerto Viejo and one night in Tortuguero.

 

During this trip, you will get the chance to go white water rafting, visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, tour Tortuguero National Park by boat, and more!

 

Find out more and book the Caribbean Wet & Wild Tour

 

Although these are our most popular multi-day Caribbean tours, we do offer other multi-day options as well. Check out our complete tour list for more exciting choices.

 

Have you now picked the perfect tour option for your Costa Rican trip to the Caribbean? We get that it can be a bit overwhelming with so many exciting choices. Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Caribe Fun Tours. We are happy to assist you in planning the perfect trip based on your specific needs.

 

Email us at: info@caribefuntours.com

Or give us a call at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (from in Costa Rica)