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Playa Tamarindo: Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

1. Playa Tamarindo: Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

Sail along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast on a 4.5-hour sunset cruise, passing Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches, and tropical jungles. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink in your hand as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish, or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor, and enjoy a swim. Snorkel in the bay or take a walk down a deserted white sand beach. While you’re enjoying the sun, sand, and sea, the crew will prepare a lunch of chicken or pasta salad, fruit, chips, pico de gallo, guacamole, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. As the sun sets, you’ll see the ever-changing colors of the sky, while enjoying your favorite drink from the boat’s open bar. Capture the moment to show your family and friends the wonders of a Costa Rican sunset.

Playas del Coco: Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

2. Playas del Coco: Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

Sail along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast on a 4.5-hour sunset cruise, passing Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches and tropical jungles. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink in your hand as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor and enjoy a swim. Snorkel in the bay or take a walk down a deserted white sand beach. While you’re enjoying the sun, sand and sea, the crew will prepare a lunch of chicken or pasta salad, fruit, chips, pico de gallo, guacamole and homemade chocolate chip cookies. As the sun sets, you’ll see the ever-changing colors of the sky, while enjoying your favorite drink from the boat’s open bar. Capture the moment to show your family and friends the wonders of a Costa Rican sunset.

Tamarindo: Dream Chaser Catamaran Sunset Cruise

3. Tamarindo: Dream Chaser Catamaran Sunset Cruise

Discover picturesque secluded beaches on a 5-hour catamaran cruise. Benefit from relaxing lounge areas, an open bar, lunch buffet, snorkeling equipment, and paddleboards. Board the 40-foot Dream Chaser catamaran and cruise along the north coast and, depending on weather conditions of the day, anchor in the secluded beaches of Playa Minas, Playa Huevo, or Piratas Bay.  Jump into the refreshing waters and tryout water activities like snorkeling, paddle boarding, and playing with the floaties (noodles). Feast on a delicious home-style buffet and enjoy an open bar where you can get unlimited refreshments, liquor, and mixed drinks.  Lounge on the spacious upper deck while listening to a modern sound system. Cool off in the shaded main cabin, relax in comfortable leather seats, and make use of the free Wi-Fi.  As you head back to Playa Tamarindo, be treated to unforgettable views of the Costa Rican sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Palo Verde National Park: Half-Day Jungle River Cruise

4. Palo Verde National Park: Half-Day Jungle River Cruise

Palo Verde National Park encompasses one of the most important wetlands of Central America. You’ll have the opportunity to explore its varied habitats on this half-day jungle river cruise. Throughout the year resident and migrant water birds sharing the mangroves and marshlands with white- tailed deer, coyote, white-nosed coatimundi, howlers, white-faced monkeys, iguanas, and crocodiles. Wildlife is plentiful here, from tiny hummingbirds feeding at heliconia flowers, to the huge and flamboyant Roseate Spoonbills. Enjoy the countryside as it changes from savannah to plantations and small villages as you make your way to the pontoon boat, which is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to explore Palo Verde. You’ll travel by boat along the Tempisque River, which borders the National Park. You’ll pass through a wide variety of habitats, including pastureland and mangroves. Observe huge crocodiles resting in the sunshine and monkeys moving rapidly through the trees. You’ll see diverse bird species such as the Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, the rare and endangered Jabiru, Blue Heron, White Ibis, and more.

Tamarindo: Boat Safari at Las Baulas National Park

5. Tamarindo: Boat Safari at Las Baulas National Park

Embark on an adventure and experience the mangrove swamps and bays protected by Marino Las Baulas National Parl. Spend your afternoon exploring on a boat trip.  See frigate birds, brown footed boobies, pelicans, and other waterbirds that are the main attraction. Witness also monkeys, but as conservation takes hold, it is becoming easier to spot ocelots, crocodiles, and anteaters. Find big iguanas and different species of wading birds, amidst the mangroves, orchids, and trees lining the river. Experience Las Baulas that includes in its habitats beach, coral reef, and mangrove, with wildlife from green marine iguanas, bottle-nosed and common dolphins, leatherback sea turtles, sponges, anemones, lobsters, trunkfish, frigate birds, brown footed boobies, to pelicans.  Sail up the waters of Las Baulas National Park, in a 2-hour tour, where you'll be able to watch crocodiles sunning on the banks or swimming alongside the boat while green parrots call from the above and howler monkeys play among the treetops.

Hibiscus Sunset Boat Ride: Open Bar, Food and Water Sport

6. Hibiscus Sunset Boat Ride: Open Bar, Food and Water Sport

Enjoy an afternoon sailing adventure of Costa Rica’s Tamarindo coast on the Pacific Ocean, departing at 2:00 PM from Playa del Coco, RIU hotel beach entrance or Playa Ocotal. Once you have checked in, you will be shuttled to the 48-foot launch boat for the start of your adventure. As the sails are raised, relax in the afternoon sun or find a shaded spot in the saloon as the crew serve drinks. You’ll head north along the coast, enjoying the fresh sea breeze, a cold beverage, and some fresh fruit. About an hour into the trip, anchor in a cove where you can snorkel in the warm tropical waters, kayak, swim to the beach, or just relax on the boat. Break for afternoon appetizers while making new friends. Finally, it's happy hour! Pull anchor and raise the sails while the crew eagerly prepares a rum punch, imperial beer, or other beverage to your liking. Dance to a mix of Latin and rock music as you glide across the ocean en route back to Tamarindo as the sun falls below the horizon.

Tamarindo: Catamaran Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

7. Tamarindo: Catamaran Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

After meeting your group at the meeting point, sail aboard the 38-foot Sea Shell catamaran with a capacity for 25 people. After setting off, bruschetta will be served as an appetizer.  You’ll head to a private beach, observing the lush Pacific coast of Guanacaste. After reaching the private beach, you will be able to enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and many other activities. Alternatively, just enjoy the views of the ocean and relax by the beach. After the water activities, lunch will be served. It consists of typical local cuisine like chicken rice, ground beans, sautéed vegetables and salad. Enjoy some fresh fruit on the journey back to Tamarindo. If you have chosen the afternoon tour, you will witness a beautiful sunset on your return. The open bar will be available throughout the trip with alcoholic beverages as well as non-alcoholic beverages such as soda, fresh juices, and bottled water.

From Liberia: Tubing Adventure at Rio Negro

8. From Liberia: Tubing Adventure at Rio Negro

Have heaps of fun touring and tubing down the Rio Negro. This touring and tubing adventure is the perfect activity for active travellers, adrenaline junkies and families looking to add a little excitement to their visit. Led by a bilingual guide, your experience will commence at the foot of the Victoria Waterfall. Here you will have a safety briefing. After this you will get your very own rafting tube and set loose on the exciting Rio Negro. Adrenaline will run free as you twist and turn through the crystal-clear rapids. For 2.5 hours, revel in the thrills offered by the rolling, rushing rapids and the natural beauty of this region.

Guanacaste: Discover Scuba Dive Day in Papagayo Gulf

9. Guanacaste: Discover Scuba Dive Day in Papagayo Gulf

Start your journey to become a confident diver on a full-day Discover Scuba Dive program in the Gulf of Papagayo. Suitable for complete beginners, the dive program requires no previous experience and includes a training session in a controlled environment. Start with an introduction to diving techniques in confined water, and learn the basic skills and how to handle your scuba equipment. Then, travel by boat to 2 different dive sites in the Gulf. Here, your instructor will lead you safely around the reefs, where rays, turtles, jacks, and snappers are often seen. Each dive takes approximately 40 minutes, with only your breathing limiting the dive time. Dive to maximum depths of 12 meters (40 feet), and experience the extraordinary sensation of breathing underwater. During the break between dives, drinks, snacks, and fresh fruit will be served. The dive boats have lots of shade to shield you from the tropical sun, while a boarding ladder and swim platform makes getting in and out easy.

Papagayo Gulf: 2 Dives Half-Day Scuba Dive Tour

10. Papagayo Gulf: 2 Dives Half-Day Scuba Dive Tour

Experience the fascinating underwater world of the Gulf of Papagayo on a half-day adventure tour for certified divers. Starting at Playas del Coco, transfer to the Papagayo Gulf by comfortable dive boat. After a short briefing and equipment assembly, submerge into the beautiful waters with the bilingual dive masters, who will then guide you through the reefs to see eagle rays, sting rays, turtles, and even sharks. Thousands of fish will accompany you as you explore the diversity of species on offer. You will visit 2 different dive sites for 2 separate dives, with no time limits - except by your breathing! Back on the surface, drinks, fruits, and snacks will be served on the boat. Locate your encounters on the fish chart, or just relax on the boat ride to the next dive site. You will sail back to Playas del Coco by 13:00, where you can get a stamp for your log book.

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What people are saying about Guanacaste

We had a great time at the boat! Too windy to snorkle, but the group was amazing. Not too many people. Food and drinks were good! And the beach we stopped at was beautiful. Sunset was really memorable

We loved our cruise! Such a beautiful time and they did not pack us like sardines so everyone who was on this trip was able to enjoy their time. The sunset home was absolutely amazing!

Great morning, very enjoyable! The boat driver was very good and pointed out lots of neat birds, crocodiles and monkeys for us. Our tour guide Freddy was great!!!

Really fun experience and amazing scenery and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend.

Great staff, friendly, good organization and fabulous sun set. Highly recommend