Come play with us in Costa Rica!
Travel to Costa Rica to enjoy everything it has to offer – the whitewater, the beaches, the rain forest, the toucans and sloths, and the wonderful people.
Our specialty in this amazing country is running whitewater kayaking trips – for 25+ years. Our kayak trips runs from early November through mid-December – at the tail-end of the rainy season. With trips ranging from Class II-III through Class IV there are options for everyone.
We also offer non-paddler options for your partner that wants to join you for a week in this awesome country.
Check out everything great about our kayaking trips – including 2018 trip dates.
About your Dream Vacation in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is frequently described as “world renowned for its vast ecosystems, advanced conservation programs, stable political climate, friendly citizens and fantastic paddling.” Travel to and then around Costa Rica is easy. Costa Rica itself is an island country of democratic stability in Central America. There has been no military presence in Costa Rica since the end of their civil war in the 1940’s. It is a country in which education and culture are national icons. After each splendid day on the river, it is a pleasure to enjoy the warm hospitality and the “pura vida” of Costa Rica.
The people of Costa Rica, affectionately nicknamed “ticos”, are friendly, good-natured and dedicated to the earth, making them the perfect hosts for a paddling vacation.
The scenery of Costa Rica is spectacular. Driving through the country, you will pass by distant volcanoes, west coast sunsets, dense greenery, ox carts headed out to fields of sugar cane and bananas, and warm friendly people. As a geographic bridge between two continents, Costa Rica is home to animal forms both familiar and exotic. There is always an opportunity for a sighting of sloths, toucans, parrots, herons, hawks, oro pendulas and otters.
The weather averages 70 to 85 degrees during the day and 60 to 70 degrees at night. Our trips are planned for the tail end of the rainy season: late September through mid-December; when normally tapering rainfall maximizes opportunities on the river. This is also considered “low season’ in Costa Rica, which means there are fewer tourists found traveling throughout the country.
And for whitewater kayakers, the quantity of rivers ranging from Class II-V provides uniquely diverse opportunities for whitewater paddling.
WHAT TO DO WITH EXTRA DAYS IN COSTA RICA
If you have additional days available, plan to stay after your trip! Even if only one or two extra days in this eco-country, take the opportunity to experience the best of eco-tourism, including:
- Tram ride/canopy tour through the rain forest
- Beaches of the west coast featuring world class surfing and accommodations that range from quaint jungle lodges overlooking a deserted beach, to world class resorts where spoiling you is the theme.
- Touring Cafe Brit coffee plantations
- Butterfly/birdwatching at Monte Verde
- Watching the lava flow at night (from a safe distance) at Arenal Volcano
- Shopping: Costa Rica is not known for a wide selection of hand-crafted items, but there are beautiful gifts to be found.
- Costa Rican coffee is a great gift, as are wooden carved bowls and hammocks. And we have several local craftsmen who will display their handcrafted jewelry and sandals during the trip. Even the airport in San Jose offers turbo-shopping for those in need of gifts for returning home.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR COSTA RICA
- Travel Guide – spend time doing your research ahead of time. There are multiple travel guides that will help you plan your trip. we have copies of the Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit book in stock in our store. We can send a copy to you.
- Expect that the pace will be different than what you are used to in the States. Leave U.S. expectation at home and enjoy the cultural change
- Before leaving home, photocopy your passport and have it in a separate spot than your original.
- Pull out your Spanish! Costa Ricans will be most helpful in trying to figure out what you are saying, especially when accompanied by a smile.
- Statistically San Jose is safe, but travel wisely as you would in any big city. Avoid flashy jewelry and keep track of your purse, wallet, backpack or fanny pack. If you are in downtown San Jose, watch out for pick- pocketers. If you are traveling out and about, avoid driving isolated roads at night. Streets are not well marked or well lit as they are at home. Rental cars have become targets for theft. Absolutely do not leave valuables in a rental car—especially your backpack with passport.
- Be aware that pedestrians DO NOT have the right-of-way. Look before you cross any street.
- Water- You can drink the water in Costa Rica.
- Internet Access – There is wi-fi available throughout Costa Rica. Cell phones: Check with your cell phone company prior to departing to sign up for a short-term international plan-including text messaging.