Why Costa Rica is Perfect for a Watersports Holiday in 2024

What country wouldn’t love to have extensive coastlines along two magnificent oceans? Costa Rica occupies the enviable position of being one such country, with almost 800 miles of coastline along both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. For lovers of watersports, this makes Costa Rica the ideal place for vacation in 2024.

There is something to suit the taste of every watersports enthusiast, with opportunities for surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and whitewater rafting. The very athletic can have an amazing wakeboard Costa Rica experience, while for those looking for a less energetic pursuit, there is always fishing.


Costa Rica is also known for the consistency of waves in good surfing spots such as Tamarindo, Jaco or Santa Teresa, but if you thought that you had to go to the ocean in order to enjoy watersports, you were wrong – there is much water fun to be had on Lake Arenal at the foot of its majestic volcano, in North Costa Rica. In this part of the country, you will find both well-known and off-the-beaten-path beaches, with something for every watersports enthusiast.


As if the above wasn’t enticing enough, the people of Costa Rica are known for their hospitality and for their vivacious enjoyment of life, so as a tourist you will feel welcome and appreciated.

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Tropical climate

Costa Rica benefits from warm weather all year round, which makes it comfortable for water activities at any time.

Well preserved nature

This country highly values its natural resources and has taken big steps towards protecting its oceans and the environment. It is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, where you can experience a huge variety of flora and fauna: from birds and reptiles to mammals, and let’s not forget the rich marine ecosystems.


Over 25% of its land is protected as national parks and reserves, where you can enjoy hiking and viewing the rich and varied wildlife.


In many ways, it is a global leader in progressive environmental policies, and has introduced something called ‘blue agenda’ in order to preserve marine biodiversity. A lot of this work depends on international collaboration, so Costa Rica partners with organisations such as the World Bank and has volunteered to host the third World Ocean Conference. For the environment-conscious watersports enthusiast, these credentials can be important when choosing a holiday destination.

Adventure activities

For those seeking a more adrenalin-inducing holiday, there are plenty of opportunities to do zip-lining through rainforests or white-water rafting. Let’s not forget the country’s stunning array of active and dormant volcanoes, including Arenal, Poás and​ Irazú.

The Pura Vida spirit

The concept of Pura Vida means, literally translated, ‘pure life’. It embodies the Costa Rican approach to living and culture, where non-material pursuits such as relaxation with friends and family and a positive outlook on life are highly valued. If you like to holiday in a place with a relaxed, laid-back vibe, where the local people are very friendly and focusing on positive things, then Costa Rica will be a great fit for you.






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