There is hardly a more considerate and at the same time more relaxed way to explore Costa Rica’s nature than kayaking. Driven only by your own muscle power you glide almost silently over the water. Whether paddling through the rainforest of Tortuguero, through the mangrove forests of the South Pacific coast or in the open sea along the coast of Guanacaste, kayaking gives you an intense experience of nature.
While the engine noise of other boats tends to scare the animals, kayaking gives you the opportunity to approach monkeys, reptiles and birds quietly so you have a better chance at catching a glimpse at close range. In Costa Rica kayak tours are offered in rivers as well as in coastal towns in almost all parts of the country. Especially popular paddling tours can be found on the Caribbean coast next to Tortuguero also in the National Park Cahuita where you can combine your kayaking tour with a hiking or snorkeling tour. Kayaking on Lake Arenal is also highly recommended, as it offers spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano in good weather. We are happy to recommend places and providers for kayak tours in Costa Rica that you can book with us.
The start times of the tours vary depending on the provider. It is usually worth setting out early in the morning as the chances of seeing animals are particularly high in the early morning hours.
The tours vary in length according to the provider, however, most last at least two hours.
Average physical fitness is sufficient. However, paddling on the open sea or on Lake Arenal can be exhausting, depending on currents and wind.
You should be comfortable in the element of water and be able to swim. Of course you will be equipped with a life jacket and accompanied by an experienced guide. Please always follow the instructions of your guide, then you can enjoy kayaking carefree.
Kayaking is suitable for almost all ages, but not for small children. Depending on the provider, the minimum age varies.
Tours vary by duration and provider and are priced from $50 for adults and $25 for children.