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How to keep yourself busy in Costa Rica? What are the leisure activities that are available for expatriates? Find out in this article.

You will probably be wondering about what to do during your free time in Costa Rica, regardless of the purpose of your stay there. To escape from your daily routine and stress, you can choose from a range of leisure activities that are available for all tastes and ages. Indeed, there is so much to discover in the country, starting from leisure, beaches, sports, etc. You can simply not get bored.

Although it is a rather small country, Costa Rica is constantly developing while keeping its natural beauty. Feel free to visit its official tourism portal and other related websites to learn more about leisure activities.

General portrait

Costa Rica stretches over 51,100 square kilometers in Central America. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, thus hosting many beautiful beaches. Indeed, Costa Rica is a world class reference in terms of sea and inland water sports. Moreover, eco-tourism has been developing for a few years due to the country's lush green landscape.

Water sports

Costa Rica has many impressive rivers and wonderful warm water lagoons where you can not only swim and dip but also practice water sports such as rafting, surfing, canoeing, diving with air bottles, etc. You can as well enjoy the fine white sand beaches to relax and sunbathe.


It is interesting to note that Costa Ricans have set aside a quarter of their lands which are now classified as protected areas and national parks. Therefore, you can enjoy natural reserves, Zonas Parques Nacionales protegidas and other national parks on foot. If you do not fear altitude, you can as well fly over these areas on a Zipling.

Besides, you will discover marvelous caves, volcanoes, tropical forests which make up the country's breathtaking landscape.


Years ago, golf was restricted to men only. But nowadays, it has become quite widespread among the population, especially with foreigners. So if you wish to play golf, you can contact the Asociación Deportiva de Aficionados al Golf (ANAGOLF).


If you like challenges, you can try either big game fishing at sea, or amateur fishing in lakes or rivers, and even in the mangroves. However, you are required to have a fishing permit in accordance with Costa Rican laws.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Leisure in Costa Rica Forum 
Costa Rica Tourism Board www.visitcostarica.com

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