Friday, April 28, 2006

Rafting and Kayaking in Costa Rica

Man and woman kayaking in Pacific coast of Costa Rica near Jaco. Photo: Getty ImagesCourtesy of Costa Rica Online Travel

Costa Rica offers some of the world’s best white water rafting. The jungle-lined warm, tropical rivers stretching through both sides of the continental divide, have become one of the country’s most enjoyable ways to experience wild nature and a thrill of a lifetime. Enthusiasts, nature lovers, thrill seekers and beginner river runners from around the world paddle through these incredibly beautiful and turbulent rivers. Tropical rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and stunning flora and fauna line the hundreds of rivers which continually feed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

For those wanting to try something different, Costa Rica offers unsurpassed opportunities to enjoy the rapidly growing sport of sea kayaking. Kayaking is one of the most low impact ways to fully experience the country's pristine and virgin shorelines, breathtaking landscape and inland canals no experience necessary.

Along with the rivers mentioned below, Tortugero, Barra del Colorado, Drake Bay and the western shoreline provide challenging opportunities for the beginner or professional kayaker. The area surrounding CurĂº Reserve, which is located on the Nicoya Peninsula, is very popular with kayakers year round.