Our Guide to Costa Rica | 10 Tours and Activities That You Don’t Want to Miss

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Costa Rica is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in Latin and Central America, and it’s easy to see why. This lush tropical paradise is overflowing with fascinating creatures, gorgeous scenery, and adventure. Combine that with the warmth and friendliness of the local population, a rich cultural history, and unique cuisine, and there is something here for everyone!

Perhaps that’s why Meza Dental’s flagship office, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, attracts many international patients. Dental tourism is a rapidly expanding industry that allows patients from around the globe to choose where to go for dental care, without compromising on quality. It also allows you to combine a necessary treatment with a well-deserved vacation in an exciting destination. Definitely a win-win!

Taking the Extra Step As a Host

Not long after Dr. Meza and team started providing dental care for international patients, they recognized that those same patients often needed help finding just the right accommodations for their needs, or could use a helping hand picking out local attractions and tours.

So, Meza Dental’s Tourism division was created to answer that need. Now our group of caring and helpful individuals won’t just help give you an amazing new smile for up to 70% less than the same treatment at home, though that’s certainly a plus! 

We can also help you find the perfect accommodations, organize your transportation to and from appointments, book tours, and recommend the best restaurants while you’re here. It’s all part of the Meza Dental experience, so you can enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica stress-free. 

To make life as easy as possible, our team has put together a variety of fun-filled packages that will let you explore the amazing activities that Costa Rica has to offer, at your own pace. Each tour below comes with private transportation, safety equipment, and a bilingual guide, so you don’t miss out on a thing!

So without any further ado, let’s get into our top 10 tours and activities you don’t want to miss!

Adventure Tours

A growing trend in Costa Rican tourism is that of Adventure Tours. The country will always be beloved for its diversity and dedication to sustainable and eco-friendly living, but the invention of the Canopy Zipline has forever changed the landscape here. Today people arrive in droves, looking for fun ways to get their hearts pumping and their adrenaline rushing.

Here are a few favorites.

  1. Tricombo

This tour includes 3 popular pastimes, canopy ziplining (which was invented here, FYI), horseback riding, and ATVing.

This full-day tour includes 2 hours each of ziplining and ATVing, as well as lunch, fresh fruits, water to help you hydrate, and horseback riding. You will see lots of beautiful scenery, including one of the country’s many lovely waterfalls.  

  1. Ziplining with Stunning Views of the Pacific

You can also do an amazing half-day Ziplining tour.  Enjoy the thrill of the ride in a fun and safe environment that also happens to have a spectacular view of the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean. It includes a 15 minutes tractor ride, 10 cables, and 12 platforms, which usually takes 2 hours to complete. Then refresh yourself with fresh fruit and water while you pat yourself on the back.

  1. Mountain Biking

Another great way to get your heart pumping while exploring some amazing countryside is on the back of a mountain bike. This full-day tour includes transportation to and from the trails, which take about 1.5 hours to ride, all the equipment you need, views of a gorgeous waterfall, and lots of refreshing fruit and water to replenish those electrolytes. 

  1. Adventure Tour Combo Package

Another popular option that lets you mix and match your activities. This full-day tour includes lunch, fresh fruits, and water, as well as 2 activities. Chose from:

  • Ziplining
  • Horseback riding
  • ATVs
  • Chocolate Experience

The hardest part might be deciding which adventures sound the most fun!

Eco-Tourism and Nature Tours

On the other hand, for those who come to Costa Rica for rest and relaxation, immersing yourself in nature is the best way to go. Somehow the scents and smells and sounds of this fantastic country can just soak into your soul and bring peace and tranquility. In today’s fast-paced world, peace is a much-needed commodity. Here are a few places to find your “ahhhhhh.”

  1. Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Tour, and La Paz Waterfall

One of our very best packages, this full-day tour includes the best of both worlds. Delicious Costa Rican coffee, a stunning 121-foot waterfall that culminates in an azure blue pool surrounded by lush greenery, and the awe-inspiring might of the Poas Volcano. This active giant has one of the largest craters in the world!

The tour team takes care of all the entrance fees, breakfast, AND lunch, so all you need to do is sit back and be amazed at the grandeur of Mother Nature.

  1. Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Lankester Gardens

This full-day tour is a true study in contrasts. It will take you from the towering splendor of the Irazu Volcano, the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Then stun you with the deep misty landscape of the Orosi Valley, famous for its incredible scenery and verdant vegetation.

Last but not least you will explore the tranquil beauty of the Lankester Botanical Gardens. 

Here you can explore tropical flora and fauna, visit the Japanese Gardens and discover a variety of exotic orchids.

This package also includes lunch.

  1. Manuel Antonio

The Manuel Antonio National Park is famous worldwide for the breadth of biodiversity that it holds, as well as for the beauty of its beach. That’s why this full-day tour gives you plenty of free time to explore both.  

With both breakfast and lunch included, you can take your time, walk the trails, gaze in wonder at the resident sloths, or giggle at the antics of the monkeys. Then head to the beach to unwind and let the sights and sounds of the Pacific seep into your soul and relax you.

  1. Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs

If there is one landmark that exemplifies what Costa Rica is to the world in general, it is Arenal Volcano. At 1600 meters, this iconic mountain towers over the Costa Rican landscape, with its glowing magma a sight that is both beautiful and humbling.

Paired with access to one of the local hot springs, where you can soak away your worries while you gaze up at the plume of smoke that drifts lazily upwards from Arenal’s crater. With both lunch and dinner included, this tour is a great way to spend your day and make amazing memories of your time in Costa Rica.

  1. San Jose Daytime Tour

This half-day tour starts bright and early with the arrival of your air-conditioned chariot (okay, it’s a bus) to whisk you away from your hotel and show you the sights and sounds of the heart of Costa Rica.

The live commentary from your bilingual guide will ensure that you don’t miss any of the exciting sights as you tour the streets, eventually making stops at the National Theatre, exploring the local market, enjoying a typical Costa Rican lunch, and then exploring the National Art Museum, where a professional art historian will lead you past the fantastic and colorful works of art on display.

  1. San Jose Nighttime Tour

The same amazing sights that you can enjoy on the San Jose Daytime Tour take on a whole new vibe when the lights go down and the city’s hustle and bustle turn to fun and excitement.

Explore the local market by street light, enjoy a typical Costa Rican dinner, learn about the historic landmarks, and cruise past beautiful architecture on the way to the National Theatre and the National Art Museum. Your dedicated guide is a professional art historian, so bring your questions and dive into the colorful world of Costa Rican art!

 So Much to See and Do

There really are endless possibilities when it comes to tours and activities in Costa Rica. If we had icebergs, what we have listed here today would be just the tip of it, with ATVs, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, baby turtles hatching, and so much more. It can be a little overwhelming.

That’s why we are so proud to have Hugo and Karina, our Travel Coordinators, to help you find just the right ones for you and your family.  With extensive first-hand knowledge of all that Costa Rica has to offer, they are experts at planning the perfect dental vacation.  
So, if by chance none of the tours above appeal to you, don’t worry! They are happy to customize a tour just for you or answer any questions you might have. Just drop them a line at travel@mezadentalcare.com or call them at +506 8431 2000.

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