If you're looking for a relaxing retreat from the stresses of daily life, a Costa Rica beach vacation or spa escape may be what you're looking for. The healthy lifestyle in Costa Rica is truly contagious. Below are some of the top leisure activities that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
Take a yoga class
Beginners, instructors and everyone in between will benefit from the soothing experience of practicing yoga amid Costa Rica's natural beauty. A morning yoga session before a day of surfing or a stretch in a wood rancho in the middle of a verdant rain forest will keep you toned and ready for the adventures ahead.
Go to a spa
Volcanic mud wraps, natural thermal water baths and sea salt scrubs are just some of the options that will make your Costa Rica spa experience one to remember. Visit the dynamic volcano region of Arenal or enjoy a couple's massage on the beach in Punta Islita. The mix of natural materials, soothing settings and professional experience has made Costa Rica one of the top spa destinations in the world.
Fine Dining in Costa Rica
International influence and fresh local produce, seafood and meats combine to create unforgettable dining options from coast to coast. Try the spice of the Caribbean or a fresh fish filet on the Pacific. Costa Rica's dining options range from tourist-oriented 5-star restaurants to the mom and pop soda on the corner. Plan your meals right and the fresh tropical fruits and seafood will leave you feeling lighter than when you first arrived.
Souvenir shopping in Costa Rica will introduce you to artisan crafts carved from woods, coconut, seashells and natural stones. While most items feature an indigenous or beach flair, there is also a new revolution in recycled handicrafts. Test an aluminum ashtray, a wallet made from milk cartons or a fashionable beach bag created from 70 re-purposed plastic grocery bags that would have spent hundreds of years in the ground or ocean.
Sore feet or sore bum? For all you animal lovers, there's nothing like a swift trot through the woods on horseback, while the romantics may prefer a ride down the beach at sunset. In almost any rural region in Costa Rica, horses are still used as a form of transportation and the riding options for visitors are more than plentiful.
Rejuvenate in the Thermal Hot Springs
More than a Jacuzzi, a dip in one of the many hot springs properties in Costa Rica puts you in a beautiful tropical wonderland with stone pools of various temperatures set beneath a canopy of trees and grounds carpeted in tropical plants and flowers. Add the backdrop of an active volcano and you'll feel like you're on the set of Jurassic park. Throw in a couple swim up bars, authentic restaurants and attentive staff and you'll remember you're on vacation in paradise.
Costa Rica is home to more than ten professional golf courses in the Central Valley and along the Pacific Coast. The most renowned courses include the par-72 ocean front course at the Four Seasons Papagayo designed by Arnold Palmer, Reserva Conchal's par-71 golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and the ocean front Hacienda Pinilla course designed by Mike Young, all in Guanacaste.