Canoeing & Kayaking
Last Updated: Feb 02, 2013
Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes and rivers are a paradise for paddlers of all skill levels. Lush mangrove estuaries and miles of coastline are ideal for sea kayaking and canoeing. A leisurely paddle through the maze of canals and river estuaries yield peaceful opportunities for wildlife viewing. Tour operators on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts offer custom overnight and multi-day kayak and canoe adventures.
The exhilarating Pacuare and Reventazon rivers, near the Central Valley town of Turrialba provide the ultimate rush for kayakers seeking Class III to V rapids.
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, a small river community located in northeastern region, offers sensational Class II-IV whitewater kayaking, where paddlers can customize single and multi-day trips. Several companies provide tours for whitewater kayakers that include gear, bilingual guides, lodging and food. Experienced kayakers frequently bring their own gear and tackle the rapids solo.
The black water canals of Tortuguero National Park are ideal for tranquil canoe and kayak excursions. Four aquatic trails (Tortuguero River, Harold Canal, Chiquero Canal and Mora Canal) snake through the park and offer the best opportunity for bird and wildlife watching.