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Last Updated: Feb 02, 2013

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Parasailing is one of the best ways to safely experience free flight, and doesn’t require any formal training or preparation. Conceived as an adventure sport 30 years ago, it offers daredevils the chance to defy gravity. Choose a 15 or 30-minute flight and soar through the sky, high enough to make your fellow beach-goers appear like ants scrambling around the sand.

Licensed and insured tour companies offer this exhilarating opportunity to spot dolphins, whales and other marine life while airborne, sometimes as much as 600 feet above the ocean. Parasailing has recently become popular in Manuel Antonio, on the central Pacific coast. A two and a half hour drive from San Jose, the area boasts some of the country's most spectacular coastline.

In the north Pacific, Playa del Coco also offers an incredible parasailing experience. Soar above the golden shoreline and gaze over the great Pacific Ocean – north to picturesque Papagayo, or south toward the beautiful beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.

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