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10 Fun Things to Do in Costa Rica for Teens

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Discover a country of natural diversity, cultural riches and laid-back vibes.

From lush rainforests to unspoiled beaches and coastlines, Costa Rica offers a pura vida lifestyle. The vibrant culture, friendly locals, and laid-back atmosphere provide an ideal backdrop for teens to delve into exploration, learning, and relaxation. Be it participating in adventure activities, encountering wildlife, or immersing in local traditions, Costa Rica provides a rewarding and unforgettable experience for teens.

1. Learn to surf with professional instructors at Tamarindo Beach

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Discover the art of riding the waves at Tamarindo Beach, where seasoned instructors will guide you through every exciting step. Experience the thrill of the ocean and make amazing memories on the sunny shores of Costa Rica! Whether it’s your first time or you’re aiming to refine your skills, these surfing lessons make Tamarindo Beach your go-to destination for an epic surf school experience!

2. Whitewater raft thrilling rapids on the Pacuare River

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Embark on an exhilarating adventure with whitewater rafting on Costa Rica’s Pacuare River. This renowned river showcases thrilling rapids, surrounded by breathtaking tropical scenery, creating a memorable and exciting journey for young adventure enthusiasts.

3. Zip-line and hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest

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Imagine a biological reserve with lush and vibrant greenery as far and as high as the eye can see and you’ll soon understand why it’s called a Cloud Forest! As you glide through the forest canopy on zip lines, be prepared to marvel at the breathtaking views . The excitement doesn’t stop there – hike through this diverse ecosystem, spotting all kinds of plants, flowers, birds and animals. This experience provides an unforgettable journey weaving through treetops and along enchanting forest trails.

4. SCUBA dive or snorkel near Las Catalinas Islands

Discovering the Las Catalinas Islands in Costa Rica is an extraordinary experience for both scuba enthusiasts and snorkeling fans. In the crystal-clear waters, colorful coral formations come to life! Teens who opt to SCUBA dive will learn how to venture deeper, encountering a wide variety of fish and the possibility of spotting rays, sea turtles and other marine life. Snorkeling, on the other hand, provides a more accessible yet equally awe-inspiring glimpse into the underwater world, where the beauty of shallow reefs and their inhabitants unfolds. 

5. Enjoy a volcanic mud bath

Envision yourself in a volcanic mud bath in Costa Rica – a unique and relaxing experience! Infused with incredible minerals, this mud serves as an amazing spa treatment for your skin. Have fun using a paint brush to apply it to your skin! As it gradually dries, it transforms into a natural mask, cleansing and pampering your skin. Then take a dip in the nearby hot springs for some soothing water vibes, completing this relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

6. Experience waterfall rappelling & canyoning by Arenal Volcano

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Another fun thing for teens to do in Costa Rica is waterfall rappelling and canyoning near the iconic Arenal Volcano. Experience a day full of action as you navigate through canyons and thrilling challenges in the heart of nature. This experience offers the perfect fusion of adventure and excitement, crafting lifelong memories for you, the young explorer!

7. Marvel at the night sky during a beach bonfire

When a group of teens sit around a bonfire, it’s always a magical moment. Make it a beach bonfire on the coast of Costa Rica and it’s extra special! Above, the stars twinkle, while the gentle sound of waves crashing nearby makes the experience even more memorable. The warmth of the fire brings people together to share stories, laughter, and to appreciate our time together, reminiscing about our summer adventures in Costa Rica.

8. Run a day camp for local children in Arenal

Teens love the opportunity to meet and have fun with the local children in Costa Rica! Plan various activities and games like sports, drama and arts & crafts, as you lead a day camp for local kids in Arenal. As counselors-in-training, teens will develop and demonstrate leadership skills while organizing all aspects of the daily logistics and activities. These shared experiences will help everyone learn about each others’ culture and create lasting bonds. You’ll also learn some Spanish along the way!

9. Sea Turtle Conservation

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Sea turtle conservation efforts in Costa Rica offers a hands-on and fulfilling experience. Along the country’s coastlines, diverse conservation projects strive to safeguard endangered sea turtle species, including the majestic leatherback, green, and hawksbill turtles. Volunteers actively participate in tasks such as beach patrols to monitor nesting sites, safeguarding eggs from poachers, and relocating them to protected hatcheries for secure incubation.

As the hatchlings break out of their shell, volunteers play a role in releasing them back into the ocean, witnessing the amazing moment of new life. Education and community involvement are integral components, encouraging awareness about the significance of conservation and the challenges these species encounter.

Learn more about this summer program for teens: Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation 

10. Horseback ride through a Costa Rican forest

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Explore the winding trails and natural beauty that Costa Rica has to offer, while experiencing a horseback riding adventure! It’s a fun way for teens to see the incredible variety of flora and fauna found in Rincon de la Vieja National Park. 

Enjoy these activities on our Costa Rica travel programs for teens

Explore all of our summer programs, specifically tailored for teens: Costa Rica Programs 

4 Westcoast Connection programs in Costa Rica: 

Costa Rica Adventure 

Costa Rica Service & Adventure

Costa Rica: Sea Turtle Conservation

Costa Rica: Children’s Camp Leadership

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