Kayaking and Canoeing
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Sea kayaking is quickly catching on in Costa Rica, and no wonder. The sea kayak’s ability to move silently means you can travel unobtrusively, sneaking close up to wildlife without freaking it out. Dolphins and even turtles have been known to surface alongside to check out kayakers. The one- and two-person craft are remarkably stable and ideally suited for investigating narrow coastal inlets and flat-water rivers larger vessels cannot reach.
Anyone planning on kayaking rivers should refer to The Rivers of Costa Rica: A Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting Guide by Michael W. Mayfield and Rafael E. Gallo, which provides detailed maps plus a technical description of the entire river system.
In San José, you can rent kayaks, canoes, and camping equipment from Mundo Aventura (tel. 506/2221-6934, www.maventura.com), Ríos Tropicales (tel. 506/2233-6455, U.S. tel. 866/722-8273, www.riostropicales.com) and Kayak Jacó (tel. 506/2643-1233, www.kayakjaco.com) offer kayaking trips.
In North America, BattenKill Canoe (tel. 802/362-2800 or 800/421-5268, www.battenkill.com) offers canoeing trips to Costa Rica, as do Canoe Costa Rica (tel. 506/2282-3579; in the U.S. tel./fax 732/736-6586, www.canoecostarica.com); and Gulf Islands Kayaking (tel./fax 250/539-2442, www.seakayak.ca).
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Costa Rica, 8th Edition