Rafters passing through lowland rainforest on the Río Naranjo. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Outdoor Activities Near Quepos, Costa Rica

The small yet booming port town of Quepos is the gateway for travelers heading to Costa Rica’s Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, seven kilometers south over a sinuous mountain road lined with hotels, restaurants, and bars. It’s a great base for all kinds of outdoor activities and adventures from sportfishing to horseback riding. You can mangrove estuaries, wildlife habitats, embark on an in-depth farm ecotour experience, and all of that is just for starters.

Lily pads at Victoria Regia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Sight-Seeing Along the Río Amazonas

Several sights provide excellent photo ops along the Río Amazonas westward from Leticia to the Parque Amacayacu. These are usually visited as part of a package one-day tour offered by all hotels and travel agencies, but for greater flexibility and to avoid feeling part of the herd you can charter your own boat. To be specific about where you want to go and to negotiate a good price, here’s an overview and highlights of the area.

Kayaking in Providencia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Providencia’s Parque Nacional Natural Old Providence McBean Lagoon

Providencia’s Parque Nacional Natural Old Providence McBean Lagoon holds a plethora of outdoor activities, from swimming and snorkeling at Crab Cay to kayaking through mangroves at Oyster’s Creek Lagoon, to guided boat tours and hiking. Here’s an overview of the area, activities, amenities, and how to get there.

Inside the Dau Go Cave in Ha Long Bay. Photo © Nikolay Grachev/123rf.

Visiting Ha Long Bay’s Caves

Ha Long Bay is home to caves, islands, a few small beaches, and sleepy fishing villages. Since the bay is accessible only by boat tour, you’ll have little to no control of which sights you see once you’ve booked your trip. Here’s an overview of the caves visited on tours to ensure your trip includes those you’re most interested in.

The Kohala Coast from a stand-up paddleboard.

Water Sports in Kohala on the Big Island

Activity fees and rentals for water sports in Kohala tend to be higher when purchased through hotels; you’d be better off to go directly to the source to get a better price. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about locales and outfitters to plan a day in the water.

Take a sunset cruise aboard a Sail Trilogy catamaran.

Take a Sunset Cruise in West Maui

Few Maui activities are more iconic than a sunset sail off the West Maui coastline. You have your choice of vessels and experiences, from sailing catamarans serving select appetizers to more yacht-like full-bar and restaurant dinner cruises.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Lake Superior’s Alger Underwater Preserve

There are several wrecks concentrated in one area of the Alger Underwater Preserve, and the cold, pristine water keeps them from deteriorating. Both divers and nondivers alike can view the wrecks and ruins through dive charters and boat tours.