Cyclist in San Jose's Parque la Sabana. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Recreational Tours in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has scores of tour operators offering a complete range of options. Here are recommended general tour operators as well as specific recommended tours from horseback-riding and hiking to bird-watching and cruises and nearly everything between.

View from the lookout tower at the Reserva Natural Palmari. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Nature Reserves on the Río Yavarí

The Río Yavarí is in an unspoiled, isolated part of the Amazon basin and is home to two excellent private natural reserves where you will be immersed in the jungle through all manner of activities. Spend at least three days or up to a week at one of the Yavarí nature reserves (they are both excellent) to gain a real appreciation for jungle life.

Leleiwi Beach Park is one of the top spots for snorkeling and diving.

Hilo Water Sports on the Big Island

Although all water sports are possible in Hilo, it’s more difficult to rent equipment on this side of the island. Here are all the best locales for Hilo’s various sports, from kayaking to diving to surfing and more, along with the best outfitters to try for equipment if you don’t have your own.

A kayak launches in the water in Makena Landing.

South Maui Kayaking and Canoe Paddling Tours

There’s a lot to take into consideration when choosing a kayaking or paddling tour: the best areas, local weather patterns, outfitters, tour length, and more. Our expert authors are here with everything you need to know to pick the best tour for you, including this key tip: don’t let the food be a deciding factor.

A view of Toronto from the Ward's Island Ferry.

Visiting the Toronto Islands

Just a short ferry ride across the harbor from downtown, the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario are the city’s backyard. Learn about the different islands and plan to escape the urban bustle by lounging at the beach, cruising around by bike or kayak, or having a picnic.

Lady Bird Lake in Austin

The greatest attraction Austin has to offer is the stretch of the Colorado River called Lady Bird Lake, where by taking just a few steps you can go from bustling, urban downtown to an alternative world that’s peaceful, beautiful, and natural. You can also find hike-and-bike trails that are some of the best urban trails in the country, plus crewing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding.