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 of the Futaleufú river winding through the mountains.

Futaleufú: White-Water Rafting and More

With its reputation for world-class white-water rafting, Futaleufú draws outdoor recreationists like a magnet. Get more information on how to get there, outfitters, and other essentials to plan your trip.

Moss grows on a bulging knot along the trunk of a larch tree.

Visit Chile’s Parque Pumalín

Parque Pumalín is a 317,000-hectare private nature reserve straddling the highway north of Chaitén. Find out more about the park including flora, geography, sights, and recreational opportunities.

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.

Kayaking past Bridalveil Falls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The Hiawatha Water Trail in Michigan

One of Lake Superior’s greatest kayaking destinations, the Hiawatha Water Trail in Michigan passes along the shores of Marquette on the way from Big Bay to Grand Marais. Presque Isle is one of Marquette’s most beautiful destinations, and visitors who only see it from land are missing out: This is the ultimate kayak trip.

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.

Hawaii Ka‘i Marina and Maunalua Bay are home to all the aquatic thrill rides available in this region for adventure seekers.

Hawai‘i Kai Aquatic Thrill Rides

Hawaii Ka‘i Marina and Maunalua Bay are home to all the aquatic thrill rides available in this region for adventure seekers. Wakeboard, water ski, and ride a Bumper Tube and Banana Boat at high speeds in the marina, or Jet Ski, parasail, and drive a sub scooter in the bay.

Stand-up paddling, kayaking, and diving abound on O’ahu’s North Shore.

Other O‘ahu North Shore Water Sports

If you’re looking for fun on the water, there’s a lot more on offer on O‘ahu’s North Shore than its fabled surfing. Stand-up paddling, kayaking, and diving abound, and you can even rent water bikes or paddle boats.