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Where To Do Tubing and Rafting in Costa Rica?

Among all of the adventures available in this Central American country, a couple of the most popular among travelers are tubing and rafting in Costa Rica. That is because Costa Rica has many rivers with rapids for all levels.

Here is some info about Tubing and Rafting in Costa Rica:

Rafting in Costa Rica

If you’re into wild river runs, rafting in the wet season (June thru October) is definitely for you. But if you prefer a calmer ride, you’re better off hopping into a raft in the dry season (November to April). Whatever your skill level, Rafting in Costa Rica is a great option. There are many beautiful scenic routes on many rivers perfect for rafting, so contact us to arrange the best tour package from one-day to multi-day tours with professional guides that are right for you.

One of the most popular options for white water rafting in Costa Rica is Sarapiqui River and Balsa River, which are situated in La Fortuna, near Arenal, just a few hours away from San Jose. Another popular option is Tenorio River in Guanacaste province.

rafting in costa rica

Photo By: David Berkowitz

Popular rafting rivers for Class I-V

  • Pacuare River
  • Reventazon River
  • Balsa River
  • Sarapiqui River Rafting
  • Toro River
  • Naranjo River
  • Savegre River

Want a more challenging ride, come to Sarapiqui River where Class III-IV whitewater rafting, on the Sarapiqui and Puerto Viejo Rivers, is available, or take a safari float tour and see a multitude of wildlife:

  • Caiman
  • Crocodiles
  • Monkeys
  • Sloths
  • Birds

Tubing in Costa Rica

The best tubing is done on the Rio Negro, close to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Tours include a horseback ride through the dry forest of Rio Negro and then hop on a 90-minute tube ride down the rapids.

Another great option for tubing in Costa Rica is Savegre River, it’s situated near Manuel Antonio and you can find a lot of tourists willing to take you there.

What to Bring to a Rafting or Tubing in Costa Rica?

I usually recommend traveling lightweight, but since you’ll be dealing with water activities and probably the sun and humid environment, you need to take some precautions. There are essential items like a water bottle or a small first aid kit that I won’t mention in the list.

Essential items to bring to a rafting or tubing adventure:

  • A cap or a Hat

  • Sunscreen or sun protector

  • Sunglasses

  • Swim clothes or waterproof clothing

  • Extra Clothes

  • Waterproof bags or plastic bags

  • Water shoes

  • Bug repellant

  • A towel

Safety Tips for Rafting and Tubing in Costa Rica

No matter what activity or where are you traveling, safety should always be one of the top priorities for anyone. When it comes to adventurous activities like tubing or rafting, you need to be even more careful and take a few extra steps to assure your safety.

  • Pay attention to your guide: Even if you are a veteran rafter, you need to pay attention to the instructions your tour guide will give you. Remember, they know the river better than you.
  • Always use the protection gear: The tour you choose will give you safety gear, a helmet, and a life jacket. Make sure to wear it properly always, and ask any questions you may have to your guide.
  • Inspect your boat or tube: The tour will make sure your boat or tube is in perfect condition, but you should always double-check it and look for any issues before hitting the river.
  • Get proper shoes: Ideally, you will be doing the activity while using water shoes, but if you don’t have one, don’t sweat it but make sure your laces are tightly tied up or use a strap on shoe. If you lose it while rafting or tubing, it won’t be ever coming back.

I really hope I have convinced you to try at least one of these adventures. They are of those activities in Costa Rica that will spice up your vacation and make it an unforgettable experience.


Things to Do – Tubing and Rafting in Costa Rica

Last Updated on July 12, 2023

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