Costa Rica uniquely offers the richness and remoteness of nature with access to modern convienences. Within a short walk of this condo, you can enjoy the white sand beaches of Flamingo Beach or the beach along Potrero Bay. Here you will find relaxation, but if adventure is your passion, you're in the middle of it. And Costa Rica's wildlife is much more than just the monkey.
Sport Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing
Flamingo is also home to the Flamingo Marina and naturally offers a plethora of water sports. Sport fishing charters depart Flamingo with sights set on sailfish, marlin, tuna, dorado (also known as dolphin), wahoo, snapper, and roosterfish. Each season favors different fish, so there's no bad season for offshore fishing in Flamingo, Costa Rica. The best months for marlin are December, January, and February. Boats are with full equipment, fishing chair, tackle and bait. Half day, inshore $450-800 includes snacks and drinks. Full day, offshore $600-$1800 includes lunch and drinks. Fishing grounds are anywhere between 5-40 miles out.
Flamingo is one of Costa Rica's most well-known scuba diving centers. A local dive shop, Costa Rica Diving, is Costa Rica's only PDIC Instructor and Certification Center. They offer daily guided diving trips to the Catalina Islands. The Catalina Islands are only about 15 minutes offshore by boat and are home to Sea Turtle, Giant Manta Rays, Stingrays, Sharks (the friendly kind), Barracuda, Moray Eels., and more. Experience the undersea terrain of volcanic rock with 20-80 feet visibility in 75-85 degree water at depths of 60-70 feet. Diving at shallower depths, you will see colorful coral and tropical fish such as various species of puffer fish, porcupine fish, wrasses, parrot fish, butterflyfish, damselfish, and eel. Costa Rica Diving offers diving at more than 35 dive sites including the Bat Islands, certification programs, and snorkeling tours. 2 tanks ~$75/person. Multiple dive shops in the area (Pacific Coast Diving).
Five away is one of the most highly regarded golf courses in all of Costa Rica, the Garra de Leon, designed by Robert Trent Jones II in the classic tradition. The course borders 1.6 miles of white sandy beaches and the Pacific Ocean. The 7,080 yard layout from the back tees is challenging enough to host a professional event. But the ravines, lakes, and fairways set against the stunning Costa Rican backdrop offer enjoyment for all skill levels. Howler monkeys, iguanas, and more than 105 species of birds, have been spotted here. Check out the many reviews of this course online.
About 20 miles away, surrounded by hundreds of acres of undeveloped Costa Rican purity lies the Hacienda Pinilla golf course. Mike Young designed this course to conform to the natural landscape and preserve the surrounding habitat. Its 18-holes are spread through 4,500 acres with an "ocean" side and a "ranch" side offering both tactical and natural diversity. Recent tallies have revealed 30 colonies of howler monkeys making homes in the majestic native trees. Hacienda Pinilla is a must play for all golf lovers.
Canopy Tours are a Costa Rica favorite and Guanacaste offers one of the last dry forests. These tours start by taking you into Costa Rica's dry forest. After a short hike to the first platform, you spend the rest of the tour repelling and flying along suspended cables (ziplines) from treetop to treetop hundreds of feet above the ground. Cables can range from 150 to 400 feet long. In addition to pure exhileration, if you are lucky, you will see wildlife that calls the treetops home. ~$35/person.
For you adrenaline junkies, ATV four wheeler (a.k.a. quad bike) tours will lead you through the jungle's terrain of hills, rivers, and beaches. Within minutes you will find yourself immersed in the dry forest experiencing it up-close and personal. Tours are led by bilingual guides who will point out the finer aspects of the tropical dry forest while experiencing the thrill of motorized conquest. Make sure you pack appropriate clothing for this tour (i.e. something you don't mind getting dirty, wet, muddy; appropriate footwear; and long pants if you want to protect your legs). ~$75/person. Can be combined with a Canopy tour.
Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal is Costa Rica's most active volcano. During the day you'll see steam coming from the crater & hear lava rock tumble down the slopes. Most nights you can see Arenal spewing lava into the starry sky. Nearby, relax in pools naturally heated by the lava surrounded by lush tropical gardens. After this relaxing experience, we will treat you with a wonderful dinner. Full day. Includes round trip transportation, bilingual guide, entrance fee, lunch, dinner, and hiking. ~$150/person.
Arenal and Monteverde - Two Days and 1 Night
Visit the hot springs with lush tropical gardens and observe the Volcano at night when eruptions resemble natural firework displays. Next day continue to Monteverde. Tour includes the suspension bridges. $290/person.
National Parks & Private Preserves
Many National Parks are near or accessible via day trip such as: Marino Las Baulas National Park, Las Baulas National Marine Park (turtle nesting), Palo Verde National Park and Wildlife Refuge, Vida Silvestre Ostional Refuge, Tamarindo Mangroves & Estuary, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
Off Road Adventures
Drive your own fully restored vintage Toyota Land Cruiser on guided tours through the backcountry. Multiple tours offered. ~$160/person. www.offroadcostarica.com
- Option #1: 5 hour Day Trip -- Drive off road through streams and rivers. Stop to view cattle, horse ranches, local artisans, flora & fauna. Beach drive with break for swimming, snorkeling, sun-bathing, and sea kayaking. Fresh fruit and cool drinks provided. Continue tour in back country.
- Option #2: 4.5 hour Sunset Trip -- Drive off road through streams & rivers. Beach drive with break for sunset swim, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and pictures. Fresh fruit and cool drinks provided. Bonfire with smores and Guanacaste history. Continue back country tour at night. Stop to spot Howler monkeys, Armadillos, rare birds, and flora.
Catamarran Sailing and Snorkel Tours
www.lazylizardsailing.com. All sailing tours include a four hour tour on specially equipped catamarrans. Visits to secluded beaches. Guided snorkeling for all ages with opportunities to encounter sealife such as dolphins, whales, manta rays, and sea turtles. Sea kayaks for those that do not wish to snorkel. Delicious lunch prepared fresh on board including gourmet sandwiches, fresh fruits, snack, and sweets. Also included fruit juices, soda, rum punch, beer, and wine served cold throughout the tour. ~$75/person. $110 Full day. Overnight, multi-day, and private charters available.
Colorado River Rafting
An inflatable kayak will take you down the river, while you amaze at the indescribable canyon and slow rapids. You can have the time of your life paddling on the Colorado River and enjoying an unforgettable experience. 6 hours. Includes round trip transportation, bilingual guide, lunch and river activity. ~$95/person
Drive along the back roads of Guanacaste and learn about the real life of locals to end up on a barge at the Tempisque River. After all this adrenaline, relax for a while and taste the real flavor of Guanacaste in a quaint local restaurant. Full day. Includes round trip transportation, bilingual tour guide, visit to Guaitil pottery town, boat ride, and lunch. ~$120/person.
Corobici or Tenorio Nature Float
What a better way to enjoy a beautiful river than running in a rubber raft? This is a fabulous tour for those who don't mind getting a tan and doing a bit of paddling. During the floating, you may see some exotic birds, Jesus Christ lizards and chattering monkeys hanging upside-down by their tails. Full day. Includes round trip transportation, bilingual tour guide, river activity, and lunch. $95/person.
Tenorio River Rafting
White water adventure with class III and IV rapids. Work together as a team to conquer the river and maneuver through some fast and powerful rapids! Observe the wildlife in the jungle. Lunch is on the river bank. Full day. ~$130/person.
Buena Vista Hot Springs
There is not a better place for the body and soul than Buena Vista Lodge. Enjoy pleasurable treatments with volcanic mud and sulfurous waters of the hotsprings, where we go by hours or on a tractor tram. A Costa Rican lunch will make this a memorable day. Full day. Includes round trip transportation, bilingual tour guide, lunch, hot springs in the forest by horse or tractor tram. Also available as a combination tour to the water slide, a canopy tour, and mub rub. ~$130/person
Selvatura at Monteverde Hanging Bridges
Outstanding structures that take you into new heights. Treetop walkways cross through the clould forest. Explore a community that gethers more than 20 species of tropical butterflies. Now, imagine over 100 beautiful hummingbirds flying cheerfully around you. Discover the world's third largest private insect collection. Full day. Includes round trip transportation, bilingual tour guide, entrance fee to walk ways, butterfly garden and hummingbird garden, and lunch.
Palo Verde National Park
Arrive at the Tempisque River and board their boat, the Palo Verde National Park experience will begin along the slow-moving river, which crosses the dry Pacific savannas. Spot a fabulous array of wild birds and a myriad of creatures such as howler monkeys, green iguanas and king fisher. You may also have the opportunity to find other exotic animals such as anteaters and crocidiles basking in the sunshine. Full day. Includes round trip transportation, bilingual tour guide, lunch, and boat tour. ~$80/person.
Colonial Granada Nicaragua
The oldest colonial city of the Americas. Visit the historic Granada founded in 1524. Cross the boarder, enjoy the view of the lake and volcanoes on the way to the city of Granada, bound to the lake, for a boat ride to the Isletas. Lunch at a colonial restaurant, Granada city tour and shopping at Masay will make your trip an unforgettable one. Full day. Includes breakfast, round trip transporation, bilingual guide, Nicaragua taxes, boat ride at Las Isletas, lunch, and Granada City tour. ~$140/person.
Monkey Park Animal Rescue Center
With the desire to help endangered species, Monkey Park created an animal rescue center. The animals at Monkey Park are unable to survive in the wild on their own. Co-located with the most beautiful butterfly garden in Guanacaste. email@example.com. Km 18 on the road to Flamingo, Portegolpe, Guanacaste.
A tropical river float to view exotic birds, reptiles and monkeys. A horseback ride along shady forest trails in the lush rainforest. KOKOdrilo Creek's zip lines to view the forest from a different perspective as you glide from tree to tree. The activity center is a 4,000 acre ranch, home to different animal species. Guides will help you spot the Matled Howler Monkey, Iguanas, the American Crocodile and several water birds, all surrounded by the scenic beauty of the lush river banks. Enjoy lunch or dinner and a fresh fruit drink at La Plazuela Hotel. About 45 minutes from Flamingo. Includes admission, all activities and lunch or dinner. $79/person.
The Miravalles Volcano has a dense primary forest growing on steep slopes, often covered in clouds. After 2 hours of horseback riding, you may walk inside its crater! Observe steaming pools, bubbling mud and fumaroles. Try a mud bath and take a plunge in the natural hot springs.
Nicaragua - Masaya Volcano, Masaya Market, Granada Colonial Jewel and Nicaragua Lake
The city features many colonial buildings and is in close proximity to Lake Nicaragua and the Mombacho volcano. Granada was founded in 1524 and hold the tile of oldest city established on mainland by Spanish conquests. During colonial times, Granada was attacked sveral times by pirates. Later on the city has been capital several times before Managua got chosen to end the fight between Granada and Leon for being the capital city.
Masaya Volcano National Park comprises an area of 54km and includes two volcanos and 5 craters. Visitors can peek over the edge a the Masaya Volcano and look into the impressive crater which is continuously emitting smoke and sulfurous gases. ~$140/person.
Beach and mountains. 2 hours. ~$40/person.
Turtles, Playa Grande
December through March
Claudia's Bike Rentals
Beach cruisers. $5/day. $25/week. Delivery available.
Aqua Center Activities at the Flamingo Marina
Examples: Bike rentals $15/day. Kayaking (single, $35/day). Boogie Boards $3/hour, $12/day.
...and there is more...
From Flamingo, there is something for everyone. And the list goes on and on...wave runners, surfing, bird watching, horseback riding, hiking, tennis, shelling, Spanish Language school, shopping, Arboreal Canopies, Butterfly Farm, Outrigger Canoes, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Palo Verde National Park, Barra Honda National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, ...