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Explore all that Playas del Coco and the Papagayo Penisula region have to offer!  Costa Rica blends raw, wild nature with a developed tourism infrastructure offering the ideal balance of authentic flavor and convenience.  This means you’ll have your choice of almost any activity, anywhere in the country!  Go from island to forest or beach to volcano in a matter of hours!

Visit nearby Playa Ocotol for amazing snorking or perfect your golf at the Papagayo Golf and Country Club.  Want more adventure?  Zipline through the jungle, trek though the rainforest, go horseback riding, bird watching or climb a dormant volcano.  Try your hand at deep sea fishing or go scuba diving.  Want to surf?  Make the easy drive to Playa Flamingo, Playa Grande, Tamarindo and other points further south.  Otherwise, just chill on the sands of Coco or Playa Hermosa to soak in the sun or capture a beautiful sunset.

At Casa Emerald Palms we can assist you in creating a truly unique, fun-filled vacation.  Your explorations are limited only by the length of your stay and your ambition!  The best way to begin planning an unforgettable vacation is to let our local concierge team or hand-picked tour operators assist you with all the details.


Guanacaste is home of the Costa Rican cowboy. Horseback riding adventures are plentiful where you can ride along the beach, through beautiful forest and prairie landscapes or in the valley below Rincon de la Vieja’s volcano. Your trip will likely start at a hacienda (ranch) where you are appropriately paired with your four-legged travel guide. Tour options are available by the hour or day and for all skill levels. Read More


Get up close and personal with over 850 bird and 250 mammal species! From the heights of the jungle canopy treetops to the depths of the ocean floor watch in awe as 1200 pound leatherback sea turtles lay eggs in the middle of the night or cheer on dolphins playing in the sea. Witness howler monkey troops erupt in boisterous, echoing hoots or spot Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered inhabitants like the sloth or jaguar sleeping in the trees. Read More


Jungle boat tours allow access to many difficult places by providing easy transportation cruising up rivers and through estuaries or swamps in a flat-bottom or covered safari-boat. Often combined with other excursions, this is an excellent option to get close to crocodiles in their own habitat or explore Costa Rica’s biological ecosystems.  Read More


Canopy, suspension or hanging bridge tours are one of the best ways to site birds and witness Costa Rica’s complex ecosystems from the tree tops.  If you’re wondering why you’d want to head to the top of a tree just to look around, remember that 90% of Costa Rica animals and 50% of plant species in rainforests live in the upper levels of the trees.  These ‘cloud forest’ trails are inter-connected by flat, ground trails making for an enjoyable, family-friendly outdoor activity Read More


Shaped by torrential weather and carved through dense forests, Costa Rican valleys and canyons are ripe for rafting opportunities.  One of the more surprising water sport in Costa Rica, some of the best rapids in Central American can be conquered here.  Take a gentle cruise down a class I or II rapid or hold onto your paddles as you take heart-pounding waves on class IV or V rapids!   You can choose to spend several hours on the river or curate a specialized trip over several days.  Read More


The mesmerizing biodiversity of Costa Rica does not stops at its shoreline. See oceanic species like schooling fish, sea turtles, giant manta rays, or come face-to-face with sharks and majestic whales.  While diving in the Pacific ocean is not as vibrant as other tropical waters, due to a landscape defined by volcanic formations not coral.  Diving at any one of the three main areas accessible from Playa del Coco waters will not disappoint. Read More


Paddle boarding is a great low key water sport to try because it’s best experienced in calmer or ‘flat’ waters.  Technically a variant of surfing, paddleboarding is frequently experienced in the Tamarindo area, the Papagayo gulf or the northeastern side of Lake Arenal.  Catch a glimpse of schooling fish, explore caves off shore, get amazing water views of majetic volcanos or connect with your inner spirit while simultaneously practising yoga.  Read More


If your idea of the perfect vacation involves a manicure, a coffee scrub or lava rock massage, Costa Rica has you covered!  Rapidly becoming a worldwide luxury spa destination, expect to pamper oneself with organic spa ingredients due to Costa Rica’s emphasis on sustainability and the natural environment.  Find many of spa and wellness options ranging from budget-friendly to ultra-luxurious, Read More


With over 802 miles of coastline and boasting countless lakes, rivers and estuaries, Costa Rica is ripe for kayaking opportunities. Kayaking allow for peaceful, private open water exploration.  Available to experienced and inexperienced kayakers, it’s a wonderful way to spot wildlife both above and below the water.  Most beaches or water sports shops have kayaks for rent from an hour to a full day. Read More


While not available year round, kite-boarding opportunities abound between October and May due to stronger trade winds.  Optimal kite-surfing locations dot the Pacific coast, however, the best location is at Bahia Salinas in Playa Copal, a remote beach location in the northern most region of Costa Rica.  Here you will find four to six foot waves and  steady 25 mph winds.  Read More


Sport fishing is carried out in the gulf waters of Papagayo, Catalinas, off Bat islands or Tamarindo region, approx. 40-60 km from shore.  The country hosts several important fishing tournaments throughout the year and the Papagayo Gulf has played host to several.  Catch Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Roosterfish, Wahoo, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Grouper and Snapper and bring it back for supper!  Read More


After a full day of heart-pounding activity in the jungle, there’s no better way to experience Costa Rica than from the water on a sailboat or catamaran.  These leisurely daytrips conveniently depart twice daily from Coco beach.  Spend a few hours out at sea enjoying the Pacific. Soak up the sun, swim and snorkel in calm bays off isolated islands and deserted beaches.  This is a perfect excursion for families, couples and friends looking for a relaxing adventure and fun out at sea.Read More


Eight hundred miles of coastline spread across two oceans make for countless beautiful beaches and amazing play dates in the sand.  There are plenty of beach options in Guanacaste’s pacific north-west region, aka the “golden coast”, where you can literally enjoy a different beach everyday. Half the fun is discovering them on your own!  White sand beaches may take the spotlight as ‘the most beautiful’ in the tropics, however Costa Rica also offers black, brown, tan or pink sands for a change of scenery. Read More


Surf’s up! Costa Rica is world renowned as a top surfing destination with year round warm waters, offshore winds and consistent waves.  It was selected to host the ISA World Surfing Games in 2015 & 2016.  There are four different surfing zone: The Caribbean and the Northern, Southern and Central Pacific coasts.  The majority of surf sites are concentrated here in the Northwest region, with regional sites featured in the ‘Endless Summer’ movie series.  No matter your skill level, board or wave preference, Costa Rica delivers to match. Read More


If your idea of the perfect vacation day involves playing 18 holes on uncrowded courses with tropical breezes and breathtaking ocean vistas or taking in a few rounds between sport fishing or scuba diving adventures, then golfing in Costa Rica is for you!  Rapidly becoming a world class golf destination, the most recognized golf courses are located here in Guanacaste province. These tastefully and professionally-challenging greens were designed by top golfers such Arnold Palmer, Mike Young and Ted Robinson Jr. Read More


If you want an ecological and fun twist to your Costa Rican exploration, then start your 4×4 engines! Plunge along rivers, ride across deserted beaches or up rugged mountainsides where you can see the country’s natural beauty off the beaten track. Travel the backroads where you can witness the tranquil Tico lifestyle. Experience the rush of fresh, open air as you ride on gravel or dirt roads and over potential mud holes, passing farms and jungle areas along the way. Read More


No other water sport combines the trill of playing in the ocean on jet skis while soaring up to 600 ft above the coastline, providing a breathtaking, bird’s eye views of the Costa Rican landscape quite like Parasailing. An exhilarating experience for travelers of all age and skill levels, this water sport is recommended only for the most adventurous and/or those willing to make the 4+ hour trek to Manuel Antonio in the Central Pacific region.  Read More


Hiking offers incredible experiences to explore the varied landscape and nature of Costa Rica.  With over 25+ national parks, wildlife refuges and private reserves offering well marked hiking trails, from easy coastal walks to challenging mountainous climbs.  There’s a hiking trail suitable for every skill level and desire. Most of the hikes lead to a natural wonder – be it an active or dormant volcano, relaxing hot springs, dark caves or a magical waterfall.  Read More


Costa Rica has plenty of biking trails that crisscross thru pastures, along city roads, jungles or mountains. Set amid enchanting scenery, these singletrack paved and unpaved trails offer picturesque ocean views and stunning rural landscapes with terrain to challenge any ride level. Rides are classified by its terrain (eg. flat, some hills, paved or unpaved) or recommended bike type (e.g. road, hybrid/city or mountain). Road bikes tours are for paved routes. Read More


Not just an action and adventure destination, many of Costa Rica’s more interesting cultural experiences are deeply rooted in its agricultural society.   Here, cultural tours are not your average outings. What Costa Rica may appear to lack in high culture (outside of urban centres), it makes up for with friendly and knowledgeable local guides, families and business owners who are unofficial ambassadors to the world as they intervene stories about the history and culture of their country in their rural tours. Read More


Do you get a thrill out of that ‘stomach dropping’ feeling when riding a roller coaster? Want to fly thru the rainforest canopy like Superman?  For those that enjoy (and want) adrenaline experiences, ziplining and rappelling represent some of the safest and fun ways to experience heart-pounding thrills while simultaneously exploring the wonders of nature.  Recreational ziplining is a Costa Rican right of passage, having been invented back in 1970. Read More

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