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5 Best ATV Tours in Costa Rica

Date Published:
Mar 15, 2019
5 Best ATV Tours in Costa Rica

From extreme off-road adventures to tranquil tours through stunning landscapes, ATV riding is one of the best ways to immerse in a nature excursion on your trip to Costa Rica.

1) All Across the Central Pacific


A multitude of marvels that bring visitors from around the world to Costa Rica can be experienced in a single spectacular ATV tour. One ride can take you across wide beaches, to jaw-dropping waterfalls, past vast stretches of unspoiled countryside and deep into lush rainforests. Along the way, you can stop off at remote villages and secluded cantinas that lie far off the usual tourist tracks. Setting off from the buzzing beach town of Jacó, Central Pacific tours often begin with a near immediate plunge into mountain terrain carpeted by primary rainforest, wind past rushing rivers and pause at glorious outlooks over the Pacific Ocean.

2) 7 Pueblos for Costa Rican Culture


To experience authentic Costa Rican culture away from the more-visited areas, a quad ride through seven remote villages is hard to beat. This second of the Central Pacific adventures also cruises through rich rainforest and allows for time to refresh in a secluded swimming spot before a towering waterfall. But riders are often equally impressed with the small towns they encounter such as Bijagual. Another top draw includes a respite at a tilapia farm where you can fish at a scenic pond and enjoy a fresher-than-fresh meal before mounting up to further explore the verdant countryside.

3) Mountain Views and Amazing Coffee from Uvita


Costa Rica’s Southern Zone offers splendid opportunities to tear off on ATV rides that weave through a rich bio-diverse environment. Tours that depart from the seaside village of Uvita de Osa cross scenic beaches on the way to ascents up coastal mountain ranges to reach fresh crisp air at an altitude of 4,000 feet. Enjoy sweeping views over hills, valleys and sea. Continue to cross bamboo forests, banana farms and untouched countryside on your way to a coffee plantation. Savor a fresh cup of Costa Rica’s famed java before continuing on your scenic adventure.

4) Ride Beside the Arenal Volcano


One of Costa Rica’s most-iconic volcanoes, the majestic mount has surrounding terrain that's perfect for ATV rides. Roll across ground that’s pocked by craters resulting from the Arenal Volcano’s last eruption in the late 1960s. Splash through rivers rich with volcanic mud, used in high-end spas as an exfoliant. Climb hills to pause at a lookout point with an inspiring view of Lake Arenal. Cruise past cattle farms and stop off in the quaint hamlets surrounding the charming town of La Fortuna.

5) Take Off in Tamarindo


Famed for its pristine beaches, the Guanacaste region along Costa Rica’s Northern Pacific coast has equally amazing nature set back from the beach. A roar through the mountainous region above the coast takes you to an elevation of 1,200 feet and into a stretch of jungle that’s rife with wildlife. Watch out for a variety of monkeys and colorful birds amid a landscape of tropical greenery. Cruise past cantaloupe farms and stop off at a 19th-century farmhouse to get a glimpse at traditional life that has remained largely unchanged for over a century.

Quad riding along 4X4 trails is one of the best ways to experience the myriad of amazing Costa Rica destinations and add some high-octane fun to your low-stress escape to paradise.