From the popular hub of Jaco Beach to the northern reaches of Guanacaste and the southern enclave of Playa Uvita, here are the best companies offering ATV tours in Costa Rica.
Based in the heart of Jaco Beach, Adventure Tours Costa Rica is one of the country’s most accessible tour companies. You can set off from the bustling beach town and within minutes you’re cruising through pristine rainforest trails that wind up into the dramatic mountains overlooking the Central Pacific Coast. Tours take you to stunning waterfalls before secluded swimming holes, through remote villages that are off the well-beaten tourist trails with stops to refresh at hidden cantinas. Take a quick two-hour ATV tour or book a full day tour, either way, you’ll be back to civilization and ready for the amazing nightlife in Jaco, a short drive from the Los Suenos Resort.
Located in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Jacamar’s proximity to the iconic Arenal Volcano makes it one of the most popular ATV tour companies in the region. Trails that skirt one of Costa Rica’s most-famous landmarks have the added bonus of cruising through one of the many hot springs that bubble up all across the land. Who’s up for a hot soak before resuming the ride? Plow through muddy trails, pause for views of soaring waterfalls and take in 360-degrees volcano views in one of the most Instagram-friendly landscapes Costa Rica has to offer.
Head to Brasilito Beach for one of the best-rated ATV tour providers in the Guanacaste Province. As its name suggests, ATV Beach Tours takes you on a variety of adventures across some of the best beaches on the northern shores of Costa Rica. Cruise across the scenic sands of Flamingo and Potrero Beaches, stopping for some inspiring photos against the rich jungle backdrop. Then turn inland to go from sprawling beach to rugged mountainous terrain in a rainforest landscape that’s home to wildlife like howler monkeys, furry sloths, massive iguanas and an assortment of tropical birds such as toucans and macaws.
Another entry in Guanacaste, Costa Rica Wet and Wild also specializes in ATV beach excursions. Thunder off for a trip along the northern coast that crosses both black and white-sand beaches, cruising across the enviable seaside spots of Sugar, Danta, Penca, and Prieta Beaches. Then go full throttle up along mountain trails that weave through an unspoiled rainforest, an untamed menagerie with white-faced capuchin monkeys swinging through the trees and tapirs scurrying across the dense forest floor. At an altitude of 1,250 feet, you pause for sweeping views across the Pacific Coast.
Head south to the tiny seaside town of Uvita for one of the country’s most-remote ATV experiences. While it may not be as easy to reach as the rest, your journey is rewarded with wide expanses of untouched jungle that give way to uncrowded and unspoiled beaches. Bring gear for temperature shifts as adventures that set off from balmy beaches go on extreme ascents to 4,000 feet above sea level where the air packs a chill and the views are simply breathtaking.
So whether you choose to base yourself by popular Playa Jaco near Los Suenos or one of the more remote locations around the country, Costa Rica is waiting with the perfect ATV ride for you.