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When we plan trips to Costa Rica, it’s not all just river running and surfing. Costa Rica has myriad activities for seniors and active retirees that work for all ages, abilities, and activity levels. Here, we outline some of our favorite and most popular activities in Costa Rica for seniors.

Hanging Bridges

There are several areas where you can explore and view the jungle from hanging bridges. We’re partial to the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges in La Fortuna. You’ll see monkeys, sloths, lizards, snakes, insects, and more. Hanging bridge adventures are the perfect activity for seniors because you can move at your own pace. You can also explore on your own or you can hire a guide to go with you. If this is your first time and you’re not doing any other jungle adventures, we recommend a guide. They will help you spot wildlife and points of interest that you might otherwise miss.

Hanging bridge treks are relatively flat with a few moderate inclines, but should be easily completable for travelers of all ages. If the adventure becomes a little too strenuous, there are several benches and rest areas to take a break. If you need to head back early, there are several cutoffs and shortcuts to get you back to basecamp early. This is a favorite of many seniors and travelers with limited mobility for these reasons.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Similar to the hanging bridges, a visit through Manuel Antonio National Park is a great opportunity to explore pristine rain forest and see Costa Rica’s diverse wildlife. Last time we were here we saw sloths, howler monkeys, toucans, frogs, and more. The walk ends at multiple breathtaking beaches. These are some of our favorite beaches in Costa Rica and some of the most beautiful in the world. A visit to Manuel Antonio is a must for any Costa Rica vacation.

Exploring Manuel Antonio is extremely direct and easy for visitors of all ages and abilities. We like it for seniors because it is relatively flat with paved trails or boardwalks. There are plenty of rest areas along the way and the beach provides opportunities to refill water and relax in the sand.

Costa Rica Cooking Classes

The food in Costa Rica is exceptional and you can learn to make it from local gourmet chefs. You’ll go through the process of making a delicious multi-course meal of local dishes sourced from local markets and farms.

Chef’s will work within any dietary requirements you might have to ensure you have a delicious and enjoyable meal. All meal prep is done in clean, state-of-the-art kitchens to ensure the highest standards are met. You will have a delicious, home-cooked, authentic Costa Rican meal and a recipe you can take home.

learn to cook in Costa Rica

Many of our older travelers like this activity for a number of reasons. First, it is low impact and easy for visitors of any ability to enjoy. Second, it allows you to experience a slice of life in Costa Rica. You’ll shop at a local market for ingredients, and then travel to a local farm and kitchen for prep. Finally, the flexibility of the chefs and meals make this an enjoyable dining experience that meets some of the stricter dietary needs of some seniors. This is an often overlooked activity that can help make an unforgettable Costa Rica vacation.

Dolphin & Ocean Life Spotting Tours

Costa Rica is home to the most diverse wildlife on the planet. On the jungle tours, you’ll see many of Costa Rica’s land animals and birds, but an ocean tour is your opportunity to see dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and more of the stunning ocean life found around Costa Rica.

Tours are on spacious catamarans that are accessible for all travelers capabilities. Wildlife can be viewed from outside or inside the boat to meet travelers needs. This is perfect for older travelers who want to see the stunning and diverse wildlife and sealife Costa Rica has to offer, but may not have the ability to hike or snorkel.

We work with numerous tour operators and will work with you and your group to ensure you are with the best guides for your group and needs.

Book a Senior or Active Retiree Costa Rica Trip Today

These are a few of the most popular activities for seniors on Costa Rica vacations. We can help create the perfect trip for senior travelers and active retirees. Contact one of our trip planning experts today for a FREE itinerary building consultation or calling (801) 389-7324.

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