Whether you want to stay and play on the property, go off on your own adventure or explore the wonders of Guanacaste on a guided tour, Bahía Pez Vela offers an amazing variety of activities and excursions to delight the whole family

 Onsite Activities


• Sea kayaks
• Snorkeling
• Boogie boards
• Beach volleyball
• Beachfront horizon pool
• Kids’ pool

 
 Offsite Activities  


Deep-sea Fishing

With our sportfishing roots, we have the luxury of working with only the best boats, highest-quality equipment and most experienced captains. Our waters teem with marlin, yellowfin and big-eye tuna, dorado (mahi mahi) and, of course, record-breaking sailfish. Whether you’re a deep-sea veteran or out to catch your first billfish, this is top-notch excitement.

 

Diving
According to Lonely Planet, Playa del Coco has “the best scuba diving in Costa Rica.” It’s true; few destinations boast more marine animals and variety of species than the Gulf of Papagayo off northern Guanacaste. And the marine life here is BIG, with giant leatherbacks and bull sharks both weighing in at up to two tons, for starters. Huge schools of fish give divers a chance to glide into “walls” of fish, including large pelagics.

Dive sites include Catalinas (with spectacular pinnacles and mantas schooling in the hundreds), Bat Islands (world-class “big animal action”) for advanced divers only, Escorpiones (a well-visited stop for green, olive Ridley and giant leatherback turtles), Corridas (for frog fish enthusiasts), Bajo Tiburones (with a cave sheltering baby nurse sharks), Monkey Head (with schools of spotted eagle rays) and many more. With so many unforgettable sites to choose from, this is diving like you’ve never seen, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced diver.

Sailing

Set sail aboard the Don Basco, a gorgeous 65-foot luxury motorsailer built by the French as a gift to Spain. Indulge yourself in a spectacular sunset cruise including wine and appetizers, or sail on a day trip to a secluded beach, where you’ll enjoy a chef-prepared lunch in paradise.

Surfing

Surf is definitely up, dude, with nearby Witch’s Rock and Potrero Grande offering the best surfing in Costa Rica. Our area is the best and most affordable departure point for these world-class surfing spots. We’ll be happy to arrange lessons or a boat ride out to the rock for you.

Windsurfing

World-class windsurfing can be had on beautiful Lake Arenal, at the foot of the highly active Arenal Volcano. Lonely Planet ranks this the “second-best place to windsurf in the world.” Check it out for yourself!

Island Snorkeling

Explore the abundant waters with tube and mask – you won’t believe what you’ll see!

Golf
Golfers, rejoice! The Ron Garl-designed course at Rancho Las Colinas Golf and Country Club and the Robert Trent Jones II course at Melia Playa Conchal are both just an hour to an hour and a half away. Book your tee time now!

Guided Tours and Excursions
With the Pacific Ocean at our doorstep, year-round summer weather and several nearby national parks, the Guanacaste region offers an endless variety of touring options to satisfy everyone, kids and grownups alike. We handpick our experienced English-speaking guides to ensure our guests go out with the most dedicated and knowledgeable tour leaders in Costa Rica.

Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs
You will never again question the power of nature after experiencing imposing Arenal, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. This tour takes you past peaceful Arenal Lake to Tabacón Hot Springs, where you can soak in the relaxing and curative waters while waiting for one of the volcano’s frequent eruptions and rumblings. By night, hot red lava may light up the sky – an unforgettable sight.

Buena Vista Canopy, Horseback Riding and Natural Spa
This tour is the perfect combination of activities: gliding through the rainforest canopy on a zipline, then mounting up on horseback for a ride to the natural spa, where a luxurious soak in the mineral-rich mud baths and a swim in the natural thermal pools await.

Congo Trail Canopy Tour
See the forest like you’ve never seen it before! Explore the canopy of these ancient trees, a habitat teeming with all the life of the tropics, on 840 meters (2,750 feet) of cable from tree to tree. Hang with the monkeys in harness and safety equipment, and discover the forest from a totally different point of view.

Corobicí River Float (Rafting Class I-II)

Great for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Drift lazily along this tranquil river, and enjoy the amazing abundance of wildlife. The tropical backdrop along the river is the perfect setting for howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas and any of 300 different species of birds.

Whitewater Rafting (Class III-IV)
Costa Rica is famous worldwide for its whitewater, and it’s no wonder: challenging rapids flanked by dazzlingly lush tropical vegetation make for an unforgettable rafting experience. Take the white plunge on the Pacuare, one of the top-rated whitewater experiences in the world, or check out the lesser known but no less exhilarating Peñas Blancas, Sarapiquí and San Carlos rivers. Let’s get wet!

Gold Coast Beaches

Explore the stunning beaches of Guanacaste. Sift white sand through your toes, swim in the Pacific waters or play in the waves on surfboard, boogie board, wave runner or kayak. We’ll take you to Tamarindo and a few other hidden jewels.

Guaitil Artisan’s Village

Guaitil is a small village near Santa Cruz, the “folkloric capital of Costa Rica”. Here, you can learn how the village’s artisans fashion and color their unique pottery using the time-honored techniques of their pre-Columbian ancestors, the Chorotegas. A great place to pick up souvenirs!

Horseback Riding on the Beach
No vacation in Costa Rica would be complete without a horseback ride along one of the country’s spectacular beaches. For riders of all experience levels.

Horseback Riding at Los Inocentes Ecological Ranch
Enjoy beautiful views from horseback of the Pacific Coast and Central Plateau, as well as a fantastic variety of local flora and fauna.

Nicaragua for a Day
Costa Rica’s neighbor to the north is close enough to Bahía Pez Vela for a fantastic day trip. Be sure to bring your camera for shots of Granada’s lovely Spanish colonial architecture. We’ll also visit the markets of Masaya, where the prices can’t be beat – hagglers will find themselves in heaven!

National Park Tours
One of our experienced, knowledgeable guides can take you to your choice of nearby national parks Barra Honda, Guanacaste, Marino Las Baulas, Palo Verde, Rincón de la Vieja or Santa Rosa.

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano
This easy hiking tour takes you through one of Costa Rica’s most amazing national parks. Fumaroles, hot mud pools and eerie steam holes create a spectacular landscape, awesome proof of the country’s volcanic nature. Take an optional horseback ride to crane your neck at 195-foot La Cangreja Waterfall, tumbling down rocky terrain devastated by volcanic eruptions.

Sea Turtle Nesting Tour
This nocturnal tour is seasonal between November and February, when the turtles come up to nest. Our guide will take you to Playa Grande, one of the world’s most important nesting sites for the giant leatherback turtle, which can reach up to five meters (16 feet) head to tail and 900 kilos (two tons) in weight. Watching these massive reptiles lay their eggs under the moonlight is truly an unforgettable experience. As many as 8,000 turtles may come up in one night.

Create Your Own Tour

Tell us what you want to do and we’ll tailor a tour to your specific interests.

Young Traveler
A trip to Costa Rica is the learning experience of a lifetime. Kids will be fascinated by the country’s fun variety of wildlife, cool activities and awesome natural wonders. Ecologically-oriented Costa Rica is a great place to expand awareness about the importance of conservation and wildlife protection. And Tico warmth and friendliness makes for a great cultural experience as well.

 


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