Occupying just 51,100 square kilometers (19,700 square miles), Costa Rica boasts plenty of great horseback riding opportunities.
Among the most popular is to head from the southeastern beach town of Cahuita, through the coastal tropical forests and over the blacksand beaches of Playa Negra. This is a great and easy way to see some of the various landscapes in Costa Rica and have a blast while doing so.
Other great adventures include heading to Centaura and riding around the base of the famed Arenal Volcano; heading on the eight-day horse trek of Monteverde; visiting Manuel Antonio National Park, on the country’s west coast; and heading to Corcovado National Park, on the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula.
Due to its proximity to the equator, there are only two seasons in Costa Rica: the wet and dry seasons. The dry season runs from December to April and sees average daily temperatures around 23 ºC (73 ºF). Crucially for outdoor trips, not much rain falls during this time of year.
Any trip to Costa Rica begins with a flight into the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in the capital. From here, it is easy to rent a car and drive to the start of the trip.
Costa Rican colón (CRC)
December to April
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