It's family fun time in Costa Rica, so why not leave the yacht, get the chef to pack up a picnic and head out for the day to explore the inland activities. Francesca Poddie reports.
Onshore family fun in Peninsular Papagayo
Costa Rica has a long and rich history of sport-fishing, and Marina Papagayo offers an exhilarating base from which the visiting angler can take full advantage of the area's phenomenal offshore and inshore fishing. Whether you're an avid heavy-tackle billfisherman, or a purist devoted to the long wand and fly-fishing, this part of Central America has written its place into the IGFA record books with over 80 current record fish.
Offshore, big blue, black and striped marlin patrol the edges, with 300lb plus yellowfin tuna always a possibility. Wahoo, dorado, and sailfish round out the crew-list.The inshore fisherman will find huge roosterfish, amberjack and several different species of large snapper within several minutes of the marina. Further potential lies in the estuaries and small river mouths nearby and with a range of species to choose from there is always something to excite both the serious trophy hunter and the whole family. Fishing in the Gulf is exhilarating, and with such an array of tail-walking and lure-crunching species to be found, each day's fishing is a true adventure.
Explore some of the beautiful and secluded beaches of the peninsula, accessible only by water, or watch the sunset over the Pacific. The best part of this activity is not only the beautiful scenery but being able to reach deserted beaches were it's only you and the nature
Discover the coral gardens full of colorful fish and migrating turtles
Horseback riding offers an authentic local experience, connecting to the traditional cowboy culture of Guanacaste's vast cattle ranges. A riding excursion promises a memorable way to explore the backcountry landscape.
Africa is not an ocean away!!?This natural private reserve boasts a select collection of over 150 exotic African animals in a non disturbing African savannah-like environment. The tour INSIDE this unique park allows you to approach giraffes, giant eland, endangered bongos, mask faced oryx, warthogs, zebras, ostriches, antelopes, deer, watusi African cattle and camels, aside from local wildlife like monkeys and birds.It's a very private and personal approach to this animals. There are only few and small groups allowed at a time so your experience won't be jeopardized by crowds. Kids LOVE feeding the giraffes and it's a perfect tour for the best pictures ( very upclose and personal!).