Hotel RIU

Riu Guanacaste & Riu Palace Tours

Welcome to the Hotel Riu Guanacaste and Hotel Riu Palace, located in beautiful Playa Matapalo beach near Sardinal and Nuevo Colon. Many of our clients are staying at the RIU resort and hotels in Guanacaste. We would like to welcome you to some of the highest capacity hotels and resorts in the area. Because many people travel in groups, we do our best to provide you with group discounts no matter what tour you select. Ask about our group rates for groups of four people or more. There are many things to do from the Riu and transportation can be easily arranged. If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to respond as quickly as possible.

  • 2 Hour Jet Ski Tour

    You want to see as much as Costa Rica has to offer while you are here! During this incredible 2-hour tour you will visit 11 beaches and an Island. Your guide will stop at the most beautiful ...
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  • 5-Hour ATV and Jet Ski Combo Tour

    Be adventurous! Three hours of ATVs, two hours of Jet Skis, and lots of sensational vistas and beaches. Explore the back roads of Guanacaste's rugged terrain with us for thee exciting&nb...
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  • Arenal Observatory Lodge and Hot Springs

    Spend a day at the world famous Arenal National Park. Enjoy stunning views as you drive along Lake Arenal, getting closer to one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world. Then spend the ...
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  • Arenal Volcano and Rain Forest Tour

    Experience Costa Rica’s world-renowned Arenal Volcano and Rainforest on this adventure-filled day trip. First, you will stop at the Llano Cortez Waterfall. This destination is a must s...
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  • ATV Lobster BBQ Tour

    Flying into Liberia International Airport (LIR) and thinking about a fun thing to do? How about a culinary treat that includes a snorkel beach tour and an ATV adventure up into the mountains...
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  • ATV Monkey Sanctuary Tour

    Hop on an ATV to explore the mountains of Costa Rica and visit an amazing Monkey Sanctuary. This is one of our most popular activities. Ride your ATV up to visit the Monkey Sanctuary at...
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  • ATV+Zip-Line+Monkey Sanctuary Combo Tour

    One of the best Guanacaste tours you can find. Choose you own adventure! With this special tour you are able to choose exactly how you want to fill your 4 hour tour. The first choice you get to m...
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  • Borinquen Canopy and Hot Spring Experience

    Experience enchanting forests, listen to the roaring waters of rivers and waterfalls, discover the legacies of ancient cultures and spot rare species of birds, lizards and mammals. Ride your hors...
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  • Buena Vista Canopy Tour and Hot Springs

    Experience unparalleled adventure as you fly on a safe Zip Line over lush, primary tropical rainforest. Observe an  amazing variety of flora and fauna while you zip over the treeto...
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  • Canopy Zip-Line and ATV

    One of the best Guanacaste tours you can find. Choose you own adventure! With this special tour you are able to choose exactly how you want to fill your 4 hour tour. The first choice you get to m...
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  • Catalinas Islands Snorkel Tour

    Some of the best snorkeling in Costa Rica is located right off our beautiful coastline here in Guanacaste. Divers from all over the world come to Costa Rica to snorkel and dive at the Catalina Is...
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  • Congo Canopy Zip-Line Tour

    One of the most popular activities to do when visiting Guanacaste Costa Rica is zip-lining through the canopy of giant Guanacaste trees. At the Congo Trail Canopy Tour you will experience authent...
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  • Discover Scuba Diving

    There's a world of underwater adventures out there waiting for you!  Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’...
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  • Guachipelin Adventure

    Adventure beckons at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín, positioned at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Guachipelin Ranch and Spa is an eco-tourism hote...
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  • Horseback Riding Tour

    Guanacaste, Costa Rica is cowboy country. Everywhere you go, you'll see livestock. Take this tour to view this world from a different perspective. Stop to look at monkeys or ha...
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  • Jet-Ski Rentals

    Exploring the local beaches by Jet Ski is one of the most fun, adrenaline-pumping activities we offer. Suitable for all ages, we guarantee that after your tour you'll just want more. Explore ...
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  • Liberia Airport to North Guanacaste Transportation

    LIR Liberia Airport to Coco, Hotel Riu, Papagayo and points in between. Group discounts available. Do you need one-way transportation to or from Liberia Airport? We can pick you up or drop you of...
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  • Monteverde Cloud Forest

    Embark on an enchanted treetop walkway tour personally led by your guide. Walk along eight different bridges ranging in length from 150-510 ft. Enjoy more than 400 species of birds, such as the t...
  • Monteverde SkyTrek

    Explore one of the most biodiverse tropical cloud forests in the world. We will spend the day zipping through the canopy, exploring the top of the jungle by gondola and hiking an extensive networ...
  • Morning Catamaran Tour

    Spend the morning sailing on one of Flamingo's famous catamarans. After sailing up the north coast, the captain will anchor at one of many select snorkeling spots where you can enjoy water sp...
  • Nicaragua Granada Historical and Volcano Day Trip Tour

    Instead of just visiting Costa Rica, why not check off another country on your list? Nicaragua. The beautiful Maderas and Conception volcanoes are truly a sight to behold as you take a journey ba...
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  • North Beach Snorkel and ATV Tour

    Explore the best snorkel spots in the area. Spend the afternoon exploring and snorkeling at beautiful beaches accessible only by ATV. See up to six different beaches and then let us take you on a...
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  • Ollies Point Surf Trip

    Ollie’s Point Surf Trip. Ollie’s Point is famous for it’s long, perfect green walls. The offshore winds that blow most of the year put the finishing touches on one of the best w...
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  • Palo Verde National Park Tour

    The Palo Verde National Park tour in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is usually on everyone's must-see list when visiting the Guanacaste Region. Your day starts early as we pick you up from ...
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  • Rio Celeste and Cort├ęs Waterfall Day Trip

    In the midst of the rainforest lies one of the most spectacular rivers of Costa Rica: Rio Celeste. On your way to this amazing place, lies yet another amazing place: the "Llanos de...
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  • RIU Resort to South Guanacaste Transportation

    One Way RIU Resort to Playa Potrero, Playa Flamingo and Playa Tamarindo. Do you need one-way transportation to or from either the RIU Guanacaste or RIU Palace? Do you want to go out and...
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  • San Jose Airport to North Guanacaste Transportation

    San Jose Airport SJO to Liberia, Papagayo, Coco, Riu and points in between group discounts available. Do you need one-way transportation to or from San Jose Airport? We can pick you up or drop yo...
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  • Scuba Diving Tour

    We offer you the best diving tours around the Catalina Islands, at the best price you can find! Diving Tour for those with a scuba certification. Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI ...
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  • Sunset Catamaran Tour

    The most popular tour in the region. Spend the afternoon sailing on one of Flamingo's famous catamarans. After sailing up the north coast, the captain will stop at one of many special anchora...
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  • Surf Lessons

    Imagine the thrill of surfing the beaches made famous by the "Endless Summer" movies. This activity is suitable for all ages and athletic types. Our instructors will not only teach you ...
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  • Tamarindo Mangrove & Estuary Tour

    From big crocodiles to a wide variety of birds, observe and learn about the flora and fauna that coexist in the Tamarindo mangrove and estuary. Also learn about the mysterious...
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  • Tamarindo Nightclub Tour

    Tamarindo bursts alive at night. The night club scene on the strip allows you to amble from club to club. On this tour we will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Tamarindo in a private van...
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  • Turtle Night Adventure Tour

    Seeing turtles nesting or their eggs hatching in their natural environment is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should not cannot miss. Follow licensed guides to specific, secluded beach...
  • Ultimate Animal Adventure Tour

    On this ultimate animal combo tour, you will be able to see over 40 species of animals. We will take you to visit two different animal parks in one fun-filled day. First, you you will visit ...
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  • Vandara Combo Tour

    Vandara is located northeast of Liberia, surrounded by tropical dryforest. This is the perfect place for those seeking rest and relaxation. You'll discover a variety of pools, ...
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  • White Water Rafting

    Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Tenorio River in Guanacaste. The rapids are class 3 and class 4 and provide you with a thrilling ride that will put even the biggest rolle...
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  • Witches Rock Surf Trip

    Witch’s Rock Surf Trip. The massive volcanic rock that is Witch’s Rock stands guard over some of the best surf in Costa Rica. Legend says that the rock is haunted by a witch, and the ...
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Find activities

Another idea is to take a day trip to an area away from the Riu Resort and explore the volcanic areas that strtech all the way from Nicaragua to across Costa Rica. Below are some day trips that will thrill you and show you the authentic Costa Rica.

Arenal Observatory Lodge and Hot Springs

Spend a day at the world famous Arenal National Park. Enjoy stunning views as you drive along Lake Arenal, getting closer to one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world. Then spend the afternoon soaking in the natural hot springs at the base of the volcano and enjoy a casual buffet lunch. Next, you will ascend to the Arenal Observatory Lodge for the best view of the volcano at sunset followed by a little souvenir shopping trip in La Fortuna.

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Buena Vista Canopy Tour and Hot Springs

Experience unparalleled adventure as you fly on a safe Zip Line over lush, primary tropical rainforest. Observe an  amazing variety of flora and fauna while you zip over the treetops, including birds, howler, spider and white-faced capuchin monkeys in this exciting activity. Enjoy the famous Buena Vista waterslide, which is 1,275 feet of pure adrenaline, also set in the middle of the Costa Rica rainforest. A Guanacaste buffet lunch awaits you afterwards. Then, ride a horse to a natural thermal spring and steam bath, nature's spa. Relax and rejuvenate with treatments of volcanic mud and hot springs.  

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Diamante Adventure Park

Discovery Pass:   Diamantes Animal Sanctuary is Guanacaste's largest, built in partnership with La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Diamante is home to the widest variety of species in one location. The habitats are designed to provide a natural setting for the animals while allowing guests to interact and enjoy up close and safe viewing. At the Sanctuary are sloths, monkeys, jaguars, toucans, and more. The sanctuary is home to a world-class wildcat habitat, butterfly observatory and both the Two- and Three-toed sloths.   Aerial Pass:   The Diamantes zip-line course is Costa Rica's best and only ocean view dual zip-line.The dual lines allow you to share this experience with your family and friends, riding and sharing side-by-side. The course is considered best in class and known for its soaring lines that deliver guests extremely long ride times. This ACCT certified course includes a Superman line, a free fall "Quick Jump" and Tarzan swing, all with amazing views. The team of trained guides and state-of-the-art equipment enhances the entire experience. Superman 1,360 meters- nearly 1 mile long - and ocean view. Quick Jump - Free fall down a 30-foot tower similar to a bungee jump Hanging Bridge: Zip-Line directly into a hanging bridge over crocodiles    Adventure Pass:   Have it all! Diamantes Adventure Pass allows you the opportunity to experience a full day of adventure and activities rated as #1 on Trip Advisor. Includes: Everything in the Discovery and Aerial Pass, Botanical Gardens, Hammock Beach, Lunch.   Additional Activities: ATV and Horseback Riding: 1 Hour tours 

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Guachipelin Adventure

Adventure beckons at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín, positioned at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Guachipelin Ranch and Spa is an eco-tourism hotel and a working horse and cattle ranch, celebrating the Guanacaste region’s cowboy heritage in the heart of the savanna. Guachepelin Ranch and Spa offers one of the most popular family tours currently available in Costa Rica. The Adventure Park in Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Natural hot springs, jungle forests, pristine waterfalls, and bubbling volcanic mud pools are just some of the many attractions you can enjoy during a stay with us. Hacienda Guachipelín Hotel is the ideal place in Rincon de la Vieja for an active vacation. Adventurers will thrill to swinging like Tarzan on the many cables and rappel ropes of the Canyon Canopy Tour, or shooting the rapids of Rio Negro River on a Tubing Adventure. Ride Costa Rican ranch horses to natural volcanic thermal springs or spectacular waterfall pools. Transform yourself on our “cowboy-for-a-day” tour. Have fun bird watching, hiking trails, and trekking to the active craters of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano Beautiful views and a great location awaits at Guachepelin Ranch for the day and enjoy tubing, zip-lining, horseback riding, rappelling, hot springs, mud baths and a buffet lunch. One of the best zip line canopy tours available in Costa Rica —miles of incredible zip lines over rivers and canyons.

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Ultimate Animal Adventure Tour

On this ultimate animal combo tour, you will be able to see over 40 species of animals. We will take you to visit two different animal parks in one fun-filled day. First, you you will visit the Diamante Animal Sanctuary. Diamantes Animal Sanctuary is Guanacaste's largest, built in partnership with La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Diamante is home to the largest variety of species in a single location. The habitats are designed to provide a natural setting for the animals while allowing visitors to interact safely and enjoy up close sloths, monkeys, jaguars, toucans, crocodiles, exotic birds, and more. The sanctuary is home to a world-class wildcat habitat, butterfly observatory and both two- and three-toed sloths. Next, we will take you to the African Safari Adventure Park. The park contains some 300 animals from 22 different species; 11 of them are African species that you can observe and some you can feed with carrot sticks. They live comfortably in a freedom-controlled 30 hectare area. During this incredible ride on board our special safari tour trucks, one of our trained guides will provide you with information and facts of every species. The tour takes approximately one hour, and each truck can carry 25 people. You can purchase the carrot sticks inside the park.

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White Water Rafting

Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Tenorio River in Guanacaste. The rapids are class 3 and class 4 and provide you with a thrilling ride that will put even the biggest roller coasters to shame. Raft sizes vary and are adapted to group sizes. Safety is Priority #1 and all necessary equipment is provided. Even if you have never experienced white water before, you will remember your day of exhilarating fun as one of your best activities during your visit to Costa Rica. After your thrill, enjoy a complimentary traditional lunch before heading back to your hotel or villa.

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There are also many other things to do in the area such as Beach Horseback Riding, surfing trips, Scuba Diving and Snorkleing. Some of them require a little travel time but theyare all worth it. Some of our favorites are below. Ask about our Riu Guanacaste Palace and Resort group discounts. You can save on all or your tours booking as a group. Please contact us for a free customized group rate quote.

5-Hour ATV and Jet Ski Combo Tour

Be adventurous! Three hours of ATVs, two hours of Jet Skis, and lots of sensational vistas and beaches. Explore the back roads of Guanacaste's rugged terrain with us for thee exciting hours. Hop on your ATV and ride to an elevation of over 1,200 feet to enjoy spectacular views. Take pictures and see the top of the world. Then, ride down the mountain, choosing beginner, medium or advanced trails to the sea level. Now you'll start exploring the coastline for which Costa Rica is deservedly famous. Stop at beaches that are only accessible by ATV and enjoy a variety of different types of geography, wildlife and plant life unique to each location. Next, you'll ride your ATV right up to the beach and hop on a waiting jet ski at either Playa Potrero or Playa Flamingo. The jet ski portion of your tour comprises two enticing hours, allowing you to: explore the Pacific Ocean: visit gorgeous beaches only accessible by sea: hug the coastline and have the option of snorkeling at locations specially chosen for your group by your guide. Don't feel like driving? Ride along as a tandem passenger on this activity. Suggested Checklist: Closed-toe footwear Sunglasses  Swimwear Sunscreen Bug spray 

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ATV Monkey Sanctuary Tour

Hop on an ATV to explore the mountains of Costa Rica and visit an amazing Monkey Sanctuary. This is one of our most popular activities. Ride your ATV up to visit the Monkey Sanctuary at the Top of the World Monkey Trail. About the Congo Trail Monkey Sanctuary: Orphaned baby monkeys are not always adopted by another family of monkeys; but if they are found in time they are brought here. They usually haven't developed the skills to survive in the wild, so the Monkey Sanctuary becomes their permanent home. Here you will be able to visit with a number of different monkey species, including the famous Howler Monkey. You will be able to feed these amazing animals. The Monkey Sanctuary rescues more than just monkeys. There is a petting zoo with sheep, horses, and a bull!   Your ATV tour price includes admission to the Monkey Sanctuary, which helps cover the operating costs. This tour is not only for viewing breathtaking scenery but also stops at the world-famous Monkey Sanctuary.  Then you'll hop back on your ATV and ride home via the Donkey Trail for some advanced and challenging ATV riding (optional) down to sea level to explore some beautiful beaches. This is an amazing way to explore the beaches and see the magical wildlife of Costa Rica.   

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ATV+Zip-Line+Monkey Sanctuary Combo Tour

One of the best Guanacaste tours you can find. Choose you own adventure! With this special tour you are able to choose exactly how you want to fill your 4 hour tour. The first choice you get to make is whether you want to take our amazing original zip-line tour of 11 lines and three hanging bridges, all with gorgeous views. However if you are an adrenaline junkie you may want to choose our extreme zip-line tour option. This option includes radical attractions from our tarzan swing to superman ziplines. Once you have chosen which zip-line course you would like to take you now need to decide how to spend the next hours of your day. Are you a beach enjoyer or a mountain explorer? If you are here to see the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica then you can choose our beach enjoyer option. With this option we will take you to private beaches that are only accessible by ATV. However if you are a mountain explorer, ride through Guanacaste's mountains and view the authentic Guanacaste region. The last stop is at the Monkey Sanctuary.   About the Congo Trail Monkey Sanctuary: Orphaned baby monkeys are not always adopted by another family of monkeys, but if they are found in time they are brought here. They usually haven't developed the skills to survive in the wild so the Monkey Sanctuary become their permanent home. Here you will be able to visit with a couple of different species of monkeys, including the famous Howler Monkey. You are able to feed these amazing animals. The Monkey Sanctuary rescues more than just monkeys. There is a petting zoo with sheep, horses, and a bull! 

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Canopy Zip-Line and ATV

One of the best Guanacaste tours you can find. Choose you own adventure! With this special tour you are able to choose exactly how you want to fill your 4 hour tour. The first choice you get to make is whether you want to take our amazing original zip-line tour of 11 lines and three hanging bridges, all with gorgeous views. However if you are an adrenaline junkie you may want to choose our extreme zip-line tour option. This option includes radical attractions from our tarzan swing to superman ziplines. Once you have chosen which zip-line course you would like to take you now need to decide how to spend the next hours of your day. Are you a beach enjoyer or a mountain explorer? If you are here to see the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica then you can choose our beach enjoyer option. With this option we will take you to private beaches that are only accessible by ATV. However if you are a mountain explorer, ride through Guanacaste's mountains and view the authentic Guanacaste region. 

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Congo Canopy Zip-Line Tour

One of the most popular activities to do when visiting Guanacaste Costa Rica is zip-lining through the canopy of giant Guanacaste trees. At the Congo Trail Canopy Tour you will experience authentic Costa Rica and explore natural forests that have existed for hundreds of years nestled in this quite enclave of Central America. The Original Canopy tour combines 100's of meters of zip-lines and platforms with hanging bridges for a truly unique adventure. Our profesional zip line guides will fit you for your harness, helmet and other safety equipment. Then you will listen to an important safety speech detailing the do's and don'ts of zip-lining and then you are ready to fly through the canopy.  Feel the thrill as you finally get hooked up to your first zip-line and are set free to zip down 100's of meters of cable suspended between giant Guanacaste trees. Keep on the lookout for families of monkeys foraging in the canopy for mangoes, bananas and other types of food. Between each zip-line there are platforms that will lead you to the next step until you finally reach the end of the canopy tour. There are 14 platforms, 11 cables and 3 hanging bridges with a distance of 400 mts, one of 200 mts, one of 150 mts, two of 100 mts, three of 80 mts and three of 50 mts. Platform height: up to 30 mts. Extreme Canopy Tour, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The Extreme Canopy Tour is our newest and most extreme canopy tour. First try out the extra long zip lines, some over 450 meters in length and feel the freedom as you glide through the forest canopy...three different times. Then experience the rush of rappelling from 22 meters up in the canopy and get ready for the ride of your life. The Congo Trail Extreme Tarzan Swing is known as one of the most exilhirating rides in Guanacaste. Once you reach your 20+ meter platform you are harnessed in for a heart pounding adrenaline filled Tarzan Swing drop that will make you wish you hadn't eaten that egg burrito for breakfast.

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Jet-Ski Rentals

Exploring the local beaches by Jet Ski is one of the most fun, adrenaline-pumping activities we offer. Suitable for all ages, we guarantee that after your tour you'll just want more. Explore hidden beaches, sea caves and deserted islands. Stop for snorkeling or beachcombing all on your own self guided tour.

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