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Playa Danta and Playa Dantita ★ The wide Playa Danta extends for the length of Las Catalinas town and is quite calm, though there’s some boogie boarding going on at high tide. Playa Dantita, to the north, is more secluded.

Hiking: Las Catalinas is surrounded by hills through a patch of rare tropical dry forest, which is conveniently marked with 25 km of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Contact Pura Vida Ride (tel. 2654-6137; www.puravidaride.com) for tour information or equipment rental.

Water Sports: Las Catalinas is the home base of Connect Ocean (http://connectocean.com), an international marine awareness, research, and education organization. They are very active in the community here and frequently hold events around town. For adventure sports, Pura Vida Ride ★★ (tel. 2654-6137; www.puravidaride.com) on the waterfront can arrange kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, surf lessons, sailing lessons, and snorkeling. Just off shore are the Las Catalinas islands, which are one of Costa Rica’s most renowned diving sites, to where they also run trips.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.