There is so much to do and see in Costa Rica, especially if you head here during the late summer months. Not only can you avoid crowds and attend annual events that only occur during September, but you can still soak in the bright sunshine and warm weather before it turns chilly. Check out these fun Labor Day events in Costa Rica, things to do, and places to see in this breathtaking coastal area over September. 

Spend Labor Day 2023 in Costa Rica

One of the most exciting and fun things to do in Costa Rica is go ziplining high above the ground. We recommend heading to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, featuring over three kilometers of cables that are more than 130 meters above the ground! Cruise along the zip lines, with the longest one spanning over 770 meters, to feel the breeze in your face and the adrenaline coursing through your veins. You can also check out the Arenal Volcano National Park for ziplining to the coast through the treetops, mountainsides, and canyons.   

Another fun area to check out for ziplining is Guanacaste, the home base for Diamante Eco Adventure Park, which takes you through the longest dual zipline for best friends and couples to soar high above the ground side by side. Talk about romance! 

Volcano Hiking 

Are you a huge fan of hiking? If so, we recommend going volcanic hiking in Costa Rica to see one of the 67 volcanoes for an easy stroll, moderate hike, or challenging peak climb. Head to Irazu Volcano to see two craters in an active volcano and enjoy this family-friendly hike. If you want a slightly harder climb, the Arenal Volcano in the national park offers numerous hiking trails, old lava, and bright green forests. For those who want something more challenging, take a harder hike in the national park during the winter season! 

Test Your Limits with Hiking 

If you just can’t get enough of exploring on foot, then hiking is THE best way to spend your Labor Day weekend in Costa Rica! Head to Manuel Antonio National Park to check out monkeys, flora, fauna, and incredible views in the nearby area. This 1-hour hike is great for older adults or those with children. If you want something tougher, then head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest to take on 13 kilometers of trails along suspended bridges high above the trees. We also recommend the Cerro Chirripo in Costa Rica to summit the 3,800+ mountains and soak in amazing views! However, make sure you make your reservation for Cerro Chirripo a few weeks beforehand as the refuge you can stay in overnight has limited space.  

Whitewater Rafting 

For true adrenaline junkies, whitewater rafting is great for those with kids or those who want to tackle raging rapids! If you have young kids with you on the trip, then we recommend going on the Penas Blancas River in Arenal for an easy and gentle trip. If you want something more challenging, the Naranjo River in Manuel Antonio offers a nice mixture of floating and tackling rapids. For true athletes, the Pacuare River leaves no stone unturned when it comes to rafting, whitewater rapids, forests, and waterfall views!  


Last but not least, snorkeling is a fun and easy way for you to see marine life under the bright blue water and get a different viewpoint of the lush country of Costa Rica. Scuba divers can see between 20 and 100 feet below the surface. We recommend going to Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge to see the bright coral reef, bays, and inlets. Another easy spot for beginner swimmers includes Cahuita National Park to see the largest coral reefs or Cocos Island to see marine wildlife. If you want something a bit extra, Cano Island is great for unique diving sites. 

Labor Day Events 

For annual events unique to Costa Rica during Labor Day Weekend, check out this helpful guide. There are once-a-year occasions that give even more reason to visit this breathtaking country! 

Surrender to Adventure 

If you are an adrenaline junkie who wants to adventure around Costa Rica, but don’t want to go at it alone, then check out this event September 1st to 6th. This adventure-based excursion takes you zipline, dancing, horseback riding, snorkeling, and hiking! You can then hang out with your new group of friends to try new food, experience the nightlife, chill out on tropical beaches, and meet people from all over the world. You can purchase this package and experience a five-night stay at an upscale hotel, Crazy Monkey’s Bar Party, meals every day during your stay, ATV tour, ziplining, transportation, and airport transportation.  

Hosanna 2023 

The second event that is a wholesome and exciting event is Hosanna 2023 at La Salle College in San Jose, Costa Rica, on September 23rd from 6pm to 9pm. If you are a spiritual person who wants to meet like-minded people, this church has opened its arms to welcome newcomers and connect the community. 

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Joaquin Rodriguez

Joaquin Rodriguez

Joaquin Rodriguez, originally from Argentina, fell in love with Costa Rica’s magic in 2002 and never looked back. This experience grants him an insider’s perspective to curate unforgettable adventures in the heart of Los Sueños. As a partner at Stay in Costa Rica, he leverages over 20 years of experience in both resort and travel management and property management services. He helps travelers create dream vacations while ensuring homeowners get the most out of their properties, all with a seamless and stress-free experience (as holidays should be!). When he’s not crafting the perfect itinerary, you might find Joaquin teeing off on a local golf course, exploring a breathtaking national park with his wife and their two teenage daughters, or playing fetch with his beloved dogs.