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Dec 29, 2017 - 6 Reasons You Need to Surf Costa Rica in 2018

Costa Rica is a dream destination for many travelers, but it's even dreamier for surfers. Littered with world-class waves, uncrowded lineups, affordable accommodations and cheap eats, Costa Rica is a surfer's paradise. These are six reasons why you need to pack your boards, rent a Costa Rica beach house, and head down to this South American surf paradise in 2018. Costa Rica Is Still Affordable Traveling to Hawaii, California or Australia in search of perfect waves can put a major dent in your wallet. Costa Rica is a destination that offers...

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Nov 25, 2017 - Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

Our next stop was the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and the beaches of Tamarindo. “Tamagringo” hasn’t earned its nickname for nothing; it is quite a holiday destination for loud Americans. It is also a famous surfing spot with lots of surf schools dotted along the beach. We had a really nice apartment with a kitchen so we enjoyed getting away from the hostels and backpacker trail for a bit. We did a fair bit of swimming and beach combing. We also did a night turtle nesting tour in Ostional Wildlife Reserve, a trio of beaches protected for...

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Feb 16, 2014 - Day of Rest @the Beach

We elect not to participate in today's tour at Leatherback Turtles National Park. We would have gone if there was a chance to see the turtles but there was not; only visible at night at certain times of the year. Instead we spend the day at the pool, at least for as long as we can. It is so windy that we can't use the umbrellas and the sun is so hot we fear burning, so we are cautious. It is a very relaxing day at a beautiful resort. This really is a fabulous deal. We found out that the rooms like ours go for $450 a night in season like...

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Feb 15, 2014 - Guanacaste

Good thing we took a few photos of the Arenal Volcano as we came to Fortuna because all day yesterday it was not visible. As we leave this morning we can see just a bit of it! We are now on the way to the province of Guanacaste and the Pacific coast. Long drive but nothing like what we have in the states between the Atlantic and Pacific. Along the way we stop at Tilarin to again visit a rainforest and traverse the Hanging Bridges. Unfortunately, I can only do the short route. The longer one is an hour and half and I just can' t do...

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Feb 11, 2014 - Turtles and relaxation

Today was our relaxation day so only one activity was planned so many of our group decided to take it easy and not leave the hotel but not the 6 of us. The optional tour was to go to the leatherback nesting beaches so we were all exciting for our spouses to see and hear about the leatherback project we had done the week before. Once we go to the beach, we strolled along the same area that we had traversed previously, but now in the daylight and headed to the hatchery. Because of our experiences we were able to give a little more depth to...

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Feb 5, 2014 - Day 9

We are nearing the end of our wonderful experience at the Goldring Research Center here and need to make these last 18 hours count by squeezing in as much as possible. Our trusty van has broken down so we all pile into the truck bed of the small well-used vehicle and take a very dusty ride back to Tike's Place for another great breakfast. After we finish our meals and take the last sips of our coffee, we pile back into the truck and speed back to the center to get ready for our afternoon of snorkeling and swimming. We will be heading to a...

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Feb 4, 2014 - Day 8

After our usual routine for the morning, we had opportunity to watch the biologists perform multiple excavations of old nests at the hatchery. The hatchery is a place to relocate nests that previously were in danger of not surviving. This could be due to tourist traffic patterns on a beach or if a turtle laid her eggs in an area that wasn't high enough on the beach, thus allowing the next high tide to wash them all away. This area is corralled off with fence and chicken wire which only slows down the raccoons, but certainly doesn't keep...

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Feb 3, 2014 - Day 7

Another beautiful day on the pacific coast of Costa Rica! The plan for the afternoon is a walk through the salt marsh to observe the local plants, animals and birds. It was great to get out into the local vegetation during daylight hours, to experience all that we had head about but haven't had a chance to witness due to working at night. We all had a great time seeing unusual species of wildlife that are foreign to us in the states. Humming birds were plentiful along with other native colorful birds. After several hours of observing the...

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Feb 2, 2014 - Day 6

After breakfast, we had the opportunity to take advantage to what was billed as horseback riding but soon discovered it was much more than that. We traveled to a local Costa Rican farm that is typical in this area and got to experience all the daily activates that occur on a farm but compressed into several hours for our visit. We were welcomed by the entire family which seemed to included several generations. We immediately were taken into the large pig pen and got to see all the new piglets that Dale immediately gravitated to. We...

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Feb 1, 2014 - one more wekend

Well I decided to change my flight and stay for one more weekend. One of the bar owners here asked me to stay and help out a bit and hes gonna give me a place to sleep in exchange. That will probably will probably work out best since Kaleb's and My favorite team is in the Super Bowl GO BRONCOS. I had tentatively planned to go fishing with my friend Cory for Marlin but he got booked by a paying customer. We had planned to go far offshore and stay overnight on the boat and fish for 2 days. He has another opening near the middle of the month...

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Travels with Mike

Feb 1, 2014 - Day 5

We apologize for delay in entries and will try and get caught up today. After breakfast today, we were given the opportunity to travel into the actual town of Tamarindo for shopping and sightseeing. (Because we have been working mainly at night, we forget how hot the days actually are but we all are enjoying being out of the winter weather!) This area is very rural but still has a very large tourist presence due to the nesting habits of many of the large sea turtles. Because this is a national park, all areas are heavily regulated including...

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Jan 31, 2014 - Day 4 at the Turtle Research Center

We were up again at 10:30 and enjoyed another great family breakfast with our team at Kike's restaurant. Always an adventure ordering in Spanish but we have great waiters that are patient with us plus have a great English vocabulary. We had free time to enjoy another romp in the ocean plus time in the refreshing pool. Our feet were grateful to be out of our sneakers and the water was very therapeutic for all of us. We joined the team leaders on an excavation of previously hatched nests, to collect data. This involved digging up the previous...

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