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Surfing Costa Rica – What You Need to Know

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Costa Rica is One of the World’s Hottest Surfing Destinations

Surfer-Mal_PaisCosta Rica is a mecca for surfers around the world – and for good reason. The country features over 800 miles of coastline, with beaches on both its Pacific and Caribbean sides. Its prime location provides multiple surfing sweet spots for those of every age and ability.

Starting Out

Even if you have never set foot on a surfboard, you can still have a fantastic surfing experience in Costa Rica. Most commercial surfing spots offer lessons and camps, one of the best being Jaco Beach, right next door to Los Sueños Resort & Marina. In Jaco, you will find a number of qualified trainers, many of whom are champion surfers themselves. You will also find tame waves that are perfect for just starting out.

Novices

Tamarindo, which is also located in Guanacaste, is one of Costa Rica’s top surfing and party destinations. So if you are looking to surf and have a great time out on the town, this is the place. Tamarindo is great place for beginning surfers, as it the ocean has a sandy bottom (meaning a softer place to land) and smaller waves. If you would like to try out your skills somewhere quiet and low-key, the El Parqueo section of Playa Avellanas, which is close by Tamarindo, is an uncrowded stretch of beach with only a few bungalows and a single restaurant to speak of. El Parqueo’s sandy shore and long smooth waves make it ideal for beginners. Playa El Carmen in southern Nicoya, just next to Santa Teresa and Mal Pais, has few crowds, and its sandy bottom and calm waves are perfect for beginners.

Intermediate

The Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area of Guanacaste is known for its consistent waves and great weather. While beginners can find some moderate beach-break spots, the reefs, rocks and wave heights make this area a good challenge for those with some degree of experience.

You can also get two different travel experiences – Mal Pais is a small, laid-back surfing village, while Santa Teresa features plenty dining and night life. Both are just a quick boat ride away from Los Sueños Resort & Marina.

Located adjacent to Jaco, just 15 minutes down the road from Los Sueños Resort, Playa Hermosa is a very long, white sand beach that is almost never crowded. This is a laid-back spot dedicated to the surfing lifestyle, and the beach is lined with numerous surf shops and surf camps. Playa Hermosa’s big waves and numerous breaks appeal to intermediate surfers, although under certain conditions the swells are better left to experts.

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There are a number of spots for experienced surfers to challenge themselves on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. One of the best is the “Little Hawaii” section of Playa Avellanos, a break which offers big, Hawaii-style waves that are definitely for experts only.

The tempestuous waves of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast offer some of the world’s most adventurous surfing, and Puerto Viejo is one of the most alluring surf spots for experienced thrill-seekers. It is home to Salsa Brava, Costa Rica’s heaviest and wildest wave, which only a brave few have conquered.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica’s most challenging surfing spot of all may be Witch’s Rock, located off of Guanacaste’s Playa Naranjo beach, in Santa Rosa National Park. Other than some nearby campsites, there are no accommodations here. If you can brave the flight or drive out to Playa Naranjo, the sailboat ride out to Witch’s Rock, and the sharks and saltwater crocodiles in the ocean, you are tougher than most, and if you can master the powerful waves, you are in the company of a select group of hard-core surfing enthusiasts.

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Guys Sport Fishing Getaway to Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica

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No wives and no kids; just the guys, good times, golf and sport fishing in Costa Rica.

It’s been a long hot summer with lots of family fun and backyard barbecues- and it’s been great- but, now that the kids are back in school, its time for a “guys getaway.” Sport fishing, casino gaming, golf, beer, cigars and adventure, and a little more sport fishing are all on the agenda; mowing the lawn, going to the office, taking out the trash are all on hold. At least just for a week or so. Start with reaching out to the team at HRG to help you plan the perfect sport fishing vacation to Costa Rica. With awesomely huge array of condos and vacation villas of every size to choose from, you and your buddies can arrange for the perfect home-base away from home in Los Sueños Resort; from there, you can explore Costa Rica, blow off some steam and get in some well deserved R&R. Here are a few ideas for fun on a great guy’s sport fishing vacation in Costa Rica: Of course: Sport Fishing Los Sueños Resort & Marina is the premier offshore sport-fishing destination in all of Central America, Mexico or the Bahamas. Find out why some of the biggest names in tournament sport fishing base their operations out of Los Sueños’ 200 slip full service marina and in the calmest and bluest waters of the Pacific. Whether it’s a half day for inshore fishing or full day for inshore and offshore fishing, you won’t be disappointed as each trip comes with a bilingual captain and crew, bait, tackle, snacks, lunch, drinks and plenty of exciting opportunities for a great catch. When the day is done, HRG can arrange for an onsite chef to prepare a delicious meal out of the day’s rewards, whether its sushi or some other culinary delight. Golf On those days when you take a break from being out on the water, an 18-hole golf course awaits your competitive nature. Los Sueños Resort and Marina is home to the professional 18 hole, par 72 La Iguana Golf Course designed by Ted Robinson Jr. Landscaped to blend seamlessly with the lush Costa Rica Jungle and Central Pacific Coast line. River Rafting There is no thrill quite like facing the rapids on a swiftly racing river. Costa Rica’s many rivers offer numerous opportunities for you and your buddies to experience whitewater rafting, whether it is your first time on a raft or you are looking to challenge yourselves on some of the world’s fiercest rapids. Zip-lining There are many ways to see Costa Rica’s rainforest – by boat, by ATV, by car, on horseback, or on your own two feet. However, nothing compares to seeing the country’s dense foliage and beautiful wildlife from high up in the trees, or flying through the air over a tropical paradise. Want to feel like superman for a day? Book a zip-line canopy tour through your concierge at HRG. ATV Tours To really experience all that the mountains and jungles of Costa Rica offer, there’s no better way than on an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV. Whether you’re on a smooth beach or braving a muddy, jungle trail, these four-wheeled vehicles give you the freedom of a motorcycle with the ability for off-road adventuring. Casino Gaming In addition to the beautiful landscape and its colorful exotic inhabitants, the nightlife in and around the Los Sueños Resort includes more than dinner and clubbing; it’s teaming with Vegas style casinos too. Right in the resort and in nearby Jaco Beach, too, there are a number of fun casinos to choose from. Drinking and Dining What would a vacation be without great food and drink? With more than 10 excellent restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from right in Los Sueños Resort, and an abundance to numerous to name just minutes away, you‘ll find that the nightlife during your guys getaway sport fishing vacation won’t disappoint. After a long, fun, challenging day out on the water, a great night on the town is just the way to top it all off.   Life may be full of responsibility these days (and all the rewards that go with that), but you still get to have a little bit of time in for you and September is a great time of year to make your getaway and enjoy that annual fishing trip with your buddies.

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Manuel Antonio National Park is a Must During Your Next Los Sueños Vacation

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Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park is just a short drive from Los Sueños Resort

While you’re enjoying your fabulous Costa Rican vacation at Los Sueños Resort and Marina, plan a day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park, about 45 minutes south of the resort. There are plenty of parks, reserves and conservancies in Costa Rica, but this park is a must-visit gem.

For such a small area, it’s plant life is impressive, including a thick stand of giant bamboo that shoots upward to staggering heights. The guarumo tree looks like overgrown schefflera and sloths love the skinny, long-fingered fruit. Other species include flame of the forest, señora de la noche, papaya and plumeria trees, as well as dieffenbachia, lantana, begonias, torito orchids and spider lilies. The cedro maria and vaco lechoso are two of Costa Rica’s traditional medicinal plants in the park. Look out for the manzanillo tree at the park entrance, signposted in English and Spanish. The tree’s sap is caustic and will cause chemical burns and the fruit is poisonous for everyone. Look, but don’t touch.

While the plant life is spectacular, the capuchin monkeys—with little white faces and sweet expressions—may be the stars of the show. The louder, bigger and noisier black howlers with booming calls and endangered, rufous-back spider monkeys, known as titís make their homes in Manuel Antonio. Linger with field glasses along the trails and you might spot sloths slumbering in the canopy.

Beach almonds shade the edges of Manuel Antonio Beach—one of three in the park. Two of the park’s beaches are accessible from the main trail, which is flat and wide. There’s another beach at Cathedral Point. If you plan to go, you’ll need good sturdy shoes, as it’s slightly more difficult. Use caution, tides can be strong.

Brown pelicans fish the ocean waters and kingfishers dive for fish in the streams. Colorful parakeets, lorikeets, macaws, fiery-billed araçaris and chestnut mandibled toucans roost in the treetops, while an assortment of snakes, lizards, geckos and frogs hide in the forest litter. Scrounging agoutis, coatimundis and raccoons cruise for unattended backpacks and they can be very assertive. Keep the food firmly in your control; when my friend tried to reclaim her pack and banana, the raccoon wanted to argue. When the tide is in, the rickety little boats are a good way to see the mangroves and the caiman that live there.

Hire a guide ($25/person); it’s only a few dollars more than an entrance-only ticket ($16.40 each). Guides know the plants and animals, their habits and the park’s history, a big help in spotting shy forest inhabitants.

The park is closed Mondays; go early in the day, park entrance is limited to 600 people at any given time. Take plenty of water, sunblock, swimsuit and towel and keep a close eye on your belongings. If you drive, the parking attendants are not official, but a couple of dollars is cheap insurance for your car and peace of mind. Alternatively, HRG staff will be happy to book a hassle-free tour for you.

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Surfing Costa Rica’s Central Pacific

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It doesn’t get much better than a surf vacation in Costa Rica

Back in the day, surfing Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast wasn’t a common activity. Few locals surfed; most were from California, following the Endless Summer in search for the perfect ride. Oh, how times have changed: a sleepy surfer’s paradise, once known to few, is now world-famous.

Costa Rica’s legendary surf draws multitudes and Los Sueños Resort and Marina, a few minutes from Jacó, is right in the thick of things. You may not be a pro, but surf shops, camps and lessons abound in and around the resort mean you can take advantage of the many nearby breaks. Most beaches are accessible, but keep any valuables with you, especially your passport and drivers license.

Jacó is the place to rent boards, hire guides or take lessons. Playa Jacó is a 2.5-mile stretch of beach with breaks ideal for beginners and advanced surfers. The south end of Playa Jacó is better for beginners and longboarders. The best time to paddle out is an hour or two on either side of high tide.

Boca Barranca, recommended for skilled riders, is one of the longest left breaks in the world. Longboarders can ride more than half a mile when conditions are right. Arrive early, when the swell is not too massive, the drift spreads everyone out. Waves can break all the way to the pier. Warning: watch for river crocs that sometimes join the lineup.

Playa Escondida has an excellent point break with rights and lefts. The waves are best at high tide. A true A-frame with a short barreling right and a longer left, it can be crowded with just six people. Keep an eye on the rock shelf that sticks out at lower tides. Beach Club members can access the break from the beach, while visitors will have to rent a boat from Playa Jacó or Playa Herradura.

Popular Playa Hermosa, recommended for the experienced, stretches for miles with plenty of room on the constant swell that breaks right or left. El Almendro, at Playa Hermosa, tends to have the best breaks; look for the sand bar opposite a huge beach almond or ask a local. Don’t get confused: There are two Playa Hermosas. The one you want is about 5 miles south of Jacó and one of the best surf spots in Costa Rica. The other, in Guanacaste, isn’t a surf beach. Primo surfing is March – June; the biggest waves roll in July – October.

Estrellita Oeste in the Nicoya Gulf tends to be uncrowded. Its exposed beach break includes a long sandy stretch with some lava reefs outside. It picks up more swell than Playa Hermosa and different sections with reef breaks about half a mile offshore. Nearly perfect when the swell is from the south, the best time is the afternoon.

The World Surfing Games, an Olympic-style team competition, open Aug. 6 – 14, in Jacó. Team Costa Rica is hoping to repeat their 2015 win in Nicaragua. Surfers from around the world compete for individual medals and the World Team Championship Trophy. Don’t miss the action! Book your luxury condo or villa in Los Sueños Resort quickly; it’s going to be a party!

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Summer Escape to Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica

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Beat the heat!Escape the long hot of summer & head for Los Sueños Costa Rica.

 

If you want to beat the heat, heading to a tropical rainforest may not come to mind as a first choice. However, there are more ways to stay cool in Costa Rica than you might think – and none of them involve wandering around an air-conditioned mall all day.

Whitewater Rafting

With the spray of water in your face and the rush of wind around you, whitewater rafting is a thrilling way to beat the heat. The summer months fall within Costa Rica’s wet season. This is the the perfect time to go whitewater rafting, as the rivers swell with the heavy rainfall and create the ideal rush of currents. There are many rivers in Costa Rica, and there are rafting options for those of any skill and comfort level.

Surfing

Costa Rica is one of the surfing capitals of the world, and surfers from all over visit the Central American country to test, hone or learn new surfing skills. With just over 800 miles of coastline, and extensive beaches along both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, there are a wide range of prime surfing spots located all over the country. You’ll have point breaks, reef breaks, beach breaks and river mouths to choose from, and whether you want to take lessons from the experts on the relatively tame Jaco Beach, or you are an expert looking to challenge yourself on the famed Salsa Brava, there is a way for you to keep cool in the surf in Costa Rica.

Diving

You won’t feel the heat underwater, and Costa Rica’s two oceans make it a fantastic place to get a glimpse of colorful undersea life. A multitude of dive companies all over the country offer diving tours and excursions of all kinds. The best spots for diving are on the Caribbean coast, but the area is more secluded and less developed, making tours harder to come by.

Heading Upward or Inland

Costa Rica’s mountains loom thousands of feet high in the air. The air gets considerably colder the higher you go – even in the summer, hiking through the mountains can be quite a chilly experience. Be sure to bring a jacket!

In Costa Rica’s inland valley, you’ll find beautiful green rolling hills, stunning volcanoes, lush cloud forests, and year round temperatures of 72 degrees. Hiking along volcano crests and trekking through cloud forests won’t just help you beat the heat – it will introduce you to some of the country’s most incredible wildlife.

 

 

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Jaco Costa Rica is to host the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games

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The ISA World Surfing Games are coming to Jaco, Costa Rica and we are ready for them at Los Sueños Resort

Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast is rightly famous for its waves and we’re excited that the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games are returning August 6 – 14, 2016, after a seven-year break.

In 2009, neighboring beach Playa Hermosa’s renowned breaks hosted the ISA World Surfing Games sponsored by Billabong, and now it’s Jacó’s turn to do the same.

Making things even more exciting, the 2016 games represent a chance for Team Costa Rica to win back-to-back championships on their home surf. The home team took the championship title at Playa Popoyo in Nicaragua in June, 2015.

Last year in Nicaragua Noe Mar McGonagle rode a near-perfect 9.93 wave, and another one in the eight-point range to seal his hold the gold medal. His sister, Leilani McGonagle, took the silver in the women’s division.

Of the win, McGonagle said, “I didn’t do it for myself; I did it for Costa Rica. We come to these ISA events to do the best for our country, and I knew a win in my heat would give us the points we needed for the team Gold. Costa Rica is a small country, but we have a big heart and the most supportive people. I dedicate this to them.”

Last year, the winning surfers took medals home to all parts of the world:
2015 ISA World Surfing Games | Medals

Men
Gold Medal – Noe Mar McGonagle (CR)
Silver Medal – Nic Von Rupp (POR)
Bronze Medal – Shane Holmes (AUS)
Copper Medal – Leandro Usuna (ARG)

Women
Gold Medal – Tia Blanco (USA)
Silver Medal – Leilani McGonagle (CR)
Bronze Medal – Ella Williams (NZL)
Copper Medal – Chelsea Tuach (BAR)

The games are an Olympic-style team competition, four men and two women for each national team, where surfers from some 30 countries compete for individual medals and the World Team Championship Trophy.

The event, organized by the International Surfing Association (ISA) returns to Costa Rica seven years after being held in Playa Hermosa, right next door to Jaco.

The ISA World Surfing Games might get underway with the sport confirmed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. “With Team Costa Rica defending their title in their home waves and the pending Olympic announcement, this event has all the elements to be a monumental milestone for surfing,” notes Aguerre, president of the ISA.
Each year about 20 percent of Costa Rica’s visitors, around 400,000 people, come to surf and Jacó is an ideal jumping off spot for breaks up and down the coast. Jacó has plenty of retail and surf shops, as well as a healthy nightlife. Lodging choices range from dirt-cheap cabinas to the far more luxurious and comfortable Los Sueños Resort and Marina, which is just next door.

“We envision a record-breaking world championship like in 2009, but above all we envision an extraordinary opportunity for tourism by showcasing the waves, athletes and people of Costa Rica,” adds Randall Cháves, president of the Costa Rican Surfing Federation.

Most beaches and surf breaks in the area are easily accessible. Boca Barranca is a left break in front at a river mouth, longboarders can ride its waves more than half a mile when the conditions are right, arrive early to avoid crowds.

Playa Escondida, an excellent point break just beyond Los Sueños Resort & Marina, has plenty to offer for rights and lefts, and the waves are best at high tide. Beach club members of Faro Escondido can access the break from the beach; visitors can rent a boat from Playa Jacó or Playa Herradura, and make their way around the cove to the break from the water.

Playa Hermosa extends into the ocean and stretches for miles, making it easy to claim your spot on the constant swell. El Almendro, at Playa Hermosa, tends to have the best breaks, look for the sand bar opposite a huge beach almond or ask a local. Visitors to Costa Rica should keep in mind that there are two Play Hermosas: the one in Guanacaste is not a surf beach. The other, that which visitors will want to access during this year’s ISA World Surfing Games, is about 3 miles south of Jacó, 12 minute down the road from Los Sueños Resort, and one of the best surf spots in Costa Rica.

Jacó is one of Costa Rica’s hottest surfing spots. Board shops are all over town, making it easy to rent a board, hire someone to show you where the best breaks are, teach you how to surf, or give you some pointers. Playa Jacó has smaller breaks for beginners or if you haven’t hit the waves in a while. For sure, the surf’s up at nearly every beach in the area, so just paddle out and catch a wave.

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10 Days of Delight: Your Ultimate Trip to Costa Rica

Make your trip to Costa Rica count

To help you make the most out of your trip to Costa Rica, we’ve created this travel guide that can promise you a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.Costa Rica is a popular vacation destination with its wide array of environmental and cultural attractions.  As you plan your vacation, be sure to check out the premier luxury Los Sueños Resort, featuring a spa, championship golf course, gorgeous views of the ocean and marina, and more!

 

10 Days of Delight: Your Ultimate Trip to Costa Rica

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Travel Safe in Costa Rica

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Safety tips for safe trips when traveling Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a beautiful country and, for the most part, very safe. Nonetheless, regardless of  where you are in the world, when traveling it’s always important to be prepared.

In no special order, here are some safety tips specific to vacation activities in Costa Rica: Continue reading

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Costa Rica Nonstop

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New, low cost flights to Costa Rica from Spirit Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and South West

Whether you’re booking a flight for that end of summer vacation, the holiday season, or even the first few months of 2016, it’s now easier than ever to get to Costa Rica nonstop.

As the demand for travel to Costa Rica increases, the need for more international flights to Liberia and San Jose are increasing as well. Many international airlines are continuing to offer new flights and more routes to Costa Rica, demonstrating Costa Rica’s efforts to continue to increase tourism from major international markets. Continue reading

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Top 10 Things to do in Costa Rica- Volcano Visiting

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When most people think about the must-see landscapes in Costa Rica, they imagine sandy beaches, exotic rain forests and majestic mountains. But many would-be travelers to Costa Rica overlook one of the country’s most stunning natural wonders: volcanoes.

Costa Rica has long been a hotbed of volcanic activity. Today, it features six active volcanoes and 61 volcanoes that are either dormant or extinct. From steep, lushly forested slopes to fascinating barren moonscapes, the volcanoes in Costa Rica offer some of the world’s most stunning views, and are perfect for adventurers, hikers and nature lovers.

For the volcanic action-seeker

Located in Costa Rica’s Central Highlands region, the Poas Volcano features geysers that shoot as high as 800 feet into the air, as well as a bubbling, smoking sulfuric pool.

For those seeking a one-of-a-kind view

If you can manage the challenging 6-mile height to its crater summit, the Santa Maria Volcano in Guanacaste will reward you with a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. The Santa Maria is the highest of nine craters that make up the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, and it beckons adventurous travelers from around the world. The hike up to the mountains is beautiful, too; it winds through lush tropical and dwarf forests before reaching the rocky top.

Located in Costa Rica’s central highlands, the Irazu Volcano is the tallest in Costa Rica. Both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea are visible from its summit. The volcano is surrounded by swaths of unspoiled primary, secondary and cloud forests. However, its most striking feature is its lake, the mineral content of which causes luminous color changes that shift from crimson to emerald green.

For those looking to relax

Also located in Guanacaste, the Tenorio Volcano and Miravalles Protected Zone offer a tranquil, unspoiled view of some of Costa Rica’s most pristine countryside. Visit geysers, hot springs, and lush virgin forests as you work your way up to the summit. The volcano’s crater is filled with a luminous and beautiful lake.

For those looking for some adventure

Located in Costa Rica’s fertile lowlands, The Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica’s most popular vacation destinations, and for good reason. Once a spectacular spot for witnessing dramatic volcanic activity, the Arenal has sat silent since 2010. However, its silhouette still towers boldly over the surrounding area, and can be seen for miles around.

The Arenal is not just about striking views, however. Visitors can enjoy hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and waterfall rappelling. They can also tour the rainforest in Arenal National Park, or relax in its hot springs.

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