How I got My Mojo Back With a Costa Rica Surf Vacation
Guest Post by Marci C.
When I booked my Costa Rica Surf vacation through HRG Vacations, I really needed to get my mojo back. I was in a bit of a mid-life crisis. My kids had left for college, I had just gone through a divorce, and I was reeling from the changes. I needed to rest, relax and find my strength again.
A friend told me the place to unwind was the Los Sueños Resort in Costa Rica. She said she’d rented a condo from HRG Vacations in the past and that they were a great company. I took her advice and gave them a call. I didn’t know what I was going to do in Costa Rica, but I knew that I needed to get away from it all and find myself again.
I arrived at the airport and a car from the Los Sueños resort picked me up. I knew as we drove along the coast that this was going to be a great experience. The smooth drive along the new blacktop, the warm breeze coming through the window, and the greenery going by with the backdrop of the ocean brought me a sense of peace that I hadn’t felt in a while.
When we arrived at my condo, I was greeted by fresh flowers on the table and a welcome note from the staff. I started my vacation with a glass of wine on my balcony overlooking the greens of the Iguana Golf Course. I just couldn’t get over the luxury all around me set like a jewel in the gorgeous natural setting of the Costa Rican landscape. I enjoyed the wine and the view while I looked through an activity guide from HRG. HRG organizes activities and tours and as I leafed through the guide, the surfing page caught my eye. I have always wondered what it’d be like to ride the waves. As a girl from the Midwestern US, I didn’t have any experience, but I wanted to try something new. I needed to prove to myself that I was brave enough to dive into something new. I picked up the phone and within minutes, I had a day of surfing on Jaco Beach planned. I went to sleep with dreams of clear waves full of tropical fish in my head.
The next day I was standing on the sand listening to the instructor giving me, and the rest of the group, some basic surfing instructions. I was glad I’d been exercising for a few months. I didn’t look so bad in a swimsuit and rash guard! The instructor had us do some basic stretches before we got into the water to avoid muscle cramping. He told us that we shouldn’t be discouraged if we weren’t successful in standing up on the board right away because learning to surf is a process. We practiced rowing with our hands and popping up to our knees while still on the beach, pretending that we were on the board in the water. I felt a little silly doing that, but the instructor assured us that it would be helpful and he was right. When we got out there, my body was used to making those basic movements and I was able to get up on my knees a few times! Some of the people in my group were more experienced and were actually standing by the end of the day. I was happy with the few times I popped up to my knees and rode a few little crests. It gave me a feeling of accomplishment.
I came back every day for the next few days and by the end of the week I rode a couple of waves standing up! What a rush! That trip to Costa Rica gave me a feeling of peace and strength that I hadn’t felt in a long time.