Guanacaste Dreams Vacations

Water Activities

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The north Pacific Coast of Costa Rica Entirely encompassed by Guanacaste province, this part of the country is the most visited, yet it is also one of the least populated parts of Costa Rica. Among the best and most easily accessible diving sites in the country, the North Pacific Coast has an abundance of marine life, especially around the Isla Santa Catalina area, Playas del Coco and Playa Ocotal.

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  • Private tours customized for small groups.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable guides.
  • Area rich in marine diversity, with creatures big and small.
  • Private instruction for beginners.
  • High-quality equipment provided to all divers.

The Gulf of Papagayo offers some of the Pacific Ocean’s most interesting marine diversity. The plankton-rich waters support numerous species from big to small. On any given day you may see frogfish, harlequin clown shrimp, seahorses, and octopus, or you might have a lucky encounter with schooling eagle rays, white tip reef sharks, giant Pacific manta rays, or a passing whaleshark. It is a great place to study animal behavior, and the perfect location to be in the middle of the action.

Seasons The north pacific coast of Costa Rica has two distinct seasons: wet and dry. The dry season, from December through April, is most noted for its northerly winds that drop the water temperature down into the low to mid-70’s.This cooler water is host to humpback whales, whale sharks, giant pacific manta rays, and hordes of roving southern stingrays. The wet season, from June through November, is the time to enjoy warmer water reaching into the mid-80’s, and a bit of an increase in the average 35-foot visibility. It is this time of year when you might see the massive schools of golden rays, and when encounters with sharks become an exciting reality.

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  • Many types of fish, eels, octopus, and other creatures.
  • Majestic and beautiful coastline.
  • Dolphins, whales, turtles, and rays.
  • Secluded beaches, caves and estuaries.
  • Private tours with specialized service.

The beautiful Gulf of Papagayo offers year-round surprises for those who wish to stay above the water. With good visibility, snorkelers can see many different types of reef fish, moray eels, octopus, and even seahorses. If the small creatures aren’t enough for you, your lucky day might just consist of snorkeling with turtles, manta rays, dolphins, or whale sharks!

Our tours don’t stop with snorkeling. Within a 30-minute radius of our beach we will happily zip you around in search of playful surface creatures. Depending on the season we are able to see mating sea turtles, countless curious dolphins, massive humpback whales with their calves, and again, the impressive whale shark.

The most beautiful part of Costa Rica’s coastline is what is inaccessible by land. We are able to take you away from the other tourists, the hotels, and civilization and bring you to an isolated beach that is the vision of paradise. Whether you want to stay the whole day, a quick snorkel from the shore, or simply to explore a cave or two, there is no place that is off-limits.

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  • Local Guide.
  • Fishing poles and tackle.
  • Bait.
  • Beverages / Snacks.
  • 3/4 and Full Day includes picnic lunch.
  • 30 ft. Boat w/ 150 HP Suzuki Engine.
  • Boat Captain.

Guanacaste has some of the best deep sea sport fishing there is! Catch sailfish, mahi, marlin, wahoo, tuna, and roosterfish… Pull up jacks and mackerel all year round! Try your luck in the world-renowned Gulf of Papagayo!

Half-day trips include coastal fishing for mahi, wahoo, tuna, roosterfish, jacks, snapper and mackarel, with all refreshments, fresh fruit, and snacks included.

Full day trips include deep sea and/or coastal fishing for mahi, wahoo, tuna, roosterfish, jacks, snapper, mackarel, sailfish, and marlin.

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  • Local surf experts as guides.
  • Closest starting point to Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point.
  • World famous surf destinations.
  • Private, customized trips to ensure perfect timing with the tides.
  • All necessary permits from the government for legal entry to the park.

Costa Rica is home to the famed Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point, both world class breaks that are every surfer’s dream. Their awesome waves and their inaccessibility make them both favorite destinations for surfers all over.

Located in Santa Rosa National Park, the easiest and quickest way to these waves is an hour-long boat ride across the Gulf of Papagayo. This practically guarantees a non-crowded beach and an unbelievable experience.

Playa Naranjo, in front of the legendary Witch’s Rock, is a beautiful, kilometers-long beach that is frequented by numerous types of wildlife.

Playa Portrero Grande, or Ollie’s Point, is a bit to the north of the other beaches, and had its waves immortalized in the movie Endless Summer II. We are happy to offer either boat for this trip and count with all the necessary permits from the parks department for legal and safe entry into the park.

And no where in Costa Rica are the great waves more abundant than here in the North Pacific... in fact, two of the top world class spots are right up the coast from us in Coco... Witches Rock And Ollies Point. And just down the road to the South are spots like Playa Grande, Avellanas, Playa Negra, Marbella, Playa Guiones and lots of lesser-known spots in between.

Surf Lessons:

Our surf lessons are a half day and include the following:

  • Pick up and transportation to the surf spot... usually Grande, Tamarindo or Avellanas, or depending on swell, a super secret local spot.
  • Board rental.
  • A two hour lesson with a local surf instructor. You'll get a safety overview and learn the basic principals of surfing. But mostly, you'll be in the water actually learning how to surf!
  • Beverages to keep you cool and refreshed.

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The Beach BBQ Adventure is a private boat tour that explores the waters of the Gulf of Papagayo and Snake Bay, capped off by a gourmet BBQ on a nearby beach. Your activity-filled day can include snorkeling, fishing, or diving off the boat; lounging on the beach; exploring the coastline on stand-up paddleboards; enjoying a nature hike along the beach; boogie boarding, inner tubing or surfing; or any number of activities (weather and conditions permiting).

From the boat and the water, you’ll search for some of the best marine life around. The tour explores a variety of beaches as well as estuaries, offering a glimpse at hard-to-reach and unspoiled parts of the region.

The highlight of the day for many is the BBQ lunch, prepared using the freshest and best products available and served on a secluded beach under the canopy of coastal trees. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy assorted snacks and drinks served on board the boat.

This personalized tour is perfect for a group with different interests, including those with children, and is offered year round. The itinerary is developed based on weather and water conditions.

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Stand Up Paddling is super easy and a great way to experience our beautiful area! Our tours are flat-water, cruising tours appropriate for all ages and levels of experience!

We offer morning & sunset tours, which include the following:

  • Pick up / Drop off from your hotel or rental.
  • Basic lesson in stand up paddling and safety briefing.
  • 2, 3 and 4 hour tours where we'll explore our beautiful coastline and secluded beaches.
  • A professional local guide with 15 years of ocean experience, knowlegde of ocean safety and local marine life.
  • Beverages to keep you cooled off and snacks. Including fresh tropical fruits and homemade breads, to keep you fueled up.
  • Digital photos, taken by your guide, that you can easyly download once you get home and show your friends what an awesometime you had!
  • Snorkeling equipment (on 4 hour tour).

Tour Times:

For the best conditions, we like our morning tours to paddle out around 7:30am, and around 3:30pm for sunset tours.

Tour Routes:

The route of your tour will depend on where you're located... If you're in Coco Beach, the tour will be differrent than if you're staying at the Allegro Papagayo or at the Riu, etc. When you call to reserve we'll give you the specifics.

What to bring?

You don't need to wear anything more than a swimsuit but if you do, make sure you wear confortable clothes that you don't mind getting wet

Bring a sunscreen and a towel, which you can leave in the van. Please do not bring any valuable items. Bring your camera if you like, but only if it's waterproof. Remember, we'll take photos for you with our waterproof camera.

Requirements:

All tour árticipants must know how to swim, should be in good phsfical condition and must be over the age of 12. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign a liability waiver before the start of the tour.

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Enjoy the sunset from the water during a late afternoon cruise around the Papagayo Gulf! A slow cruising tour in the 30 foot motor boat allows you to take in the view and possibly spot dolphins, manta rays and whales while enjoying a selection of wine or beer and hors d'oeuvres like a fresh fruit and charcuterie plate!

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