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Central Pacific Coast
This region is the most easily accessible, just a short distance from San Jose. The resort towns offer a bit more nightlife than the other coasts, and the surf here is fantastic, making Central Pacific the place for a more lively vacation.
A beach that offers one of Costa Rica's longest rides, Boca Barranca is a left break in front of a river mouth.
You can ride these waves over half a mile when the conditions are right, so if you longboard, this is the beach for you. There's great access to this beach, so it's best to arrive early to avoid crowds.
Playa Escondida is an excellent point break for rights and lefts. For members of the beach club, the surf is accessible by land. If you're just visiting, rent a boat from Playa Jaco or Playa Herradura. These waves are best surfed at high tide, so check tide times before hitting the surf.
Hermosa beach juts out into the Pacific Ocean, giving the waters there constant swell. The beach stretches for several miles, so you should be able to stake out your own territory. Some of the best breaks occur off a sandbar located in front of a large tree known as the Almendro. Ask a local to point out this primo spot.
If your idea of a great vacation is getting into the record books, you may pull it off in Costa Rica. More than 40 world records have been registered along the central and southern pacific coasts of Costa Rica, including Sailfish, black, blue, and striped Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo, Snapper, Spanish and Sierra Mackerel, Roosterfish and more.
Fishing options include half-day, three-quarter, and full day charters, as well as customized multi-day trips geared to the demands of the client. Both inshore and offshore trips are available.
Fish Type by Seasons
Marlin: August through December is peak season, but an occasional blue or black Marlin may be found any month that the water temperature is high. This year, the Marlin bite was incredible from February through March, with some weighing in at over 600 pounds.
Sailfish: Exceptional fishing from December through April. Often slows from May into early June, then picks up again and begins to peak in August or September.
Yellow Fin Tuna: Best fishing for the bigger ones corresponds with the marlin and sailfish season, but schools of these fish can almost always be found around Cano Island and further out.
Dorado: Best runs are traditionally from late May through October.
Wahoo: Not abundant, but an occasional Wahoo may be caught. The best times are May though October.
Roosterfish: The region has big Roosters and they can be caught virtually any month of the year, some weighing nearly 100 pounds. Average sizes range from 6 to 30 pounds.
Snook: Almost all year round, but best from May through August and January though March.
Other Species: Horse-eye Jacks, Jack Crevalle, Amber Jack, Spanish mackerel, Dog tooth snapper, Motton snapper, all found year round.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Fishing Licence MUST be purchased upon arrival, cost is $30.00 per person.
This horseback expedition will give you the opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes in the area while riding through primary rainforest and alongside waterfalls and a view of the valley. Discover the secrets of the forest and learn about exotic medicinal plants. To top off this unforgettable experience, the group will stop and take a dip in a natural pool, fed by the waterfalls .
Note: Maximum of weigh allowed in this tour is 235 pounds.
What to Bring: Long pants, hiking shoes, swimming suit, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, mosquito repellent, camera.
What this Tour Includes Bilingual guide, snacks, beverages..
Imagine yourself streaking along a canopy zip line high above the rainforest - the thrill, the adrenalin, the extraordinary views! This, along with an exciting tour through a butterfly garden and serpentarium, is what you'll experience on a trip to the Canopy Safari. Located approximately 45 minutes from Manuel Antonio, in the Peso Real area, Canopy Safari is a true experience in adventure and excitement.
The Canopy Safari tour begins with a drive through the rainforest out to the canopy site, during which frequent stops are made to observe the wonderful varieties of local flora and fauna. Once at the site, the company's professional bilingual guides will prepare and assist tour members for the zip line. The canopy tour includes 18 platforms, 10 zip lines, 2 repel lines, and one suspension bridge. To top it all off, there is the so-called "Tarzan Swing" which can be attempted"” a device that''ll have tour members swinging and flying through the air like Tarzan himself. After finishing the canopy course, guests will enjoy a tour through the butterfly garden and serpentarium.
All ages and physical levels can enjoy this tour; children can be carried, or given a "taxi ride," down the zip line by one of the guides. Canopy Safari is environmentally conscious, and has constructed the course in such as way as to create a minimal impact on the surrounding rainforest ecosystem.
This is a five hour tour. It can be done during the morning or afternoon.
What to Bring: Hiking shoes, camera, shorts, insect repellent, bathing suit, towel, and change of cloths (during the rainy season).
What this Tour Includes "Typical" style breakfast or lunch, canopy tour, bilingual guides, and condo pickup and drop off.
Jungle Crocodile Safar
cocodrilo-tourKnow and explore a unique tourist destination in Costa Rica located only two hours south of San Jose and five minutes from the Carara National Park. The big river of Tarcoles, one of the four rivers that end in the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific Coast, offers visitors the opportunity to observe American crocodiles, some that are more than 4 meters long! Iguanas and basilisks can also be spotted, as well as more than 120 different species of birds.
Our tour is especially designed for the whole family, but also for bird watchers, adventurers and naturalists. You will be floating through the river for approximately 2 hours.
A specialized bilingual guide accompanies the group offering wide educational information on the biology of the crocodiles and diverse aspects of the ecology of this wonderful natural refuge. During the journey, we enter the Channel of Guacalillo, an estuary where there are four different species of swamp that constitutes an important refuge for the red limpet, whose presences is very common in this area.
We recommend the use of slight and comfortable cotton clothes, sport footwear, hat and cap, and last but not least, to have your camera and binoculars ready!
Pacific Rainforest Aerial Tram Details
Originally created to educate visitors of the importance of tropical forests and habitats, the aerial trams allow guests to view the 222 acres (90 ha) of tropical rain forest from an entirely different perspective. The safe, open-air gondolas have seating, roofs and are great for spotting elusive bird species. Expect to get sneak-peeks of a 40 foot waterfall and views of the Pacific coastline.
The grounds also contain a medicinal plants garden, serpentarium and a stunning gallery of heliconias. Bilingual guides are available for guided walks through the tropical rain forest.
The three tour options include bird watching, the aerial tram, and a combination of the aerial tram and serpentarium. The aerial trams and facilities are located just north of Jaco. Normal business hours are from 6:30 am to 4:00 pm.
What to Bring: Light-weight rain jacket, binoculars, camera and closed-toed shoes.
Tortuga Island Cruise
Enjoy a swim in the warm turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean and then sit down to a delicious BBQ lunch expertly prepared and elegantly served in Calypso’s private shaded dining area.Calypso’s attention to detail and recognition as the industry’s standard for excellence, guarantees to make your holiday vacation in paradise, a perfect day.
What makes Calypso’s Catamaran Cruise unique?
Manta Raya is equipped with a bow ramp to safely disembark her passengers directly on to the beach. Manta Raya’s speed allows for more time on the island and will get you back to San Jose, Jaco or Manuel Antonio in time for dinner.
The catamaran Manta Raya is equipped with two fresh water deck pools and two giant hammocks perfect for sunbathing on her expansive forward deck. On the return trip to Puntarenas, the oldest port and heart of commercial fishing in Costa Rica, our passengers have the opportunity to see different islands: the largest bird sanctuary in Central America for the Brown Pelican, the Magnificent Frigatebird and Brown Booby, the old prison of San Lucas, Negritos Biological Reserve plus islands that are Indigenous grave sites. The Calypso lunch has been featured in Gourmet Magazine. The famous ceviche appetizer is so wonderful it won an international recipe contest.
From Barbecue ribs, to USDA steak, handmade Italian dishes, spicy Mexican cuisine and and authentic Costa Rican fare - Jaco Beach has every culinary avenue well covered. Jaco Beach restaurants have a variety and depth which is sure to keep even the most explorative palette busy for days, but amongst the bevy of restaurant options, the seafood in Jaco Beach is the main draw for the real foodies in town.
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