Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, and to vacation here is to partake in a great ecological adventure. That's just what you'll do on this 11-day itinerary as you embark on nature hikes, bird-watching tours, and visits to tropical waterfalls. On top of staying in luxury accommodations, you'll also get a sense of the local culture by visiting family farms and working coffee plantations.
Costa Rica has garnered a great reputation in recent years for its superb surfing, so why not hit the surf yourself at a spot known only to a handful of surfers?
Your destination is Cabo Matapalo on the Osa Peninsula, a 5-mile (8-km) stretch of tawny sand with crashing surf and an off-the-beaten-path area south of Puerto Jiménez. The beach community is known for its sustainability initiatives in protecting the ocean, shoreline, and surrounding jungle. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful or tranquil location to enjoy a surf lesson with an experienced instructor!
The lesson will take place at Pan Dulce, a beautiful beach on this stretch of coastline. The water is warm (you don't need wetsuits in Costa Rica), the coastal views are exquisite, and you can watch ruby-hued macaws swoop through the trees along the shore. You can also hear the calls of howler monkeys echoing from the forest when relaxing on the beach.
Because the breaks are inside the Dulce Gulf, conditions are consistently excellent, and both beginning and advanced surfers will find waves to ride.
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