..wound up visiting Bahia Salinas, Costa Rica early February 2008 for a kitesurfing trip ..and wanted to write-up/share a brief review and pics about my experience..
I recall coming across a diverse swing in opinions on CR and really wasnâ€™t too sure exactly what to expect â€“decided to give it a go and hereâ€™s my personal experience with Costa Rica..
Long story short, had an absolute blast Kitesurfing in Bahia Salinas, CR with Nicola and everyone at the Blue Dream Hotel..http://www.bluedreamhotel.com/
This was the first Kitesurfing trip Iâ€™ve taken with kitable wind every day (the 6 days I was there).. seemed to average round 30mph.. can be a bit strong/gusty at times, but not really an issue --and can even offer some extra fun (some of the jumps witnessed were just unreal)..
Iâ€™m about 190lbs and was fine on a 9M Waroo and 138 Underground FLX on the stronger days.. could of used a 7M at times, but totally fine on the 9M.. during my stay, often the wind would stay within bout a 10mph or so range and was relatively predictable as far as rigging the right size.. a lul or â€œstrongâ€ gust would come through from time to time but never seemed to last long as far as going beyond the respective area/range.. if it did, there seemed to be ample signs to come in and rig smaller, take a break, etc.. was on an 11M for a couple days, and on the 9M the rest of trip (6 days)..
Even managed to get in some SCUBA diving and take a bit of a â€œbreakâ€ from the daily kitesurfing grind..
Costa Rica and the Guanacaste area (Bahia Salinas located within) offer some spectacular areas of untouched nature and abundant wildlife.. seemed to be lots of â€œotherâ€ things to see/do (active volcanoes, diverse wildlife, canopy tours, hiking, off road excursions, heading to â€œtown,â€ etc..) but didnâ€™t get a chance except for a couple dives â€“i.e. too busy kiteboarding.. although all of us from the hotel did manage to get to a local rodeo one night that was a great time..
Nicola at the Blue Dream Hotel offers a really unique kitesurfing experience â€“the food was fantastic, and vibe/atmosphere truly unique â€“every day started in the AM with breakfast at the restaurant and ordering lunch for the day ..then gathering/loading gear for the day on the â€œkitesurfing truck,â€ once everyoneâ€™s ready we set out for a short drive to â€œthe spotâ€ at Bahia Salinas.. once there, take your time in setting up for an entire day of kiting up till sunset.. load up the truck and head back ..settle in and meet everyone for dinner at the restaurant, and end the eve with beers (or soda, coffee, deserts, etc..) and great stories/conversation..
The spot consisted of a bay with primarily side-side/on winds.. if any issues arose, the wind would just take you to the other end of the bay for a bit of a walk back.. and there always seemed to be someone around willing to offer a hand, etc.. there was an island in the middle of the bay to kite out to (poss a mile out or so) and could do a pseudo down winder back from.. the island offered a small lagoon/slick and there were various slicks to kite out to for some smooth water.. chop varied with the wind.. and some spots offered nice rolling swell with decent space in between.. the beach was nice/open, but a bit â€œrockyâ€ (small rocks) making booties a good idea.. also seemed to be some sting rays in the area early Feb, so dragging the feet when/if walking in the water was a good idea as well..
The vibe is so laid-back and relaxing at the Blue Dream Hotel --feels like staying with friends (+ great food and accom..) the rooms were nice/clean and everything you would need is at the hotel â€“can just charge everything to your room and settle up at the end of the trip â€“prices are super low and value is top notch..
Iâ€™d definitely head back, and might even make it an annual thing ..as the price is right, accommodations/food/people great, wind is just bout guaranteed, plus a 5.5 hour direct flight (from EWR, NJ).. all in all an awesome trip â€“just went by too quick..
Pics from the trip: http://jnonny.smugmug.com/gallery/43815 ... #257270228
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