Your SUP Travel Guide to Costa Rica with Ciretta Wanderlust
Italian Travel Blogger Ciretta Wanderlust, equipped with her Starboard Tikhine iSUP, explores the exquisite coastline of Costa Rica and shares with us the amazing places she discovers along the road less travelled… and we all know the road less travelled is the most fun!
“Costa Rica is a Central American state, crossed by rainforest, overlooking the Caribbean and the Pacific, known for its beaches, volcanoes and biodiversity. About a quarter of the surface consists of a protected jungle, in which many wild animals live.
It is a country that I dreamed of visiting for years and years… and finally in August, in the company of a friend, I managed to make my dream come true.
Welcome to Costa Rica!”
It was a Friday, we boarded the plane for San Jose without a hitch as I’d packed my favourite Starboard gear for a trip like this ~ the inflatable Tikhine Sun 10’2 x 31 and an Enduro Tufskin 3-piece paddle ~ the perfect gear for any SUP explorer as it is so travel-friendly.
We continued the journey by taxi towards Puntarenas (point of embarkation of the ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula) and arrived on the other coast in Paquera where we climbed aboard a local bus, travelling a little more than an hour along bumpy roads with poorly lit streets, we finally managed to reach Santa Teresa, the first stop on our Surf Trip.
The waves and the fascinating panorama that we found when we woke up, were well worth all the very long uncomfortable journey. Santa Teresa now famous all over the world, for the endless and colourful sunsets, restaurants and small hotels, as well as for the large resorts with all the luxuries and comforts, is perfect for all types of surfers. Every day there are waves for beginners and advanced, along with all the beaches from Playa Carmen to Playa Lora and Playa Hermosa and all the South of the Nicoya Peninsula, it really offers a lot of places to explore.
Montezuma is one place that definitely deserves an excursion. Montezuma is famous for both its crystal clear waters and for its wonderful waterfall. The best way to discover the area is on an ATV, as they are easily rented in every corner of the country.
To continue our journey, we chose to rent a car (4×4) and we did it with the option of being able to return it directly to the San Jose airport.
We did not have a precise travel plan, except that we know that we wanted to reach Pavones, (the longest left in the world) before leaving the peninsula of Nicoya, so we decided to drive north, heading to Nosara ~ perhaps one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and authentic beaches, where we spent a couple of days.