Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Crocodile Bay Monthly Eco Report – Costa Rica Surfing – Learning to Surf in Costa Rica,
By Dennis Atencio, Eco Director
Costa Rica is a popular destination worldwide for its wealth of natural resources and is visited by thousands of tourists from around the world every year. Most of these visitors come here looking for quiet, secluded places like the many primal rainforests or the miles of pristine beaches.
Fortunately for the guests of Crocodile Bay Resort, they may enjoy both without having to be far the rainforest or the warm waters of the sandy beaches of the South Pacific Coast.
The surfing, fishing and biodiversity are the most important attractions for Crocodile Bay’s home, the Osa Peninsula, which has more than 80 percent of the remaining primary forest in all of Costa Rica.
If you’re looking for an active vacation and the excitement of learning something new like surfing with the stunning low land rain forest as a backdrop, we have the perfect beach – Playa Pan Dulce wich means “ Sweet bread”.
This amazing beach is located only 18km northwest from CBR in an area named Mata Palo, the waves there are perfect for learning to surf, they are long and not too fast.
Our bilingual instructor will give you step by step, easy to learn instructions on how and where the waves are and how to ride them standing up in the soft top boards(provided by Crocodile Bay). Our instructor(s) will also be with you in the water making sure that you are following every single step to get that unparalleled feeling of “riding a wave”
After that our staff will have an ice-cold cooler stocked with bottled water, juices, sodas, beers and fruit to reward you for learning this new skill that you can take home with you and enjoy for years to come.
This beautiful surf spot is also populated by several unique rainforest birds and animals such as the scarlet macaw and monkeys who visit this beach all day long in different groups.
Crocodile Bay Monthly Eco Report,
By Dennis Atencio, Eco Director
Corcovado National Park by Air
In October 1975, 45,757 hectares of land were taken from the Osa Peninsula to establish the area as a National Park. This has been one of the most important decisions in favor of protecting our country’s natural resources and the planets rainforst systems to date.
We now know that Corcovado National Park has more biodiversity than anywhere else in the world of the same geographic size. With an enormous 2.5% of the planet’s biodiversity, this ecologically intense area has become the crown jewel of Costa Rica leaving an ecological wonder for future generations to enjoy and protect.
Corcovado has 5 monitoring stations including the Sirena station which is located deep in the forest. This is also the primary destination for all visitors who love nature such as recent guests Jimmy and Carlos who are lovers of orchids, bromeliads and palms.
The Martins were eager to see one of the most visited National parks in Costa Rica to enjoy all of it’s biologiclall wealth. Visiting Corcovado can be done by land, water or air. A plane ride is the most efficient choice to get to the heart of the park quickly and have enough time to walk the trails of the Sirena station where there is more opportunity to observe some of the wildlife in a single day.
The flight from Crocodile Bay to Sirena is 12 minutes and during the trip one can be seen the dense vegetation that extends from the mountains to the cobalt blue waters of the Pacific. You can also see the large number of river systems and the beautiful lagoon of Corcovado.
Once in Sirena, we began our 7 hour hike, walking along its lush twisting trails. Jimmy and Don Carlos were fascinated by the different species of orchids and bromeliads of the primary rainforest and we were lucky to view several animals including two red-brocket deer and anteaters very close to us. After 5 hours of walking in the rain forest we arrived at Rio Claro where we had lunch and we took a refreshing swim in its clear water.
The day was beautiful without rain and the return on the plane was pretty amazing because of the spectacular views along the coast including pristine beach and large rock formations jutting out along the coast.
We arrived back at Crocodile Bay to Puerto Jimenez at 3:30 am physically very tired but very happy to have been in “the most ecologically Intense Place on Earth”
2012 Eco Report Archives
Crocodile Bay Eco Report – January 2012
by Dennis Atencio
Crocodile Bay is much more than a sport fishing destination, we currently offer over 20 exciting eco-tours that allow you to explore one of the most ecologically intense places on the planet, Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula! Below are some photos and descriptions of two of our most popular tours, The Monkey Tour and the Tour of Costa Rica’s “Sweet Gulf” (Golf Dulce).
One of the most popular tours, the Monkey Tour, allows you to explore a beautifully coastal forest full of wildlife. Afterward you enjoy a short hike to a thundering waterfall (pictured below) where you can cool off in the exhilarating temperatures of its water. Of course you will also find many types of animals such as Monkeys (Spider, Howler, Squirrel and White Face), Scarlet Macaws, Toucans and several other exotic birds species. You will also have the opportunity to see beautiful secluded beaches and many other interesting places. Come and amaze yourself!
The Golfo Dulce is one of the most beautiful and charming spots in the Costa Rica’s southern region, enjoy the warm temperatures of its water. Taking any of our boat tours you will have the great opportunity to explore it above water, snorkeling or just taking a boat excursion to the gulf, where dolphins will appear and make an unforgettable experience for you.