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7 Best Wellness Retreats in Costa Rica

7 Best Wellness Retreats in Costa Rica

7 Best Costa Rica Wellness Retreats

The growing emphasis on health and wellness in today’s culture has created a demand for wellness escapes everywhere. The laid-back ambiance and exotic beauty of Costa Rica have made it a top contender among international wellness destinations. A generally happy people and emphasis on the simple, pure life make it easy to unwind, take the days slowly, and refill your cup. It doesn’t hurt that Costa Rica is a tropical paradise either. The following Costa Rica wellness retreats are exactly what you need to reset and flourish.

Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, Santa Teresa

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Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat is an oceanfront 9-villa boutique hotel set on the pristine beaches of Santa Teresa in the heart of yoga country on the Nicoya Peninsula. With daily surf and yoga classes with views overlooking the ocean from a spectacular Yoga Shala, guests can slow down and reconnect with their surroundings. The spa at Pranamar has a variety of massage treatments and treatments focused on the release and relaxation of specific body areas or problems such as the traveler’s well-being package or the yogi’s path package.

Tabacon Grand Spa & Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano

Located near Arenal Volcano, the highlight of Tabacon Grand Spa & Thermal Resort is its expansive hot springs naturally fed by the volcano. The hot springs are a true tropical paradise surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The Grand Spa has a multitude of memorable spa experiences that can be booked in outdoor bungalows surrounded by nature in complete privacy.

Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River, Guanacaste

8 Top Costa Rica Wellness Resorts & Retreats

A nice off-the-beaten-path alternative to Tabacon Resort is Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River in Bagaces, Guanacaste. The hotel is only about 1 hour from Liberia International Airport but has far fewer visitors than Arenal Volcano. It is situated on a 600-acre nature reserve with Rio Perdido Thermal River at its focal point. The river is naturally heated by the Miravalles Volcano. The lively landscape has created dozens of natural pools at varying temperatures and rich with minerals from the soil in which guests can relax. Additionally, Rio Perdido Hotel offers massages and their signature volcanic mud body-painting. Upon reservation of the mud body-painting treatment, guests are given the mineral-rich mud which can be applied to your partner, yourself, or your friends at a special hot river pool designated for treatments. The mud should set for about 10 minutes before rinsing in the river.

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Nosara

6 Top Costa Rica Wellness Resorts & Retreats

Bodhi Tree Open-Air Shala

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is located in Nosara on the Nicoya Peninsula just a short walk or shuttle ride from Guiones Beach. This luxurious boutique resort has 26 Balinese-style rooms and gardens and all levels of surf and yoga classes. The Bodhi wellness experience includes a fresh juice bar, in-house surf school, daily yoga and pilates classes, a full-service spa, and a gym. Not to mention the wild and pristine Nicoya Peninsula beaches are perfect for rest and rejuvenation!

The Retreat, Central Valley

6 Top Costa Rica Wellness Resorts & Retreats

“Every breakfast here begins with a bowl of fruit, freshly made juice, granola with goat milk yogurt, and something like a chia pudding… then we get coffee and omelets. Really loving this whole eating healthy thing over here!” via @lanababiy.personal

The Retreat is an 11-room boutique hotel and wellness center located in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. This lush escape nestled in the mountains with views extending out to the Pacific Ocean emphasizes well-being. Hatha yoga classes are offered every morning and Restorative yoga classes are offered every afternoon. The Retreat also has a pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, fitness room, and several hikes available on the property such as the Municipal Forest Hike, Desmonte Mountain Hike, and Goldmine Waterfalls Hike. Their farm-to-table restaurant and wellness cooking classes held by celebrity chef Diana Stobo is another highlight of The Retreat experience. Guests can even book a wine pairing dinner with a trained wine sommelier. Salud!

Amatierra Retreat & Wellness Center, Central Valley

7 Top Costa Rica Wellness Resorts & Retreats

Soaking in the natural beauty at Amatierra Retreat

About a 50-minute drive from San Jose, Amatierra Retreat & Wellness Center is a retreat focusing on holistic health. The property offers hatha yoga in the morning from an open-air teakwood pavilion surrounded by rainforest. The resort also offers holistic spa treatments with a certified herbalist. In fact, some of the herbs used in your treatments may be growing right on the property. Energy balance, vibrational healing, and sound therapy can all be included in your therapy treatments.

Samasati Nature Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary, Southern Caribbean

Located a bit off the beaten path on the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, Samasti Nature Retreat & Rainforest Sanctuary is a laid-back lodge set within a rainforest sanctuary with views overlooking the Caribbean. Wellness and health are at the forefront of the Samasati experience. The property focuses on natural remedies at their spa with treatments such as the mocha body scrub, Ayurvedic Yoga massage, and deep-tissue massage. Relax and unwind in the outdoor Jacuzzi following your spa treatment.

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Southern Guanacaste Beaches

Southern Guanacaste Beaches

Southern Guanacaste Beaches

Take a walk on Guanacaste's wild side

Todays journey begins once again on Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica’s most popular Beach destination and down the Pacific Coast towards the Nicoya Peninsula and Guanacaste’s southern zone which offers many flavors of beaches.From the wild windswept turtle nesting beaches of Ostional to the  Health & Wellness rich Nosara and Samara both of which have become meccas for Yoga lodges, wellness retreats and a pronounced spiritual and healing community.  Couple that with considerably less developed beach front and a few world class surfing and turtle nesting site beaches, heading south of Tamarindo is really like taking a walk on Guanacaste’s wild side.

Playa Negra

Tamarindo beach does extend further south if you’re walking, melding into Playa Langosta, a sleepy little beach village  featuring a few lovely small hotels right on the beachfront peppered with several rather stunning beachfront Villas and of course The Langosta Beach Club, one of my favorite spots for lunch or dinner or wiling away the afternoon at a table under the palms with several cold Heinekens. I understand that the Beach Club has recently changed management so its hard to say until I revisit if the world class cuisine has maintained the same standards set by Arnaud and his lovely wife. However take heart I just learned that Arnaud has opened the Tamarindo Beach club in the heart of Tamarindo and I cannot wait to get back and sample what I am sure will be a culinary treat.

Playa Avellanas

So trekking to the Southern Guanacaste beaches requires you to jump in the car and come off Tamarindo beach and take the Santa Cruz road heading south. When I arrived 15 years ago this was a rough ride unpaved most of the way and a bumpy  treacherous drive during rainy season but in recent years this road as been paved enabling easy access to this dusty farm land that fronts the southern Guanacaste beaches The first sign of civilization heading south towards Nicoya is Hacienda Pinilla which in recent years has seen many more families residing within its borders and has become a Tamarindo bedroom community for the well to do even though many of the main American schools are a good 20 miles away in Brasilito. Hacienda Pinilla is a huge beach front development that has managed to preserve the untamed backdrop quite nicely and truly has a lot to offer families and vacationers alike principally security and natural beauty situated on one of Costa Rica’s most pristine surf beaches. Of course having a championship seaside golf course  helps maintain the property values along with a 4  star hotel. Add a secure beautiful environment and it is  no surprise that many well to do Expat families have taken up residence within its secure gated borders, fostering a rather cool tightly knit family oriented community that still centers the bulk of its daily activity in Tamarindo.

Hacienda Pinilla Golf course looking East away from the ocean

Playa Lagartillo (little alligator)

When it comes to best secret beaches in Costa Rica, Playa Lagartillo is one of them. Even though it’s just a few minutes drive from the popular Playa Avellanas, it normally doesn’t have more than a handful of visitors, even during the holidays. If you’re exploring this area of Guanacaste, then you definitely need to visit Playa Lagartillo!

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Playa Lagartillo map

 

Playa Negra

Playa Negra has always been a pleasant surprise for me and my last trip down there was with my buddy Andre on a rainy windswept day and we felt like we had it to ourselves including the beach front hotel where we managed of course to root up a few Heinekens. Its untamed sleepy quality is always refreshing only a short drive from the hustle & bustle of Tamarindo. I lend kudos to my buddy Larry Graziano who is not only the real estate master down there but one of the nicest soft spoken men you will have the pleasure to meet. Larry had what I consider amazing foresight and settled his family and business down there way ahead of everybody. Of course Larry was attracted by the great surf which Negra has in abundance. Whether its surfing or the slightly untamed peaceful beauty you wish to experience contact Larry at his Playa Negra Realty office and he will happily show you the way.

Playa Negra, Costa Rica is an excellent beach to stay in Guanacaste for those looking to get away from the commercial beach towns. With sweet surfing waves, a laid back atmosphere and beautiful sunsets, visitors can’t go wrong with a few days at the underrated but incredible Playa Negra.

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Playa Negra, Costa Rica map

 

 

Negra Beach

Negra in Spanish means black and Playa Negra is certainly a beautiful black sand beach. This beach is extremely rocky so be careful in low tide. It’s not the best for swimming but you can dip your toes in!

Negra beach

Since it has so many rocky reefs, in low tide you can walk around the tidepools.

Surfing Playa Negra

Playa Negra’s awesome surf break was featured in the Robert August Movie Endless Summer II. The beach has easy access for paddling out (though small take off zone) and very nice, hollow right hand barrels. If you go to surf, high tide is better as low tide exposes the vast rock bottom and is not recommended for anyone. Thanks to the consistent year round waves, pro surfers from all over the world come to surf at Playa Negra and it can get busy during swells.

This surf break is generally not the best for beginners though. It is better to go to Tamarindo to take lessons for first timers or Avellanas or Grande for beginners. However, when waves are small and there aren’t any swells, it is possible for beginners.

Playa Negra Hotels

There are not that many accommodation options in Negra but there are a couple of hotels. Hotel Playa Negra is the only beachfront hotel with bungalows, a restaurant, pool, yoga studio and a rancho. Some other hotels are the Cafe Playa Negra Hotel and Restaurant and Playa Negra Surf Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

Playa Negra is a great beach for a day trip or for a few days. Surfing is the main activity and you’ll see locals and tourists out there every day catching waves. If you’re not a surfer, unfortunately the beach is not the best for swimming but you can sunbathe, relax, have a drink on the beach and just soak up the sun.

 

Playa Negra is also close to many other beautiful underrated beaches such as Junquillal, Marbella, Callejones, and San Juanillo. Keep going down south and you can visit Ostional Wildlife Refuge and Nosara. Go up north and you’re so close to Marino Las Baulas National Park. Both Ostional and Marino Las Baulas are amazing places to see turtle nestings.

Even though Playa Negra feels like a worlds away, it’s still close to the developed beach towns up north so you have it all. Remote, quiet and beautiful beach but a short drive to tourist amenities and services.

Playa Marbella, Costa Rica (Playa Frijolar)

Although it may seem like Guanacaste beaches are very touristy, there a plethora of beautiful under the tourist radar beaches to discover. One of those beaches is Playa Marbella, about one hour south of Tamarindo and 30 minutes north of Nosara.

It’s a great surfing beach and for anyone looking for a off the beaten path beach to visit for a day. Although locally known as Playa Marbella, the true name of this beach is Playa Frijolar.

Playa Negra

Playa Junquillal

  Playa Junquillal is one of the beaches I visited on my very first visit to Costa Rica in 2002. I stayed in Tamarindo on that trip  as well as La Fortuna and Quepos before passing my first and last night at the Hemenway Inn in San Jose. That day I rented a scooter in Tamarindo and took to the dusty roads in exploration and ranged from Playa Junquillal to Playa Flamingo bar hopping along the way but managing to check on my good friends at the Land Ho Junquillal as these same proprietors own my favorite watering hole of the same name in Orleans on Cape Cod  and where I had some of my first serious conversations about Costa Rica. My friends had discovered Costa Rica and were quite obviously in love with the place tantalizing my intrigue and desire to explore. However I am certain that the scooter ride that day in that land where time  stood still is what captured my heart and whether I knew it at the time or not my every waking moment upon return from that first trip were lent to devouring everything I possibly could about a country I had clearly already accepted on a subconscious level would be my new home. The more I learned about Costa Rica’s commitment to ecological preservation coupled with the astounding variety of wildlife and micro climates  coupled with sublime natural beauty continually served to reinforce this growing love at first sight phenomenon and instant adoption of what would soon become my new home.  One must understand that growing up on Cape Cod which I can only describe as the most magical place on earth makes any place contending for my affection  need approach an almost mystical level and clearly speaks to my soul.  I am most fortunate to have discovered two such places in one lifetime.

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Playa Lagarto

Marbella

Marbella is a sleepy neighborhood in Guanacaste offering easy access to several untamed beaches  I would characterize as “off the beaten path” including:

Playa Pitahaya

Playa Blanca

&Playa Azul

 

This area of southern Guanacaste is quite  wild and untamed and from the Marbella beaches the coast road meanders hugging the coast coming upon the unique geographical point at

San Juanillo

This untamed stretch eventually turns into the Ostional wildlife refuge at

Playa Ostional

this wildlife refuge serves as one of the most important turtle nesting sites in the country

The next important beach town is Nosara. The town, which sits several kilometers away from the beaches has served this community well as it has precluded overdevelopment of the beach area resulting in a pristine laid back, authentic Costa Rica beach with a plethora of wellness and yoga lodges, Nosara is the rugged spiritual heart of Guanacaste and I was always quite impressed with the layout . The beach front businesses are almost hidden from view and I discovered some very relaxing spots exploring on foot and venturing off the beach for a beer or some ceviche. Tranquility pervades the atmosphere here and I absolutely loved it there one day when I took a solo drive down there to explore. A very enjoyable experience.

Playa Guiones 

Located along the stunning coastline of the Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Guiones serves as a great surfing destination in Costa Rica.

With 7 kilometers of sugar-white sand and ideal conditions for a variety of activities, this small town is a little slice of paradise in Guanacaste.

In fact, a couple hundred meters of the shoreline received a Blue Flag for its pristine, eco-friendly and well-maintained beaches.

Playa Garza

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This placid fishing village 15 minutes South of Playa Guiones will be memorable. Despite Playa Garza’s increasing popularity with tourists, families, and especially fisherman, visitors are often amazed that they can enjoy the golden sands and calm waters of Playa Garza with hardly another soul in sight.

Rocky headlands to the north and south make Playa Garza a natural harbor. These calm, crystal clear waters are a magnet for snorkelers, divers, kayakers, stand up paddlers and those simply seeking to relax. Playa Garza is famed as the base of operations for the local fishing industry. A variety of fishing charter vessels sit calmly in the middle of the bay waiting to take groups of eager fishermen out to the horizon to reel in the fish of their dreams.

Back on land  the town of Garza features a range of understated, yet warm and welcoming places to eat and relax which unsurprisingly offer up some of the best fish cuisine you’ll find anywhere.

Marina Las Baulas National Park

Marina Las Baulas National Park

The National Park of Las Baulas encompasses all of Playa Grande and Playa Ventanas. This national park has been established solely to protect the delicate nesting grounds of the Leatherback sea turtles. Leatherback sea turtles can grow over 2 meters in length and weigh a whopping 700 kilos, making them one of largest reptiles on the planet! These gentle giants are on the brink of extinction, and Las Baulas park rangers and preservationist fiercely protect the nesting areas located on the top, soft sand portion of Playa Grande. Turtle watchers from far and wide come to Las Baulas every year to get a glimpse of these gentle giants.

Although egg poaching and looming tourism development threaten the Leatherback’s existence and delicate laying and hatching cycles, a balance and harmony is present with Las Baulas. The park was established in 1991 by locals, and since then, the MINAET along with a handful of turtle biologists have closely monitored the traffic on Playa Grande.

Nesting season for the Leatherback sea turtles occurs normally between October and March, during which season tourist are not allowed on the beach after 6pm without a park guide. Enjoy Las Baulas by incorporating some turtle watching. Visit the turtle station next to Las Baulas Hotel to arrange a tour with the MINAET.

Marino las Baulas de Guanacaste National Park is one of Costa Rica’s most important sea turtle nesting sites.

Located on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast in the Northern Province of Guanacaste near the tourist town and surf mecca Tamarindo, this national park is a significant Leatherback sea turtle nesting spot in the world.

Created in 1990, this national park was made in order to protect the endangered Leatherback turtles, who come every year to nest on the shores of the beautiful Playa Grande.

Location & Size of the Park

Encompassing an area of roughly 445 hectares of mangrove swamps and coastline, the Marino las Baulas National Park is made up of the four beaches, Playa Grande, Playa Langosta, Playa Ventanas and Playa Carbon.

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Sustainable Vacation? Eco-Friendly Trip? 7 Tips for Ethical Travel in Costa Rica

Sustainable Vacation? Eco-Friendly Trip? 7 Tips for Ethical Travel in Costa Rica

Rebecca Clower

Rebecca Clower

CEO Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica

Thanks to Becky and crew

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Planning your next big vacation? Wondering how to travel to Costa Rica ethically? Know that your trip – your experience, your choices, your destinations, your accommodations – can all leave a positive impact. That is the spirit of ethical travel.

Yes, you really can honor your values while you support Costa Rican communities. You can check off your bucket list while practicing environmental stewardship. You can experience the species you most look forward to spotting as you protect Costa Rican wildlife.

Here are 7 of our top tips for ethical travel to Costa Rica:

What is Ethical Travel to Costa Rica? Is it the Same as Regenerative or Sustainable Travel? 

We’ll cut straight to the chase: While they share some overlap, ethical travel is a little different from regenerative and/or sustainable travel.

While sustainable travel focuses on sustainability – in other words, do no further harm – and regenerative travel pushes toward leaving a place better than how you found it, ethical travel to Costa Rica is a little of both, and more:

Ethical travel is responsible tourism. It’s about creating a positive impact through your visit – and your travel dollars. It’s environmental stewardship but it’s also respect for a culture and a community. It’s wildlife protections and social wellbeing. It’s voting with your tourism dollars and supporting the businesses and destinations that best reflect your values.  

Tip #1: Embrace Costa Rican Culture

Costa Rican culture is laid-back: Here (and especially at the beach), almost anything goes. There’s not much you can’t wear or do.

That said, before you travel to Costa Rica, consider learning a little bit about the culture. Learn a few phrases in Spanish. And, if you do nothing else, practice your warmest smile accompanied by the phrase, pura vida (pronounced poor-ah vee-dah). 

Pura vida means pure life, and it’s Costa Rica’s version of hakuna matata: It’s a please and a thank you, a how are you and an I’m great, all in one. It’s Costa Rica’s upbeat, friendly demeanor, rolled into four short syllables. And it’ll take you far. 

Tip #2: Avoid Single-Use Plastics

We’ve seen the videos: A helpless sea turtle, its nasal cavity bleeding as a plastic straw is extracted. Marine birds, with 6-pack rings around their necks. Dolphins, snagged on trashed netting. Etc. etc., for as long as we can stand to watch.

Plastics are in the news – and not for a good reason. And so, we all know: Avoid plastics, whenever possible. Especially single-use plastics. And Costa Rica is on its way: the country has enacted a plan to ban single-use plastics. But we’re not there yet. 

You can help. As an ethical traveler, avoid single-use plastics whenever possible. Bring your favorite refillable water bottle (Costa Rica’s tap water is safe to drink). Before a hike, pack a banana or passion fruit – they naturally have their own packaging! – instead of bagged snacks. And, of course, always dispose properly of any trash and recycling. (There are ample trash cans and recycling stations throughout Costa Rica’s cities, towns and national parks.) 

Tip #3: Choose Eco-Friendly, Responsible Accommodations

vacation rentals in Costa Rica for ethical travel

Not all vacation accommodations are created equal. Beyond the obvious – you know, the huge all-inclusives and international brands with known and widely publicized environmental violations – you can upgrade from good to great decisions, when it comes to your travel to Costa Rica. 

Eco-friendly and environmentally conscious hotels and vacation homes seek lesser impact: lower energy consumption, better recycling programs, water reuse, greater integration with their surroundings, and so much more. 

Tip #4: Support Local Companies 

A key tenet of sustainability is support for local communities and their community-owned businesses. From where you eat, to where you shop, to where to source your vacation accommodations, tours, and transportation, you can choose local travel to Costa Rica. 

Here, on the Gold Coast, that means small, locally-owned restaurants. It’s tiny hole-in-the-wall souvenir shops that source their products from local artisans. It’s our Costa Rican-owned and 100% local Blue Water Vacation Rentals and Blue Water Adventure Tours. Because when you eat here, shop here, stay here, and tour here, your vacation dollars make a real impact, not just on Costa Rica’s economy, but also on the hyper-local community and the individuals that welcome you, host you, and make your trip something you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Tip #5: Visit the Lesser-Known Attractions

 

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Ethical travel to Costa Rica is all about leaving a lighter footprint. And one of the best ways you can do that is to visit some of your chosen destination’s lesser-known attractions and activities.  

Why? The answer is two-fold: First, by visiting the most crowded tourist destinations, we risk feeding into a monopoly – into this over that, no matter how deserving that is. But, beyond that, by visiting the places and sights and activities that everyone else does, we contribute to overcrowding and overtourism. And, as an ethical traveler, that’s the last thing you want to do. 

So instead, why not meander a little off the beaten path? Sprinkle around some travel love (and your travel dollars) to the sights and parks and adventures that you don’t find in every guidebook. You’ll be rewarded with hidden gems and smiling faces, and you might just stumble across your next favorite Costa Rica travel memory. 

Tip #6: Skip the Animal Selfies. And Don’t Feed the Wildlife.

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Costa Rica has long been a champion of animal welfare. Zoos have been banned for many years. Rescue organizations have cropped up around the country. Wildlife education is strong – and getting stronger. And, more recently, wildlife selfies have been banned in Costa Rica. 

That said, legality is not the real why: Wild animals are wild. And Costa Rica knows that’s how they should remain. Every time we approach a wild animal (even one that’s in captive rescue), we interrupt its fear response. We encroach upon its natural instincts. And we contribute to the culture of wildlife encounter tourism – of animals as sights and attractions, rather than animals as living, breathing beings.

 While we’re on the topic, you should also know that it’s also illegal to feed the wildlife in Costa Rica. Wild animals know how to forage and hunt their own diet, and every time we interrupt that rhythm, we put the animals at risk. They could accidentally eat something they shouldn’t. They could get used to foraging food from humans, rather than the wild. They could even lose their natural fear of humans – and, eventually, put themselves at risk for hunting or the illegal pet trade.  

So, as an ethical tourist, swap those animal selfies for good binoculars, wildlife hikes, and other from-a-distance encounters that fill your heart and keep the animals safe.

Tip #7: Eat Local

Food is an important part of our identity: What we eat, where we source it, the choices we make – these are the decisions that bring our beliefs home, right to our table. 

You can bring those beliefs on vacation, too. When you travel to Costa Rica, you can eat ethically, whether that means eating local ingredients, adhering to a vegetarian/vegan diet, or whipping up locally sourced feasts in your vacation home’s kitchen. 

Here’s what you should know: Most of the tropical and warm-weather fruits and vegetables – that’s red-fleshed dragon fruit and juicy mangos, monster carrots and leafy lettuces (but not big apples or fuzzy peaches, Brussels sprouts or artichokes) – you find on menus and at the grocery store are local. The chicken and eggs are top-notch. The gelato is creamy. And, if you’re staying at the beach, most of the fish and some of the seafood has been caught today, just a few miles from where you eat it. 

So, go ahead – indulge in all things local. And if you have questions, ask. if not at the restaurant or the store, then ask us. We’ll help you identify the restaurants, the farm stands, and the ingredients that will best meet your ethics and standards. 

Our Blue Water Promise

At Blue Water Adventures, we uphold our Blue Water dedication to fast response times and always putting you, our guest, first

We have serious experience to back us up: As bilingualbicultural, and long-term residents, we have explored Guanacaste from top to bottom, scouring every corner for the best of the best. 

We’ve beaten a bit of a path – just enough to take you there, too. Here’s our promise:

  • You Can’t Beat Our Quality: We don’t cut corners, ever. And we settle for nothing less than the best tours, adventures, and journeys out there. 
  • We’re Fully Permitted: Our tours are fully permitted, our guides are fully insured, and we do everything above board and by the book. Because you, our travelers, deserve this level of accountability. 
  • Our Rates Are Very Competitive: We believe in pairing the highest quality with the best value. So, we offer very competitive rates with discounts for both groups and kids. 
  • We’ll Take You Where Others Won’t: We own our own vans and employ dedicated drivers, which means we have a lot more flexibility when it comes to what we offer. Let’s put it this way: We don’t have to take you to the same waterfall, the same zip line, the same sportfishing spot as everyone else. Together, we’ll forge a more authentic, more personalized path down the road less traveled. 
  • Our Bilingual Guides Have Serious Experience: Our expert guides not only know their stuff (they’ve been at it for years), but they’re also trained to have your back, in every eventuality.

At Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica, we’re proud to offer some of the best Costa Rica Real Estate. We have both condos and homes, land and businesses for sale.

Guanacaste celebrates upcoming tourism season with new flights

Guanacaste celebrates upcoming tourism season with new flights

On Tuesday, Guanacaste Airport (LIR) received for the first time a flight from Austin, Texas.

The Boeing 737-800, operated by American Airlines, arrived minutes before 11 a.m. and it marked the beginning of an anticipated high season for Costa Rican tourism.

This is the first time that the US airline connects Austin and Guanacaste directly, and it will do so three times a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The reception of this new route was carried out with the presence of representatives of the airline, the Guanacaste Airport management company and the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).

“We are optimistic about the results of the work carried out between the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, VINCI Airports and the airlines to reactivate connectivity and the economy. For the fourth consecutive month, the traffic figures are similar to those of 2019. It is satisfactory that American Airlines trusts us and opens two new routes, which shows that Guanacaste is a safe destination to travel,” said César Jaramillo, Manager of Guanacaste Airport.

“The arrival of the inaugural American Airlines flight from Austin, Texas, to Guanacaste strengthens the efforts made throughout this year to reactivate tourism employment in this province and in the surrounding areas,” added Gustavo Segura, Tourism Minister. “The incorporation of these three weekly flights as of today is also key a few weeks beforethe start of the high tourist season.”

“At American, we are very excited to start with two new routes from Guanacaste, Costa Rica, now connecting the country with Chicago and Austin, two important North American cities that complement our service to Miami, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte and New York,” said Rafael Sánchez, American’s Regional Operations Manager in Central America. Sánchez added that “American has a commitment of more than three decades with Costa Rica and we will continue to bet on this market.”

November will be a particularly celebrated month at Guanacaste Airport for the opening of new or additional routes that include Frontier from Orlando, Florida, with a frequency of twice a week; Southwest from Denver, Colorado, once a week; and the Edelweiss Air triangle route from Zurich, also once a week.

Source: The Costa Rica Tourism Board.

Can Vaccine passports speed the journey to a new post pandemic normal,

Can Vaccine passports speed the journey to a new post pandemic normal,

Vaccine passports could speed the journey to a new postpandemic normal, but take account of these variables in building scenarios and strategies around them.

Travelers are used to having their tickets scanned before they board an airplane. In the near future, flight attendants may also ask to scan your vaccine passport, a digital record of whether you’ve been inoculated against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

Vaccine passports are gaining traction as a way to facilitate the return of individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 to restricted spaces, such as public transportation, work locations and even countries.

Organizations are forging ahead with digital solutions to reopen economies and travel routes — but without a global standard

Given that it’s likely to take more than a year before vaccine distribution and administration reaches most of the world population, passports are a critical tool for increasing economic activity without risking a new wave of infection.

“The World Health Organization first established vaccine certification standards for yellow fever in 1933, and has issued paper medical passports in some form ever since,” says Donna Medeiros, Senior Director Analyst, Gartner. “Now, organizations are forging ahead with digital solutions to reopen economies and travel routes — but without a global standard to guide them.”

Key players in delivering and enabling vaccine passports

January saw the launch of the Vaccine Credential Initiative, a partnership between technology and health organizations, including Microsoft, Cerner, Epic, Salesforce and the Mayo Clinic. The World Health Organization, meanwhile, has launched a digital health working group tasked with developing standards for a digital vaccine certificate.

These high-profile efforts increase the potential that vaccine passports will become a reality, even as important questions remain about the standards that will apply to digital vaccine passports, including the technology vaccine passports will use, the source and verification of data and definitions of immunity among them.

Organizations don’t have to wait for answers, however, to begin considering different scenarios involving passports, and the role they will play in creating and promoting them. 

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Different roles in vaccine passport strategy

The following groups all have a stake in understanding the role digital vaccine passports will play and what they need to do to ensure they achieve widespread adoption when they do emerge:

  • Business executives looking to understand how and under what circumstances they can restart travel and commerce
  • Public sector leaders looking to understand or to be involved in policy and guidance, and in execution initiatives
  • Technology solution providers/vendors looking to develop and implement services or expand partnerships 
  • Consultants or other service providers supporting this market
  • Investors looking to support companies involved in these initiatives

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Gartner finds 10 success factors for digital health passports, such as COVID-19 digital passports, to secure widescale adoption.

Success factors for wide-scale adoption of vaccine passports

For a digital solution to be a success, it must achieve wide-scale user adoption. These components are required to drive wide-scale adoption:

  1. A compelling use case, describing where and how the digital vaccine passports will be used.
  2. Required use, with policies around when and where vaccine passports will be required, and what exceptions will exist.
  3. Digital passports fit for purpose, such that the technological approach matches the use case.
  4. Ease of use, so that passports are easily adopted and intuitive to use without extensive training.
  5. Contextually relevant, so that the design and content of the digital passport fits the context in which they’ll be used.
  6. “What’s in it for me” benefits that businesses and end users see quickly, from access to restricted places to health-benefit credits.
  7. Trust and willingness, by giving end users a choice whether or not to get a digital vaccine passport. Establish security, privacy and data-sharing requirements to capture and verify user consent.
  8. Available and accessible by using technology and data that can be accessed and shared by anyone who wants it and is authorized to use it.
  9. Standards and interoperability for data and data exchange, such as ISO, Health Level 7 (HL7), laboratory (LOINC) and disease classification (ICD). Comply with privacy and security standards such as HIPAA and GDPR.
  10. Vendors and services operate in an ecosystem of providers offering development, implementation and support.

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