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Costa Rican Stand Up Paddle Board

Friday, January 1st, 2016

 Stand-Up-Paddle-Board-Couple Stand up paddle board, more commonly referred to as “SUP” is a new and innovative form of exercise and an incredible thrill if you love the water and have a desire to put your skills to the test on the Pacific Ocean. Paddle board is not only an amazing workout but it can be an incredibly leisurely activity as there are many different levels to accommodate all levels; from beginners to the more experienced. Stand up paddle board takes many forms. You can usually book a tour to explore mangroves and picturesque waterways, work on your balance before taking on waves to surf, or even join a SUP yoga class that allows you to experience original and challenges forms of exercise. There are all sorts of inventive waves to explore SUP and if you’re just beginning, you may want to take advantage of the following tips.

SUP Beginner’s Guide: Avoid the Waves

Stand up paddle boarding can be extremely challenging so it is a must to start off where the water is calmest. Often times you can find a class or an instructor in your specific area that already knows the hidden beaches or bays that offer the gentlest waves. Even if you’ve engaged in other forms of water sports throughout your life, it is never a bad idea to learn how to maintain your balance and properly paddle all within the realm of safety. Within no time at all you will be balanced, flexible and paddling with ease. Soon enough, you’ll be ready to paddle with the pros!

Everyone Falls So Get Back Up!Stand-Up-Paddle-Board-Sunset

It is important to remember that everyone is prone to falling off their board at one point or another. Even the most experienced stand up paddle boarder has had their fair share of wipeouts. This, however, is not discouraging as falling off is expected and can actually be quite fun. By falling off, you are engaging in an extra workout by getting back on the board every time, cooling off in the water, swimming amongst fish, and learning to laugh at yourself as well as taking note of your mistakes. If you have concerns or worries, you can modify your SUP experience by paddling on your knees, wearing a life-vest, and attaching an ankle leash for safety precautions.

Choose a Skilled Guide or Teacher

When you are first starting off as a student in stand up paddle board, it never hurts to go with an experienced, veteran paddle boarder. A good SUP instructor gives you safety instructions, shows you proper operation of your board and paddle, guides you into calm waters, can prepare you for what you may experience, and supports you every step of the way. Encouragement can be really important when taking up a new hobby or trying to enhance skills that you may already possess. There is nothing quite like the help of a professional to cheer you on and keep you safe.

Focus on the Horizon or a Non-moving ObjectConquering-Waves-Stand-Up-Paddle-Board

There is a rule of thumb while paddle boarding: don’t look down. When you are solely focused on the waves or the placement of your feet, it is easier to fall of your board. By starting at the horizon or concentrating on a focal point that doesn’t move, you will be able to manage to stay on your board longer and concentrate. This is particularly important if you are engaging in a sport like SUP yoga where balance is key.

Common Destinations for SUP in Costa Rica

The following places are both great places to learn the fundamentals of stand up paddle board and put your skills to the test:

    • Playa Herradura, Jaco
    • Lake Arenal, La Fortuna
    • Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio
    • Maracas, Quepos
    • Playa Avellenas, Tamarindo
    • Pavones , one of the longest beach breaks in all of Costa Rica




Costa Rican Pampering and Self-Care Spa Days

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Cacao-Body-Wrap-Treatment   There are several reasons why people choose to vacation in Costa Rica. Whether you’re here for some family fun, white water rafting, or personal pampering, we have all the amenities that you can’t find in any other part of the world. Costa Rica is full of award-winning spas that offer perfect solutions to ease tension, diminish stress, and even ease sunburn from your day-to-day activities. We use all of our resources to make our spas as serene and tranquil as possible. We utilize our locations; using white sand beaches as your back drops as well as our tools; making sea weed body wraps, coconut oil, aloe vera, jojoba oil and other props on hand that will enhance your experience. If you wish to indulge your sense in a full immersion spa experience using locally-sourced ingredients and organic products native to the country, self-care spa days in Costa Rica are what you’ve been searching for.

Sugar, Spice, Coffee and All Things Nice

If you’re in love with body treatments and wish to use an anti-inflammatory on your body that contains diuretic effects and will even boost your immune system, then our coffee body treatment and polish is a fantastic option. Even if you’re not a coffee-drinker this type of ingredient will leave your skin rejuvenated. Combined with the cinnamon polish your skin with be re-hydrated, extremely soft and all of your senses will reawaken.

Local Cacao: The Organic Chocolate Body Wrap

You are sorely mistaken if you think that chocolate is something to indulge in only when consumed for food. There is a sensual sensation that comes along with this type of body wrap that can reduce stress and leave you with radiant skin. Cacao is known to stimulate endorphins which will help trigger metabolic fat burning and is even said to act as a cellulite-buster. It is definitely an exotic twist on body wraps.

Skin Reconstruction Using Organics & BotanicalsOrganic-Costa-Rican-Ingredients

Sea salts, sand, avocados, and even coconut cream are some of the basics used here in Costa Rica to gently exfoliate your entire body and rejuvenate skin. By removing dead skin or callouses your skin cells have a chance to regrow, giving your skin a young-looking glow and an amazing feeling of youth.

All Skin Type Nourishment

An accredited spa professional will always assess your skin type and determine what kind of damage has been done as well which products will help you get to a place of smooth, glowing and healthy skin. Facials are a relaxing source of nourishment to the skin. Whether you require extractions, steam, or a plethora of organic and local masks that range from honey, mango cream, papaya milk or cacao, you can rest-assured that your face is in good hands and we have your skin’s best interest at heart.

Detoxifying Volcanic Mud WrapsVolcanic-Clay-Body-Treatment

In Costa Rica we try and utilize every element. A volcano may be a beautiful and awe-inspiring place to visit but our aestheticians and bodyworkers actually use the terrain as a source of our organic products. Gently warmed volcanic clay can be bliss for any tourist, traveler, or backpacker. It is traditionally applied all over your body and the natural clay actually pulls out your body’s impurities in the process.  This is an extremely rare body wrap so add it to your agenda when you’re in Costa Rica; particularly in the area of Arenal.

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