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Surfing in Dominical

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Surfing in Dominical

Visiting Costa Rica is a lot of fun and it can bring in some extraordinary experiences in your life. One of them is definitely Surfing in Dominical. Since Dominical is widely known for being a small surf town that’s peaceful and full of great waves, it makes a lot of sense to check it out. There’s an amazing vibe here, and you get an interesting mix of tourists, business professionals and hippies that all come to this beach for relaxing.

Where can you find the best places for Surfing in Dominical?

Maybe the ideal spot here is found at the Playa Dominical. This is right at the river mouth of the Rio Baru. You have some really good sandbars that make Surfing in Dominical a dream come true. The waves are very large especially if you surf close to the river mouth. There’s also a lot of consistency with the waves, since they are big throughout the year, more specifically from June to September.

Aside from that beach, you also have the Playa Hermosa or the Diominicalito. It certainly helps bring in a lot of value and quality, and you will find yourself surfing and having fun without dealing with crowded beaches. The weather is always warm and you get to enjoy your time without dealing with a lot of pressure. Plus, the surf report is always positive, which means you just take the board and embrace the waves, and you will have a lot of fun.

Exploring a fun, small surfing town

One of the coolest things about Dominical is that you can access it with ease, in fact it’s just a 3 hour drive from the San Jose Airport. You have great accommodation for any type of travelers and prices are very accessible. Plus, you have supermarkets as well as bars and restaurants. It’s by far the best place where you can to and relax. Surfing in Dominical is obviously the main thing that you want to do, but at the same time it’s a great location if you just want to go to the beach as well.

Start learning how to surf in Dominical

Aside from being a target for existing surfers, Dominical is also a great place to learn how to surf. There are a lot of surfing teachers that will help you overcome your fears as you start surfing. It’s a fun idea and opportunity, and you will certainly enjoy it more than you might imagine. It’s well worth a shot even if you’re a newcomer.

As you can see, Surfing in Dominical is one of the coolest activities you can perform. It’s interesting, rewarding and it allows you to just unwind and have fun. It encourages you to try out something new while keeping all the unwanted challenges and emotions away from your life. Give it a try, start surfing and you will have an amazing time in Dominical. You want to check it out and give it a try for yourself, then the results can be staggering every time!


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Osa Golf Update

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Osa Golf Update

We met with one of the new administrators and have an Osa Golf Update for our readers. We recently spent over an hour with one of the three new administrators of the only golf course in the southern pacific zone. It used to be called San Buenas Golf Resort but now it is called Osa Golf Course. The time we spent with George was productive and we are extremely optimistic about golfing in the Osa region.

Osa Golf Update Plans for Low Season 2019

According to George, the course will have several significant changes from the previous administration of the golf course. Below are some of the most important and relevant changes about the Osa Golf Update:

1. Open to public seven days a week. Previously the golf course was only open six days a week. In theory the course was always open to the public, although it was never officially known. The new owners have made it clear that YES! the course is open to EVERYBODY who wants to play.

2. More affordable to play. The new price to play a round of golf at Osa Golf Course, for the low season 2019, has been decreased from $60 to only $25. In addition, all-day passes can be purchased for $40 per day. For golfers who want to rent an electric golf cart those are available for only $15 per person. These prices are for the low (rainy) season 2019. Prices will increase in late 2019 or early 2020 for the high-season. The exact pricing for the upcoming high-season is not yet known or published.

Other Changes and Information for Osa Golf Update

New Signage in Osa Region

New management will start to aggressively promote Osa Golf Course. Per my earlier blog post, I always felt that the course has been under-promoted. Some of the newly planned promotion of Osa Golf Course includes more, and new, signage from Quepos to Palmar Norte. In fact, yesterday, August 20, I saw one of the new signs put up on the Costanera Highway between Palmar Norte and Osa Golf Course. It is our understanding there will multiple signs on the Costanera Highway promoting the golf course.

New Scorecards

New Osa Golf Course scorecards will be designed and handed out throughout the zone.

New Signage on the Golf Course

We were shown one of the new custom made tee box maps. Each hole has their own custom made signage.

What Stays the Same at Osa Golf Course

Osa Golf Course will keep using the existing office and golf cart storage area.


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Uvita Waterfall

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Uvita Waterfall

Costa Rica, and in particular the Bahia Ballena region, has many beautiful waterfalls. In fact, although there are several well known waterfalls within a short drive or walk from where we live, we are now just beginning to go explore them. Recently we were invited by Abigail Vargas, of Osa Property Management, to go and visit the Uvita Waterfall. Neither Lisa nor I knew where exactly this waterfall was, but when I asked Abigail what the official name of the waterfall was she said,"Uvita Waterfall. Everyone simply calls it that."  Ok! Let's go to the Uvita Waterfall! I've only seen one other waterfall in-person in my life, so I'm hardly an expert, but the sound, the power and the majestic beauty of them is amazing.

Based on Abigail's recommendation, arriving earlier in the day is advised due to the smaller crowds, so we met at 9 am in the parking lot. By "we" I mean myself, Lisa, our amazing Springer Spaniel 'Whiskey', Abigail and Abigail's four year-old son. We paid our admission fee of 1,000 colones ($1.70) per adult and kids are free (Whiskey was also free) and started walking to the waterfall.  We followed the cut-out path through the jungle for a couple of minutes, and with each step the roar of the Uvita Waterfall got louder, before arriving. Luckily for us, when we arrived, there was only one other couple there.

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Activities at Uvita Waterfall

This is the height of the rainy season so most creeks and waterfalls are flowing to capacity and are dangerous to swim in. However, although Uvita Waterfall was flowing powerfully, the pool below was calm and enjoyable to swim in. Lisa brought her GoPro video camera to capture some of our fun during the day (check out video below or click here).

Whiskey ran and enjoyed the cool water.

Abigail was a bit more daring than Lisa and I were...Abigail swam in the natural pool below the falls and jumped off a ledge about three feet over the water. There were other people (the Columbian's) who even climbed higher up the rocks to jump into the water. When I was a younger man I would have definitely climbed up some rocks and jumped in.

Meeting New People

As the day drew on Uvita Waterfall became a melting pot of people including locals, Columbians and Germans. This is very typical of the Bahia Ballena region of Costa Rica - a healthy and fun mix of locals and ex-pats enjoying each other's company. Not knowing Spanish had zero impact on our day and the few times I wanted to say something, and the facial expressions and exaggerated arm gestures didn't work, Abigail translated for us. Having Whiskey (the dog...) with us helped break the ice too, as everyone loves a friendly and happy dog running through and splashing in the water.  We were all eager to meet each other and learn from each other. This just does not happen in the United States too often.

By the way, the pictures don't to the waterfall justice. The roar of the water and surprisingly, the entire day was bug free.

So if you get the chance, talk to Abigail from Osa Property Management or look us up in San Buenas. We would be more than happy to show you Uvita Waterfall (really, that's the official name) and other amazing places nearby!! Pura vida!!

Lisa & Scott Norman

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Best Activities in Costa Rica include ziplines and photography retreats

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A common question we receive is 'what are the best activities in Costa Rica'. The answer isn't so simple. It depends on activity levels and interests, however, we recommend ziplines and retreats. That's right...retreats

Best Activities in Costa Rica

There are countless ways to enjoy the amazing country of Costa Rica. Undoubtedly, if you have looked into visiting Costa Rica, I am sure you have noticed that zip lining is a popular activity. In addition, to zip lining through the treetops of the rain forest, here are a few other activities you might enjoy during your time in Costa Rica (Osa Property Management can line all of these tours up for you, simply contact us):

  • Visit a rain forest. There several different options nearby, some on public lands and some in private preserves. nauyaca waterfall costa rica
  • Waterfalls: Nauyaca Waterfall and El Pavon ("the stuck rock" waterfall).
  • There are several nearby National Parks, including Bahia Ballena (Whales Tail in Uvita), Manuel Antonio (the most popular tourist destination in Costa Rica), Chiripo (the tallest peak in Costa Rica of over 13,000 feet), Piedras Blancas National Park and Corcovado National Park (National Geographic has stated that Corcovado National Park is the most bio-diverse and bio-intense place on the planet).
  • White water rafting.  There are all sorts of levels for beginners to advanced to experience the white water rapids in the Osa Peninsula and surrounding area.

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  • Coffee and chocolate (cacao fruit) are a popular commodity in Costa Rica.  The environmental factors and climate of the mountains in Costa Rica are an ideal environment for growth of coffee and chocolate.  We can arrange a tour of a coffee plantation or a "make your own hot chocolate from cacao educational experience".
  • Yoga classes and retreats or massages, all led or performed by experienced leaders.
  • Surfing. Even if you've never surfed, we can line up a half-day of surfing with a professional, and if you don't get up and surf, you don't pay for the lesson. What an awesome guarantee!
  • Fishing: Deep-sea fishing or freshwater fishing: The southern pacific coast of Costa Rica is world-renown f

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  • or its diversity of fishing, including dorado, sailfish and tuna. We also know several locals that offer freshwater fishing options in the intercoastal waterways and rivers nearby. This is an entirely different type of fishing as there are no poles used. Simply a reel of fishing line, a hook with some bait and a sinker.
  • Golfing: There is one golf course in the Osa Peninsual and that is San Buenas Golf Resort.
  • Whale-watching and dolphin watching.
  • Turtle sanctuary.

Costa Rica Retreats...the ultimate Costa Rica (Learning) Experience

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The ultimate Costa Rica experience...explore, learn and enjoy!

With all of those activities to consider, beaches to visit and wildlife to observe, why not turn your trip to Costa Rica into a wonderful learning experience too? We also offer several week-long retreats throughout the year. We would like to promote our upcoming (July 2018), Costa Rica Photo Retreat (click here for details). This week long retreat takes place in the southern pacific area and includes daily teaching from a professional photographer, all lodging and most meals.

Please contact us if you are interested in an amazing itinerary to enjoy Osa and/or if you would like more information about our Costa Rica Photography Retreats or Costa Rica Writers' Retreats.

So, what are the best activities in Costa Rica - we have our opinion, but let us help you plan your next trip so you can have your own opinion (and we'd love for you to share it with us!).

Regardless of which option you choose.....don’t forget to bring your camera!

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Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal Property Management

Osa Property Management Experts  have lived and managed homes in the region for over 16 years. Not only do we live here, but we are one of the few LEGAL property management companies in the area with legally working, full-time, and fully insured employees (this protects YOU from potential legal problems also).

Our Team will ensure your property is well-maintained and actively rented (if you want to offer your home as a vacation rental).

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