Casa de la Playa
Flamingo, Costa Rica
And finally, Things not to miss while you are here!
Note: Melissa is happy to coordinate any of the following activities or tours at no additional cost to you. She can be reached at 2654 4150 or 8828 2287.
Sportfishing, full or half days.
Casa de la Playa recommendation:
Gamefisher II, one of the best, most experienced and most fun sportfishing boats in Costa Rica. If you can get online, see www.gamefisher2.com Priced at $1150 and $550 respectively. Call 2654 4150 & 8828 2287. Or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saltwater Kayak Fishing Tours.
Playa Potrero, $60 per person/3 hrs fishing time. Fishing rods and tackle included. Soft drinks, water and snack foods provided. Call Walter Moreno, 8760 5459.Catamaran Sailboat & Snorkel Trip. Casa de la Playa recommendation: Marlin del Rey, actually out of Tamarindo but a large very comfortable boat with nice equipment and good crew. Transportion is provided from Flamingo. Tours are either mornings or afternoon to sunset, 3 hours on the boat plus 1 hour snorkeling opportunity. Priced at $75 p/person. Call Melissa to arrange.
Learn to Surf.
Point Break Surf School is one of the areas best. Operated by New Zealand surf instructor Matt Craig. Two hour personalized instruction: $45 p/person. Includes transportation, Playa Grande Beach or other local surf break. Call Matt, 8866 4133 or e-mail email@example.com
Aquacenter is located below the Marina Resort Hotel in Flamingo. Two tank dives are $95 p/person. Call 2654 4141 and ask for Aquacenter.
Congo Zip Line & Canopy Tour. Only 30 minutes away from Flamingo is a 14 platform zip line course with three hanging bridges and 11 cables. The Congo Canopy also has a butterfly farm and interesting variety of rescued wildlife including monkeys, parrots, coati and snakes. Plan to stay and explore after the zip line thrill. Price is $45 per person including round trip transportation from Flamingo. Call Melissa to make arrangements, 2654 4150 & 8828 2287.
Rincon de la Vieja Volcanic Mountain & National Park.
Approximately 90 minutes away, visit this sleeping giant of a mountain and experience amazing zip lines, thermal waters and mud baths. Other activities offered are: horseback riding, hiking, ATV’s, tubing down a river, giant water slide, even canyoneering for the brave at heart! This is an all day excursion that should start with an early departure from Casa de la Playa. Call Melissa, Alan or Alex to make arrangements for transportation and the full day package. Package includes lunch. Total price* per person including transportation from Flamingo is from $135 - $150, for 2 person minimum, $135 for 4 person minimum. Prices vary depending on guides ability to communicate in English (more $ for English) $80 per person if you do your own driving.
There are several options at Rincon de la Vieja:
Biornquin Resort & Spa – has the greatest number of stars. They have a great zip line system, pretty mountain spa and good restaurant.
Buena Vista – is the oldest establishment offering a great day of activities to all ages (horseback riding or ATV tours, mud baths, thermal spings, waterfalls). A nice choice for families. They also have a great zip line system and offer hearty, local food for lunch.
Guachipelin – has a good zip line system, horseback riding, mud, thermal springs and a new spa in a very natural, open river side setting. They also offer canyoneering and tubing down the white water for thrill seekers. Restaurant serves up a healthy lunch of local fair.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Las Pailas sector – Closed on Mondays. Some may prefer to skip all of the activities and simply take a hike. You can pick up a trail map at the ranger station for a small fee (recommended – also recommended to drop a trail of breadcrumbs so you can find your way out!) Trails are a little confusing so be sure that you pay attention and hike with a buddy for added insurance. BRING A GOOD AMOUNT OF WATER & some snacks. Road to park is very rough, 4WD necessary. Worthwhile though. You will see fumaroles and boiling mud pots and have a chance to see quite a variety of birds and some small mammals.
Palo Verde National Park. Approximately 2 hours from Flamingo, this is an all day tour with river boat cruise to observe a wide variety of Costa Rica’s wildlife, including crocodiles, several species of monkeys and many species of exotic birds. *Price is $120 per person with a 2 person minimum or $100 per person for a 4 person minimum. Price includes lunches and cold drinks along the way.
Non-denominational Christian church services are held in English at Beach Community Church in Brasilito, Sunday mornings at 10:00.
Entrance is ½ kilometer past Westin Conchal main entrance on left (dirt road with creek crossing).
A note about the Sun in Guanacaste
The strength of the sun here is like nothing you have likely ever experienced before due to our proximity to the equator. Take precautions so you don’t get burnt. The best part of the day in the tropics is the two hours after sunrise and the two hours before sunset. Try to plan some outdoor activities during these times for maximal enjoyment. Plan your siesta during the heat of the day where ever possible.
Enjoy your stay!