Surfing at Playa Grande of Montezuma, Costa Rica

Returning from our hike to Montezuma Falls, we meet our G Adventures group in the lobby of Hotel La Cascada to begin the walk to surfing lessons under the false impression it will take the typical Costa Rican time frame of twenty minutes.

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Hiking to Playa Grande of Montezuma
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Hiking to Playa Grande of Montezuma
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Montezuma Sea Turtle Conservation Program
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Turtles nesting beach near the Montezuma Sea Turtle Conservation Program
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Montezuma Sea Turtle Conservation Program

Our walk continues, weaving throughout jungle paths and across three beaches varying from black volcanic rocks and white powder sand to the tiny colorful pebbles of Piedra Colorada.

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Piedra Colorada, Montezuma
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Every morning a local artist used to build a balanced rock garden along the beaches of Piedra Colorada, Montezuma. Although the artist no longer lives in the area, locals continue the tradition.
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We enter Nicolas Wessberg National Reserve, named after the founder of Costa Rica’s National Park System, Olof Wessberg.

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Three miles later, we arrive at Young Vision Surf School. Rash guards and surf boards are handed out for us to carry to the beach. Separating into groups, we practice paddling and standing up on surf boards drawn in the sand before paddling out to the waves.

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Surfing lessons with Young Vision Surf at Playa Grande of Montezuma
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Mitch surfing at Playa Grande of Montezuma
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Surfing lessons with Young Vision Surf at Playa Grande of Montezuma

We stood up on our first attempt and rode the wave into shore. After a draining hour in the ocean, we re-hydrate and snack on fresh mangoes and papayas.

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A howler monkey in Montezuma

Exhausted, we return our boards and shower off in the icy stream of water. Hearing the ear shattering bark of a howler monkey, we see a small black and tan monkey jumping around in the trees above us. We begin our return hike to Montezuma Beach at a much slower pace.


* For more information on our tour check out: G Adventures Costa Rica on a Shoestring.

  1. Day 1: Fly into San José
  2. Day 2: San José travel to La Fortuna
  3. Day 3: La Fortuna
  4. Day 4: La Fortuna travel to Montezuma
  5. Day 5: Montezuma
  6. Day 6: Montezuma
  7. Day 7: Montezuma travel to San José
  8. Day 8: Fly out of San José

April 2018

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Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. Any time we travel, we try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. 
 In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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