Soul Nurturing Adventures' 8-Day Lodge-to-Lodge Golfo Dulce Sea Kayaking Trip (April 13-20, 2024)
An Epic lodge-to-Lodge Adventure Circumnavigating Costa Rica´s Tropical Fjord
Min Age: 12
Join us on the premier sea kayak adventure in Costa Rica, circumnavigate the northern region of the Golfo Dulce. Costa Rica´s Golf Dulce is a paddler’s dream-world of dramatic contrasts where emerald green peaks meet turquoise waters in one of the world’s best sea kayaking and wildlife watching destinations. Our 8 Day Lodge-to-Lodge Sea Kayaking Adventure is all inclusive and takes care of you from the moment you arrive to Costa Rica to the time when you depart. Start & End Location: San Jose International Airport (SJO)
- Off-the-beaten-path nature-destination, teeming with wildlife & breathtaking scenery.
- Paddle protected ocean waters with Dolphins, and Turtles, explore deserted beaches, isles, lush rainforests, ancient mangrove forests and remote snorkeling spots.
- You’ll stay at 3 unique waterfront, family run ecolodges, each serving tasteful meals made with fresh natural ingredients.
- Start: San José, Costa Rica End: San José, Costa Rica
Dates & Prices
- April 13th– March 20th
- Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
No previous experience is necessary but is preferred. If the guest has no experience, they are expected to be is good physical condition.
|DAY 2||1.5 hours/ 5 km (3 miles) of sea kayaking|
|DAY 3||3.5 hours/ 12km (7.5 miles) of sea kayaking|
|DAY 4||4 hours/ 14 km (8.7 miles) of sea kayaking|
|DAY 5||optional 2-4 hours/ 6-12 km (3.7-7.5 miles) of sea kayaking|
|DAY 6||5 hours/ 20 km (12.5 miles) of sea kayaking|
For your arrival day, and the day prior to departure, this trip features a 4-star hotel near the International Airport in San Jose. The remainder of the nights are in comfortable ecolodges, or luxury glamping tents, that make the most of their rainforest locations featuring beautiful views and/or lush settings.
Country Inn & Suites
This comfortable 4-star boutique hotel is conveniently located only a few minutes away from San Jose International Airport and is an ideal location to unwind from your travels. Relax and recharge by the hotel swimming pool or in your room with air conditioning, in-room coffeemaker & Wi-Fi. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, and just short walk from the hotel is a shopping plaza that offers a wide variety of cuisines from Japanese to Mexican to Italian to juices to bar food. There is also a mini-mart grocery store where you can buy drinks, groceries, and ready-to-eat foods. Grab a taxi and explore to purchase souvenirs from the stores at Plaza Real Cariari, or head into downtown to enjoy parks, museums, and entertainment venues.
El Chontal Ecolodge
El Chontal’s cabins are literally carved out from the surrounding mangrove forest, using fallen trees and sustainable wood species. Their rustic and unique architecture is rich in design and ingenuity and favors ventilation. The cabins are spotlessly clean and well kept. Beds are firm and comfortable, bathrooms impeccable. At night, a cool breeze and rich jungle sounds from the surrounding forest enter the room. In addition the cabins, and gardens, the centrally located spacious communal pavilion serves as a meeting place as well as a yoga platform, relaxing area with hammocks and chairs, and presentation area.
Located in the tiny community of Playa Blanca, this beachfront property is family-owned and offers spacious, basic wooden cabins with a private bathroom, and porch. Meals are served only steps away from your cabin in the cozy, quiet rancho. The property is surrounded by several species of fruit trees, attracting all sorts of exotic birds like the Yellow-throated Toucan. The beach right in front of the property is ideal for swimming, and spotting Scarlet Macaws as they feed off the Beach Almond trees scattered along the entire beach. This is Macaw territory!
Nestled between the brilliant turquoise waters of the Golfo Dulce and the lush green mountains of Piedras Blancas National Park, the Saladero Ecolodge is a place for ocean adventure and relaxation. This vast, waterfront property with green fields, gardens, and rainforest jungle trails truly is a paradise for any sea kayaker looking for a mix of tranquility and untouched nature. Delicious homemade meals are served in the lounge area overlooking the Gulf. This rainforest-style ecolodge is only accessible by boat. You will stay in cozy glamping cabins. ¨Glamping¨ which stands for glamorous camping consists of large sturdy tents on an elevated platform, featuring real beds and comfortable mattresses (with immaculate bedding provided).
WeatherFor San Jose, you can expect daytime temperatures in 70°s and 80°s Fahrenheit, with evening lows in the 60°s. While in Golfo Dulce daytime temperatures in 80°s and 90°s Fahrenheit, with evenings anywhere in the 70°s. February and March and consistently the driest months, some rain can be expected during the months of December, April, and May.
The best time is during the dry season January to April. December & May are also good options with only occasional showers.
Golfo Dulce is renowned for it is calm paddling conditions, which make for easy for the most part. Paddlers are expected to calm glassy waters and a light breeze of 0.5-3 mph (0.5-3 knots/1-5kph). Water is warm, as on the surface it’s at an average of 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius).
Because we are circumnavigating the Golfo, we must only carry personal dunnage for 3 nights away from the lodge we set out from and return to (without backtracking).
We supply dry bags which can be safely stored on the kayaks
Potable water is accessible to you throughout the trip.
People from all walks of life and all ages join our tours. We get a mix of couples, singles, families, and friends, usually between 45 and 65 years of age. Though not often buy we also had families with children your young as 12 (minimum age) and we’ve taken many guests well into their 80s. A few have never been sea kayaking before, but most are active kayakers with extensive paddling experience. Without exception, everyone comes to have a good time and the variety of people and interests found on each trip makes it all the more fun.
Yes! Lots, both terrestrial and marine. Sea turtles, reef fish, rays and dolphins to macaws, monkeys, toucans, and sloths
No, insects are generally not a problem if you bring long pants and insect repellant (a thorough packing list is provided).
Our fleet consist of 14.5 and 15-foot sit inside sea kayaks and 18-foot double kayaks
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