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Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point Overnight Surf Tours

Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point Overnight Surf Tours

I remember the first time I saw “Endless Summer II”. It was 1995, I was a 19 year-old, surfed-obsessed, college student, studying at Humbodlt State. The movie was playing in our commons hall and as I sat wedged between a group of drunk frat boys and a group of hippies smoking weed, I was lifted away from that cold, Northern California room and gently placed at Witch’s Rock, Costa Rica. I watched as Wingnut and Pat O’Connel had an incredible adventure, only to arrive at a beautiful, uncrowded wave…Witch’s Rock. It seemed so exotic and foreign and incredibly dangerous.  Until … READ MORE

Boat Buying Adventure-The Voyage- BVI to Panama

Boat Buying Adventure-The Voyage- BVI to Panama

Over the course of the next month, Chris and Karen at BVI Yacht Sales coordinated inspections and paperwork. Trish, the Tasmanian Captain of Serendipity for the last 20 years, helped get repairs done. We continued to be incredibly impressed with the professionalism of the BVI Yacht Sales Crew. We were after all buying Serendipity sight unseen, transferring all of our money to people we had never met. Yet, I felt strangely comfortable and confident that they were stearing us in the right direction.

On April 28, I said goodbye to Brad and Ben as the began their journey. It was … READ MORE

Boat Buying Saga Part 4:March-April

Boat Buying Saga Part 4:March-April

If you have read to this point, you are probably shaking your head and thinking-’red flags, red flags, read the freaking flags!’. Yes, our blinders were knocked right off when the third owner of Aningha appeared and even though it was going to be a great deal, we had had enough. After a year of messing around with those jokers, we threw the towel in. The time, energy and expense of bringing a boat in was obviously more attractive than losing everything in their con show. So, we started the online search again. After hours and hours we narrowed it … READ MORE

Boat Buying Saga Part 3: Feb-April- flamingo costa rica fishing charters

Boat Buying Saga Part 3: Feb-April- flamingo costa rica fishing charters

Chapter 3 Feb.-April

We looked and looked for another boat and there was nothing for us in Costa Rica. We started to consider bringing a boat in, but with a 30% importation tax in Costa Rica, in addition to the cost to sail a boat here, we just didn’t have the money or time for it. So, we decided to just wait. flamingo costa rica fishing charters

In late January another man called me, Mario. He said he was part owner in Anhinga and that she was surprisingly still for sale and they were very motivated to sell her. Mario … READ MORE

The Boat Buying Saga Part 2: October-January

The Boat Buying Saga Part 2: October-January

Names have been changed to protect the innocent….meaning me.

Blog 2 October-January

After 5 months of trying to see the boat and negotiating a price, we now had a deal on “Anghinga”. The time was perfect, it was now October and the low season was on us. If we got the boat that month we would have plenty of time to get it ready for busy season. The first person I called was our friend and lawyer, Gabriel. Now, Luciano and his wife Gabriella are probably the coolest people you will ever meet, literally. It will be a steaming hot … READ MORE

Boat Buying Saga Part1: June-September

Boat Buying Saga Part1: June-September

I have changed names, not to protect the people in this story, but to protect myself.

I have a hard time shopping for clothes. I have many fashionista friends and once in awhile they will pitch the idea of keeping up with the style of the day, ditching the jean skirt, buying really expensive workout clothes, one piece jumpsuits….yikes. I just can’t stand malls with the fluorescent lights and clothes that comes in 5 sizes. But, I do have a guilty pleasure: craigslist. I love shopping on craigslist and when it comes time to buy a car or a dining … READ MORE

Sailing Costa Rica Blog

Sailing Costa Rica Blog

It was not that long that I didn’t even know what a “blog” was. Like the rest of us, when a new techno word comes out I ignore it for awhile until I can’t stop hearing words like “hash tag, tweet, blog” then I call me 18 year old brother.

“A blog is like an online journal”, he told me. My first thought was ‘who wants to read anyone’s journal?’ I mean really, is your trials with the toddler that interesting? But, as I started to occasionally read a friend’s blog here, a link from Facebook there, I was surprised … READ MORE

Sailing Tours in Costa Rica

Sailing Tours in Costa Rica

As one might imagine there is a whole vast amount of “richness” off the coast of Costa Rica. Most travelers have the same type of experiences: a zipline in Arenal, a surf lesson at Playa Grande and maybe even a booze cruise, sunset boat tour out of Tamarindo. However, if you really want to experience the beauty of our coastline, sailing on your private boat is the way to do it. Sailing Costa Rica offers only private sailing tours. We have a sunset tour which departs at 1:30 in the afternoon. You will start with fresh fruit and plenty of … READ MORE

Whale Watching in Costa Rica

There is nothing more magical than seeing a whale in its natural habitat. We have had the pleasure of whale watching and sharing this experience with many guests on our boat. Personally, swimming in the ocean with a mother whale and her calf is up there with birthing my children. The boat dropped me off in the middle of the blue ocean and I just waited there with Brad till she swam right below us. At first I could just see her shadow coming up and then as it got closer, I stopped breathing. She was the size of a … READ MORE