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Spend days in the jungle and on the ocean at Casa Marea Alta. Surrounded by wildlife and right in front of a consistently working beach break. Their uncrowded beach breaks let you be the first in the water, catching all of the waves, and the last one out before the sun sets. Fall asleep and wake up to the sounds of the waves against the shores, experience deep relaxation, and peace with daily yoga classes.
You'll be staying in ocean front cabinas nestled at the bottom of over 800 acres of rainforest. This means ample privacy, many opportunities to explore the jungle and wildlife, and lots of waves. They have room for up to 24 guests, and all of their rustic cabinas have their own private entrance, bathroom, shower, and access to the shared fully-equipped kitchen.
This surf camp is 100% tailored to you. Spend the day in the water, or join one of their trips, the choice is yours!
Casa Marea Alta is nestled at the bottom of 800 acres of privately owned rainforest and sits directly in front of an uncrowded world class beach break. It is located at the very end of the road on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. Literally, you can not drive further, the road ends at the beach and the jungle. Being so far away, makes this place uniquely special. There is less tourism influence and more of that well-known Pura Vida vibe. Punta Banco is a small village of about 80-100 families who live there year-round. About six kilometers from there is the famous surfing town of Pavones. Spend a few days down there, and you’ll know what it truly means to unwind and disconnect. With epic uncrowded waves and beautiful lush rainforest, you’ll always have something to do, see, and talk about.
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Daily breakfast and dinner are included in the package. You will also have access to the shared fully-equipped kitchen. There are a few restaurants and sodas located in the area. If you are not having meals with Casa Marea Alta, you can head towards Pavones where you will find a small variety of restaurants, sodas, and bars along the way and in town.
Casa Marea Alta offer a variety of tours and excursions you can sign up for when you arrive or ahead of time. This makes it easy for you to pick whether you want to surf, or join them on a guided jungle hike, in a yoga class, fishing and surfing boating tour, and more! They have everything you need to get the most out of your surfing in paradise adventure.
Usually about a one hour workshop teaching you how to use aerial silks and going through a class so you can feel comfortable hopping on a swing at home.
Rent their banana bikes and bike around the wonderful and peaceful town of Punta Banco and Pavones.
Join the towns' "Chocolate Man" on an educational and delicious afternoon learning about how to make fresh chocolate from cacao seeds. So yummy, you won't regret buying an extra bar or two after this class!
Half day fishing trip in Gulf Dulce (sweet gulf). This gulf in the Pacific is enriched with a variety of species of fish. Take a day out and enjoy the crystal clear waters and catch a couple fish. You bring back what you catch, and they help you cook it for dinner.
This is an amazing tour of the jungle with many chances to see birds, monkeys, coatis, sloths, and more. You'll go on a trail through the jungle looking at various animals, plants, fruits, waterfalls, with experienced and certified nature guides. Casa Marea Alta neighbor an 800 acre private biological reserve, which they work closely with.
A night tour in the jungle with their experienced guide. This gives you a chance to see red eye tree frogs, other species of frogs, aguti pacas, spiders, and snakes. A truly unique look at the jungle nocturnal life.
About a four hour ride through the jungle and galloping on the beach. You have the option to ride all day if you enjoy it.
Stand up and paddle the beautiful Pacific coast of Punta Banco and Pavones, Costa Rica. Enjoy stunning jungle views, warm waters, and peaceful paddling.
About two to four hours surfing lesson. Great for absolutely beginners to intermediate surfers.
The clear waters of the pacific ocean are perfect for snorkeling. Bring your gear and they'll find you the perfect place to look for unique fish and coral. (free of charge, bring your own snorkeling equipment).
Take a private paddle board yoga class on the warm and beautiful Pacific Ocean. Learn to keep your balance and challenge your asana practice while enjoying stunning views of the Costa Rican coastline. Private class one to two hours depending on level of comfort. Must be a strong swimmer.
Enjoy a relaxing back and shoulder massage while you listen to the waves gently roll to shore.
Relax and allow your chakras to unwind as the energy healer works with your main chakras to find imbalances and realign your energetic structure.
Relaxing and massaging the body through passive stretching and breath work.
Relax after a long hike in the jungle with a nice foot rub and unwind to the soothing sounds of the ocean.
An ancient Japanese relaxation method to clear the energy fields around the body and relax the mind.
The on-staff certified tai bodywork is happy to help you unwind and relax those tight surfing muscles. Using passive stretching and breath movement, they work deeply into the muscle tissue to release tension and put you at ease.
Please book your flight to arrive at Golfito Airport (GLF).
From San José, you can buy a ticket at the Tracopa Terminal (every taxi drivers knows where it is). If possible, buy your ticket a day in advance, because it can get crowded, especially in the weekends.
Take the 7:00 bus to Golfito, which arrives there around 14:30. This trip costs about 12 USD.
From Golfito take the bus to Pavones at 15:00. It departs near the supermarket across the street from the hospital. This is about a two to three hour trip and costs around 2.40 USD. In case of a lack of time, you can get off the bus at T-junction kilómetro 14 (between Golfito and Pavones) and get on the Pavones bus there. Whatever you do, make sure you are on that bus, because it only goes to Casa Marea Alta once a day.
You’ll arrive in front of Tiskita (which is a lodge located directly next door to Casa Marea Alta) around 18:00.
To return to San Jose, buses depart Pavones daily at 5:30, and 12:30 for Golfito. They depart Golfito in front of the Deposito Libre at 5:00 and 13:30.The trip takes about eight hours and costs 12 USD.
When you land in Golfito Airport, you can catch a cab to Punta Banco, which can cost between 80 USD and 100 USD.
"I have seen Utopia and it's a secluded piece of Heaven near Punta Banco Costa Rica. Perfect set up literally a stones throw from the ocean with the most amazing landscape called the Rainforest! Natural jungle surroundings for observing wildlife right in your own backyard. Not to mention a beautifully built Yoga deck at our disposal. This was an adventure from the start thanks to the hospitality and helpful planning from Beth and Clyde who were amazing hosts. I can't say enough about these two they go above and beyond. They make you feel at home and go to great lengths to accommodate your every need. The meals they prepared were delicious and the fruit comes fresh from their own backyard rain forest how cool is that! The accommodations were very comfortable, roomy and so relaxing. The wildlife is there right in front of you everywhere you go. We encountered monkeys, macaws, toucan, aquati (racoon like animals), agouti (never heard of these either) and many other animals. The people here are so warm and friendly. There's surfing, horseback riding, paddle boarding, hiking and nature walks. You can surf just outside your front door or go to nearby Pavones which is one of the most desired surf spots in the world. I loved it here so much I married my sweetheart here and came back the following year! What does that tell you. For me it's the peace and connection with nature. We forget what its like to totally unplug and leave your worries behind and this is the place to do just that. Yoga with Beth was the perfect way to start the day especially when your greeted by squirrel monkeys and such a variety of birds. The guided nature hike through the jungle with Clyde was one of my favorites and I appreciate his knowledge of the rain forest. We encountered a family of white faced monkeys and watched them play and groom each other. It's like living an episode the Discovery channel. Casa Marea Alta is the perfect place to get in touch with a reality you can only dream about. When your surrounded by Rain Forest on the Pacific ocean you can't help but move into a higher vibration! Thank you Beth and Clyde for the most amazing experience! You guys rock!"
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"What a beautiful place to take it easy relax breathe deep and get away from the busyness of life! I love the wildlife the hikes the surfing, paddle board, the horseback riding, yoga on a beautiful new deck and especially the alone time to journal and reflect. If you're an outdoor person and enjoys the ocean you will love the place. Clyde and Beth Ann are great hosts, they cook delicious food, fresh juices from fruit trees right there on the local property of the protected rain forest! A true wildlife sanctuary! Just booked another trip to take my son for graduation present we are going to surf, play and relax. Unwinding from a faster pace life is the best gift to give!"
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"I planned this vacation on a whim and it was the best trip ever! Beth and Clyde were the most generous hosts. They respected my privacy and made sure I felt like I was home. They had activities planned every day. We went on hikes where we saw waterfalls and beautiful wildlife and ate fruits straight from nature. They took me into town when I needed groceries and also taught me how to cook local cuisine, which was awesome since I love to cook. Beth and Clyde also educated me about the Costa Rican culture and helped me with my Spanish when talking with the locals. I was full of questions and they answered all of them in a very enthusiastic manner. You can clearly see they love Costa Rica and want people to be able to experience this beautiful land. Thanks Beth and Clyde for an awesome week! I will be back again! Lastly, the trip was so memorable I got a tattoo in remembrance of my experience."
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"The house is amazing, with the beach right in front. Beautiful room, kitchen, and bathroom, really comfortable. Perfect for having a relaxing experience in Pavones."
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"This place is lovely. Peaceful town, friendly people, beautiful nature, and sweet air. When you get used to the weather, you don't wanna leave. The house is very near to the beach. Clyde and Beth are great host. Clyde is a perfect guide to this region. Besides Spanish, he also speaks fluent English. He is very knowledgeable and always willing to help with our needs and give great suggestions. We had a jungle tour with him. It was wonderful! We saw plenty of wildlife. There are small restaurants nearby which cook delicious, natural, and healthy meal. We definitely loved the food. Honestly, we begin to miss here already. It's far but it's worth the time! Wish this beautiful area and the lovely people here the best!"
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"Beth and Clyde were the perfect hosts. The two are super nice and did everything to make this vacation as nice as can be. Clyde knows a lot about the local plants and animals and was eager to explain on a three hour tour through the jungle. He helped with everything from giving us a ride to the supermarket to showing us how to open the coconuts we collected along the beach. The room is in great shape. Everything is very clean; from the beds to the shower to the kitchen. The lodge is located in a beautiful garden, with the beach right across the street. Pura vida!"
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