In the tropical adventure-land of Costa Rica, the great outdoors inexorably lures the intrepid visitor. Whether it’s bird-watching in a verdant rain forest, flying down a zip-line above the jungle canopy, wandering around the barren landscape of a grumbling volcano, riding the blue waves on a surfboard or hitting little white balls around a lush ocean-view golf course – the options for outdoor pleasure are never far away.
As expats living in Costa Rica, my husband Layne and I have sampled a lot of what this gorgeous country has to offer. Recently, however, we ventured into new territory (literally and figuratively) when we took off on a sea kayaking adventure at Bahia Rica, a sport fishing and kayaking lodge in the tiny town of Paquera at the south end of the Nicoya Peninsula. Run by an energetic young Norwegian couple, Vigdis Vatshaug and her husband Thomas Jones, Bahia Rica beckons dedicated sport fishermen with the exhilarating challenge of hooking a big Marlin or Roosterfish, while it lures the nature lover with the tranquility of palm trees, dreamy hammocks and isolated beaches. It seemed like the perfect spot to take visiting friends Sue and Christine, who hoped to put their extensive mountain lake paddling experience to the test plying their skills on more open waters. With a few emails to Vigdis, we made a plan to go to Bahia Rica as the first stop of our friends’ two-week trip. Read More→