Here at Costa Rica Dive and Surf, we’re taking the evolution of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) to the next level by teaming it up with snorkeling
CRDS SUP & Snorkel Tours:
Stand-up Paddleboarding has become the latest in a long line of board sports to have its day in the sun. With ancient roots going all the way back to 3 different continents, both boards and paddles have been around, in some form or another, for thousands of years, and are as much a part of humanity’s evolution as the wheel or the screw.
Here at Costa Rica Dive and Surf, we are taking the evolution of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) to the next level by teaming it up with snorkeling, another activity with an ancient tradition; the first known mention of snorkeling dates back to Aristotle in ancient Greece.
Dominicalito Bay is a prime spot to SUP due to its ease of access and relatively calm waters. A tranquil half-moon beach with several small islands located offshore, Playa Domincalito is an unspoiled gem waiting to be enjoyed for its placid waves and breathtaking vistas of the mountains and coastline. Used as a launch spot for local fisherman with good reason, its calm waters make it easy to get in the water and up on your board without having to deal with a large wave break. Once you are out in the bay, you have an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful backdrop of the coastal range. The Costa Ballena and in particular, Dominicalito and the adjoining development, Escaleras are one of the only places in Costa Rica where the mountains fall directly into the Pacific, providing a truly stunning backdrop to your tour. The close proximity of the mountains to the Pacific, creates its own microclimate, spawning low-level clouds and showers when you least expect them.
One of the islands located in the Dominicalito Bay stands out from all the rest. A solitary tree occupies it, thriving in what should be an inhospitable environment. However, that lone tree is not the only living creature out there in the Bahia Dominicalito, not by a long shot. The island the tree grows upon also supports a multitude of life below the clear blue waters. While an approach by boat to this and other nearby islands is dangerous because of rocks just below the surface, it is easily accessible by paddleboard and a top-notch location for snorkeling. These islands mark the beginning of the northern portion of the largest Pacific coral reef in Central America, stretching over 40 miles to the south, making them a welcome home for all manner of Costa Rica Marine Life, from Mollusks to Mammals. Dolphins, Turtles and rarely, even some Whales can be seen in the peaceful tropical waters where the islands rest, and you can be sure of not only a multitude of fauna but also an extremely wide variety.