Kayaking In Costa Rica (part 1)

By BobbyRica | March 12, 2010

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My incessant appetite for adventure took me to a lot of places and this time around, I was back to battle the waves in Costa Rica! The first thing I plan to try out is the drinks… err… I mean kayaking! Yeah! I heard loads of good things about kayaking in Costa Rica and I felt that I would be doing you guys great disservice if I just sit around here and you know, bum around the beach all day and spend the rest of the night getting pissed drunk and/or checking out the chicks, right? Naturally, I knew I was in for a great time!

So what exactly springs to mind when you hear the word kayaking?

I asked my buddy, Rodrigo Marquez, a friend who is based in Costa Rica and he said “angry, turbulent water that could bash you head clean off your goddamned neck, swimming in Satan’s Watery playground, clinging on for dear life and a nice, throbbing back ache that could keep you awake in un-Godly hours” or of similar context. This, from a guy who spend most of his waking hours surfing around the fucking Pacific just cuz he’s bored. Seeing that he hates the idea of battling the waves strapped on a flimsy boat, I was already forming a plan at the back of my mind.

Personally, I love kayaking. In fact, I did a lot of kayaking when I was much younger. However, a back injury prevented me from doing any devilish stunts, till now of course. So Rodrigo welcomes me to the lovely Costa Rica and after a drink or two (okay so it was more or less five Jägermeisters each, sue me), I convinced him to head to the nearby Southeastern Nicoya Peninsula and try his hand on kayaking with me. He was too wasted to say no, hahaha! So the next day, we prepared ourselves for a three-day sea kayaking expedition on the Nicoya Peninsula.

Now folks, here in the Southeastern Nicoya Peninsula, it’s all about kayaking and I felt instantly at home. Rodrigo introduced me to another friend of his, Marty, a shop owner that specializes in selling diving gears as well as gears for kayaking. Turns out, Marty also offers sea kayaking expedition on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The good news is that the waters are pretty much beginner-friendly. So that means people who have no previous experience in kayaking are all welcome to try it out without fears of getting their ass beaten to a bloody pulp by Mother Nature! Awesome, right?

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But I’m getting ahead of my story here. We decided to take a little breather on the pristine beach before we rock the kayaks. Of course, I didn’t come to this fair island without missing to sing praises to the breath-taking beaches, marine and terrestrial wildlife, folks! What I liked most about the place is that the beach was not well-developed yet. I hate crowded beaches, personally and discovering that this paradise is was not yet “raped by humankind” made me all the more giddy. I would definitely be back for a little scuba diving after the kayaking expedition, I told myself. The weather was spectacular as always and the clear waters of the beach was inviting! I took a little swim while Rodrigo and Marty are left for a one-on-one session about the basics of kayaking. Marty was giving Rodrigo some pointers on how to properly propel yourself against the waves, how to prevent yourself from getting thrown out during sharp curves, etc. By the time the brief session was over, Rodrigo was sweating bullets, hahahah!

(to be continued tomorrow)

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