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Old 02-07-2008   #1
Winter Park, Colorado
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Costa Rica Kayaking Trip

I'm looking for some information about river centers/instructional camps in Costa Rica for this spring. I am planning on taking my first vacation in over 7 years that is not to a friends wedding and I want to kayak!!!

The reason why I want to go to a river center/instructional camp is because I plan on going by myself, and I just want to get my sea legs and confidence back in a friendly, warm environment before coming home and hitting up the Eagle (for what I hope is going to be a great season, with all this snow we have been getting). I usually end the season on a great note, but I always have a slow start because of the cold water on the Eagle and the mental games of getting back in the boat.

Ideally, I would like to go the last week in April/first week of May, and I would like to be on a river that is Class III-IV with some good play spots. I would like a place that I don't have to lug my boat to, but could still get in a similar boat. I'm thinking that I want to be kayaking about 3-4 days and then heading to the beach to relax, read, drink and surf for another 3-4 days.

Any suggestions??

Also, I have no desire to just go kayak on a river by myself or head down there and hope to find someone at the put ins, so thank you if those are your suggestions, but I don't need those. The mental game for me a is big factor in my kayaking, and I need to be on the river with encouraging people until I gain my confidence for the season.

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Old 02-07-2008   #2
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You're going to want to go to the town of Turrialba. It's the center of Costa Rican kayaking. There are all sorts of kayak schools there and a few good, cheap hostels. I think I used Costa Rica Rios, and they were pretty good, with a huge selection of boats to choose from. Search the threads here, as there have been a lot of similar questions and opinions on schools to use.

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Old 02-07-2008   #3
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Hotel Interamericano is a great place to stay in Turriabla...

to the site admins... enhancement idea: Could you guys tag posts for these kinds of questions and drop them in the trip planner section or a new section. It would be awesome if all the posts on Costa Rica, the Zambezi, Mexico, etc. were organized in one place that users could browse when planning a trip.
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Old 02-09-2008   #4
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