The trip will depart from Curú Wildlife Refuge. Your arrival time in the refuge is 8.30 a.m. Before getting on the water, you go through a comprehensive orientation to sea kayaking skills and emergency procedures. While kayaking, the pace is easy and there are lots of opportunities to stop, stretch your legs, swim and relax.
Half Day Trip (3-4 hours)
This trip usually goes first to Playa Organo, approximately 1 hour from Curú. You can stop and swim here with the option to paddle in the gentle surf conditions. You then paddle to Playa Quesera in the wildlife refuge to stop, swim, snorkel and enjoy a fresh fruit break on the beach to then return to the main beach in the park.
* Lunch is available in the refuge with advanced notice.
Full Day Trip (6-7 hours)
This longer trip usually goes to Isla Tortuga, approximately 1.5 hours from Curú. The islands have dramatic cliffs and provide a wonderful environment for paddling as well as several excellent locations for snorkeling. The group will stop on one of the beaches for a break, swim and to enjoy the scenery. Following an exploration of the Tortugas, you paddle to Playa Quesera in the reserve for a full gourmet lunch, snorkeling, swimming and a short hike to then return to the main beach in the park.
Getting to Curú
Curú is situated along the road that runs between Tambor and Paquera. From Santa Teresa, travel through Cobano, on to Tambor and continue on towards Paquera. The entrance to Curú is on the right side of the road 16 km. past Tambor and 6 km. before reaching Paquera.
When you arrive at Curú, you’ll come to a small guard station, where you’ll sign in. Tell the guard that you are doing a trip with Seascape. Your refuge entrance fee is included in your trip price. Seascape will already be in the refuge preparing for the trip. Drive the mile into the refuge on a dirt road through pasture land, keeping your speed down and watching for animals. When you arrive in the main administration area, park in the lot on your left, lock your car and walk up to the beach area and they will meet you near the kayak rack there.
What to Wear
It is usually hot in Curú, so plan your attire accordingly. While there are some shaded areas, you’ll also be in direct sun while kayaking, so bring hats, sunscreen and lip protection. Wear your bathing suit, light weight shorts and tops that will wick away moisture and dry quickly, and bring sport sandals or other shoes you don’t mind getting wet. There are washrooms and showers available at no extra charge.
What to Bring
We have dry bags for any items you want to bring along, including your camera. Bring a water bottle and we can refill and recycle your plastic bottles for you.
Wildlife You Will See
Any visit to Curú affords opportunities to see White-Faced Capuchin, Howler and Spider monkeys, many types of lizards, and an amazing array of birds (232 species have been counted here!) such as Motmots, Trogons, Crested Caracara and the endangered Scarlet Macaw, which has been reintroduced into the refuge. While kayaking, sea turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays, dolphins, numerous tropical fish and seabirds such as Osprey, Brown Pelicans, Brown Boobies and Frigates are often seen.
If you are interested in other activities, your kayak trip can be combined with horseback riding or hiking with advanced notice.
Note: Kayak trips are not available every day due to multi-day trips the operator runs. The sooner you can let us know you would like to do a kayak trip during your visit, the more likely we will be able to make it happen.
More information on this great day trip available here.
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