A year ago we had our first experience at BSS and I wrote a glowing review. We decided to return this summer, but this time my oldest son and his wife were bringing their 6 month old daughter. Daunting, I know. So my wife and I were in one bungalow, two of our grown sons in another and the new family in a third.
I am happy to report that our week was as wonderful as the last time. The staff is as warm and friendly and helpful as ever. The location is just right. The baby deal worked out fine (interesting how 6 adults tend to fall into the same schedule as a 6 month old).
A few thoughts -
Both years we have been there in June, the "Green Season". It did rain most days and several days we didn't see the sun. My oldest is a serious surfer. A year ago the swell and surf were great the whole week. This year it never really came together. Apparently, this time of year tends to be a bit more hit or miss. Still better than all but the best days at his home in St. Augustine, Florida. The crowds are down, the beaches all but deserted and some of the restaurants are closed or open partial hours. We actually like this better and it is fairly cool in June.
We rented (with BSS's help) two ATV's this year and it was great to have the independent mobility without having to take our rented SUV everywhere. They are easy to operate and a lot of fun. We had them for five days and the cost was $250 each. The ride on the roads is not nearly as bumpy as in the SUV.
For the second year we had dinner one night at Koji (sp?). They specialize in sushi-mi and sushi. Both meals were amazing.
We booked a fishing trip again this year. This is really old-man-and-the-sea stuff, not your big cabin cruiser, deep sea deal. Maybe a 15' open hull with a bimini cover. The guide spoke little English, but with our broken Spanish we communicated just fine. We tried trolling with no luck. Hand-fished for a while and brought in a snapper, but the only thing that was hitting was casting for Jack. We caught maybe twenty of these, but they aren't great to eat so we through them back. A lot of fun though and work to bring those in. So two fishing trips down there and not much to show for it (just one honkin' Rooster Fish last year), but we will go again. It is beautiful out there.
Probably the main attraction for us is the chance to spend a week together as a family in a beautiful, tropical location without a busy agenda, drink fruity rum drinks, play cards, stroll down to the beach and laugh. As I said a year ago, BSS feels like home, just in one of creations more amazing locations.
God-willing, we will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Surf Sanctuary is a small boutique hotel & upscale surf school located in magical Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, 100 yards from the sand!Gorgeous bungalows with daily housekeeping, A/C, pool and fully equipped kitchen. We pride ourselves on our stellar customer service, our use of organic soaps and consciousness about our beautiful oceanWe offer both accommodations only, surf packages or surf lessons to outside clients! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Surf Sanctuary Hotel Santa Teresa
- Blue Surf Sanctuary Costa Rica/Santa Teresa