Serendipity Charters-Sailing Costa Rica

Serendipity Charters-Sailing Costa Rica

Serendipity Charters-Sailing Costa Rica
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8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
On Serendipity we celebrate sailing, nature and our deep appreciation for the ocean. She is a 50 foot monohull sailing yacht (Beneteau Oceanis), crewed by an experienced, safe and bilingual crew. We are not a catamaran, we are not a booze cruise. All of our charters include a premium open bar (no well alcohol on Serendipity), a fresh and healthy appetizer and our made to order signature chicken tacos. We will provide all snorkeling and fishing gear and one of our crew will guide your group on a snorkel. Overnight trips are available to local anchorages and Witch's Rock and Ollies Point in the Santa Rosa National Park. Serving, Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Playas del Coco, Papagayo, Playa Avellanas, Playa Negra, Westin
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
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Lisa B
Overland Park, KS11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
My husband and I spent the afternoon with Captain Luis, Bismarck and Jonathan. They kept our drinks full, sailed the seas, snorkeled by the rocks, cooked up some yummy chicken tacos and showed us an amazing sunset! Laid back atmosphere with plenty of room on the boat for passengers. Easily one of the best days of our vacation! You will love it!
Written January 28, 2020
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YOU ARE OUR 600TH (in all languages) 5 STAR REVIEW!!!!! Thank you. People often asking us, jokingly, if we pay for reviews. I would never. Our crew earned each and every one of those and our past guests or so generous with their time to make the effort to write these. Thank you so much!!!!
Written February 3, 2020
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digbroom
Brantford, Canada58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I have been out sailing with this company twice now. They offer a great day on the water and the food and drinks are better than some of the other companies. It's clean and staff are very responsible, careful and considerate. I felt very safe with them and their knowledge of the area and best places to snorkel etc. The experience costs more than other sailing/catamaran but the quality is far better in every way.
Written March 8, 2020
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Thank you! Yes, safety is our first priority and we hire experienced, knowledgable and passionate sailors to share that love for the ocean with our guests. We hope to take you out for a third and forth time! Thanks!
Written March 12, 2020
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Asco1
New York City, NY19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
This was a great excursion on the water in CR, we were on a 50th Birthday celebration trip to CR and we chartered the boat for a private sunset cruise for our group of 11. Prior to booking I spoke to Geneva a couple of times and she was very helpful in explaining the choices of food and drinks available/included. Closer to our excursion date we got a email from them inquiring about our preference for the drinks and also confirming the number of guests who were vegetarian and non vegetarian as the majority of our group was vegetarian and precise directions to the pick up point. On the day of the excursion we arrived exactly at 1.30 pm and the crew was waiting for us in their small dingy to take us to the sailboat. Our crew Bismarck, Jonathan and Jeffrey were all amazing and after a initial safety briefing we set sail and the drinks started flowing. They have a vast variety of cocktails, beer, juices, soft drinks available and Jeffery and Jonathan kept them flowing as we sailed out of the bay, The entire group had a splendid time on the deck listening to music connected on their Bluetooth device.Captain Bismarck informed us that he would find a good spot with less waves where we could swim/ snorkel and about 2 hours into the sailing we anchored off a quiet cove. The crew helped us all with snorkel gear and Jonathan swam with us showing us the area to snorkel to see some marine life, unfortunately we didn’t see much.As soon as we got back up on the boat we were served the cowboy caviar ( dip of corn, beans etc ) and tortilla chips followed by soft tacos ( bean for the vegetarians) and ( chicken for the non vegetarians) along with a selection of sauces. The tacos were excellent and enjoyed by all. Unfortunately shortly thereafter Mother Nature intervened and there was a massive Thunderstorm accompanied by thunder and lightning, the rain was incessant and visibility was almost zero, Captain Bismarck safely anchored the boat close to the shore and told us that we would wait there until the storm passed, unfortunately the weather conditions did not change and after over an hour being anchored our group decide to head back to shore. The crew safely navigated us back to the pick up point and before disembarking asked us to have a final drink and popped a champagne for our Birthday boy. Despite the disappointment of not being able to enjoy the sunset we are grateful that we got 3 hours of great weather. If you are looking for a top notch experience,book Serendipity without hesitation.
Written May 4, 2022
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Thank you for the lovely and detailed review! I am glad that, despite the weather, you were able to enjoy your day so much! A 50th birthday is such a wonderful milestone, we are honored that we were part of your special day. Gracias y may your next decade be full of serendipitous moments. :)
Written May 9, 2022
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Absbyrd
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Our family of 6 had the most amazing end to our trip to Costa Rica by chartering the Serendipity for a full day. Captain Judd and first mate Bismarck went above and beyond to make sure we were hydrated and fed (delicious tacos and cowboy caviar.) The conversation was so interesting and engaging. We caught a fish, snorkeled for over half a mile around the most amazing rocks in several coves. Bismarck made sure we saw everything there was to see from turtles, sea cucumbers, blow fish, puffer fish as well as starfish and more. We couldn’t have asked for a better day and cannot recommend this team highly enough. You far exceeded our expectations. Thank you for such an incredible day and end to our vacation. Today is up there as one of the best days our family has ever had on a vacation.
Written January 4, 2020
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Thank you for this great review. Capt. Judd sure does have some interesting and fun stories to share. : ) Glad you all had a great day out and we really do appreciate the recommendation.
Written January 8, 2020
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Doris R
Dalas, United States24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We had a fantastic day sailing with the crew of the Serendipity!! Group of 10 of us celebrating together and we booked a private charter for the day and we were NOT disappointed. Bismark was our captain and he didn't let us miss a thing. The beer and cocktails were excellent and well stocked. We anchored in a nice quiet cove and we did some swimming and snorkeling. I wish I could remember the young mans name that I nicknamed "Nemo" because he swam like a fish and showed us a multitude of fish. While there the crew made us some excellent tacos for lunch!! Tasty and lots to go around. They exceeded our expectation and when we go back to Flamingo Beach we intend to book them again. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
Written June 17, 2021
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Thank you! I'm sure you went snorkeling with Jonathan. Comes from a long line of ocean people and can certainly see and find things better than most guides. We are blessed to have him working with us! Glad you had a good time with us and thanks for the review.
Written June 21, 2021
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Elsa V
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
My family and I had an amazing time on the Serendipity. Since we got to the departure place, the experience was 5 stars. The Google Maps directions are accurate, there is a place to park your car, the staff was there on time and they were super friendly. The sailing boat is great, well maintained and you can tell they have been taking very good care of it from all the details. 

I highly recommend going with them, especially for the sunset tour as it was one of the most magical moments of my life! They welcome you with delicious cocktails, fresh fruits and appetizers while you can relax and enjoy the views. The conditions were great, we were soooo lucky that we saw dolphins jumping out of the water!

The weather was amazing and the staff took us to the best location as they always check how the conditions and visibility are to take you to a calm spot. We did snorkel, swim around, visited an almost hidden beach and then had a delicious meal on our way back to the Marine while we were amazed by the sunset and the great playlist was playing. 

I would totally recommend this experience to couples, friends or families!
Written March 23, 2022
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Honestly, nothing makes me happier than reading statements like "it was one of the most magical moments in my life". So happy to have been part of that moment for you. Thanks for the compliment!
Written April 10, 2022
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Julia Malone
Liberia, Costa Rica4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
I arranged a boat tour for my partners birthday and we brought my son and another family. All of our minds were totally blown. It was absolutely a serendipitous and magical experience.

Captain Louis and Jonathan were incredibly kind, professional and friendly. We saw dolphins, devil rays and turtles. The dolphins surrounded our boat and were raising themselves out of the water giving us a full-on show as we squealed and clapped for them. Then later the guys put out lines and caught a black tuna that they prepared it for us ceviche style. It was super delicious.

A little later we just happened to see a Sailfish! Which totally happened by chance and was an amazing and very delightful experience.

We finished off the trip with a snorkel in this really beautiful beach with cyan blue water, where we saw some really amazing fish and sea creatures, like octopus and pufferfish.

As we were getting off the boat we immediately began talking about when we could do this again; either for an overnight trip or if we could manage to do this several times a year. (We have now since then been 5 times)

We love and cherish this experience as a highlight and we have had a lot of really great adventures.
Thank you, Geneva, Brad, Louis and Jonathan for this incredible memory and now an even deeper love of sailing and connection with ocean life.
Written February 24, 2021
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Thank you Julia! Its you guys that are magic! I love how when you sail with us, you often have so many creatures come and visit you. :) Thanks for being such great guests and for writing this lovely review.
Written March 8, 2021
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megkat312
Chicago, IL9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
A long overdue thank you and highest recommendation to Serendipity and her fabulous crew. Bizmark and Jonathan (aka the octopus whisperer) gave the 4 of us the most spectacular and wonderfully fun filled day with an incredible sunset to top it off. We went snorkeling and fished and I’m still dreaming about going back as soon as human-ally possible! The boat is a beauty and the crew are THE best. Communication during the booking process was incredibly fast and clear. Can’t wait to be back sailing those gorgeous CR waters again.
Written January 1, 2022
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He is the Octopus Whisper! I love that name for him. I am so impressed how he can look at the same rock I see and see an octopus when I only see rock. :) We appreciate the review and for choosing Serendipity.
Written January 20, 2022
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Chris G
Forked river nj9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
I'm not sure where to start with this review as this trip could not have been scripted better. I booked the overnight trip with my longtime girlfriend with the hopes it would be the perfect setting to ask her to marry me. First let me say Geneva was an absolute pleasure to work with getting the trip booked and answering all of my questions via email and phone conversations. The trip was simply amazing! Sea turtles, dolphins and even a whale almost as they somehow magically planned each sighting just for us! Captain Luis and Mate Bismarck were simply on the top of there game. Both are extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Luis truly loves to captain this boat and taught us a lot about sailing, the surrounding waters and landmarks. Bismarck can do it all, cook, make some mean drinks, plus coordinate all the water activities. Simply put they really enjoy their jobs and you felt as you've known them you r whole life. We have been traveling to Costa Rica for 10+ years and have done pretty much every tour, land and sea. This from stat to finish is one that we will never forget and our all time favorite!!
Written February 5, 2021
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Thank you for this kind review. :) I am so happy for the two of you as you move forward in the next chapter of your life and we are honored to be part of that. I hope your girlfriend was surprised! Our overnight trips are truly a magical experience. It was our saving grace in last year at the beginning of the pandemic. Everything just goes away when you are that far removed. Thanks for sailing with us and Congrats!
Written February 8, 2021
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SFKids
Pittsburgh, PA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We did a half day private tour last week with two older teens and we all loved it. The crew was great as were the drinks. We snorkeled on a private beach - which wasn’t the best snorkeling in terms of fish and color but it was still good. Crew member Bismarck came with me and we held starfish and a puffer fish (and then placed them back safely). All in all a great trip. We’d do the full day next time. Half day wasn’t long enough.
Written July 24, 2021
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Thanks for writing this kind review. We will be looking forward to taking out for a full day charter next time! Pura Vida and hasta la proxima!
Written August 9, 2021
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