Dreamsea Costa Rica - Cruising The Coast! (VIDEO)

Our most recent excursion along the Northwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica! We hopped in a boat to a secluded beach, did some hiking, cliff jumping, and enjoyed a day full of sun, beautiful scenery, and better company. 🌊🌴🌞

Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica forever aims to provide a space for travelers from around the world to connect and collect special moments together. Come join us for our next excursion in this amazing country! 🇨🇷💙

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THE VISUALS: This video was filmed and edited by the creatively gifted Ofelie Quivron.

 You can follow her visual journey via her Instagram: @fillyx_

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Dreamsea Costa Rica - Fun In The Sun! (VIDEO)

FUN IN THE SUN! When the waves take a break but the rays are still shining, sometimes busting out a classic beach relay is the proper move!☀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏄🏻‍♂️

Shoutout to this recent Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica crew for the constant good vibes and memories! Pura Vida! 🌊💙

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THE VISUALS: This video was filmed and edited by the amazingly talented Dan Crossley, who is from Manchester, UK.

You can follow his visual journey via his Instagram: @dcrossly

You can also follow his YouTube page:

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Dreamsea Costa Rica - Remember The Moments! (VIDEO)

As we get closer to the halfway point of 2019, we take a look back at all of the special individuals and amazing memories made at Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica around the turn of the new year.

These visuals bring chills and remind us to cherish every past, present and future moment we share with those in the Dreamsea community.

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THE VISUALS: This video was filmed and edited by the incredibly talented Vishan Butt who is located in Toronto, Canada.

You can check out his stunning content and body of work at his personal Website: http://dacoitsfilm.com

You can also follow his visual journey via his personal Instagram page: @dacoitsfilm

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Dreamsea Costa Rica - My Dreamsea Experience! (VIDEO)

Since opening in 2013, Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica has been honored to host thousands of amazing travelers from all over the world. The individuals that pass through Dreamsea are without a doubt the heart and soul of the camp.

Check out some of the lovely faces and memories from 2019 to this point, in Dan Crossley‘s newest video: My Dreamsea Experience!

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THE VISUALS: This video was filmed and edited by the amazingly talented Dan Crossley, who is from Manchester, UK.

You can follow his visual journey via his Instagram: @dcrossly

You can also follow his YouTube page:

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Dreamsea Costa Rica - Traveling With An Open Mind!

Planning on coming to Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica, but not sure what to expect?


Perhaps you’re interested in surfing or yoga but have never really done it before? Do you like the sound of Dreamsea’s community-orientated environment, but you’re not sure how you’ll fit in? Do you want to get outside of your comfort zone, but a bit nervous about trying something new?

Don’t worry – I’ve been there too! Whether you’re coming to Dreamsea Costa Rica for a couple of weeks or even a few months, the idea of going somewhere so new and different can be quite daunting, so it’s only natural you’ll want to know what to expect.

The best piece of advice I can give you to make the most of your time at Dreamsea Costa Rica is to come with an open mind.


You may have heard of the customary “Pura Vida” lifestyle that the Costa Rican’s lead here. If you wanted to, you could very easily adopt a similar attitude and tailor your trip around what you are used to and comfortable with. However, if you really want to live the Dreamsea experience, you’ve got to put in what you want out of it. Life here is a mixture of moments, experiences, memories, and adventures. If you open yourself up to what it has to offer, I promise you’ll have the time of your life.

YOGA & SURFING


Dreamsea’s specialties! A majority of life at Dreamsea (and in Tamarindo, too) revolves around yoga and surfing. We wake up to downward facing dogs and warrior one poses before spending the rest of the day playing in the swell at Tamarindo or catching green waves at neighboring beaches.

You might be thinking to yourself, “But I’ve never surfed/yoga’d before!” or I don’t even know what that lingo means!”. Or maybe you’ve dabbled a little but you don’t think you’ll be good enough?

Fear not. Dreamsea Costa Rica welcomes all levels of experience – from the seasoned yogi’s and surfers to the toe-dippers and fresh-faced fledglings. You’ll always have the support and encouragement of the camp’s friendly and qualified surf & yoga teachers. Even if you can’t touch your toes, you’ll never feel out of place on the yoga platform and can take it as slow as you need. The surf instructors also hold weekly Surf Tutorials in the evening, where they share all things surf related: talking about beach safety and surfing etiquette, to describing wave types and technique, and deciphering some of that lingo you may have been secretly confused but scared to ask about.

Still not convinced? When else will you get the chance to do yoga under the howler monkeys hanging in the trees above, or surfing at one of the best places in Central & South America?

CAMP LIFE


We’re a little off the grid at Dreamsea, located in a nearby jungle of Guanacaste. Everything about the camp is very simplistic and minimal. The furniture is homemade, the decor is rustic and rural, and the toilets are open-air. You share your space with other campmates and some other residents too: howler monkeys, a few camp pets, and the occasional passing bull or cow.

Needless to say this might sound a little different to what you’re used to but don’t let that put you off. While Dreamsea may not have some of your usual home comforts it’s gives you a chance to let go of the materialistic and focus on what actually matters. With emphasis drawn away from money, time, possessions and other constrictions that rule the majority of our every day lives, value is returned to experiences and moments. Living this simplistic life at Dreamsea Costa Rica makes you realize how little we actually need in order to be happy.

If one of your other concerns is sharing your lavatorial space with 8-legged creatures & their friends (as mine was!), it really isn’t as bad as you think. Come prepared: arm yourself with a mosquito net, bug spray, a head lamp to take on the night-time trails to the toilet, and shoes to wear around camp, and you’ll be fine. We actually live in harmony with nature’s residents, and as long as we respect their home they are quite happy to leave us be.

MAKING FRIENDS


Travelling, for me, is all about the people you meet along the way. This is is one of the reasons I decided to volunteer at Dreamsea Costa Rica, and after a month in camp, it didn’t disappoint.

There is a real global atmosphere within the camp and you’ll never be short of a friend. It may feel a little overwhelming initially, coming into friendship groups already formed and remembering a number of new names, but give it a few days. Ask someone how their day was. Sit down at a different table for dinner. See if anyone wants to come into town with you in the morning. Everyone is friendly and happy to talk – just be yourself, smile and say hello.

And if you’re someone who prefers your own space? That’s fine too! Some days you may even feel a bit of R&R is needed and you have the flexibility and freedom to have some alone time too, whether it’s taking a time-out in a cafe, going off for a solo surf, or having some me-time hanging on a platform in the Mango Tree at camp.

GETTING INVOLVED - CAMP ACTIVITIES


Make sure you get involved when you’re at Dreamsea, as there’s always something going on and it is the best way to experience this place properly. Come along to a group gym session in the morning (cheesy work-out music provided); sweat it out in the surf relay down at Playa Tamarindo; try your hand in a game of ping pong or take part in the monthly Dreamsea talent show. After dinner activities range from guided meditation and flip cup tournaments to music bingo and sing-alongs around a bonfire.

You may have come across some people in your life that give off the ‘too cool for school’ stigma, the kind of people who cringe at organized fun or turn their noses up at things like talent shows, but not here! We don’t take life too seriously at Dreamsea Costa Rica and everyone is always up for a laugh. Even if it’s a little out of your comfort zone, just give it a go – it’s a great way to immerse yourself and meet people.

CULTURE


Tamarindo is prime spot for surfing, sunning, and chilling out but it is also your everyday-kind of beach town. It can be easy to become a bit of a home-comfort hopper, bouncing between a day on the beach with a book and the nearest burger joint or Happy Hour. So while you’re here, make the most of this gem of a place and try something new. Get lunch from the ‘car lady’ for only 2,000 colones and indulge in gorgeous Costa Rican cuisine (all served out of the back of a Toyota). Learn some Spanish and get chatting to the locals: they are so friendly and more than happy to share tips for life in Tamarindo. Or, you can hop on a bus to the nearest town or neighboring beach and get a taste of a different local scene. Which leads nicely on to…

DREAMSEA EXCURSIONS


Every week the Dreamsea team organizes a different trip for campers: Cliff jumping at Playa Conchal, hiking and camping overnight at Playa Minas, swimming in the waterfalls of Llanos de Cortez, or a surfing trip to Playa Avellanas, Marbella and beyond. If you’re a backpacker on a budget, you might be a little wary of the prices and wondering if it’ll be worth it. Short answer – yes, it is.

Tamarindo is only a small glimpse into what Costa Rica has to offer, and there is so much more to see and do. When you go with Dreamsea your whole transport, trip and lunch are sorted. You’re with people who know the area well and know the best spots to take you – when we went to Playa Minas we even got to see turtles nesting! The excursions are excellent value for the prices and a good deal when you compare it to other tours from Tamarindo. Plus you’re guaranteed to go with a great group of people!

So come to Dreamsea Costa Rica with a sense of adventure, an open mind, and an open heart. Wake up with the howler monkeys and watch the sun set at Playa Tamarindo in the evening. Throw yourself into all there is to offer to get the most out of this amazing place and I promise you’ll leave with lifelong friends, a belly full of laughs and memories you’ll have forever.

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THE WORDS: This blog was written by the amazingly talented Charlotte Porter, who studied creative & professional writing at the University of Nottingham, and calls Bristol, UK home. Charlie is currently traveling through Central America and documenting her journey along the way. You can follow her adventures at her personal Instagram and check out some of her written work at her Personal Blog.

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Dreamsea Costa Rica - Surfing Is Life! (VIDEO)

SURFING IS LIFE! — One of our weekly surf excursions is to the historic Playa Avellanas, where turquoise water, mangroves, and white sand meet some of Costa Rica’s best waves. — Check out some visuals from our most recent trip there, and come join us for one of our future surf trips!

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THE VISUALS: This video was filmed and edited by the amazingly talented Dan Crossley, who is from Manchester, UK.

You can follow his visual journey via his Instagram: @dcrossly

You can also follow his YouTube page:

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Dreamsea Costa Rica - Beach Fiesta! (VIDEO)

Enjoy life and laugh often! Sometimes we dress up in costume and head to the beach for a day filled with celebration and friendly competition. If you have been to Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica you’ve likely been introduced to “Flunky Ball”. If you haven’t, here are some visuals from our most recent round of the game!

Shoutout to all of the smiling faces in this video for making it another unforgettable day! Forever collecting moments, not things! 🏝🍻🎉💙

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THE VISUALS: This video was filmed and edited by the amazingly talented Dan Crossley, who is from Manchester, UK.

You can follow his visual journey via his Instagram: @dcrossly

You can also follow his YouTube page:

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Dreamsea Costa Rica - Unforgettable Excursions! (VIDEO)

While surfing and yoga are at the core of Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica, we also go on weekly excursions to explore the surrounding areas within this beautiful region of Costa Rica. Sometimes we pack up, set up camp on hidden beaches, hike to surreal view points for sunset, and spend a night under the stars with the entire crew.

Every so often, life can feel like an incredible dream. This excursion to Playa Minas was one of those times. This is Pura Vida! Collecting moments, not things.

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THE VISUALS: This video was filmed and edited by the amazingly talented Dan Crossley, who is from Manchester, UK.

You can follow his visual journey via his Instagram: @dcrossly

You can also follow his YouTube page:

Dan Crossley YouTube

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Dreamsea Costa Rica - Common Questions & Concerns Of First Time Surfers!

The moment I decided I would learn how to surf, I was pumped! I was also incredibly nervous.


Coming from the Midwest region of the United States, surfing isn’t a typical pastime for most of the people I know. I had so many questions. Once I arrived at Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica, I realized the camp was full of newbie surfers from all over the world who were equally excited and anxious about catching their first wave.

To help future dreamsea-ers, we sat down with two of our instructors Steff Mags from New Jersey, United States, and Catharine O’Boyle from Hampshire, United Kingdom, to answer the most commonly asked questions for first-time surfers. Together, they have more than 16 years of experience on the board and 10 years of experience teaching it.

How Deep In The Water Do I Need To Go?


Don’t worry, we won’t be throwing you in the deep end your first time out. At Tamarindo beach, you’ll most likely start in water shallow enough for you to stand up in. Surfing in white water, the foam-like waves you see crashing onto shore, is the best place to get familiar with your board and perfect your pop up. Once you’re able to get your feet underneath you – literally – you can move further out to catch some green waves, slightly larger waves that haven’t broken yet. O’Boyle stresses that as you progress, you should remain aware of your limitations. If the waves seem too intense for where you’re at, wait it out, head closer to shore or find a new spot. The worst thing you can do is knock your hard-earned confidence on the board.

What Type Of Clothing Should I Wear?


OK, so you may not ask yourself this question, but you should. The tropical climate of Tamarindo is too hot for a wetsuit, but you may want to consider bringing a rash guard. Rash guards, or rashies, are compression shirts that protect your skin from sunburns and irritations caused from skin-to-skin chaffing and board-to-skin abrasions. You also want to make sure you lather up on the SPF. Afterall, the surfer look isn’t complete without a thick application of zinc to the nose. If buying a rashie isn’t in your budget, Mags says a tight-fitting, long-sleeve shirt, or something you can tie back to make tight, will work fine.

Once In The Ocean, How Do I Know The Right Time To Catch A Wave?


The thing about oceans is that they are rarely consistent. Learning which waves are best for riding is something that takes a lot of time to get the hang of. Even then, you’re going to mess it up sometimes. Ideally, you want to catch a wave at its peak, the highest point of the wave that breaks first. O’Boyle suggests taking some time to watch the waves from the shore before paddling out to see where you might want to position yourself in the water. Both instructors also recommend paying attention to the waves when you’re out swimming. Take notice of how the waves feel and try to body surf them.

“You have to just go out there. Get to know the waves, go on a date,” said Mags. “You’ll get the feel for it.”

You’ll also get the green light from your instructors during your lesson. They’ll let you know which waves are worth going for, how long you should paddle and when you should pop up and enjoy the ride.

Why Do I Keep Nosediving Off The Front Of My Board?


Everyone experiences a nosedive or two (or several) when surfing – and they’re actually a really important part of learning. Wipe outs are normal and help you understand what does and doesn’t work for you. But, if you want to avoid dipping the tip of your board in the water, check your weight distribution and keep your eyes on the prize. Your weight should always be concentrated toward the back of your board, even when paddling. This prevents you from putting too much pressure on the front and scooping your board into the wave. Another reason you might be falling down is because you’re looking down. Wherever your eyes go, your body follows, so keep your head up and stare in the direction you want to go. If you do find yourself in a wipe out, though, be sure to use your arms to protect your head from any rogue boards.

How Long Will It Take Me To Stand Up On My Board?


Mags says that almost every student starts with doubts that they’ll get up on their first day, and every single time they do. Every instructor’s goal is to see their student ride their first wave. They spend plenty of time with you on land and in the water to make sure you fully understand the pop up. They’ll also give you the extra push you need, sometimes literally when the force your board into the break to make sure you catch that wave. Having a goal of standing up is incredibly obtainable.

“I didn’t really have any expectations when I started,” said Dreamsea guest Pierre-Olivier Paquette from Quebec, Canada. “I told myself that if I was able to get myself on a board after two weeks, I’d be happy. I managed to do that in a couple hours. I was really happy and felt like I was really progressing fast.”

What Board Should I Be Using?


Choosing the right board can be a long and thoughtful process for a surfer. There are many variations in length, width, weight, thickness, material, etc. When you’re a beginner though, the decision is easy. You’ll likely start off on an eight-foot soft-top board. Long boards are easier for paddling and maintaining balance, and can work for almost any type of wave you’ll be surfing. The soft top is also safer when it comes to wipe outs because well, it’s softer. If you get through your lessons and think you want to try out a different board style, your instructors will be happy to talk specs with you and make a few suggestions on what you might want to try.

How Long Does It Take To Be A Good Surfer?


If you’re pumped about getting on the board, you’re already a good surfer. Ask any pro and they’ll tell you that the best surfers are the ones having the most fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re skimming through barrels or nosediving into your first green wave, it’s all about the amount of energy and excitement you bring onto the water. We love to see other people having a good time out there.

“You can have the most skilled surfer out on the water, but what we consider to the best surfer is the person who’s the most stoked to be out there,” said Mags.

When Is The Best Time To Come To Dreamsea To Learn How To Surf?


The beautiful part about the Tamarindo coastline, is that there’s never really a bad time to get in the water. Some seasons are more ideal than others, but there’s almost always a wave worth catching. That said, the waves tend to be smaller from December – June, making it more ideal for newbies. The weather is also dryer and can be more ideal for hanging at the beach in those months. On the other hand, while July – November can be a bit wetter, because of that climate they offer the best waves of the year. There are 4-5 beaches within a 30 minute radius of Tamarindo that offer different levels of surfing for both the beginner and the advanced surfer, so in the end, there really is no bad time of the year to surf here. So, if you’re stuck to a specific set of dates, don’t let the slightly larger waves deter you. The Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica family will be here ready to teach you and cheer you on throughout your surf journey.

Mark your calendars, pack your bags and book your stay at Dreamsea Costa Rica today!

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THE WORDS: This post was written by Amanda Knaebel, a freelance writer who believes that life is just one big story waiting to be written. She loves yoga, nature, hammocks and meeting interesting people from around the world. She is currently traveling solo through Central America and plans to continue her journey around the world. You can follow her adventures on Instagram or read some of her other work through her Online Portfolio.

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Dreamsea Costa Rica - The Perks Of Traveling Solo!

The idea of solo travel can seem overwhelming and lonely. You'll never really be alone though.


Before I started out on my seven-month solo trip across Central America, I was prepared to watch many sunsets on my own, book a lot of tables for one, and get really, really used to keeping myself company. Instead, I found freedom, introspection and dozens of new life-long friends. When you break away from familiar faces and start to navigate on your own, you learn to overcome fears, break comfort zones and discover parts of yourself you never even knew existed.

At Dreamsea Costa Rica, a surf and yoga camp tucked away in the jungles of Tamarindo, Costa Rica, you’ll discover a community of travelers from all over the world who have discovered the benefits of solo travel. Here are a few of the reasons they prefer to book a ticket for one:

You Can be Your Most Authentic Self.


Sure, our friends know a lot about us and have a pretty good idea of who we are, but we’re complicated creatures. We are constantly growing and changing, and can sometimes feel trapped by the expectations of those we love. When you’re traveling alone, you have a unique opportunity to try on a new you. You can introduce yourself as whoever you want to be and journey closer to the most current and honest version of you. There is no one who knows your past, or to tell you that you’re acting out of character. This means you can work on new habits, embark down a new spiritual path or dabble in a different hobby (surf or yoga, anyone?). Solo travel allows you to discover new parts of yourself without the questions, judgement and pressure of those closest to you.

You don’t have to compromise on your dream vacation.


This is probably the biggest reason people decide to leave friends and partners behind during their travels. We work hard throughout the year and aren’t looking to cut corners when it comes to our much-earned holidays. When you’re by yourself, you have the freedom to check off as many things on your bucket list as you want – and you won’t get sucked into anything you don’t want to do. This also means you have the option to change plans on a whim if your wanderlust gets the best of you. Warning: this happens often!

You’re more likely to make very deep connections with new people.


This is usually the part that surprises people the most. Even though you’re technically not traveling with anyone, you very rarely find yourself alone. There are tons of people who are doing the exact same thing as you and are always looking for a new friend to join them on their adventures. Staying in places like Dreamsea Costa Rica, where community is the main focus, ensures you meet at least a few souls who match your vibe. Chances are though, you’ll meet a lot of them.

You’ll challenge yourself and grow.


I’m not going to lie. Some parts of traveling alone are hard. I can’t tell you how many times I got lost walking through a new town, thought I was getting on the wrong bus or felt slightly less than comfortable being alone. However, those are also the moments I remember the most. After every difficult situation, I felt stronger. Without having another person to lean on, I knew what I was capable of. The confidence you build from overcoming these obstacles seep into other aspects of your life, too. Before you know it, you’ll be taking more chances and living the life you’ve always wanted.

These are only a few of the reasons why solo travel has become so popular.


Every experience is different, and each person has their own list of reasons why they prefer to go it alone. The only way you’ll discover what yours are is by making the leap and just doing it. Take a deep breath, face your fears and reserve your spot at Dreamsea Costa Rica. Your new travel family is waiting for you!

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THE WORDS: This post was written by Amanda Knaebel, a freelance writer who believes that life is just one big story waiting to be written. She loves yoga, nature, hammocks and meeting interesting people from around the world. She is currently traveling solo through Central America and plans to continue her journey around the world. You can follow her adventures on Instagram or read some of her other work through her Online Portfolio.

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