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learning to sail in costa rica?

Hello all!

New to the forums and completely new to sailing... but I've been dreaming about it for years and would love some advice as to how best to proceed.

I'm traveling to Costa Rica at the end of January, and wondering what possibilities might exist there to learn to sail (preferably on the Pacific coast, near the Quepos/Uvita/Dominical region if possible). My initial internet searches have yielded many day-cruises and charters, but not much along the lines of sailing instruction. I'm not opposed to paying for lessons, but I'm not really a vacation-cruise kind of girl. I'm very hard-working, easy to get along with, and enthusiastic. My preference would be to go out with an experienced captain (who's planning on sailing anyway) and trade or pay for instruction. I learn best by doing and I'm always up for adventure.

Anyone in Costa Rica have any suggestions? Know of any captains or sailing schools in the area? I'd appreciate any advice the serious sailors out there have to share.

Thanks so much!

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I lived in Escazu for a couple of years....never did find anyone to sail with in the area you are looing at. Try searching the Lake Arenal area for sailing instruction. There also is a school on Lake Nicaragua but I doubt you want to go that far.
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Annie, I am headed to Costa Rica in a week and M intrested in sailing too. Did you find anything?

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Check out Haiku Sailng Charters out of Golfito (a bit south of where you talking about). The skipper is salty but flexible and may be interested in working with you. His Name is Craig.
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Re: learning to sail in costa rica?

We are starting a new sailing school in Costa Rica on the west coast, near Jaco. Feel free to contact me if interested. We currently have a hobie 16 and a catalina capri 30 available.
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Re: learning to sail in costa rica?

We stayed at Hermosa Beach about 25 years ago. I imagine the place is a bit different now. Do you sail off the beach, or is there a protected harbor?
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Re: learning to sail in costa rica?

Hermosa is completely exposed, as you know, but just north of Jaco is playa Herradura, where Los Suenos is located. Herradura means horseshoe, and it is a good description. There are two rocky points at the tips of the horseshoe, and the inside is a large protected beach with a stable anchorage off the SW island, isla Herradura.

In my opinion its the best anchorage and harbor in central west Costa Rica. It's easy to beach any small boat or dry out a cruising sailboat on low tide to do a bottom job, etc. There's a great supermarket and radio shack and liquor stores just down the street, and there's three restaurants, bathrooms for $50 cents (toilet & shower), and free camping on the beach with shade & trash cans. Can't beat it. There's even two launches to pick you up & deliver you to your anchored boat if you don't want to leave your dinghy ashore.
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Re: learning to sail in costa rica?

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Do you by any chance get up to San Jose on occasion? Looking for an address of a supposed new business in that area.

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Re: learning to sail in costa rica?

Only rarely. I avoid the city unless there is something that requires me to go. What are you looking for?
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