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In Search of an Ocean Swim
Discover Costa Rica Tour

Local children playingLocal children playing (Torrey Ebaugh)
The free time before our ocean kayak expedition gave us the perfect opportunity to check out the ocean. We set off down the road, past all the surfing schools to find a spot to do a bit of body surfing. After finding a spot that fit the bill, off my guys went. Only one problem, it was a board surfing beach not a body surfing beach. Ah well, we walked down the beach a bit farther only to find this section of the beach was too dangerous due to rip tides. We decided to save our swimming plan for later and check out the local artisans and merchants on the way back.

Our kayak adventure at Marino Ballena National Park began with a short hike down a tree lined road to the launch location. As we neared the beach, we spotted a sloth up in the tree doing what they do best, sleeping. Just beyond his location we found the beach that eluded us this morning. We selected our kayaks and off we went. Our group was successful navigating the waves with no one capsizing. After a vigorous paddle, we arrived at the snorkeling spot. We slipped on our masks, slipped off our kayaks, and there below us, were countless brightly colored fish swimming around rock and coral formations. Being a huge snorkeling fan, it was fun to see some familiar brightly colored Moorish idols and parrot fish. It's amazing how one can lose track of time in the peaceful world under the sea. Before we knew it, it was time to paddle back. Paddling back to shore, we were treated to the view of the mountains in the distance as frigate birds floated on the currents and pelicans skimmed the ocean's surface. As we neared the shore, we were tired from our active day yet I know none of us were tired of snorkeling. The good news: tomorrow we had another day of snorkeling in another spectacular location!

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