Travelers are increasingly looking to use their valuable vacation time not only for much needed rest, relaxation and a change of scenery but also for the chance to engage in exciting, new experiences.
Whether your stay with us is short or long, we're happy to be able to offer you some great opportunities to expand your horizons in fun and easy ways.
“If you're looking for a great way to get to know the local cuisine, why not make it yourself?”
Costa Rica's tropical climate is the perfect environment for growing some of the world's best ingredients – which can be used to prepare both the local fare and a wide range of international dishes. Treat yourself and your group to one or more personal cooking classes with our locally-renowned chefs.
This hands-on experience will be sure to top your list of vacation memories and provide you with some great new tricks and tips you can use at home. And you'll immediately enjoy the results of your efforts by preparing the evening meal for you and your guests.
Classes are available for one or more nights during your stay. Depending on the timing of your trip, you can also arrange to take a guided tour of the local farmers' market to learn about all the exotic local fruits and vegetables native to the area. Come and experience Costa Rica with all 5 senses!
If you've always wanted to try, would like to get a little better or are just looking for a surf buddy…
Learning to ride the waves will give you a feeling of accomplishment you can carry with you into other aspects of your daily life. You'll become empowered for facing new challenges when you recall that fantastic feeling of success achieved when you first stand up.
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
For the regular yoga practitioner, our classes allow you to maintain your routine in your temporary setting. For the uninitiated and yoga-curious, yoga is an excellent way to enhance the stress-reducing effects of vacation and to experiment with something new. You've already broken your regular routine, and now you can start to work in something beneficial. Not just a workout, yoga is also about working on yourself.
Our instructor, Silvia Gfeller, became a certified Yoga instructor at the Pentalfa Academy in Sevilla, Spain. She brings joy, enthusiasm and love for yoga to her teaching, and her gentle guidance and knowledge is a great experience. Her classes have an atmosphere of challenge without competition or judgment and she attends to each student individually, which helps everyone feel the pose more deeply, making it more joyful. Mauricio and Dave met Silvia while attending her yoga classes.
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” — Matt Hardy
Learn how to get the most out of your camera while here in Costa Rica!
With picture perfect backdrops and an array of wildlife, your camera is an important part of capturing memories on your vacation. Your lessons include a brief tutorial on photography and how it works (I will need to know your camera model when booking the class). We then will take a hike to the Tulemar beach to explore how to compose and create beautiful pictures.
Originally from Chicago, IL, Sarah Yunker graduated in 2007 from Columbia College with her Bachlor of Arts in photography. A freelance photographer, Sarah has worked on advertising, commercial, and editorial photoshoots. Her personal projects right now include landscapes, nature, and insects! To see more of Sarah's work look at www.sarahyunker.com or on facebook.
Epicurians, gourmands, foodies: this one's for you.
Can you name the three most popular flavors in the world? If you can't, a trip to Villa Vanilla, a certified-organic spice plantation where they cultivate all three might be of interest to you.
Students and researchers from many countries visit Villa Vanilla to learn about their unique and sustainable process of raising and harvesting vanilla, coco and cinnamon — and now you can too! The tour covers everything from pollination to harvest and finishes up in the kitchen where there's a "tasting" that includes samples of homemade foods prepared with the spices produced on the farm.
Anyone who loves food and cooking or anyone curious about sustainable agriculture, botany and even history will enjoy the outdoor classroom at the spice plantation.
Let us arrange Spanish classes for you and your family or guests!
You can choose from a “mini program”, consisting of three, 2 hour private classes spread throughout your stay, or a full two, three or four week immersion program! In addition, all guests are welcome to enjoy the free, daily conversation hour, en Español!
Traditionally known as the first school of Spanish in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (founded in 1992), LA ACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL D’AMORE is today recognized as one of the best Spanish Language Institutions in Costa Rica. In addition to offering excellent Spanish language programs, you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful location within Costa Rica.