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Where To Go With Your Tax Refund: Costa Rica

Where: Costa Rica
April 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited...but not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Whether you're into eco-travel, surfing, zip lining, hiking, swimming/snorkeling/Scuba, hanging out with exotic animals (like the Coati), learning Spanish or just lazing on a sandy beach, Costa Rica can make it happen. Regardless, you're in for sun and warm temperatures.

If you're interested in the Caribbean side with all its eco-tourism or you'd like to scratch a visit to Arenal volcano off your bucket list, fly into San Jose International Airport. For trips to the Pacific side's beaches, surf spots and giant national parks, Liberia International AIrport is the best bet (and it's got a brand-spanking-new terminal).

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How to Chase The Mavericks in Northern California This Fall

October 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today, Chasing Mavericks starring Gerard Butler hits theaters and, if nothing else, is sure to inspire quite a few moviegoers to hit the waves, too.

The movie tells the true story of legendary surfer Jay Moriarity who made a name for himself surfing the Mavericks at California's Half Moon Bay but sadly died in a free-diving accident at 22.

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An Awesome Day on Bali: Bowing to the Surf Gods on Bingin Beach

April 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

BALI. For some, the word conjures up images of infinity pools, surfing beaches and tropical temples. For others, it's a nightmare of topless tourists and sweaty sightseeing. Well, we just got back ourselves and we, with the help of tips from friends and locals, did something in between...something that turned out to be awesome. Put on the SPF, hire a car* and join us this week as we reveal an An Awesome Day on Bali (Jaunted-style).

Our awesome day on Bali continues with some surf-spotting on Bingin Beach, recommended by our own contributor Max Graham.

If you've been following along on our recommendations for an awesome day in Bali, we've reached afternoon, post indulgent fresh seafood lunch. Resist the food coma siren song to chillax right there on Jimbaran Beach, and instead pile back into your private car* for a short drive further south, in the direction of Uluwatu.

It's here, along the coastline between Jimbaran and Uluwatu, that you'll find a strip of prime surfing beaches at the base of cliffs. Dreamland is the first major one for which you'll see signs, but just below is Bingin Beach and believe us that it's worth the extra few minutes driving.

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Wish You Were Here: The Atlantic Coast at Polzeath, Cornwall

March 5, 2012 at 1:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

If ever you wondered why you should visit a beach destination off-season, hereís your proof.

From Easter onwards, Polzeath Beach in Cornwall, UK will be overrun by people. Surfers, swimmers, dog-walkers, hikers, the odd optimistic sunbather. Come summer, you wonít find a space to sit on the sand, let alone a parking space within sight of the Atlantic.

But this weekend, as the winds whipped the waves up against the rocks, it was almost deserted. It was also very beautiful. And, without wanting to come over all hippy dippy, thereís really something in the connection with nature you get when somewhere like this is empty. It reminded us of last year, when we went to Big Sur following a landslip, and only people staying along the coast were allowed to use the roads. Bliss.

To get to Cornwall—the southwestern tip of the UK—now thatís a whole other story. Itís expensive and itís stressful, even off-season. But when you arrive to views like this, and inhale that Atlantic air, that all just melts away.

[Photo: Juliab for Jaunted]

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The Moneyball of Surfing is in Costa Rica, at Surf Simply

February 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Moneyball may have gone home empty handed at the 2012 Oscars, but sabermetrics are alive and well and not just on the baseball field.

Ru Hill is the owner/operator of Surf Simply, a boutique surf coaching resort near Nosara, Costa Rica, and he has been collecting surf data for more than ten years, all the while instructing thousands of surfers in England, France and Indonesia. Since 2007, however, his home base has been just up the dirt road from Playa Guiones in CR.

Every Saturday Ru and his team of ISA-trained surf instructors, chefs, yoga instructors and masseurs welcome a new group of travelers who, while varied in surfing ability from none to plenty, all have a common goal—to become immersed in surf while on vacation. While there are plenty of surf camps, surf instructors, and surf boards in Costa Rica, you would be hard pressed to find one as detailed and systematic as Surf Simply.

While Saturday night starts with a low-key dinner at the basic yet boutique 14-guest surf resort, by Sunday morning 8am, the travelers are ready to get in the water.

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Surf and Teach English in Bali with a New Year's Voluntourism Discount

Where: Bali, Indonesia
January 5, 2011 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

If your New Year's resolution was to take a volunteer vacation, i-to-i Volunteer and Adventure Travel is offering an incentive for you to keep it.

The travel company is offering 12% off any of their volunteer or adventure experiences if you book by January 31, 2011. i-to-i has several different types of trips planned for 2011, including building, teaching, and conservation opportunities to fit any skill set.

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Surfing Safari: Celebrate Surf Culture Without Touching the Water

September 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

You can hang 10 at the California Surf Festival in Oceanside, California without even touching the water. Running October 6 to 10, the third annual fest is a land-based event that celebrates surf culture.

Put on by the folks at the California Surf Museum, the festival kicks off with a screening of Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story, preceded by a meet-and-greet with the original Gidget herself. No, not Sally Field, but the person her character was based off of, Kathy "Gidget" Zuckerman.

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The North Shore of Hawaii Taken Over for Teen Surfer Movie

February 19, 2010 at 1:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

You might remember the story of Bethany Hamilton, the teen who lost her arm in a shark attack off the shores of Tunnels Beach, Kauai in 2003 and was back in the water just 3 weeks later. Now, Bethany's inspiring story is being made into a movie starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt.

The cast and crew began filming two weeks ago and have been spending most of the shoot on Oahu's North Shore. On Wednesday, the cast was spotted filming scenes at Sunset Beach, off of Route 83. There are four other popular beaches along the North Shore, Ehukai (The Banzai Pipeline) Beach Park, KeWa`ena Beach, Waimea Bay Beach Park, and Ali`i Beach Park. Winter is the best time for surfers along the North Shore because the waves are at their highest, reaching 15- 20 feet on average. All of the beaches are free and open to the public, but on a good surfing day, you may have trouble finding a parking spot!

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