ABOUT THE AREA:
How can I drive to Bahia Salinas and the Blue Dream Hotel?
From S.Jose airport you have to take the Panamerican Highway (#1) and rive north towards Peñas Blancas (the name of the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border), you’ll pass Liberia (3 hour driving) and then you’ll get to La Cruz (40 minutes driving), the last town before the border. Take a left to Bahia Salinas (the only road the goes to the beaches): you’ll drive a couple of kms on a paved road and the last 9 on a unpaved road until the Blue Dream Hotel located on the left of the road (there are several signs on the way.
If you arrive from the Guanacaste beaches, you have to get to Liberia anyway and then north following the instructions written above.
Is Bahia Salinas a safe place to stay?
Yes it is! There aren’t problems even for your health: you don’t need vaccine. Local people is friendly and helpful. You can walk around or bike wherever you want. Just take the normal precautions.
Where do you suggest to fly into?
The main airport is located in S. Jose’ (actually located in Alajuela, 30 minutes driving away): from there you are 4.5 hours away by bus or 3.5 hours by car from Bahia Salinas. We highly recommend to land in Liberia, the closest and other international airport of Costa Rica: this is only 1 hour and 15 minutes driving away and we can easily pick up and drop off you with a private transportation for $80 each way. From Liberia airport you can also take a local bus but it takes time cause you need to change it in Liberia and then in La Cruz, so it’s cheap but you can waste 3-4 hours total.
Are there medical facilities if there is the necessity?
La Cruz town has a hospital and red cross. There are 2 pharmacies with doctors too but they mostly speak Spanish only. At Liberia (1 hour driving away) there is a bigger hospital and there are even private clinics where doctors speak english.
How is the climate?
Bahia Salinas is located up north of the Guanacaste province, considered the driest and sunny side of the country. There are 2 season in Costa Rica: the dry season called “Verano” from December to April, and the wet season called “invierno” from May to November. In Bahia Salinas the dry season (that’s means WIND…) is longer, between the beginning of November to the end of May and also a month between July and August. During the dry season it rains only a couple of days per month and during the wet season, it’s raining only few hours in the afternoon and abou 2/3 days per week. Air temperature is constantly around 28°/32° Celsius (80°/90° Fahrenheit) all year around. The coolest months are December and January and the hottest are April and May.
ABOUT THE BLUE DREAM HOTEL AND FACILITIES:
Do I need a car to get there and go around?
You don’t need to rent a car cause:
Papaturro beach is only 250 mt. away from the Hotel and the hotel offers to the kiters a free pick up to/from Copal beach.
Food is right here, at our restaurant
Transportation from and to Liberia airport is provided by private transportation for $ 70.
Transportation between the Hotel and the closest town La Cruz is provided by a local bus that stops just in front of the Hotel 5 times per day (one ride cost is $1 and it takes about 35 min.)
If you want to explore the beauties of the area, we can take you with our pick up 4X4 for half day tours.
What can I do during my vacation?
At the Hotel we organize water sports as kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding but we also organize diving, fishing, snorkeling, spare fishing and tours with our 4X4 to different places: volcanoes (hot springs, water fall, boiling mud pots), national parks and beautiful untouched beaches around. We also rent mountain bikes, sea kayak (it’s a must kayak to Bolaños island and climb it!), snorkeling gear . A few minutes away, you can horse back riding or….you can just relax at the SPA of the Hotel between massages and body treatments If you want to travel in all the country, you can use our free storage service for your bags and kitesurf gear!
Where can I use internet?
At the Blue Dream Hotel we have WI FI fast internet connection and it’s FREE. So if you have a lap top, bring it, you can use it in the lounge area of the restaurant and from mostly all the hotel rooms.
How do I pay?
At the Hotel you can pay with US$, Euro or Colones, the local money. We also receive VISA or MC credit cards for accommodation and food. We receive cash only for all the other facilities (tours, lessons, rentals, etc…). You can cash money at the ATM machines: there are several options in Liberia (recommended) and 3 banks in La Cruz but sometimes without enough cash available. They accept VISA or MC only! If you don’t want to bring too much cash in Costa Rica, you can pay with a wire transfer in our account in Costa Rica or Italy (see details on the web site).
Where are you located on Copal beach?
We are every day with you at playa Copal from 9:00 am ’til the sun set: of course, we are in the best spot of the beach, for the benefit and safety of our clients. This is the more upwind location, at the really end of Playa Copal, that means: side shore wind, more flat water, the closer to the reef you can get and a lot of space for launching and landing the kites even with high tide; the rest of Copal beach have almost no space and unfortunately can´t offer that. Our shuttle pick up will drive right there, exactly where you launch the kite, so this is the only way that exist where you don´t need to walk with your gear at all! You can also eat and drink under the shade right there, we´ll carry the cooler with cold drinks and food.
Where can I kitesurf in Bahia Salinas?
•Papaturro beach is only 250 mts. walking from the Blue Dream Hotel. It’s almost 2 km long without “shore break” waves. You can do a beautiful downwinder to the next kitebeach Copal •Copal bach, 1km away, free pick up shuttle from/to Blue Dream Hotel •The beach is almost 2 km long without “shore break” waves, so there is more space. •There are no people or boats around you to worry about. •The water is fairly flat, choppy only with more then 20 knots. •The wind is Side or side/on Shore which is very friendly and safe for kite surfers.
Are the instructors of the kite center certified?
The school has certified kite surfing instructors with a lot of experience. This is the first kitesurfing school of Central America, born in 2000.
How is the area for kite surfing?
Bahia Salinas that is still wild and untouched by the tourism. This mean that you can kite surf in an not crowded beach and disconnect for a while from the frenetic world. You can do a downwinder of 5/6 kms, visiting a reef with completely flat water, a protected island with tourquese water and finally surf little waves. (at the end of the bay) that they can be up to 4 feet with high tide.
How are the wind and weather conditions all year around?
It’s very windy and dry from December to April. During November, and between May and August, it could rain some hours in the afternoon, only a couple of days per week but still great wind and the landscaping is green .Temperature is basically all the time the same, between 70 to 90 F (22 to 32 C) Actually from mid June to mid August there are wonderful days, cause the wind is never too strong and it´s steadier, more indicated for learning unhooked tricks or make absolute beginner courses. For example Last year, this period has been very dry with a very few no kiteable days. That´s why we are open all year around. So, yes, it´s true that it´s nice to come down here in the warm water during the cold winter of the north hemisphere, but I would consider the summer months as worthy to come here!. Only September and October are less indicated to come to kite surf (more rain and less percent of kiteable days). Strong wind can be gusty so bring also a small “Bow” kite for such a days . Check out the wind reports on the web site and you can decide which kites to bring, depending on your capacities, weight and board you like to use. You need to wear a shorty only a few days per month, when cold fronts arrive from the north between the end of December and March but usually you don’t. Water temperature is constantly around 24°/30° Celsius (75°/85° Fahrenheit). Sun is strong. Bring a lycra and high protection water proof sun blocker.
Which kite sizes do you suggest to bring?
Conditions are variable day after day: if you take a 8mt., and a 12 mts., you can kite surf every day! It’s good to have a smaller kite between January and March, because the wind blows over 28 knots several days per month, but eventually we have it for rent
What do I need to bring ?
The beach in and out the water has some stones and shells in certain areas, so booties (water shoes) are recommended especially for beginners that have to walk upwind. Then, sun blocker, lycra, board shorts, sun glasses with bungee, hat. At the hotel shop we can also sell all this gear but we couldn’t have all sizes in stock.
Can I buy kite surfing gear at the kite center?
YES! We have new and second hand gear for sale: harnesses, boards and kites, a lot cheaper then in the retail shops worldwide. We offer up to 40% discount on new gear and up to 60% discount on second hand. We are the dealer of the new Kitesurfing apparel brand KitesurfinGroove created by kitesurfers for kitesurfers: we have all sizes of cool clothing as lycras, shorties, top neoprene long sleeves, quick dry shirts, board shorts, long pants, t-shirts, polo, hats, sun glasses. We are also the dealer for Costa Rica for: Slingshot, Best, North, Wind Wing, Royal kiteboarding, Mystic, Air Time. You´ll be surprise of our incredible prices. We don´t keep in stock too many kites and boards, so it´s important to order them 2 weeks in advance.