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While on vacation in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, you have to try Stand-Up Paddle Boarding. It is one of the fastest-growing popular water sports in the world. Called “SUP”, the sport is a great all-body workout, is relatively easy to learn, and is lots of fun.
Surfers started using Hawaiian-style stand-up paddle boarding as a way to keep fit when there aren’t any waves, and also as a way to power into waves that are hard to catch.
SUP uses a wide, long, modified surfboard that you stand on while using a long paddle (like a one blade kayak paddle) to maneuver in the water. You use your weight balance and the strength of your core body to stay up and move.
The tours take you from the nearby beach of Mal Pais paddling down the coast toward the famous Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Tours usually last between 60 to 90 minutes on the water, and are better suited for the smooth water of early morning or calm afternoons around sunset.
Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica is known for its spectacular sunsets, gold and light sand, warm and clear aquamarine water, and world-class surf. The laid-back cosmopolitan town is bustling with resorts, hotels, top-notch restaurants, shops and tours.
One of the best beachfront hotels in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is Hotel Tropico Latino, a relaxed and charming oasis on four acres of lush gardens. Tropico Latino features tropical bungalows and suites, a beachfront spa, yoga classes and retreats, and surf instruction and surf camps.
Article by Shannon Farley