Bahia Ballena Kicks Off the 6th Annual Whales & Dolphins Festival

Spotted dolphins in Marino Ballena National Park

The next two weekends will see the town of Bahia Ballena bustling with people — both residents and visitors — who are either working or enjoying what’s come to be a very popular event in the region, the 6th Annual Whales & Dolphins Festival. This year’s festival will be held on September 5-7 and 12-14, and will feature a number of goings-on including whale watching tours, environmental workshops, sculpture contests, concerts, photography displays, athletic events including a 10 km beach race … [Read more...]

III Global Wave Conference

III Global Wave Conference

Did you say “Surfonomics”? Is there really a Global Conference about Waves? These were some of the questions friends and acquaintances asked when they heard I was heading to San Diego and then crossing the border to Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico to attend the III Annual Global Waves Conference. The conference, a three-day event, was coordinated by Wildcoast, Surfrider Foundation Europe, and Surfrider Foundation. Its main purpose was to discuss and develop strategies to take a networked … [Read more...]

El Sabor De Ojochal Culinary Festival 2013

Ojochal culinary festival

This Saturday marks the opening of the first annual culinary festival called “El Sabor De Ojochal” in the town of Ojochal, 15 minutes south of Uvita. Ojochal is the standout community in Costa Ballena when it comes to culinary selection and prowess. This festival is a move to help put Ojochal on the map as a gastro-tourism destination, especially in a country that is frankly much more well known for its spectacular natural environment, selection of adventurous activities to participate in, and … [Read more...]

Coastal Cleanup Day at Playa Uvita, Costa Rica

Grupo SURF 2010

Rain-storm filled clouds didn’t stop Bodhi Surf School or Grupo SURF from marching out for the Uvita beach clean up! Leading 8 volunteers from Grupo SURF, Bodhi Surf School owner Travis Bays, and Bodhi Surf yoga instructor Pilar Salazar, met the stormy day with the motto, “our community, our responsibility” and proudly took to the coastlines of the Marino Ballena National Park in an effort to clean up the beaches. The event in Bahia Ballena-Uvita, Osa was part of a larger international event … [Read more...]

2010 Costa Rica Whale Festival at Playa Uvita

Playa Uvita beach clean-up

The community of Bahia Ballena and Uvita hosted the II Annual Whale Festival of 2010.  The event, which started on September 4th brought Costa Ricans, residents, and foreign visitors together to observe the majestic humpback whales that come to visit the warm and calm waters of the Marino Ballena National Park.  Aside from taking a boat tour to observe whales, dolphins and turtles, the festival offered visitors an opportunity eat local foods, partake in typical Costa Rican dances, learn about … [Read more...]

Grupo SURF Event: Presented by OTL & Bodhi Surf School

Fula Bula

For us in San Diego, this summer has not kept up with it’s reputation of sunshine and warm temperatures. The dreary weather has actually broken records as one of the coldest summers on San Diego record. No Surf, No Problem That doesn’t mean we haven’t been having fun though! On June 22, 2010 Bodhi Surf School helped put on an Outside the Lens event to benefit the Costa Rica Grupo SURF project, a youth program that works with local kids in Bahi Ballena and Uvita, Costa Rica to promote … [Read more...]