Everyone travels for a different reason, but doesn’t it feel neat to find a place that is a true gem: one that is a little off the beaten path, one that feels palpable rather than pretentious, one that is humble, quaint, and worldly all at once? When you find a place like that, it’s natural to want to get to know it a little, learn its history, culture, and dynamics. It’s also natural to want to keep coming back!
Find yourself in the small, coastal community of Bahia Ballena
The small Costa Rican town of Bahia Ballena is, in a word, special. This is something that both visitors and residents alike recognize, and after spending any amount of time here, it’s not hard to see why. First of all, it is a natural paradise, from its staggering beaches to towering mountains, lush green jungles to abundant wildlife. More importantly, it has not developed in the same way that similar [naturally rich] places have, because its residents have been so concerned with preserving the very characteristics that make it so unique.
It has also maintained its cultural Costa Rican roots. While not a town with a long history, it is still primarily inhabited by “Ticos” — it’s not one of those places where the locals have been driven out by tourists, expats, or development. While there are indeed many foreigners who now call Bahia Ballena home, the fusion has been more gradual and natural, creating a dynamic that is harmonious rather than impositional.
Why we “opt in” to community engagement
We want you to get to know Bahia Ballena during your stay here as we feel it’s an important part of responsible tourism — learning about where you are staying. For that reason, we have a Community Walking Tour included in your week-long stay, which was designed to teach you a little bit about our town’s history, culture, and environment. The walk highlights issues the community has faced or is facing as the pressures of development are revealed, as well as the actions the community is taking to develop in a sustainable way.
A noticeable trend with surf camps, or surf resorts, is that they tend to isolate themselves from their locale. At Bodhi Surf School, we strive to bridge the gap between our community and our guests — we want our guests to experience and engage in the community of Bahia Ballena as much as possible. At Bodhi Surf you shy away from the “all-inclusive” environment. You engage in the community; shop at the local supermarket, try the local eats at the nearby “soda” (aka restaurant), rent a bike to cruise to the beach, join the afternoon soccer scrimmage, swim in the local waterfall; allowing all your senses to be engaged by the sights, sounds and smells of our small coastal community.
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Share the good!
Bodhi Surf School is dependent on the well-being of our community, including our terrestrial and marine ecosystems; we want to share the economic benefits with our fellow businesses, and encourage cultural exchange by having guests patronize local markets, restaurants, and tour operators — after all, it is the vast beauty of our environment and the cultural richness of our community that attract visitors in the first place!