Kayaking The Magic River and Playa Preciosa

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
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Trip End Feb 21, 2013


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

 CostaRicaCraig's first kayak trip
 

Craig said that though he
had gone canoeing many times around Wimberley  this was the first time
he had ever been kayaking,  hoped he didn't fall in.  Fortunately the
water is quite warm and would not be problem it would be in cold or
swift moving water.

Craig was a natural in the kayak and had no trouble.

Unfortunately
my kayak was full of water and kept tracking to one side or the other
and so you had to keep paddling to keep it going in a straight line.  We
were heading to the top of the high tide cycle and could barely make it
under the pier for Crocodile Bay.

Made it to the what local paddlers call the Rio.  After you paddle past the ferry dock, the playa and Delfines, and the big resort doc you can see the bay like area begin to narrow.

On the left when the narrowing begins there we were
watched a variety of shore birds right as you entered the area where the bay
narrows down and then paddled into the manglar.

As the waterway got narrower and narrower and trees formed an arch we began seeing shore birds perched up in the trees above!

Magic!

It was  fun adventure paddle through the mangroves trees with their big roots which we paddled through from time to time.  Very interesting.

  Talked to a Costa Rican guide coming the opposite way with a femail client.  Robert asked her how it was up ahead .  "Magic!" she replied.
The Tico guide encouraged us to keep going so we did.

Robert was pulling hard and having fun with the kayak, hoping for a workout.

Met some other people heading back out of the mangroves and we finally turned around ourselves. 

It was getting toward sunset and we wanted to be on Playa Preciosa for
sunset. We did and it got really jungly and other worldly. 

Robert wanted to keep going but Craig and I prevailed.

Playa Preciosa


There were already some people beached at the steep sandy informal takeout there but we managed to get our kayaks beached as well without knocking one of them loose!

 Playa Preciosa is a narrow spit of land hook peninsula that takes off from the Osa Peninsula and forms a sort of little bay.

The Golfo Dulce is on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.

 If you get there in the early morning and it is clear you can see Volcan
Baru in Panama.  We have done that on previous trips but the morning
tides were not in our favor. 

Visited with a group of the people
that were there on the beach.  One was a lodge owner with his guest and
they were preparing to go fishing for marlin by kayak out into the
Pacific at sunset!

The three of us ate a few of the snacks we had brought and the guys had a beer and then it was time to head back.

Of
course I was worried we would not make it back before the tide was out
but I need not have worried because when we arrive back, the tide was
still in and we were able to get out with no problem .

Tom Kayak
had told us not to worry that as soon as the sun went down there would
still be enough light to get back.  He was right, and it was very
beautiful both right before and right after sunset.  Thanks Tom !

 Adventure travel !

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