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By Nate Bright

Costa Ballena - The Safest Beaches in Costa Rica

Lifeguards #puravida #costaballenalovers #osa #travel

It’s a bold statement, but it IS achievable.

The Costa Ballena region is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Playa Dominical and Playa Hermosa are two of the most popular because they are easy to access, they are unencumbered by large private resorts, and stretch for miles along the coast. Tourists come from all over the world to swim, surf, boogie board, kayak, snorkel and SUP. The beaches are filled every holiday with local families enjoying some fun in the sun or just relaxing in the shade of an almond or coconut tree and watching the tides come and go.

BT41 Salvavidas Playa Hermosa #puravida #costaballenalovers #osa #travelAll this natural beauty and activity comes with danger as well. The Costa Ballena Lifeguards committee reports that the lifeguards at Playa Hermosa frequently rescue people caught in a rip current which can be deadly even for experienced swimmers. The average is at least one rescue per week, as well as dozens of warnings to beach-goers who are engaged in risky activity.

The rip currents at Playa Dominical can be even more dangerous because of the seasonally changing river mouth of the Rio Baru and generally larger surf swells. For the last several years, the lifeguard towers in Dominical have only been manned at times by volunteers, and tragically, there have been several drownings. Without the volunteers, this could have been much worse.

Paid, certified lifeguards save lives! The cost to operate a lifeguard tower, with 2 certified lifeguards 6 days a week, is roughly $20,000 per year per beach. Unfortunately, the local municipality and Costa Rican government are not able to contribute to this operating cost at this time, although they are starting to show interest.

The Costa Ballena Lifeguard committee recently started hosting monthly parties to raise the funds needed to continue the program at Hermosa and re-open the tower in Dominical. With the help of local business sponsors and donations from committed community members, the lifeguards are back on the beach every weekend in Dominical!

It is a great start, but there is still much more work to do. As more funds are raised, and more monthly commitments are confirmed, the committee will be able to expand the program in Dominical to full operation once again, as well as continue saving lives at Playa Hermosa.

Check the Ballena Tales events calendar to find out where and when the next Lifeguard Party is being held - come out and enjoy live music, drink specials and help us save lives!

You can also make secure, monthly donations through the Paypal link below.

CONTRIBUTE WITH THE COSTA BALLENA LIFEGUARDS


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Cash donations are also welcome! You can donate in person at Cafe Mono Congo in Dominical, or at the Saturday morning farmer’s market in Uvita.

The Costa Ballena Lifeguards committee is made up of community volunteers. 100% of your donations go directly to saving lives on our beaches.

So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for helping us! Soon we will be able to say with conviction that Costa Ballena has the safest beaches in Costa Rica!

5 days ago

Photos from Guardavidas Costa Ballena Lifeguards's post

Entrenamiento de Salvavidas!!
Gracias a los que formaron parte y les invito a todos los que gusten venir a entrenar..!! 💪🏽💪🏽👍🏾

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1 week ago

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2 weeks ago

HIGH SEASON
Pacific of Costa Rica
Sept. 7, 2017 | 11 a. m.

SEASON DIAGNOSIS

Local circulation in front of Costa Rica is accelerating the wind in

FORECAST OIL

Pacific of Costa Rica: Forecasts indicate that there will be a mixture of bottom swells and local wind sea on most of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, especially for Sunday 10 and Monday, September 11. Waves with a maximum of 2.8 m (22 s) are expected for the Pacific between Sunday 10 and Monday 11. Winds with gusts of between 30 and 40 km / h can be felt from Sunday on most of the coasts.

Isla del Coco: maximum 2.4m forecast for next Saturday, June 08, increasing to 2.8 m on Sunday, September 10. Winds of up to 40 km / h can be felt on Sunday in this area.

Comments:

1- Local wind conditions may change, so wave forecasts can also range from next days.

2 - A train of background swell begins to arrive this Friday 08. Another train of higher swell will arrive from Sunday 10. This train has very long periods, which indicates that it will be very strong waves breaking on the beaches, of so that we will have waves breaking in certain places with more than 3 m.

3- There is a precautionary condition for navigation of small boats for Sunday along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and Cocos Island from Friday morning. The trend is to reduce the swell from next Tuesday.

4- Caution for small boats in the exit of beaches, rivers and estuaries, by the bottom swells that will break strong in the coast.

5- Caution to the bathers in the beaches by the currents of hangover of the bottom swells that begins to arrive from tomorrow Friday.

6- The tides are high even these days, so the tides will be more threatening during high tides that will be between 4 and 6 in the morning and 5 and 7 in the afternoon.

7- These swells can generate problems of berthing of ships in the ports.

OLEAJE ALTO
Pacífico de Costa Rica
7 sept., 2017 | 11 a.m.

DIAGNÓSTICO DE LA OLEAJE

Circulaciones locales frente a Costa Rica, están acelerando el viento en el Pacífico Tropical Este, que generaron mar de picado en esta región.También tenemos marejadas de fondo de alturas altas de tormentas generadas en el Pacífico Sur de nuestro planeta.

PRONÓSTICO DE OLEAJE

Pacífico de Costa Rica: los pronósticos indican que habrá una mezcla de marejadas de fondo y mar de viento local en la mayoría de las costas del Pacífico de Costa Rica, especialmente para el domingo 10 y lunes 11 de setiembre.Olas con máximos de 2,8 m (22 s) se esperan para el Pacífico en el domingo 10 y lunes 11. Vientos con aviones de 30 y 40 km / h se se sentirán a partir del domingo en la mayoría de las costas.

Isla del Coco: se pronostican olas máximas de 2,4 m para mañana viernes 08, aumentando a 2,8 m el domingo 10 de setiembre.Vientos con ráfagas de hasta 40 km / h se puede sentir el domingo en esta zona.

Comentarios:

1- Las condiciones de viento locales pueden cambiar, por lo que los pronósticos de las olas también pueden variar en los próximos días.

2- Un tren de marejada de fondo comienza a llegar este viernes 08. Otro tren de marejada más alto llegará a partir del domingo 10. Este tren tiene períodos muy largos, lo que indica que será el casco que rompe muy fuerte sobre las playas, demanera que vamos a tener olivos rompiendo en ciertos lugares con más de 3 m.

3- Hay una condición de precaución para la navegación de embarcaciones pequeñas para el domingo en toda la costa Pacífica de Costa Rica y en la Isla del Coco desde mañana viernes.La tendencia es disminuir el oleaje a partir del martes próximo.

4- Precaución para las embarcaciones pequeñas en la salida de playas, ríos y esteros, por las marejadas de fondo que romperán fuerte en la costa.

5- Precaución a los bañistas en las playas por las corrientes de resaca de las marejadas de fondo que empiezan a llegar desde mañana viernes.

6- Las mareas están en estos días, por lo que las marejadas se encuentran más amenazantes durante las mareas altas que van entre las 4 y 6 de la mañana y 5 y 7 de la tarde.

7- Estas marejadas podran generar problemas de atraque de barcos en los puertos. ... See more

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3 weeks ago

Guardavidas Costa Ballena Lifeguards

I am so excited that our Guardavidas have this amazing opportunity! Help support their cause and buy some raffle tickets!! Please?!😀

Get your ticket for the surfboard raffle, support our dream to travel to California to receive training with the fire department in San Diego, this

Gracias!! ... See more

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3 weeks ago

Fotos de la publicación de Guardavidas Costa Ballena Lifeguards

We raised almost TWO MONTHS worth of lifeguard salaries last night at our first Lifeguard Dinner Party! AMAZING!!
Thank you so much to Tim and Pilar

And thank you to our 6 chefs - Tim Davis, Matt Newby, Ben Rutherford, Sean Gallagher, Shelby Tett and Victoria Horn! The food was delicious - some of the best food I've had in Costa Rica.

Mindi Hadan and Jeff Olson brought the jazzy magic; your beautiful music created the perfect atmosphere!

And of course, thank you to everyone who attended. Last night YOU saved lives. ... See more

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1 month ago

HIGH SEAS
Costa Rican Pacific
Aug 22, 2017 | 12 p. M.

TIDE DIAGNOSIS

- Being around the new moon and approaching the autumn equinox, the force of

PREDICTION OF TIDES

- The tides will be 3.03 m at 03:37 in the morning of Wednesday 23, with a maximum on Thursday 24 of 3.05 m at 04:23 in the morning. Similar levels occur in the afternoon with a time lag of 15 to 20 minutes later regarding the hours at dawn. They begin to fall from 3 m from next Saturday August 26.

SEASON DIAGNOSIS

- Local circulation in front of Costa Rica is accelerating the wind in the East Tropical Pacific, generating choppy sea in this region. We also have bottom swells from average to high heights of storms generated in the South Pacific of our planet.

FORECAST OIL

- Pacific: Forecasts indicate that there will be a mix of bottom swells and local wind sea on most of Costa Rica 's coasts. This last one due to local circulations that increase the speed of wind. Waves with highs of 1.5 and 2.0 m will be presented between today and Thursday with predominance of sea of ​​wind (waves with short periods). Starting on Friday there will be predominance of sea-bottom waves (long periods: 18 -15 s) and with maximum heights of 2.0 to 2.4 m.

- Isla del Coco: maximum waves are forecast between 1.9 m and 2.6 m from today Tuesday 22 and Sunday 26 August. Winds from around 40 km / h are forecast for next Thursday.

Comments:

1- Although these tides are not the highest of the year, their levels still, may generate some type of flood in some regions known.

2- Local wind conditions may change, so wave forecasts may also change during the following days.

3- There is a precautionary condition for the navigation of small boats in Cocos Island and its surroundings for Thursday.

4- Caution to the bathers in the beaches by the currents of hangover of the tidal waves of the bottom of the next weekend.

MAREAS ALTAS
Pacífico Costarricense, Agosto 2017

DIAGNÓSTICO DE MAREAS

- Estando alrededor de la luna nueva y acercándonos al equinoccio de otoño, la fuerza de la atracción de la luna y el sol, estar generando mareas que pasan los 3 m (10 pies) con referencia a Puntarenas Centro.

PREDICCIÓN DE MAREAS

- Las mareas son de 3,03 m a las 03:37 de la madrugada del miércoles 23, con un máximo de los jueves 24 de 3,05 m a las 04:23 de la madrugada. Niveles similares se presentan en la tarde con una despedida de sol de 15 a 20 minutos más tarde respecto de las horas en la madrugada. Comienzan un bajar de los 3 a partir del próximo sábado 26 de agosto.

DIAGNÓSTICO DE LA OLEAJE

- Circulaciones locales frente a Costa Rica, están acelerando el viento en el Pacífico Tropical Este, generando mar picado en esta región. También tenemos marejadas de fondo de alturas de promedio de alto de tormentas generadas en el Pacífico Sur de nuestro planeta.

PRONÓSTICO DE OLEAJE

- Pacífico: los pronósticos indican que habrá una mezcla de marejadas de fondo y mar de viento local en la mayoría de las costas de Costa Rica. Este último por una circulación de los lugares que aumentan la velocidad de viento. Olas con máximos de 1,5 y 2,0 metros se presentarán entre hoy y jueves con predominancia de mar de viento (olas con períodos cortos). A partir del viernes habrá predominancia de oleaje mar de fondo (períodos largos: 18 -15 s) y con alturas máximas de 2,0 a 2,4 m.

- Isla del Coco: se pronostican olas máximas de 1.9 m a 2.6 m entre hoy martes 22 y el domingo 26 de agosto. Vientos con ráfagas de hasta 40 km / h se pronostican el próximo jueves 24 en esta zona.

Comentarios:

1- Aunque estas mareas no son las más altas del año, sus niveles todavía, la generación de la generación de algún tipo de inundación en algunas regiones conocidas.

2- Las condiciones de viento local pueden cambiar, por lo que los pronósticos de las olas también pueden variar en los próximos días.

3- Hay una condición de precaución para la navegación de embarcaciones pequeñas en la Isla del Coco y sus alrededores para los jueves.

4- Precaución a los bañistas en las playas por las corrientes de resaca de las marejadas de fondo del próximo fin de semana. ... See more

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1 month ago

The lifeguard lunch program in Playa Hermosa could use some help please! Two of our restaurants that have generously donated lunches since we began ... See more

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1 month ago

Mañana por la mañana a las 8:00 am
Playa Dominical torre de guardavidas
El lugar para comenzar el entrenamiento del miércoles con los guardavidas! ... See more

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1 month ago

Tomorrow morning 8:00am
Playa Dominical lifeguard tower
The place to be to start your Wednesday training with the lifeguards! Just show up! Pura vida!

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1 month ago

Ballena Tales

That´s what we saw last night at the inauguration of the plastic whale - Bahia libre de plástico.

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