Taking a luxurious sunset cruise is an excursion that can be romantic for a couple, fun for a family or serious entertainment for a group of friends. Young or old, everybody loves a sunset cruise for its wide range of activities – and for everything that is included in the cost of these half day tours, sunset sailing cruises are an incredible bargain.
The evening begins with a sailboat ride that departs around 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. from any well-known beach – like Tamarindo, Jaco, Playa del Coco or Manuel Antonio. Waters are normally smooth and inviting, perfect for reclining on the mesh sundeck or chatting underneath the catamaran’s shaded canopy. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments (including alcoholic beverages) are served by personable, professional and oftentimes humorous waiters, who are on hand to attend to guests’ every need.
After an hour or two on the ocean, the captain usually makes a detour to a nearby cove or island for snorkeling. Masks, snorkels and fins of all sizes are available for everyone. If you prefer not to get wet, kayaking is also available in single and double boats. Bahia de las Piratas on the gold coast is one of the most beautiful places for kayaking because of its general isolation, not to mention the many hidden coves and estuaries waiting to be explored at nearby beaches.
By young people, sunset cruises are affectionately known as “booze cruises” for their bottomless supply of beer and wine – so take care to avoid going overboard (pun intended) with the drinks before snorkeling. Come sunset, everyone is tired from so much activity and indulgence. A light dinner is usually served, along with music for dancing; usually the captains will let you choose your favorite songs. As the sun gently lowers over the horizon and the sky changes to pink and orange, this is the perfect time for dolphin and whale watching – majestic creatures like humpback whales and bottle nose dolphins, along with 23 other species, migrate off Costa Rica’s shores during July through November and December to March.