On the Water….


Okay, I thought I would share a little bit about our “on the waves” excursions while in Manuel Antonio. Perhaps it would be best to start at the beginning….

On our first trip to visit Manuel Antonio, my husband pumped me full of Pina Coladas and then suggested I fulfill my longtime desire to Parasail. Yay. Okay, with a little liquid courage, I was ready to go. Now, I must admit here that I have long been a fan of carnival round- round rides, swings and anything that soars, so he was really on the right track. It was likely more anxiety over spending the dollars to do it that gave me reason to pause, although it was a fair price for the ride and the thrill I got. I will always remember the extreme sound of silence I experienced while high above the ocean waves, feeling the wind against my skin and watching the tiny spots that I knew were people down on the beach. I had one moment of awareness when I realized how truly high I was in the air,  and then I released it all. It was what it was, and I was there for the ride. And what a ride it was. The boat captain did a great job of careful piloting and even gave me not one, but two fun dips in the water, before my final descent. My husband stood knee deep in the ocean shooting the event to the detriment of his poor shins. It was all lotion, Silvadine and Ibuprofen for him for the next three days. Yes, sunscreen must be reapplied after several hours. But that’s another story…

I’d like to share my amazing ride with you. If you are in Manuel Antonio and want to experience the thrill of soaring like the birds and ride high above the surf for the most amazing twenty minutes of your day, please look these guys up. They were fantastic with me as well as with my son and his fiancee when they visited us recently and took the ride as well. Theirs is the rainbow colored parachute. Look for it!

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Here I was receiving instructions on what to do while in the air and when descending from the ride. Not too complicated. Don’t tug on this rod. Release the rope from this hook. Got it! Let’s go before the booze wears off. Yeah..

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I look ready, right?

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The take-off. What a feeling when your body leaves the Earth behind. Hey, I still like a good elevator ride. hehe

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And the dip was one of the best parts. Cools your toes!

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High over the waves of Manuel Antonio. What a rush! So peaceful, so quiet. I really wasn’t afraid. And the guys were so good. When I finally landed in the water, the captain helped me into the boat and as we neared the,  shore he helped me into the water to paddle back to in. He even made sure I held onto my prized Oakley sunglasses. What a guy. Thanks for a fun afternoon.

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It was so much fun, my son and his fiancee wanted to give it a go when they visited. Here they are getting suited up.

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Okay…we’re ready to go.

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The guys are great about checking the lines and connections.

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There they goooo!

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Chutes over Manuel Antonio beach

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Give us a wave. 🙂

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Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Coming down…

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And we bring it in..

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Success!

It is a great time and well worth the money, averaging about $65 per person for a twenty minute ride. The more people, the greater the discount, as well as discounts during the low season. So, go for it! It’s a great view of the ocean, the beach and a wonderful time to do some serious meditation. As a side note, my son’s fiancee has a motion sickness issue and the surf was pretty rough, making the ride a bit bumpy. If this is an issue for you, you may want to check the surf before going up.

Until next time, Pura Vida!

Cheryl

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2 thoughts on “On the Water….

  1. I am so interested in trying this parachute thing, but I am bit skeptical if I can do this. I mean the moment my body takes off, I would faint half way on the rise…ha ha ha….but I will still try it….because after all I have to come down in the water. 😉

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    1. Yes! I would never have done this over land. But as my pragmatic husband quickly pointed out, from that height it would still be like hitting the ground. Still I went up and leaving the ground is my favorite part. I do believe I was a bird in another life. I think that is why they allow me to photograph them so willingly. 🙂

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