7 Day DELUXE Pickleball Costa Rica Tour & Play with Prem Carnot, Pickleball Guru

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 November 29 - December 5, 2017

INITIAL $500 DEPOSIT DUE BY AUGUST 29

TOTAL PAYMENT DUE BY SEPTEMBER 29!

Prem (Pronounced “Prame”) Carnot, known as The Pickleball Guru and author of the Amazon.com #1 best-selling book, Smart Pickleball: The Pickleball Guru’s Guide

Prem began playing pickleball in 2007 (sometimes as much as 35 hours/week).  He is “The Original” full-time traveling pickleball coach and has taught clinics and bootcamps to thousands of thrilled students throughout the United States and internationally in Amsterdam and Spain.

Prem's racket sport background is in table tennis, where he took the Silver Medal in the French National Table Tennis Tournament.

Join Prem for 4 sessions of the Pickleball Guru Academy.  Hone your pickleball skills and experience the beauty of Costa Rica.

 

Hotel Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge 

After extensive research, the 4 star Hotel Si Como No Resort and Wildlife Refuge was selected (Greentique Hotel Group) for our 7 Day UPSCALE customized vacation for Pickleball players.  Si Como No is located in Quepos near Manuel Antonio National Wildlife Park and beaches.

Si Como No is a nature-based boutique hotel overlooking the sparkling blue waters and white sand beaches of Costa Rica's Central Pacific.  Trip Advisor ranks the Greentique Hotel Group in the top 1% globally and rates them #4 in the top 25 hotels in Central America. Si Como No has been highly awarded for sustainable hospitality and giving back to the communities near their locations.  Their serious commitment spans more than 20 years. We believe you will be as impressed as we are.

Enjoy the unsurpassed barefoot luxury that redefines the Manuel Antonio resort experience.

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This area is blessed with tropical rain forests, stunning beaches and warm ocean waters. Manuel Antonio is a small village with restaurants, bars and shops. Just 7 km north is Quepos, another small, yet bustling town. It is known for its fishing and offers an array of restaurants, live music and shops.

Due to the area's richness in rainforest and beaches, visitors have a variety of activities in which to engage. There are waterfall tours, kayak and catamaran adventures, canopy safaris, sport fishing and tours to the local Vanilla Plantation. If hiking and bird watching are of interest, visit the Manuel Antonio National Park where you'll hike well-maintained trails into the rainforest to picturesque viewpoints and soft sand beaches.

This Costa Rica vacation immerses you in the incredible diversity of this mesmerizing Central American paradise. This trip will deliver memorable Costa Rica experiences that connect you with nature, and unite you with the warm, welcoming people, their culture, and the famous relaxing rhythm of life here in the tropics, called "Pura Vida".  Voted the "Happiest People on Earth", their friendliness combined with the beauty, hotel, and tours we've chosen, is the very best way to experience Costa Rica.

Bring your cameras!  Every day provides wonderful experiences and lots of pickleball, if you choose.

Bring your court shoes and your paddle.  No running shoes during play, for your own safety.

Meals, etc.: Welcome Reception with beer, wine, & appetizers
Breakfasts (6), Lunch (3), Dinner (2); Welcome and Farewell Dinners)
Cold bottled water and fruit snacks with 4 to 5 days pickleball play sessions with Prem Carnot, the Pickleball Guru.

TOURS/TRIPS PROVIDED DURING YOUR STAY;

  • Catamaran Dolphin Discovery and Snorkeling Tour
  • We take you for a relaxing morning to our favorite secluded, palm-lined beach. (Pool available).
  • Guided Tour to Manuel Antonio National Park & Beach
  • Guided all day Rural Mountain Adventure Tour, a cultural experience you won't forget. It's a favorite!
  • Guided Jungle Night Walk Tour
  • And of course! Four Pickleball Guru Academy sessions with Prem Carnot and lots of open play, if you choose!  4 to 5 days!
  • Entrance to the Butterfly Garden
  • Passes to Si Como No's private movie theater with professional quality sound system & large selection of DVD's.
  • Transportation to the beach on schedule.
  • Transportation to and from the courts.

 Minimum guests: 15        Maximum guests: 30

 Price:   $2,995 pp, double occupancy  INITIAL $500 DEPOSIT DUE AUGUST 29.  FINAL PAYMENT DUE SEPTEMBER 29!

DO NOT MAKE AIRLINE RESERVATIONS UNTIL AFTER AUGUST 29TH, WHEN WE HAVE CONFIRMED THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF 15 PARTICIPANTS.

 

Single Room Supplement:  Total $4,185  (The single room supplement will be an additional $1,190 added to the tour price for 6 nights on this particular tour).

 

 

 

                                                            Itinerary

DAY 1    (Wed., Nov. 29)   Arrive in Costa Rica, Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception with Beer & Wine

As you arrive in Costa Rica, we will transport everyone by private air conditioned coach to Si Como No, a Boutique 4 Star Hotel, with a gorgeous ocean view in Manuel Antonio.

To begin our trip, we'll get to know each other at the Welcome Reception with local beers, wine and appetizers.  Our Welcome Dinner will be tomorrow night.

Overnight Si Como No   King-size beds, and 3 rooms with 2 Queens. 

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Views of the ocean from the restaurants, pools, and your rooms. 

Overnight at Si Como No, Manuel Antonio

 DAY 2   (Thurs., Nov. 30)     Catamaran Dolphin/Snorkeling Tour, Welcome Dinner

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You’ll love this trip;  Catamaran Dolphin Discovery and Snorkeling Tour with lunch, included in your tour package.

Cruise in a catamaran along the coastline for swimming, snorkeling, filming and to research the many spectacular marine creatures that are teaming in the world below, especially the friendly dolphins.

Tour includes; A Certified local guide, transportation, snorkeling equipment, fruit, beverages and mixed drinks, along with lunch. 

Recommended; Swimsuit, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel & camera. 
Activity level- easy 

Duration: 5 hrs.

Those who want to go to the courts to play pickleball instead of the 5 hour catamaran tour (w/lunch), may do so.  Remember that there is pickleball this afternoon after the tour.

 

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2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Pickleball Guru Academy Session #1:   Day 1 of The Pickleball Guru Academy 2-Day Clinic with cold bottled water and fruit snacks available. Duration: 2 hrs.  Shower and bathroom will be available.

A Welcome Dinner is included tonight with local beers & wine, as we get to celebrate this beautiful area and the new friendships we'll develop on this trip.

Overnight Si Como No.

DAY 3   (Fri., Dec. 1)  Open Pickleball play,  Relaxation,  or Beach Day, Free Evening

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Morning FREE.  Wander town, go to the beaches, sleep in, or  play pickleball (open session: 8:30 to11:30). Remember that there is Day 2 of The Pickleball Guru Academy at 2:30 p.m.
If you want to go to the session this morning, the BUS DEPARTS HOTEL AT 8:15 FOR THE TENNIS CLUB.


Afternoon Session; (Day 2 of The Pickleball Guru Academy)    The bus leaves the hotel at 2:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Pickleball Guru Academy Session #2: Day 2 of The Pickleball Guru Academy 2-Day Clinic

4:45 p.m. The transport returns us to the hotel.

Dinner on your own

Overnight Si Como No

DAY 4   (Sat., Dec. 2)    Pickleball, Manuel Antonio Nat'l Park, Free Evening

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Early breakfast

6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Pickleball Guru Academy Session #3: Seventy five minute Semi-Private Class(es),  with up to 12 players in each class, depending on guest count. Cold bottled water and fruit for snacks are included, along with bathrooms and showers.

Grab a quick lunch on your own before we leave at 12:30p.m. for our scheduled afternoon tour to Manuel Antonio National Park and beach tour, (included in your tour package)

Those who want to go back to the courts after lunch to play pickleball instead of the Manuel Antonio National Park and beach tour , may do so.  If you choose to play pickleball, it is available until 4:30p.m. (or dusk).

At 12:30, we head down to Manuel Antonio National Park and beach for a guided tour.  Explore one of the most famous National Parks in the Costa Rican National Park system. All along this moderate three-hour walk, your guide will share the secrets of the Coastal Wet Forest and the wonders of the Park and the region’s natural history. Manuel Antonio is home to species of monkeys, plus sloths, white nosed coatimundi, raccoons, agoutis, iguanas, snakes, birds, butterflies, and other insects.  After the tour, we suggest that you spend some time on the beautiful beaches within the park, so take along your bathing suit and hotel beach towel and catch the hotel shuttle later in the day.

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  • Includes: Transportation, park entrance fee, and water bottle
  • Departure Time/Place: Tours by reservation, departing from the hotel lobby at 12:30 p.m. 
  • Duration: 3 hours + wandering trail and beach time after tour ends.  Free transport to hotel.
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers, shorts or lightweight long pants, light waterproof jacket during green season, hat, sunscreen, camera, binoculars

Late afternoon and evening free.

Dinner on your own

Overnight Si Como No 

DAY 5  (Sun., Dec. 3)   Rural Mountain Adventure Tour & Jungle Night Tour or open pickleball play

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Rural Mountain Adventure, (included in your package).

After an early breakfast, we will tour Rural Costa Rica;  Rural Mountain Adventure Tour.  This is the favorite tour of guests, giving us a feel for the “REAL Costa Rica” and allows you to see things we North Americans don’t normally get to see in the big city.  As you spend time with the locals on this full-day tour, you will fall in love with the sweet Costa Rican people, (“Ticos”, as they call themselves).  

There is no experience quite like the combination of the “magic of nature” and Costa Rica’s authentic rural heritage on this tour.   Certified Guides take you on an amazing tour of nature, conservation, and rural culture.  You’ll hike along lush jungle-shrouded slopes where three rivers are born, then swim in one of the region’s most pristine natural pools beneath a mesmerizing waterfall, spot all kinds of fascinating wildlife, fish for tilapia, visit an authentic sugar mill powered by massive oxen, and horseback ride (optional) in the countryside.  

Then step back in time to enjoy a traditional Campesino-style lunch while enjoying the panoramic vista of Manuel Antonio National Park and the Pacific Ocean that fills the horizon. You’ll also become a vital participant in the Carbon Offset/Native Tree Reforestation Program, adopting your own tree as you help conserve this priceless watershed within Greentique’s Cloudmaker Nature Reserve.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide; ground transportation from Manuel Antonio/Quepos, snacks and lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: 6:50 a.m. from hotel lobby
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: T-shirt (2), shorts, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, closed toe trail shoes, sandals with straps or water shoes, camera, binoculars

Those who want to go back to the courts after lunch to play pickleball instead of the Manuel Antonio National Park and beach tour , may do so.  If you choose to play pickleball, it is available until 4:30p.m. (or dusk).

Dinner on your own early.   (5:30 p.m. starts your evening tour) 

Jungle Night Tour leaves at 5:30 p.m. (Included in your package)

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During your guided Jungle Night Walk Tour you will discover the wildest nightlife in Manuel Antonio.  The Jungle Night Walk is a unique odyssey into the nocturnal world of the Pacific tropical wet forest. Explore the ecosystem of the Refuge’s amphibian water gardens, immersed in a symphony of the signature sounds of thousands of jungle residents, including more than a dozen species of native frogs, all engaged in the rituals of life in their natural habitat.  For an extraordinary photography and video opportunity, a monopole, light tripod, or selfies stick are helpful if you don’t want to use a flash.  However, the guides are skilled at lighting the wildlife, making handheld night shooting easy for everyone.

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DAY 6  (Mon., Dec. 4)      Pickleball Guru Acadamy session, open day, Farewell Dinner

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 Early breakfast.

6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Early start to beat the heat.   Pickleball Guru Acadamy Session #4:  Open pickleball play   Cold bottled water and fruit for snacks available, along with showers and bathrooms.

Afternoon open to play more pickleball, relax, shop, wander, beach, use Si Como No facilities, optional tours, and nature walks.

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Tonight is our Farewell Dinner with local beers and house wines.  We’ll have a chance to talk about the things we enjoyed, share photos, exchange email addresses, etc.

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DAY 7   (Tues., Dec 5)     Leave Costa Rica

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Today you will be transported by coach to the airport.

We hope you leave Costa Rica with a happy, rested feeling, and that the time spent here helped you fall in love with Costa Rica, and become a better pickleball player.

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 Today we will provide private air conditioned transportation to Juan Santamaria Int’l Airport.

Bus transport to the airport will most likely be very early, as most flights leave in the early morning. 

Leave Costa Rica

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Hotel Si Como No Resort, Spa, and Wildlife Refuge:

Amenities: Bar, Restaurants, Energy Efficient Air Conditioning, Wireless Internet, Spa Services, Balconies, (most rooms), Ocean View, Coffee Service, fully stocked mini-bar (extra fee for use), Direct Dial Telephone, Currency Exchange, Fan, Hair Dryer, Handicap Accessible, Hiking Trails, Hot Water, Laundry Service, Mini Refrigerator, Safe Deposit Box, Wet Bar, 2 Pools, Swim-up Bar and Slide, Solar heated Jacuzzi,  Free Shuttle to the Beach, Free Passes to Si Como No's Private Movie Theater with THX Professional Sound System, Butterfly Farm, Wildlife Refuge.

 

TRAVEL/MEDICAL/CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

In the unexpected event that there is a natural disaster, major terrorist attack anywhere in the world causing flights to be cancelled, or any other unforseen event that can cause the need to cancel this trip, we advise that you have enough coverage to reemburse you for that cancellation.  Medical issues or accidents happen in life.  Please have coverage for these possibilities, along with air-ambulance evacutation back to your country of origin if you are incapable of able-body travel for whatever reason.   

INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR PRICE;

  • Days of Pickleball play: 4 to 5 days.  (4 Pickleball Guru Acadamy sessions, and more open play )
  • Breakfasts; 6
  • Lunches; 3
  • Dinners; 2
  • Welcome Reception
  • Evenings with open bar beer and wine: 3
  • All Travel in an air conditioned private coach
  • All entrance fees and tours listed in itinerary, except those tours listed "optional".
  • All court fees & equipment, but bring your favorite paddle.
  • Cold bottled water and fruit snacks during pickleball
  • Hotel rooms with double occupancy. If you desire a single room, you will pay an additional single-occupancy fee.
  • Meals printed in black letters a B, L, or D to the far right of the tour DAY #.

 

TOURS/TRIPS PROVIDED DURING YOUR STAY;

  • Guided Catamaran Dolphin Discovery and Snorkeling Tour (Lunch included)
  • We travel to our favorite secluded, palm-lined beach. (Pool available, lunch included).
  • Guided Tour to Manuel Antonio National Park & Beach
  • Guided all day Rural Mountain Adventure Tour, a cultural experience you won't forget. It's a favorite!  (Lunch included)
  • Guided Jungle Night Walk Tour
  • And of course! Four to 5 days of pickleball play with the Pickleball Guru!!
  • Entrance to the Butterfly Garden
  • Passes to Si Como No's private movie theater with professional quality sound system & large selection of DVD's.
  • Transportation to Manuel Antonio Beach on schedule.

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR PRICE:

  • Your airfare to and from Costa Rica. 
  • Airport tax of $29 exit fee.  (Check with your airline.  Some airlines include that fee in the cost of airfare.  If your airline does not include this fee, you must pay it before you check in for your flight from Costa Rica). 
  • Any meals not included for each day.  
  • Any food or drinks not included in the itinerary, mini bar, room service, laundry service. All items of food/drinks/service must be paid for at the time of service: No charges to your rooms.

    (For your information, Costa Rica has a 13% tax on any purchase, and a 10% added tax for service at most restaurants. Small mom-and-pop places called "Sodas" usually don't have the service tax. Employees usually make from $1.50 to $3.00 per hour. Please DO tip them if you see that the 10% tip is not added on the receipt.)
  • Medical needs.
  • Taxi's or other transportation not provided in tour description.

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