If you are planning a trip to the Bahia Ballena area, and if you are coming between the months of January and September, it is good to be prepared for a type of heat that you may not be used to. Temperatures during those months range from 27-33 degrees Celsius (roughly 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit). Most people in the Northern Hemisphere like to travel during the region’s coldest months, and with good reason. It feels like heaven to escape the cold, harsh winters of the north, even if it’s only for a brief amount of time. However, when you haven’t seen much sun for a few months, check out these helpful tips of how to take care of yourself once you are soaking it up in Costa Rica.
Remember to pack
Before you leave for your Costa Rican vacation, make sure you pack appropriate clothing and “tools” for sun protection and to deal with the heat. That means a good hat or two that will block the sun from your face, sunglasses, light and breathable clothing (cotton, other natural fibers, and quick-dry are best), and plenty of waterproof sunscreen. While you can get most of these items here in the Bahia Ballena (in case you forget anything), the selection is much more sparse and they can be more expensive than back home. If you’re coming for one of our a surf and yoga camps, check out this handy dandy packing list.
Stay cool and hydrated
Once here, there are many little things that you can do to make sure that you have a sunburn and sunstroke free vacation. First and most obvious, is make sure that you drink lots of liquids. This may seem self-explanatory, but sometimes in a humid environment such as the one we have in the Bahia Ballena area, you might not even feel that thirsty. However, your body still needs lots of water as you will be sweating more than usual. Sometimes water is not even enough. If you have been sweating a lot, or just feel as though you are drinking and drinking but not getting hydrated, you may need electrolytes. These can be purchased at most pharmacies, just ask for packets of “suero”. Good old sports drinks, that you can find at nearly any corner store, will also do the trick. Or coconut water!
Avoid the sun at midday
Another tip is to avoid being in the sun between the hours of 11am-2pm, as this is when the sun is at its peak. Consider scheduling a morning activity and an afternoon activity, and taking the 3-hour break in the middle of the day to be out of the sun to have lunch, rest, etc. At Bodhi Surf + Yoga, we schedule all of our surf lessons to start earlier in the morning, or later in the afternoon. In fact, though you might not think of it while planning your trip from the comfort of your [temperate] homeland, you probably actually need that break in the middle of the day.
Be sure to rest
Finally, rest when you get the opportunity, and know that this heat can be draining — you might not be able to push yourself as far as you would be able to back home. If you’re coming to the Bodhi Lodge, chill in the pool, lay in the hammocks, have a nap in one of our ultra comfy beds! This will help you get the most out of your vacation, and ensure that you return home with a nice, healthy tan instead of a lobster-like sunburn.