Starting at $85 per night

Overview

Here’s the perfect opportunity to experience the laid back Costa Rican lifestyle aboard a comfortable catamaran sailboat with super attentive crew as you are sailed over to a private beach to swim, snorkel, kayak, and walk or play along the shore. With fresh fruit drinks flowing, both the adult kind as well as for kids, you’ll relax and enjoy cruising over to a secluded tropical cove before dropping anchor to explore the private beach and colorful underwater world of fish. Plenty of snacks and a freshly prepared picnic lunch will surely satisfy your taste for this relaxing seafaring adventure.

You’ll be picked up from your lodging and brought to a sandy beach in Playa Flamingo where you will meet the crew of the Lazy Lizard. They will help you into a dinghy that will carry you out to the anchored catamaran where you will climb aboard the spotless topsides of a well maintained sailing vessel with double pontoons providing plenty of extra room and stability while under sail.

After motoring out of the harbor, the crew will hoist the sails to let you experience the quiet and softness of being carried gently by the wind. You’ll have the option of basking in the sun or finding a comfortable spot under the bimini shade cover while the friendly crew offers you umbrella drinks to begin your cruise along the Guanacaste coastline. Fresh snacks will be provided including chips, dip and a freshly made local specialty salsa called pico de gallo.

Out on the clear blue ocean water you’ll see a completely different perspective of the shoreline including hidden inlets, jungle lined peninsulas, sandy beaches and all with a magnificent mountainous backdrop. Your guides will help you identify the plentiful water birds flying overhead as well as any marine life that may appear on the day of your visit, such as sea turtles, dolphins and if you are very lucky, you may even see a whale during mating season.

Once you arrive at the secluded snorkeling area and beach, the crew will go over the safety rules and hand out masks and snorkeling equipment of various sizes. For those who prefer not to snorkel, or in the rare case when the water is not clear due to recent inclement weather, kayaks are available as well as foam noodles for those wishing to swim. Others may enjoy going over to explore the beach while still others may prefer to just hang out on the boat. It is your vacation so you can choose from many options.

Members of the crew will act as snorkeling guides showing you the best places to look for colorful fish and other underwater creatures. They have been known to free dive down and bring up by hand species of pufferfish, starfish and even an octopus for you to touch. You’ll spend up to an hour in the shallow waters looking for tropical fish, eels, rays, crayfish as well as occasional coral attached to the underwater rock formations. Sometimes people have seen sea turtles gliding by. For those who tire easily swimming, there is a Zayak which allows you to lie face down on top of the water on a kayak type float so you can see the aquatic activities through a glass window without having to swim.

Drinks and snacks will be served throughout your time on the boat however a picnic lunch consisting of freshly made sandwiches, fruit, chips and cookies will be provided after you are finished snorkeling. Then you’ll have another leisurely sail back to shore before disembarking back to the beach and your waiting transportation.

Round trip transportation, experienced professional captain and bilingual crew, snorkeling equipment, water, drinks and lunch are all provided on this fun filled half day ocean adventure. Please note that one way transport times can take up to 1 and 1/2 hours depending on your lodging location.

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Bathing Suit
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sun Block
  • Rain Gear
  • Insect Repellent

Location and Availability

The Catamaran and Snorkeling Cruise - Lazy Lizard Sailing is available from Flamingo area, JW Marriott Guanacaste, Papagayo area, Riu, and Tamarindo

Tour Times

  • 8:30am
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm

Tour Type

  • Adventure
  • Nature
  • Romance

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

Latitude: N 10°26'52.71". Longitude: W 86°12'10.02"

Reviews

  • Overall 92.8% (426 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 92.1%
  • Expectations: 92.1%
  • Guides: 94.3%
  • Logistics: 92.8%
  • Value: 94.8%

04/28/2017

This by far was well worth the trip to Tamarindo. This crew took great care of us and made sure all guests had fun and enjoyed the day.

04/16/2017

We had a great time on this adventure. The guides made the trip a memory maker. They were exceptional!!!

04/06/2017

Great tour! Saw manta ray and many tropical fish.

04/02/2017

Really fun, although not crazy about processed meat sandwiches. Great spicy black bean dip & all else. Good sail & snorkeling...& sunset/drinks too.

03/26/2017

Super fun, the guides were very on top of our comfort, entertainment and refreshments. Our favorite excursion.

03/24/2017

Fantastic trip! What a wonderful way to end our last day in Costa Rica.

03/21/2017

I was disappointed because the water was extremely murky on the day that we went sailing. However, the catamaran ride was extremely smooth and I did not get sea-sick at all! The lunch was basic--sandwiches with lunch meat. However, I still had a lot of fun just relaxing on the boat and spending time with my boyfriend as well as other travelers. It was a nice experience and the sun-set coming back was magnificent.

03/17/2017

Awesome! The highlight of the trip for our boys since they got to see a celebrity on our boat!

03/13/2017

The snorkeling piece is not very worth it. Apparently it had been very windy that week so the water was quite murky. However, the ride back and forth and the service were fantastic. The captain and two helpers were great and the sunset spectacular.

03/05/2017

Awesome tour despite the high winds

03/03/2017

It was windy the day we went, so the snorkeling wasn't great, but the catamaran was well equipped and we enjoyed the late afternoon trip.

03/01/2017

Very good trip. The snorkeling was nothing special, but the water felt great.

02/26/2017

Perfect, Perfect! Everything about this trip was perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

02/24/2017

Bring a light jacket, it's a sunset tour!! The crew members were very friendly and fun, and the spot we stopped to swim and snorkel was beautiful and calm.

02/20/2017

I'm not sure if there was something better for us to do not too far from Daria. I thought the boat was too small for the amount of people on it. It was ok, again, a bit slow for the young guys with us. We didn't snorkel too much, not so much to see, so I"m not sure if this was the best location. The hotel was trying to sell us sunset cruises, etc. Who knows whats best to do?

02/17/2017

Staff was very accommodating and solicitous, but the snorkeling was disappointing.

02/16/2017

We had a wonderful time on this trip. The boat staff was terrific and they created a party atmosphere with food and drinks. They were responsible in providing snorkeling instruction. Unfortunately there was not much sea life to be viewed!

02/13/2017

This tour was amazing!! It was so laid back and carefree, really let us just enjoy every moment. The crew did amazing.

01/29/2017

Another FANTASTIC event. The boat was well-kept and the crew super friendly, polite and the service exemplary. Fun sailing, decent snorkeling (very low visibility that day). The drinks were really good (didn't expect that), the food average, but the Chile Guaro made up for that.

01/23/2017

I enjoyed the day on the water. There were some logistical problems. Two vans with guests were to be on this excursion. One van was sent to the wrong beach so the rest of us had quite a wait. We all enjoyed our on board lunch and beverages before returning in the evening. We experienced a wonderful sunset!

01/15/2017

BEST THING WE DID!! This was amazing. The most perfect excursion we took.

01/01/2017

It would have been nice to know the approximate length of this trip in advance

12/28/2016

First time snorkeling, what a great time! I HIGHLY recommend this to others! Can't beat free ride on the ocean, soaking up the sun, snorkeling, free food, and....free booze! Well worth everything!

12/24/2016

Absolutely loved every minute of this! Thanks to the support of a fellow group participant, I snorkeled for the first time ever!

12/22/2016

Highly recommend! Will definitely go again!

12/17/2016

Transportation was okay, we had to wait for other passengers running late at other hotels. The time snorkeling was not enough and the fish life was minimal and water not clear. No sting rays and no beach access. Only one sea turtle the guide found. the catamaran was great as was the staff and service. it was nice to have a guide in the water with us. Seems like the actual place we snorkeled was not a good location. choppy water, water not clear and minimal fish life. More instruction on "how to snorkel" would have benefited some. We knew how but others were not quite sure.

12/16/2016

This was so amazing!

12/09/2016

Great snorkeling, good drinks, and wonderful conversations

11/28/2016

The drive was too long - too many stops, too much waiting for people. We were the first pickup. The guides were so-so. They provided great service (offering drinks. showing us fish, etc) but didn't have a lot of excitement, seemed a bit bored. The food was better than expected.

11/26/2016

Staff and catamaran were great. We really enjoyed the trip. The only disappointing part was the snorkeling. Not very good. Uninteresting location, strong current and in the shadow of mainland hill

11/17/2016

We were blessed with great weather, which really made this tour fun. We saw fish, birds, and dolphins, and the guides were a lot of fun. I highly recommend this sunset tour.

11/16/2016

Boat was nice but there were ALOT of jellyfish in the water where we were snorkeling

11/05/2016

It was a great excursion -- the 3 crew members were very accomodating and made us all feel at home and the boat was great. Free liquor and lunch was an added bonus, and the snorkeling was totally amazing.

10/31/2016

Gorgeous and super fun day! Our guide would try to find cool fish for us to see. Great staff.

10/04/2016

Great tour, awesome staff!

09/29/2016

Thought we would see more when we were snorkeling.

09/23/2016

This was probably our favorite part of our trip!

09/22/2016

Boat is amazing tons of drinks and food.. Open bar. Staff is great and the views are stunning.. Ended up being just us and one other couple.. Super private. Snorkeling was fun but nothing fantastic. The guide was great and pulled out some cool creatures out for us to touch and feel. But all in all this is a must do tour.. Ul love it

09/19/2016

Best part of the trip! Was perfect with a small amount of people and beautiful!

08/10/2016

Great. The snorkeling guide even took my 5-yr old daughter and spend half an hour only for her for snorkeling.

08/07/2016

We had a great time and were able to meet and connect with so many other people!

07/29/2016

This sounded good but it did not say it was a "Party Boat" with a drink handed to you as you got on board and everyone drinking through the whole tour. The snorkeling was very poor since I have snorkeled and dived all over the world there was really nothing to see here. A few colorful fish and no color to the coral, rocks or bottom. Then we were supposed to sail out to watch the sunset but a huge storm came in (not their fault) and we had to use the motor to get directly back. Food on board was not very good.

07/27/2016

The snorkeling guide was fantastic but a little too quiet. Most of the group got left behind because they didn't know he was the guide. I followed him and he was very knowledgeable.

07/02/2016

If I had the chance to do it again, would have rented the boat privately. Tons of other people. More than I had expected. But everyone was nice.

06/28/2016

This was a perfect way to end our vacation. The staff on the Catamaran were so friendly and everyone in the group was amazing. We loved the views and snorkeling

06/21/2016

The best experience yet. It's was even rainy and thundering and we all had an amazing time even with the rain. The islands were beautiful and serene. The bottomless pit of drinks were awesome! The guides were
Funny and professional but also super fun! My partner was stoked that fishing was included! He got his deep sea fishing after all! The lunch was simple but delicious! And the snorkelling was amazing too!!! It made it probably even better with the thunder and terrential downpour of rain! It almost made the warm waters more inviting!!!
The only thing I wish the guides made clear was how to dive with snorkels without hurting yourself. I was shocked of the pressure when I dived down to see some beautiful mysterious fish and my partner who has never been in the sea or snorkelled before got a really bad pressure pain and hurt his eyes really bad but that could be avoided with a little warning. Besides that this was definitely the best tour of the trip!! AWESOME!!

06/17/2016

These guys were fun. The snorkeling was cool and we saw a lot of sea life. The lunch was also pretty good!

06/15/2016

Snorkeling was not what I had experienced before. Water was murky and choppy. Nothing to see but rocks and a few small fish. Disappointing.

06/10/2016

More of a booze cruise than a nature cruise, so the guides were basically bartenders. No interpretation of the marine life we saw (birds, dolphins, fishes). Other than the rain on the way back it was nice. Snorkeling site didn't have much to see (at least for us professional marine biologists).

05/30/2016

Snorkeling was nit great but the katamarn and staff were good

05/29/2016

Again a very wonderful day. Staff on the boat was fantastic, boat immaculate, service great. beautiful setting off of Flamingo Point. We would definitely sail with them again.

05/27/2016

Wow, what can I say. These guys were outstanding in every way. Very fun, friendly, and safe. Took very good care of us. Snorkeling was very nice with many different things and fish to see without looking hard at all. Highly recommend to anyone.

05/04/2016

This tour was good but not great. The lunch provided was just OK; lots of alcohol, though. I was disappointed in the snorkeling. I found it hard to see any fish as the water was not well lit with sun.

04/26/2016

Great trip and very friendly staff who were skilled in the safety and sailing. I had hoped to learn more about the fish and animals we saw snorkeling - but our guides weren't terribly well-versed on the different species of fish. A laminated fish identification chart would have been helpful.

04/21/2016

This was really a party and drinking cruise not a sailing cruise. There were about 25 guests on board which is quite a few for a 40 ft boat. Snorkeling was fair though it was well organized and well led. If you wanted to sit on a boat and be served drinks this was a good cruise. If you wanted to sail and learn about the area this was not cruise to select.

04/15/2016

Loved this tour!!! Had a great time!!!

04/07/2016

The guys that run this cruise are excellent. They were fun and made the trip very enjoyable. They even made special sandwiches for our family which is vegetarian.

03/24/2016

Had a great time. It was our last day in Costa Rica and this was a laid back trip. Food, drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic were served. The crew were friendly and attentive.

03/16/2016

Of the 3 excursions, snorkeling was better than golf and offshore fishing!

03/13/2016

Fantastic. A beautiful day to do this.

03/12/2016

Lovely day on the water. Great people and the guides were excellent. The sunset was amazing.

03/11/2016

Had a great time - the tour and guides were awesome! Very laid back and accommodating.

03/09/2016

Too many guests, too small of space.

03/05/2016

Just a really well organized tour with really friendly guides

03/04/2016

we could have done without this adventure--we did not know we were going to be stopping at all these other hotels, then an hour long bus ride both ways, stopping at hotels again, took up way too much time especially because we had our own car--I thin you need to tell people this in advance. Also they cram way too many people on the catamaran (25-30) so you can't move around at all. The staff was nice, the snorkeling OK and the actual sunset was beautiful

03/03/2016

difficult to see anything in the water very cloudy water could have done without the snorkeling just swimming and sunset cruise

02/27/2016

This was a real good time the staff was great the destination was beautiful and the other guest were enjoyable. I would also recommend this tour to others.

02/21/2016

This was a lot of fun. The Lazy Lizard should sell hats and souvenirs. We would have bought some.

02/20/2016

Unfortunately it was too windy for us to do this trip.

02/15/2016

It was a long drive and seemed out of the way to pick up other guests at the Hyatt. There were catamaran tours that left from Tamarindo- maybe that is an option? The boat was much more crowded than expected and from my experience on other catamaran tours in hawaii. but all that said we saw a great sunset.

02/11/2016

Really nice people, really lovely experience.

02/09/2016

Did not snorkle but did get out of the boat to swim. Would have liked to stop to view the sunset. Guides were most helpful and prepared an excellent lunch with fresh bread, meats etc.

02/08/2016

The crew was great and it was a beautiful sunset cruise. We saw lots of fish that our guide pointed out and we even got to hold puffer fish and others in our hand.

02/03/2016

Second best excursion. Crew were great. Beautiful experience.

01/29/2016

Best ever

01/28/2016

it was a nice relaxing day, snorkeling was not very good at all, saw a lot of fish

01/24/2016

We saw pilot whales on the way back. An experience that the guides said only happens a few times a year. They were very interesting to watch, followed our catamaran for a very long time. They were amazing.

01/16/2016

This was a great trip, I highly recommend it.

01/03/2016

Excellent trip!!! Well worth it.

12/28/2015

The equipment could be upgraded (mask's leaked) but really enjoyed the entire experience regardless

12/27/2015

This was a highlight of our trip.

12/25/2015

Beautiful excursion, great way to spend our Christmas on the water. Great snorkeling place, fabulous sunset. Friendly crew.

12/21/2015

Amazing views

12/09/2015

The coral reefs were disappointing, but the experience was a lot of fun as well as the staff.

11/15/2015

It was so cool we saw a dolphin

10/31/2015

Wasn't aware we would be driving 45 mins to get there, thought it would be right out of Tamarindo, but it wasn't a huge deal. Everything else was amazing.

10/08/2015

We had a lot of fun on this tour. Since it was low season we were the only two ones on the boat besides the Captain and our Sailor which was nice. There wasn't much to see during snorkeling, but not to the fault of our guides. We did see dolphins and sea turtles on our way to snorkeling, though. Wasn't thrilled with the lunch option.

08/18/2015

Had such a great time. The drinks were flowing and the guides were wonderful. One was actually catching fish with his hands and would let us hold them. The captain went out of his way on our return trip so we could follow a group of whales. The boat was beautiful and the people we met were lovely.

08/17/2015

We had a great time. Only complaint would be that some of us were stung by jelly fish. The boat and the crew were fantastic.

08/09/2015

The favorite of all the crew was excellent!!!

07/30/2015

This was 3 tours in one. Catamaran, snorkeling, and sunset tour. Not sure how much it cost but is well worth the value. I'd definitely encourage others to go on this tour.

07/29/2015

This was a fun trip. We thought we would see more while snorkeling, but it was still plentiful. The ride was smooth and the captain and crew were great.

07/27/2015

This was a very fun trip!

07/22/2015

All was great

07/02/2015

The tour was pushing the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages and at least one guest got drunk. It was good that they served a meal! I would say that less alcohol would have made it more pleasant. Less guests would have made it more pleasant too. We had people climbing over us the entire trip.

06/26/2015

Great boat and the service was great. They keep drinks in your hand at all times and the sunset at the end was beautiful.

06/23/2015

Just beautiful! 2nd favorite activity!

06/21/2015

Good fun I would reccomend the Lazy Lizard

06/19/2015

The weather was beautiful. The crew worked well as a team and were most hospitable. It was a lovely escape from the heat. You might warn guests that they store your shoes and you walk barefoot on and off the boat. The food and drinks were lovely and plentiful.

06/17/2015

Great cruise, guides were very friendly and nice weather!

05/21/2015

Wow, staff was great, friendly, fun, excellent service, really fun outing!

05/20/2015

Wonderful afternoon on the water. I'm not sure what I was expecting but the food could have been a little bit better. I was not there for the food but the staff were very attentive to getting drinks and laughter going on the boat. We were on the other side of the boat when the sun was going down but we caught the most beautiful sunset which our guide made sure that we didn't miss.

05/11/2015

Amazing, my family was very worried about being sea sick and getting sunburned and no problems. It was so relaxing and plenty of shade with the sail up. Our guide in the water caught a blowfish and I was able to hold!

05/06/2015

The wife wanted to do this one over again. Smooth sailing. Just enough people on the boat and quides/owner were there to make sure we had a very good time.

05/04/2015

great experience had by all!

05/01/2015

LOVED IT! Though it totally rained, we had an amazing time! The staff were awesome! Highly recommend!

04/27/2015

Cruise was good, snorkeling was ok.

04/19/2015

Did not realize snorekeling off the boat. Thought we were taking boat to a private beach to snorkel. Also wrong time of day. Too choppy to see much. Disappointing snorkelling, fun as a party boat. Also I got sea sick so ruined it for me.

04/15/2015

Should have had more time to snorkel - only 45 minutes and the rest was hanging on deck eating and watching people party

04/10/2015

Our Captain was super cool. This was one of the coolest parts of our trip.

04/09/2015

Guides were nice but they should have tested the water before we go in. Half the boat got stung by jellyfish. The sting went away after 30 minutes or so, but it was still a bummer. The beach they took us to in lieu of our first snorkel spot was really cool though.

03/26/2015

Had a great time. They treated us royally and watching the sunset from the boat was amazing! Snorkelling in CR turned out to not be what we were used to from some of our coral reef trips in Mexico but the water was great and we did see some neat creatures!

03/25/2015

Lazy Lizard Sailing was THE BEST! The guides were great, very informative and helpful. Had a wonderful experience. Truly enjoyed ourselves.

03/21/2015

Excellent excursion, loved it

03/20/2015

Fantastic end to our trip!

03/19/2015

a definite highlight

03/17/2015

One of my favorite parts of the trip. The guides were great, the snorkeling was fun, and the sunset was amazing.

03/16/2015

The boat was nice and open bar a plus! we would have liked to snorkle a little longer, and explore the water and beach on our own. We were shown and got to hold a puffer fish and octopus!! we were delayed leaving the cove due to a couple changing their minds and having to be taken back to the beach... so that pushed everything back, but couldn't be helped

03/15/2015

Great tour, amenities and staff.

03/09/2015

I would do this again and pay twice as much. Great crew, great boat, great drinks and good food. Everyone on the boat was wonderful. Where do I sign up again.

02/15/2015

the ride to and from the port was long. the cruise was short. the food was minimal.

02/13/2015

Ryan and his staff provided amazing service and an all-around wonderful experience. Boating on the water in 80+ degree weather, watching the sunset, and having a fun and sociable crew talk with you and provide you with drinks should, and did, really make the snorkeling an afterthought. From start to finish, the Lazy Lizard staff was phenomenal, constantly taking drink orders, providing us with a better understanding of the area, and taking pictures. They really made this trip a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
After an hour plus boat ride, we docked near another beach and were taken out for a guided snorkeling tour. Visibility was relatively low and while we did not see a lot of fish, Ryan did a few dives and brought a puffer and porcupine fish up for the group to view (under water of course). Those not interested in snorkeling could relax on the boat, kayak, or swim to the nearby beach.
The return trip provided copious drinks, a beautiful view of the sunset, and I cannot reiterate enough, amazing service. We found this trip to be one of the most relaxing activities that we experienced while in Costa Rica.

02/12/2015

What a great day. Lovely catamaran and great crew. Enjoyed every moment.

01/25/2015

Boat was clean. Captain and crew were adequate. Food was ok, not great. They seemed to be generous with alcoholic beverages for those who wanted them.

Water for swimming location was warm.


Main drawback: the company seems to feel that having a nice experience in nature is not enough. It prides itself on its music--sort of combination of "contemporary rap/Caribbean/party" type music. It spoils the experience of enjoying all that nature has to offer.

Not the fault of the company, but there really is little to see on the "snorkeling." The crew tried to make the in-the-water experience a good one for those who went "snorkeling" by showing a puffer fish and octopus.

01/24/2015

it wasn't really a place to snorkel. the catamaran cruise was very nice and personnel was very nice.

01/06/2015

Cannot say enough good things about the staff on this cruise. Wonderful day.

12/26/2014

Really surprised us how well it was done--sunset was beautiful--family thought the area of snorkeling was not stocked with many fish--did see the monkees

12/24/2014

boat ride was beautiful but they took us to a place where there were very few fish and several of us stung by jelly fish. : (

12/11/2014

This was an amazing tour the staff were awesome and the entire excursion was amazing, i would highly recommend it to anyone going to Costa Rica

12/07/2014

Excellent!

12/05/2014

This was fun. The day was perfect and the water, boat, staff, snacks, drinks and sunset couldn't be beat.