Thursday, May 1, 2014

Winter Break Study Abroad trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Beginning May 1, 2014 Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy will be accepting applications for our annual Tropical Marine Ecology course in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. 

This is a 10 day course during which we will be educating students on the various ecosystems in the area including mangrove forests, coral reefs, rocky reefs, and sandy bottom areas.  Our own marine biologists, as well as local marine biologists, will be lecturing about these ecosystems, the various animals that live in these unique habitats, and conservation issues that these ecosystems or specific species in the area face.  We will then be taking the students into the field to experience these ecosystems and to observe the animals in their natural environment through scuba diving, snorkeling, beach walks, and exploring tidal pools.  There are many environmental videos that concentrate on specific conservation issues in Costa Rica, and we will be screening several of these videos and discussing their content with local biologists.

This year we are conducting 3 courses to accommodate different winter break schedules.  The dates are below:

Course #1: December 14 - 23, 2014
Course #2: December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Course #3: January 6 - 15, 2015

The cost of the trip is $1,699 and includes 3 days of scuba diving or snorkeling with all rental gear, 9 nights of lodging, all transportation from the time you arrive at the airport in Costa Rica until you depart the airport in Costa Rica, horseback riding, zip-lining, surf lessons, tide pool exploration, sea turtle night walk, all lectures and video screenings, all breakfasts and dinners.

Not included: airfare to and from Costa Rica as students are flying from all over the US and airfare varies greatly, all lunches and drinks, trip insurance, diver insurance, departure tax($28), and bring extra money for souvenirs and snacks.

We are only taking 16 students on each trip.  To join us on this amazing adventure please visit the Costa Rica page of our website (  Fill out the application and submit a deposit of $500.  After acceptance into this course, all final payments are due by October 15, 2014.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at