tandem in dominical, costa ricaLaunch Sites in Costa Rica

New paragliding sites are opening every year. Here are a few of our favorite and most reliable. See Rates for information on Guide Services, Transportation Services and Accommodation pricing.

Dominical is arguably the most beautiful launch site we use. Flying to the town and landing at Taquila Flats restaurant for a cold drink has become a routine. With plenty of beach to land on P2's can feel comfortable flying here.

Numerous years ago our pilot Alex met a man named Fred Grotenhuis, aka Grampa Ninja. Fred was instumental in establishing paraglidn as it today in Costa RIca. In fact, Fred was also instrumental in pioneering numerous sites still flown today, including Dominical. Fred would drive with other paragliders seeking out new sites. Driving on the top of the Escalaras Ridge, Fred along with paraglider Nick Crane, ventured up to the top and found what is today the Dominical Escalaras flying site.

After Grampa Ninja and Alex flew their good friend Joey Lobo's launch, Alex was encouraged to develop his own site on the other side of the valley, today known as Alex' Launch in Rivas. This site is not for the beginner. It is an advanced launch site, where as of early 2017, all the in-country distance records have been set. (As of 2/17, 220 plus kilometers, held by another good friend, Zion Free)

Other popular sites include Nemaclys in Caldera, the site in Jaco and Turrialba. it was in Turrialba that Fred first began his paragliding adventures in Costa Rica with a group called the Ninjas. Click here to read more about how Fred affectionaltely became known as Grampa Ninja.

Danny Manny which was as also pioneered by Fred, and Jaco, are about a 2 hour drive and some of our more reliable thermal sites when Dominical is not working.

Jaco high launch, a two hour drive, is one of the most reliable thermaling site.

Don't paraglide? Take a tandem ride with us.

Click here for a map of other paragliding launch sites.

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