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Surfers looking to catch their next break can go temperate or tropic in two of the World's Best Surf Towns

Nov. 14, 2012, Victoria, BC— Although they are separated by thousands of miles of coastline, Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino, British Columbia and The Harmony Hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica both offer surfers an ideal beachfront base where they can catch their next break.

With reputations for excellent surfing, combined with a great atmosphere, Tofino and Nosara were recently ranked by National Geographic Adventure as two of the World’s Best Surf Towns. For surfers planning their next getaway, Long Beach Lodge Resort – located along Cox Bay near Tofino – provides guests with access to some of the best surfing from March to September. And, The Harmony Hotel in Nosara, situated right off of the best break on Playa Guiones, has excellent conditions from November to April.

Each property boasts access to waves that are superb for both beginners and dedicated surfers. For beginners who have always wanted to try surfing, but haven’t found the inner strength to grab a board and give it a try, each property offers lessons that help remove fear and emphasize trust in a relaxed, low-key environment.

Lessons at Long Beach Lodge Resort are offered by a full-time instructor through their new Surf Club Centre, the only full service surf club located in a luxury resort on the west coast of North America, which boasts a fully equipped centre to change, shower, and decompress. In addition, a coffee bar and retail shop is located in the centre to encourage a communal and friendly atmosphere for surfers of all abilities.

Harmony is a stone’s throw from the best break on Playa Guiones, home to the best surf in Nosara and for that matter, some of the most consistent year-round waves in the world. The Harmony Hotel offers beginners lessons with an on-site instructor, surf board rental and warm-water wax, all within a short walk of the hotel room’s private outdoor showers – making the post-surfing rinse both simple and inviting. Rentals are also available at a cost of $15 - 25 USD per day with no need to reserve. Due to warm temperatures of 80 to 90 degrees during day and around 75 degrees at night from November through May, wetsuits are not required.

Regardless of a guest’s level of experience, when the surfing day is complete both beginners and more experienced surfers can take advantage of their surroundings by either warming up in the beachfront hot tub and sauna at the Long Beach Lodge Surf Club, or cooling off in the chlorine-free, ion-filtered outdoor pool or taking in relaxing services at the Healing Centre at The Harmony Hotel.

And, when it is time to relax after a long day on the beach, both Long Beach Lodge Resort and Harmony offer guests a relaxing and well-appointed common room where they can mingle with other surfers and guests. The Great Room at Long Beach Lodge Resort offers uninterrupted views of Cox Bay from the comfort of over-sized couches and armchairs, surrounding a stone-faced fireplace. And, The Harmony Hotel’s traditional open-air rancho building, located at the centre of the property, includes a juice bar offering fresh salads, sandwiches, vegetable juices, smoothies and a full selection of speciality coffees.

Both resorts offer a range of accommodations – from the Lodge Rooms and Cottages at Long Beach Lodge Resort to Bungalows, Suites or Cocos Rooms at The Harmony Hotel – allowing everyone from families to couples or groups to find the best room type for their surf vacation.

For more information on The Harmony Hotel, visit www.harmonynosara.com and for information on Long Beach Lodge Resort, visit www.longbeachlodgeresort.com.

About Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality
Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality develops and manages hotels, lodges and other tourism related projects in Central America that are committed to the four Ps of sustainability – people, planet, profit and place. It offers solutions and expertise to tourism operators looking to enhance their performance in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. As well, Cayuga provides expert responsible travel advice, including full itinerary suggestions for families, adventurers and honeymooners. For more information, visit www.cayugaonline.com.

About Long Beach Lodge Resort
Famous for its iconic Great Room, where guests are welcome to relax and enjoy the incredible views, Long Beach Lodge Resort is home to one of the best surfing beaches in the area. Recognized as one of the top three resorts in Canada by the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, the resort is also celebrating its 10th anniversary. Long Beach Lodge Resort is set right on the ocean in Cox Bay, Tofino and provides beautifully appointed accommodations in a private, wild Pacific West Coast setting. The resort offers 41 lodge rooms, 20 two-bedroom cottages and a full service dining room, as well as meeting space, a fully equipped Surf Club Centre and instant beach access. For more information, visit www.longbeachlodgeresort.com.

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Media Contacts:
Kate Rogers, Tartan Group: 604-682-8811, 604-880-1494 (cell) or kate@tartangroup.ca
Suzanne Girard Foote, Tartan Group: 917-370-7288 or suzanne@tartangroup.ca



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