Sure, Brady was trying to impress the girl – his wife, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen – when he shocked the world with his #AirBrady leap off Montezuma Falls near his vacation home of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. And while Brady posted: “Never doing that again!” on his Facebook page under the video that went viral with close to 11 million views so far, there are plenty of other Costa Rica waterfalls that are spectacularly beautiful and fun to enjoy … with or without impressing anyone.
There are two fabulous waterfalls on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast at eco-community Portasol Rainforest & Ocean View Living. The largest is Cazuela Waterfall at Portasol’s Cazuela Park – spilling close to 20 feet (6m) into two pools. It is named after the bowl shape of the top pool; “Cazuela” means “cooking bowl” in Spanish.
Those who are adventurous jump 20 feet (6m) from the top of the falls into the 23-foot (7m) deep bowl-shaped pool. Non-adrenaline junkies walk down a path to get to the lower pool, which is about the size of a large swimming pool, crystal clear, and really refreshing. You can easily climb to swim in the upper pool.
“The place is so beautiful. And it’s an easy way to get down to the pools,” commented Portasol property owner Gary Kritzinger, who has jumped Cazuela Waterfall at least 20 times. “Standing at the top of the waterfall gives me a bird’s-eye view of the pools below … a deep breath, and then 1, 2, 3, JUMP! A little scary, but really cool!” Kritzinger, who is originally from South Africa, operates nature and adventure tours with Bushmaster Adventures in the south central Pacific of Costa Rica.
Portasol’s second waterfall is on the Astua Creek behind the Waterfalls Spa. A trail leads from the massage area to the 6-foot-high (1.8m) waterfall with a small pool to swim.
Other nearby amazing waterfalls in Costa Rica:
- Pozo Azul Waterfall south of the town of Dominical by about 3 miles (5 km)
- Los Campesinos Reserve near Quepos
- Nauyaca Waterfalls by Dominical (200 feet high – 61m)
Visit Portasol eco-community for an unforgettable vacation in one of their luxury Costa Rica vacation home rentals. Portasol is perfectly positioned in the rainforest between the famous Manuel Antonio National Park and the popular surf town of Dominical. The beautiful, uncrowded beaches of Playa Linda and Playa Matapalo are less than 15 minutes away.
Article by Shannon Farley