Costa Rica / Nicaragua

Tropical Marine Ecology 


December 13-20, 2020

There are only 16 slots per class. Spaces are filling up quickly!

Interested participants are encouraged to submit an application and deposit as soon as possible to secure your space for the class. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis until the trip is full. 


ONE 8 day class will be offered:

Dates: Sunday - Sunday 

Dec 13-20, 2020 


Playa del Coco - Palo Verde - Tamarindo - Monteverde


To study tropical marine ecology, educating participants in the local marine life and other tropical wildlife and ecosystems, on site, as no other program can. 

Our Location

Costa Rica 

Credit Cards:

Deposits may be made over the phone using a credit or debit card by dialing 843-246-0750. 

Please submit your application using the SUBMIT button above. THEN use the PayPal button below to submit your deposit.

See instructions below for credit card payments and checks.


Playa Del Cocos, Costa Rica

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Course Fee: $1849 

-7 nights of lodging
-All transportation from the time you arrive at the airport in Costa Rica
-Lectures on local marine life and ecosystems as well as other unique terrestrial wildlife and ecosystems

- Boat estuary tour (Tamarindo)

-Surfing lesson (Tamarindo)

-Tide pool exploration
-2 days of scuba diving, or snorkeling in Costa Rica to observe local marine species such as white tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, puffer fish, humpback whales, giant manta rays* etc...(scuba certification not required to attend the trip, but is required to dive) (Playa del Coco)

- River tour through Palo Verde National Park
-Horseback riding (Monteverde)
-Zip-lining (Monteverde)

-Cloud Forest lecture and Hummingbird Preserve (Monteverde)
-All breakfasts
-All Dinners

    The course fee does not include airfare since each student is traveling from a different part of the US and airfare will vary from student to student. All students will fly into Liberia Airport (LIR) | Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport- Liberia, Costa Rica.

    NOTE: Students may fly into the country one day early or leave one day late (prior to 6pm) if the airfare is less expensive. However, bear in mind you will have to pay an extra night at the hotel ($17-$34) depending on availability and will be responsible for all your meals on the extra days. We will still provide transportation to and from the airport.

    Additional costs: students are responsible for lunch each day, students should bring money for souvenirs and incidental expenses, students may wish to do activities that are not on the itinerary during free time which are not covered by the course fee.

    Optional additional cost:

    ATV Tour - Monteverde, Costa Rica - $60

    Payment schedule:

    $500 deposit due with application. 
    Remaining amount due including any optional additions due by October 30, 2020

    Deposits become nonrefundable when you are accepted into the class. 

    If the class you are applying for is full, your deposit will be refunded. 

    If the class is cancelled by CMERA, your deposit will be refunded.  


    Full payment will be due no later than October 30, 2020


    Due to the fluctuating prices for airfare that our participants receive from different parts of the country, airfare is not included in the cost of the program. Participants are advised not to purchase their flights until notified by CMERA that the minimum class requirements have been met. 

    * Please keep in mind although we regularly see the animals mentioned above, these are wild animals and we have no control over when they appear and for how long. 

    Please contact us anytime with questions at (843) 246-0750. Email: