We’re very excited to announce our first film filmed entirely with a drone in Costa Rica. This film was shot over the course of two weeks during Green Season in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. This footage provides an incredible glimpse into the beauty of Tamarindo during the Fall Season. If you’ve only visited Tamarindo during theKeep Reading!

School in Tamarindo, How it Works for Us We get a lot of questions and inquiries about school and how we go about educating our kids in both Costa Rica and Colorado. While I can not speak for any other schools besides the three in Colorado that we have experienced this with, I feel pretty confident in sayingKeep Reading!

We are very proud to announce that the TIDE Academy Documentary Film is ready for viewing. This 20 minute documentary takes an in-depth look at the Students, Faculty and Parents that attend this non-traditional school in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. This entire production was filmed by students of the TIDE Academy Film Making Class. Quick Peek:Keep Reading!

Today is the day the kids have been waiting for all year, we are releasing the music video they’ve been working on in Film Making class to the public. We will be launching the video at the end of today’s final film making class of the year. Stay tuned! (Update! The video is posted below!)Keep Reading!

I have had the honor of teaching an After School Enrichment Class at the TIDE Academy this year and it has been extremely impactful on my (and our entire families’) experience in Costa Rica. The class I teach is called Film Making, and we have had three major focuses this year; learning the deep basics of filmmaking,Keep Reading!

Tamarindo is home and host to many active and adventurous people. Not only does the great surf draw this crowd, but the lifestyle itself, which encourages walking and spending time outdoors, promotes a healthy lifestyle. So, if you are in Tamarindo and looking to stay active and healthy, you have lots of options! Surfing, ofKeep Reading!

It was a regular Thursday afternoon. Jacob, our friend Nate and I wanted to surf Langosta after school. We arrived at 2:30 when the tide was going out from the river mouth. This causes a huge, and dangerous rip current. The surf was good but Jake, Nate and I were the only ones out there.Keep Reading!

It’s Sunday night in the middle of December. I’m (Matt) sitting outside by the pool in Costa Rica around 10 pm and the rest of the family is sound asleep (which I should be too, but I had to work) because we are leaving tomorrow morning for a journey back to the States, back toKeep Reading!

It’s been 8 days since the kids and I drove to Playa Negra to drop Erin off at her Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. We’ve seen her a few short times since she’s been gone (for a total of about an hour) and we’ve connected via text and FaceTime when she has a break during theKeep Reading!

This is our very first rainy season experience in Tamarindo, and we’ve seen some amazing rain storms in the last month, but last night took the cake for the monster of all storms. I’ve never seen so much rain in my life. It was quite amazing. It started as a great downpour. Lightening and thunderKeep Reading!

There is nothing that gets my heart racing more while driving in Costa Rica than then dreaded bright green traffic cones. These are the telltale sign of the Transito’s, Costa Rica’s Transit Police. While we have been pulled over a number of times by the Transito’s, this year marks the first time that we receivedKeep Reading!

I’m never super excited when my alarm goes off at 5:00 am on Wednesday mornings, I like mornings, but it’s really early. By the time the entire family has arrived at the beach at 5:45 for the TIDE Academy Morning Surf Practice, the cobwebs are gone and I’m so grateful to be out there enjoyingKeep Reading!

Ben and Jacob both wanted to write something for the blog yesterday, and they opted to do a little writing about the TIDE Academy’s Morning Surf Program before school. Enjoy! TIDE Surf Morning Practice – by Ben Waking up at 5:00 am to go surfing is definitely worth it. Especially if it’s with TIDE. Last year if youKeep Reading!

The kids wrote this song with their friends Logan and Macy last week. Just had to share as nothing makes me happier than the kids playing music.Keep Reading!

As we were driving to Lola’s our goal was to shoot another quick surf video, but upon arrival, the swell was MASSIVE so the kids decided to boogey board, play in the sand and enjoy a relaxing afternoon instead. This is a quick snapshot of that afternoon at Avellanas.Keep Reading!

We’ve been back in Tamarindo for about a month now and it’s been quite a whirlwind thus far! Things are finally slowing down just a little bit, so I thought I’d drop a quick update. We had two weeks of visitors as well as three weeks of very good friends in town, so we’ve beneKeep Reading!

This weekend we will journey down to Costa Rica again as a family. By this time we’ve got traveling to and from Costa Rica down to a science. Instead of making this 5th trip down the easiest one yet, we’ve decided to make it the most complicated one by adding our new dog to theKeep Reading!

The kids went to an amazing school while living in Costa Rica for the Spring Semester of 2013 called the TIDE Academy (website | facebook). As a part of their community outreach program, the school teamed up with another local school to create a beautiful mural on an old concrete wall in the center ofKeep Reading!