It’s been 9 years since our kids first started going to the “TIDE Academy” with Chelsea. I use quotes when I write that because, at the time, TIDE was more of a concept than a concrete school solution. Back in the day, it was just a few kids outside in her backyard enjoying the CostaKeep Reading!

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 10 years since we first set foot in Tamarindo, but then I look back at the photos from that first year and realize how long ago that actually was. Oh my, how we have changed. The kids were so little back in 2011. SO little. I wasn’t quiteKeep Reading!

We’ve been experimenting with starting to film 360-degree, virtual reality videos of Tamarindo and the surrounding area and we wanted to share some of that with you via our brand new YouTube Channel called Tamarindo 360. Right now we have virtual reality experiences on both the beach and in town that can be viewed onKeep Reading!

We have finally arrived back in Costa Rica after a 15-month hiatus. It’s great to be home. We’ve had a number of people ask what it was like to travel during the pandemic and also what it’s been like in Tamarindo since we’ve returned, so I thought I’d write a little post to talk aboutKeep Reading!

If you had asked me 8 years ago to predict what our life would look like in 2019, never in my wildest dreams would I have been able to predict where we are today. A 6-month visit to Costa Rica in 2011 turned into a life in Costa Rica over the next 8 years. IKeep Reading!

We created another film about Tamarindo, Langosta and Avellanas from the drone. This was filmed over the course of 4 months. We have a new drone this year, so we’re excited to start working with it and testing out what we can create with this one. Until then, enjoy the film and let us knowKeep Reading!

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!

Erin will be hosting a Yoga Retreat from November 11-17, 2017 in Nosara, Costa Rica and we would love to see you there! Erin is the owner of Five Parks Yoga ( and together we produce hundreds of professional yoga classes online for students from all over the world and this Fall, she will beKeep 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!

This is a must see. This music video based on Walk Off the Earth’s song called Rule The World was made during our Film Making class at the Tide Academy, in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. The video took months to film in a bunch of different locations around Tamarindo, Costa Rica. These kids did an incredible job,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!

The following article was written by Adam Daniel in the TIDE Newsletter: Although Ben is not one of our senior students, he is our highlight student this week. Ben is a returning part-time student for the past 7 years. He has been with TIDE Academy since the begging and completes 1/3 of his school yearKeep 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!