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Life with the McDougalls in Costa Rica is a Daring Adventure
Raft with 12-foot crocodiles, swim with man-eating bull sharks, ride quarter-mile-long steel cables through the tree canopy, horseback ride in the rain forest, surf at a world class surfing beach, snorkel with octopus and white tip sharks, wagon ride in the rain forest, boat ride on the ocean, bird watch and hike – This is what 92 people (ranging from 7 to 87 years old) did with us in Costa Rica the week of August 3 to 10, 2003. Helen Keller described our time well when she said, “Life is a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”
Being adventuresome was not a requirement for taking this trip. Some people spent a very relaxing vacation on the tropical hotel grounds, and surely had as great a time as all the others. Everyone, regardless of how they spent their day, appreciated the great food served in a dining area looking over the warm Pacific Ocean and companionship of like-minded people – all enjoying a better life. Each evening Dr. McDougall lectured to an enthusiastic audience.
Do you want to learn more? Many people share their experiences in photos on our web site at www.drmcdougall.com. and descriptions of the trip below. You will also find a song and a poem about our trip at the end.
The Following are Edited Comments from Our 2003 Costa Rica Trip:
The McDougall adventure in Costa Rica was the "best bang for your buck" vacation we have ever taken. The five daily adventures were spectacular, the food was awesome and to have an opportunity to hear Dr McDougall speak every evening helped my husband, son & I realize that you can HAVE IT ALL. You can have great tasting food AND good health. I am so thankful to Dr.& Mary McDougall for their efforts not only to educate us with the facts but to put together vacations where you can come home thinner and healthier! Thank you, we will be back next year!
Not only would we be interested in coming to Costa Rica again but I know at least 10 more people from Miami who would! Maybe 20.
Laurie, Hans & Kristoffer Huseby
My comments on the trip are that it was probably the most exciting and fun trip Robby and I have ever been on. We were doing something new and challenging everyday, from riding a horse in the rain forest to zip-lining through the tops of trees and kayaking on the ocean, it was a blast! The food was great and we loved meeting wonderful people from all over the US. The view from our room of the Pacific Ocean was absolutely breathtaking. Plus, we got to hear the number one doctor in the country tell us how to get healthy and stay healthy. What more could we ask! Thanks again for a super trip.
Leila Anne Rowan
My daughter, Mary Anne, and I had a wonderful time on our Costa Rica
Adventure vacation. We have been on "adventure" type vacations before - to
Glacier National Park, rafting between Taos and Santa Fe, climbing
Guadeloupe Peak in Texas, camping at 12,000 feet in Colorado. This
vacation ranks up there with the best! There was even time to take it easy
and hang out in a hammock or stroll on the beach, after swinging through
the treetops! The nature guides that accompanied each group were the icing
on the cake (made without eggs, of course). As Texas Master Naturalists,
we appreciated their knowledge of the flora and fauna and their giving us
insights into the way the 'Ticos’ live. Your lectures were fascinating
enough to draw a crowd and my 17-year-old daughter, even though you had to
compete with the beautiful sunsets over the Pacific. You, Mary, and
Heather (behind the scenes) are always so approachable and gracious. Thank
you for another unforgettable trip. This was our third time traveling on a
McDougall Adventure and we already look forward to joining you again next
Another great McDougall trip! Costa Rica was the third one that Marcia
and I have taken with John and Mary, and they get better each time. There
is no doubt that detailed planning and experience has gone into each phase
Marcia and Bob Bailey
We were invited by my father- and mother-in-law and we committed to attending the trip just 6 weeks prior to departure. The last thing on my mind during a vacation was listening to talks about health, however I found myself at the talks every evening and even looking forward to the next topic. I am a life long meat and pizza eater living on the fast track American diet. I told my wife before I left that I was going for fun but did not want any part of eating any vegan diet. My plans were to go to town eat fish and have adventurous fun. But instead my eyes have been opened to a new way that the evidence shows is beneficial to our health and well-being. So far I'm two weeks into my normal living and still no milk, or red meat. With my wife's help we are eating a low fat diet, and I feel great! Thanks for the trip, but more importantly thanks for the education.
Although my typical vacations usually involve a golf course, it was a fabulous first time experience on this trip to substitute golf clubs for surfboards. The beach was user friendly for surfing rookies and the town of Tamarindo was made to order as the backdrop. For my daughter Kristy and I to actually get up on our boards a few times and be able to enjoy the feeling of riding a wave was an unexpected joy we were able to share. Not bad for a couple of tourists from Minnesota. Between our common interest in the McDougall Program and the shared activities, everyone, regardless of age, seemed to have an easy time getting to know each other. Thanks for a wonderful vacation experience…now if we could only get you interested in golf, all would be well in paradise.
Paul & Kristy Carter
Thank you for our recent McDougall Adventure to Costa Rica - it was
First of all I want to express my appreciation for all the effort you,
We had been there about six years ago, but this trip was much better. The scenery was beautiful. Activities were fun. Dr. McDougall's eight hours of lectures were inspiring. Food was plentiful and delicious. It reminded me of a cruise ship but, even though we ate everything in sight, I lost two pounds.
Ann and I have been on all the McDougall trips and have especially enjoyed
the Costa Rica trips. They seem to just get better and better. The
highlight of the trip this year was a scuba diving trip to
to see the giant bull sharks. We were reacquainted with old friends that
had been on previous trips, made new friends, and your lectures were great
as usual. It was another outstanding adventure--sign us up for next year!
WOW..........what a trip! I had a blast. I am already planning next year’s trip.
It was more than I ever could have imagined. On our own we'd never have
been able to put together such fun activities, never would have met
so many wonderful people, and would probably never have learned so much
Liz Fowler and Jerome Smith
The food and companionship were great - and Roberta even lost 2 pounds!
What a relief not to have to worry about what we were eating. We can't
wait to go back and try some of the things that we didn't have a chance to
do, like horseback riding and kayaking. And it will be such fun to meet
up with the folks we met on this trip - lots of new friends!
Everything was perfectly organized, thought-out, and arranged for us so we
didn't even have to think. All we had to do was "go-along for the ride"
and enjoy the
Allan & Pat Bonilla
This year's trip to
- my 2nd McDougall adventure was a week well spent. Apart from the
excellent food, which I have now come to expect, I was pleased with the
wide range of activities and the way they were organized to cover more
than 90 participants, not an easy task. For guys like myself who like to
break away from the crowd there were 2 full days of kayaking on the
Pacific, exploring the offshore islands and the northern coastline.
Most trips are for fun, but the drawback is that you gain weight by the
time you return home, and you feel lousy, too. What I enjoyed most about
this trip was going back for seconds, as well as dessert. (I was
definitely one of the "little piggies"!) But I only gained a pound, and I
feel terrific. This was my granddaughter's favorite trip, even though she
usually doesn’t follow a vegetarian diet. A bonus was that my
granddaughter and my wife felt so good from the diet during their week in
Costa Rica that they both are sticking with it, even though they never had
any such intentions before they went. Maybe now I won’t be the only
vegetarian in the family.
by Roberta Joiner
To the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
Take us to Costa Rica
By Dottie Bray