The Local Costa Rica Travel Experts

Costa Rica awaits, and with us by your side, every moment becomes a memory etched in Pura Vida!

Why book with Adventures Under the Sun? Because AUSun is a lot more than just a Costa Rica travel agency – we know the best places to visit in Costa Rica for outdoor enthusiasts that integrate cultural and nature experiences,  thus creating unforgettable, personalized all-inclusive vacations touring the diverse natural landscape and unique characteristics of Costa Rica.

With a lifetime of guiding and adventure racing under our belts, the team at Adventures Under the Sun creates exceptional, incomparable, one-of-a-kind adventures in Costa Rica for groups of all kinds.


AUSUN’s founder, adventure athlete and Costa Rican, Mélida Barbee, has a strong passion to share the joy and health benefits of being active in nature, and she loves to share the path of human wellness through adventure travel. Mélida has been creating trips and guiding guests for over 20 years and has built up a network of partners that elevate and enrich the adventure experience.

Meet YOur Guides

Mélida Barbee

Founder, Director, Guide, & Adventure Mentor

AUSun’s staff consists of a variety of amazing local professionals in environmental and outdoor education, travel, and sports. Our trip leaders are young, bilingual adults with CPR, WFR, First Aid and ICT Guide Certifications. Our shared values, philosophies, and passion for the Costa Rican outdoors is reflected in the success of the trips we lead and operate.

Mélida Barbee founded AUSun in 2001 after working in the local, environmental conservation sector. She later led students and adults on adventures throughout Costa Rica and the United States for 15 years. As a dedicated and competitive athlete, a concerned environmentalist and passionate outdoorsman, she chose a path to share experiences that sharpen and engage our senses and make life beat at a richer tempo.



Sofia Zamora

Reservations Assistant

Randall Solano

Ocean Guide

Randall Bermúdez

Adventure Mentor


Laura Badilla

Trip Leader and Surf Instructor

Stanley Prendiz

Trip Leader

Irene Corrales

Trip Leader

Jose Pablo Vargas

Surf Instructor

Alfredo Barquero

Surf Instructor

Oscar Blando

Surf Instructor

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