About AUSun

The Local Costa Rica Travel Experts

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.

Mélida and her team are seasoned guides and athletes ready to kayak the whitewater, teach you how to surf a gorgeous wave or snorkel alongside you to explore a spectacular reef. We will zipline with you across the forest, look for Howler monkeys and birds along the trail, visit volcanoes and caves, and teach you all about Costa Rica along the way. It’s a deeper, richer Costa Rican experience that you, your peers and your family will carry with you for a lifetime.

Meet the Team

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

Founder, Director, Guide, & Adventure Mentor

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.


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Sofia Zamora
Reservations Assistant
Randall “Chino” Solano
Adventure Mentor and Experience Leader
Randall Bermúdez
Adventure Mentor

Black hair - Human body
Laura Badilla
Trip Leader and Surf Instructor
Beard - Portrait
Stanley Prendiz
Trip Leader
Irene Corrales
Irene Corrales
Trip Leader
Surfing - Water
Jose Pablo Vargas
Surf Instructor
Surf instructor
Alfredo Barquero
Surf Instructor
Surf Instructor
Oscar Blando
Surf Instructor

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