Ill be going to costa rica for 11 days over easter break. Iv just about everything figured out except for one thing. Should i rent a board or just bring my own? it my first surf trip out of the country, Iv got an al merrik mbm round tail that would go pretty good in the waves down there, but air fair for boards is so expencive. Is it smarter to bring your own equipment or just rent a board? Also i was thinking about buying a used board down there and just selling it or giveing it away at the end of the trip, that was i dont have to pay for air fair and i get a decent shape, good idea or no?
any help will be appreciated,
thanks - Chilli
it depends which airline you're using. i know some have a set fee for "oversize" bags. the rentals down there aren't that bad but the MBM will most likely be better especially if you're used to riding it. if you plan on traveling to that particular spot in costa rica more often, buying a used board then giving it away will earn you respect and more waves next time you come.
Originally Posted by Chilli
You didn't mention what area of Costa but this is one of the better Costa surfing web sites just click on links section left side if you want to check out some of the surf shop for rentals. If you're going to Tamarindo you shouldn't have any trouble finding what you need and some shops will reply to to E-mail too
WOW, 11 days :) Have Fun and stay wet :D
Ill break it down for ya/////
Option 1: Bring your own- If you plan to surf all 11 days its worth it to bring your own stick. More often than not you can get away with 2 in one bag. Expect to pay about 100 each way.(both USAir and Tico both charge this price).
Option 2: renting-
Expect to pay between $10-20 US / day to rent a decent board. You may be able to catch a 10 day deal if you bargain a little. Also depends where you are going, some places have no surf shops or boards, some places (tamarindo, jaco, dominical) have surf shops galore. You will likely be coming through Jaco at some point if you fly into SJO. Jaco is the surf(board) capital of costa. A great place to rent and...
Option 3: Buying then selling- If you will be coming through one of the major surf hubs i mentioned above, you might find it worth while to buy a board and sell it back on the way out. You might find that you only lose 50-100 bucks making it a win over flying, but you never know what you get.
Option 4: meet some locals. On my last trip I borrowed a board the whole time, and it came with a complimentary amateur pharmacist and tour guide ;)
Enjoy it man, I did it twice last year and I have to resist the impulse to but a ticket almost every payday... PM me if you need any advice, Iv toured that coast from Ollies down to Pavones. Loved every mile of it too. Bring a good camera because the scenery along the highways will blow your mind.
To be brutally honest im not exaxctly sure which airline ill be flying lol. Yea that was i was thinking. I like the mbm and im not sure if i will be able to find something down there thats reasonable. i really dont want to surf 11 days on a pos board when i could have used my own. thanks for the info
Originally Posted by ND081
Sorry ill be flyfing into san juan, then driveing to jaco and eaither driveing up the coast looking for surf or down, most likely down, thanks for the link ill check it out. thanks ill do my best :)
Originally Posted by goofy footer
WOW thanks for all the info bro! super helpfull. I have alot to think about now. Im thinking ill just end up buying a board and selling it on the way back if i find something good. If not ill just rent one. hahaa meeting some locals sounds like a good plan. illl do my best. its always nice when you have someone who knows the area to show you around.
Originally Posted by leethestud
I most deffanatly will i cant wait. Sure thing thanks alot ;) Most likely ill end up doing something similar. drive down the cost looking for surf. A good camera is most deff on the list!
lee the stud is pretty spot on. i went to costa rica guanacoste region a coulpe of years ago. tamarindo has plenty of places to rent from for reasonable prices. the main boards in stock were merricks firewires lost and stretch. l changed boards a couple times throug hout the week. the next time i go back how ever ill take my own board. Its worth the money to have your own board because you already have it dialed in. its not every day your in costa rica so to me its justified to spend a few extra and take my own stick. either way your guaranteed to have a wonderful time. one other thing. if you rent a vehicle which i recomend make sure you buckle up. my wife and i ran into several road blocks. On one instance i wasnt buckled up and the cops were getting ready to site me however 30 dollars american got us off but it was a close call cuz i had enjoyed a couple of beers after a session and we were nervous. have fun.
Buy a used board. You dont want to damage your go to board. Its the waves, not the board that will make the trip.
i just got back from a month in costa. if you are going thru jaco you will have no problem findind a used board. the place is loaded with them. i was shocked at how many there were. if you are looking to stay in that area check out the rancho grande in playa hermosa. its on the right just past the soccer field. its a great place to stay right on the beach and its inexpensive.
Sounds like a lot of good info here. If you do rent a car ask the rental car company to make a copy of your drivers license and passport. NEVER give your original documents to the police, they will hold it until you pay their shakedown. Also, NEVER pay a cop who has just pulled you over. It's a racket and they generally will not write you a real ticket if you say that's what you want.
One last thing, never leave anything in your car, locked or unlocked. CR is safe for you, but your stuff is most coveted and will be taken at any opportunity.
Originally Posted by johhnyutah
personally, i can't imagine traveling w/out my boards. but i'm rather picky about my equipment.
i would also recommend making the copies of your DL & passport prior to leaving the US. leave a copy w/ someone you can trust & get a hold of easily if something happens...they can fax that copy to the embassy if you lose your original somehow (it happens). i always make 2 copies...leave one at home & take one w/ me, stashed someplace away from my actual passport.
i agree w/ the suggestion to leave nothing of value in the rental car...in fact, when i go surfing, i usually just park the car w/ the windows wide open & doors unlocked. that way, any potential thieves don't have to bust the windows to find out there's nothing in it.
as for cops, sometimes it's just easier to pay them off & be on your way. certainly easier than dealing w/ the hassle & headache if they decide to be a prick. last time i was there, a cop who stopped us was threatening to take us to prison if we didn't pay the ticket then & there. i forget what the amount was in colones, but it was the equivalent of about $20. & we were on our way, free & easy.