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    Quote Originally Posted by soulrebel View Post
    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.
    Great info thanks, im haveing a really hard time dicideing if im going to take my board or not. I dont want to snap my good board,

    Quote Originally Posted by wontonwonton View Post
    Buy a used board. You dont want to damage your go to board. Its the waves, not the board that will make the trip.
    Good point. I was thinking tha same thing

    Quote Originally Posted by liveones View Post
    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.
    Thats reassuring if i dont take my board im deffanatly going to buy one. Thanks for teh tip on where to stay as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by johhnyutah View Post
    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.

    Pura Vida
    Hmm that makes alot of sence, Thanks a ton. Ill deffanatly do that

    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    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.
    Im not all that picky about what i ride, i like to try out diffrent shapes as much as i can, I wont be bummed if i cant bring my boards along. Thanks for the rest of the info its good advice!

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by johhnyutah View Post

    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.

    Pura Vida
    Second this. Our truck got broken into while we were surfing 200 yards from it. The locals are good people, but there are always bad apples- and they are career thieves. At least the good ones move on to San Jose. I recall hearing the statistic that an average of 500 passports/year get reported stolen in that airport.

  3. #13
    Sitting in the Miami airport on the way back from Hermosa...a couple of things.

    I rented a board this time - wished I had brought my own. I ride a quad fish hybrid . There was nothing close in Jaco. Took my own board last year. I vowed that each wave I missed was $1 to next year's airline board fee.

    Also, we were pulled over while driving to Esterillios. We were completely dead-to-rights for no sea tbelt - a bid deal in CR - no driver's license, and no passport. You are supposed to have your passport or a copy with you at all times. The policeman wrote down the total fine for us to see - $700!!! Seat belt is $400 alone.

    For whatever reason a higher ranking officer pulled up behind us (our guy was on a motorcycle). They talked, and when our guy came back he said for a first time we were just getting a warning. Talk about crapping bricks. Most of us had no cash, and none of us had docs.

    Anyway, he was very cool and wished a good day. So each encounter is its own thing. We didn't argue, and acknowledged that we were totally in the wrong. Don't know if that made any difference - we were lucky and did a have good session.

    So ya never know....

    PS - a car is a must to make the most of your CR visit.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Chilli View Post
    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
    Get a good compass and a couple of maps. San Juan, Puerto Rico is over water to Costa Rica. Sure you aren't going to Puerto Rico? Or San Jose? LOL.

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    How steep did the rental vehicles cost/week? Exploring the possibilities of flying into San Jose, thinking about staying in Nosara. Are there any shuttles that run from the airport to Nosara? I would rent a car, but would hate to pay the weekly price if I'm just using it mainly to take the 5 hr drive from the airport to Nosara, and back when we leave.

    Thanks

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    I stayed in Tamarindo, Costa Rica last april. Me and my buddy ended up renting boards at the witch's rock surf camp. They are pretty cheap and have insurance for like 10 bucks dude. It's definitely worth renting a board rather than buying one. You can rent one for the whole week even and it's resonably priced. They have a good array of shapes: plenty of al merricks, a few cool fish shapes and even a few longboards and even if you're not in that particular area they have plenty of surf shops to rent at. I recommend surfing a place called avellenos (I think that's how its spelled) or "little hawaii" it was really fun and has a fun right off the rocks. There's another place I think called the rivermouth thats pretty fun and decently consistant. It's like chest to head every day. It's awesome! Have a good time man, I'm sure it'll be a blast. Costa was one of my first surf trips too!

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    Liberia is the closer airport to Nosara (playa guiones). But, flights cost a bit more.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by RainWizard112 View Post
    I stayed in Tamarindo, Costa Rica last april. Me and my buddy ended up renting boards at the witch's rock surf camp. They are pretty cheap and have insurance for like 10 bucks dude. It's definitely worth renting a board rather than buying one. You can rent one for the whole week even and it's resonably priced. They have a good array of shapes: plenty of al merricks, a few cool fish shapes and even a few longboards and even if you're not in that particular area they have plenty of surf shops to rent at. I recommend surfing a place called avellenos (I think that's how its spelled) or "little hawaii" it was really fun and has a fun right off the rocks. There's another place I think called the rivermouth thats pretty fun and decently consistant. It's like chest to head every day. It's awesome! Have a good time man, I'm sure it'll be a blast. Costa was one of my first surf trips too!
    Avellana means "Hazelnut", fyi. Its a good stretch of beach with three set-ups, a reef called "little hawaii", a rocky beach break, and a rivermouth. And yes, its a fantastic place to surf. No hard feelings but dont want to mis-inform, this ain't fox news or reddit!

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    [QUOTE=Retzlaff44;90768]Sitting in the Miami airport on the way back from Hermosa...a couple of things.
    Seat belt is $400 alone.

    I had a seat belt ticket and it was 10 or 15 bucks but that was a while ago dont know if they really went up that much or that cop was trying to rip you guys off or something.

    Dude BRING YOUR OWN BOARD!!!! its 100 each way depending on airline you stated you dont want to break your board well you REALLY dont want to break a rental board cause then you have to pay for it!!!
    A BOard doesn't make your trip waves do?
    But if you cant catch the wave or surf it well whats the piont of being there just like someone just mentioned about being used to a quad fish then not finding one and missing a lot of waves. it is especially important to have equipment you are familar with when surfing places that you havent been cause the wave is not familar at least your board is .
    Just my opinion from lots a trial and errors ..

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    [QUOTE=bauer;91494]
    Quote Originally Posted by Retzlaff44 View Post
    Sitting in the Miami airport on the way back from Hermosa...a couple of things.
    Seat belt is $400 alone.

    I had a seat belt ticket and it was 10 or 15 bucks but that was a while ago dont know if they really went up that much or that cop was trying to rip you guys off or something.

    Dude BRING YOUR OWN BOARD!!!! its 100 each way depending on airline you stated you dont want to break your board well you REALLY dont want to break a rental board cause then you have to pay for it!!!
    A BOard doesn't make your trip waves do?
    But if you cant catch the wave or surf it well whats the piont of being there just like someone just mentioned about being used to a quad fish then not finding one and missing a lot of waves. it is especially important to have equipment you are familar with when surfing places that you havent been cause the wave is not familar at least your board is .
    Just my opinion from lots a trial and errors ..

    I have to agree your first time at a new break with your board will make you confidence go way up