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  1. #11
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    Spirit has the best prices to San Jose by far......I live in the south so its closer to Ft. lauderdale where Spirit is based. Spirit does fly from Newark so check...you can usually get prices low at the last minute. Check spirit air.com As far as ticos being thieves... just as bad at your local break. Be smart and don't give anyone a reason to steal from you. Leave it on the front seat and you deserve it. Ticos are great people...don't knock'em. Theres alot worse here at home. Have fun and enjoy the Pura Vida lifestyle!!!

  2. #12
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    Aug 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    word of advice - ticos as Costa Ricans are called - are very friendly people. However when it comes to Gringo tourists they are complete and unrepentant petty thieves. All of them, as in every single one of them, will not hesitate to steal everything they possibly can from you given the slightest opportunity.
    Wow, way to apply a characteristic of a small subset of the population to the whole thing. Because petty theft happens there a lot, it must mean that every single person there is a thief. WTF? Theft happens in the in the US too. Does that mean every single person here is a thief? I've been to CR...Nosara specifically. Don't leave your stuff unattended and don't leave valuables in your car and you won't have any problems. Leave your sandals and a towel on the beach and go surfing, your **** will probably not be there when you get back. Leave your camera sitting on the front seat of your car, and someone will probably break in and steal it. It's a third world country with lots of poor people. Try the same **** in any poor neighborhood in the US and you'll likely have the same results. It doesn't mean every single person in the neighborhood is a thief.

    Ticos are super friendly and most will go out of their way to help you - be smart and you will have an awesome trip.

  3. #13
    I've never had a 5 year old pair of sandals stolen off the beach here in the States or a camcorder from a hotel room- the funny thing is when you go to the surf shop there in Nosara and they have a 55 gallon drum full of used (and by used I mean stolen) sandals for sale for $5 ea.

    make sure to get a massage from Jessie at Bhudda Massage- she's super nice, gives great massages that will help you recover so you can surf more & better and she rips.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    word of advice - ticos as Costa Ricans are called - are very friendly people. However when it comes to Gringo tourists they are complete and unrepentant petty thieves. All of them, as in every single one of them, will not hesitate to steal everything they possibly can from you given the slightest opportunity.
    Not all, many. Some will let you into their homes and even their quivers. Some Costa Ricans do actually live the pura-vida.

  5. #15
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    Sep 2011
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    Dudes, thanks for all the helpful info. So far i found the cheapest flights go to san jose but i have to jump on a air taxi to nosara. I need to book the san jose to nosara flight now and its 120 one way. If my flight from newark runs only a little late and i miss the air nature flight leaving from san jose to nosara, the lady at air nature said i can jump on a charter...for just over $2000US!
    Then the way it looks coming out of nosara to san jose, its going to be similar, pushing it and barely making my return flight to newark on time. Too many variables involved with a late booking, not forgetting high cost.
    At this point ive decided to try to make it there next season with advance booking. In the meantime i decided to spend my coming days off going down to VB to pick up my Mcanalbleed custom stick waiting for me there. :-)

  6. #16
    ARGH! Damnit Gruvi. Just Go man! Rent a friggin SUV when you get there. Some of us can't do these spur of the moment trips anymore due to caring for the yung-uns and such. Live life now!

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl of Funk/Duke of Cool View Post
    ARGH! Damnit Gruvi. Just Go man! Rent a friggin SUV when you get there. Some of us can't do these spur of the moment trips anymore due to caring for the yung-uns and such. Live life now!
    I get what you mean. I can do it next season and plan it out so i have money in my pocket and more time than five days. Just searching for last moment flights and other connections needs gave me headaches. I dont feel good arriving in a foreign land myself and renting a car, not knowing my ass from a hole in the ground there. For me its more fun being able to travel with companions to and fro. I think if i plan it out, i should be able to get a philly straight to nosara beach ticket for less next winter, and no worries about connections and risky missed flights :-)

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by gruvi View Post
    I think if i plan it out, i should be able to get a philly straight to nosara beach ticket for less next winter
    be sure to let us all know when you find that flight.

  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty View Post
    be sure to let us all know when you find that flight.
    Okay, will do!

  10. #20
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    I once asked a Tico why they were like that, and his reply was simply "because Gringos can afford it"