Costa Rica was cool in 1999. Now its the most overrun clown show on earth. I have been there 8 times between 1998 and 2008 and I will never go back ever again. If you are thinking of going to Tamarindo or Hermosa then get ready to get real comfortable with 500 of your new best friends every surf. Go down to OSA, its the only uncrowded spot left. Good Luck...your gonna need it
Costa Rica was way cool in 1988... back when you WANTED and NEEDED somebody to paddle out with you in well overhead Hermosa (or even 4 foot anywhere). I can't imagine staying in Jaco Beach again, or even Hermosa since it has changed so much. But there are pearls.