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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    same deal with tamarindo - junkies will snatch a purse in broad daylight, if they have to
    Same as New Orleans. Dont make yourself out to be an easy mark ( leave laptop, phone, camera, etc out; NO bright new 'steal me' vacation purse... ) use common sense and you'll have a great trip.

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    Jaco really has become a ghetto! It used to be nice but now I don't go there anymore. The beach break isn't even good and when its raining you damn sure don't want to be out there! (poo-poo las olas) Like the others said, I would recommend going up north or down south.

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    Headin down Nov. 24 and will be in Jaco for 10 days. CR always has waves although the southern hemi season is slowin down but Hermosa still has head high days. Travel to CR twice a year for the last 9 years... let me know if you want in info. There are many great breaks close to Jaco. Jaco is a good base camp and that's why I have my place there. Not a ghetto...way better than 90% of the beach towns in our country. November is a good time to go cause its just getting cold here in the states and its just before Costa Rica's "high" season which is like the fourth of july here. Kids get out of school for break on December 15 and don't return until February so it gets crazy over Christmas. Plus the government shuts down over Christmas and the whole country has a big fiesta!
    Pura Vida
    Last edited by imperial; Oct 2, 2013 at 06:09 PM.

  4. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkstink View Post
    Chich, it sounds like you have a lot of experience in Jaco. I'm going October 12th for 7 days and another 3 in San Jose. Ayudame hombre! He hecho una reservacion en un hostal se llama Las Camas Hostel Mini al lado de Sol Dorado en Jaco Beach. What are your favorite breaks? Favorite bars? Any quick advice would great!
    Clarita's Bar...right on the beach at the north end of town. Eat at Soda Tipica in the center of town next to El Hicaco restaurant. Raquels is a cool soda near Clarita's...

    Buen viaje mi amigo!

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    +1 on Clarita's

  6. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeItStop View Post
    Jaco is kinda gross, underage prostitutes abound and the small time dealers work with the cops to set u up for weed possession
    mal pais is pretty and has kinda decent surf, but thievery is like the national sport or something

    Id skip CR and always go to panama or nicaragua, if I had the choice, Nica in summer, bocas del torro in panama in winter
    Listen to this guy. He knows everything.

  7. #37
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    can anyone recommend a hotel for a night between mal pais and san jose for a night? maybe something in the mountains?

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    Hotel Boca Barranca. Long left hander. takes 15 min to walk back.

  9. #39
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    Quote Originally Posted by mOtion732 View Post
    can anyone recommend a hotel for a night between mal pais and san jose for a night? maybe something in the mountains?
    Look for something in Cobano.....get across the ferry though for sure, Punterenas is sketchy. Montazuma is in the mountains and seems relatively chill from what little time I spent there, take the mountain crossing into Mal Pais near the fish market if you want a little adventure.
    Last edited by Blackfish; Oct 2, 2013 at 07:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington Jetty Bear View Post
    Listen to this guy. He knows everything.
    I totally agree jaco is NG - at least the main town area.. If you have to go stay just south of there... And stay out of jaco! Surf the pig farm... Or go here: http://www.travelzoo.com/top20/91976098-1587211