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    Need help picking surf destination for December

    Hello,

    Every December I travel and this year it will be a surf trip for 2-3 weeks.

    I am at the beginning stages or intermediate I guess. I have surfed San Diego, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

    I am not looking for huge or epic surf, more of waist to shoulder height, smaller and I can work maneuvers or a little larger for fun.

    Have narrowed it down to a few locations and would like opinions. Some places are cheaper to stay but cost more to get to, some are cheap all around. Money isnt too much of a concern, but since I am traveling solo I would like to keep the nightly lodging down. Would like to be around good surf, but some other stuff to do like restaurants, a little nighlife, etc.

    Costa Rica- been to WRSC, thinking about going to Playa Grande. Close to Avellanas and other spots I like. Has anyone stayed at Hotel Las Tortugas or recommend any other awesome spots to stay on the Guanacaste side?

    Nicaragua- Saw I could stay at Playa Maderas and surf everyday and not be too far from stuff to do in SJDS. Buena Vista surf club looks nice, but it is $90 a night, double of other spots in the area. Anyone been there?

    Morocco- Surf Maroc comes highly rated on other surf forums. Would cost more to get there but surf looks good.

    Philipines- Siargo island- possibly at the Kermit surf place or somewhere else on the island that is recommended.

    Puerto Rico- easy to get to. I am not sure about intermediate surf options. Also, some people say it is awesome there, others say it is dangerous, dirty, problematic.


    Are there any obvious destinations I am not including in my search?

    thanks for the help!

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    Morocco is expensive to get to and can get huge, there might be some user friendly waves, I hear locals are weird and VERY possessive, like princes who think they own waves and sheete, just what Ive heard, no facts to back this up
    Philippines is expensive to get to, don't know about the details for the waves, I would like to go myself somday
    puerto rico is filled with aggressive body boarders , I scored and had a great time, but personally would never return, some people swear by it, if you haven't been, maybe check it out
    Nicaragua will be windy and smallish in December, but might be what you are looking for

    Personally, I would love to return to southern Spain, topless beaches (not so much in December), great beachies, a few points and nightlife for even the most hardcore partier

    then again, I am assuming you dont want to go big but just have fun
    Cadiz in Andulucia Spain is a great 3000 year old phonetician trading (now a boisterous town) outpost and El Palmar 45 min south GOES OFF, like a warmer more consistent OBX

    Also, Lisboa Portugal has THE GOODS, but might be more than you are looking for, word class waves and a 6 story nightclub. its balls out

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    Playa Madera gets very crowded. Yes, it's close to SJDS & that's why it gets crowded. There are other spots in Nica but you'll sacrifice the nightlife because they're a bit off the beaten path. Nightlife in SJDS is pretty lame, btw.

    If you catch a good swell at Playa Grande in the DR or even at Encuentro, that's the combo platter surfing & nightlife - - perhaps the wildest nightlife in the Caribbean. Si papi, si....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninja323 View Post
    Puerto Rico- easy to get to. I am not sure about intermediate surf options. Also, some people say it is awesome there, others say it is dangerous, dirty, problematic.


    Are there any obvious destinations I am not including in my search?

    thanks for the help!
    PR is all about shoulder high intermediate surf, if that's what you're looking for.
    Its not particularly dangerous, dirty or problematic unless you leave something valuable in plain sight while your out surfing.

    Barbados is a good December destination that has more easy options to get out of the onshore trades than some of the other Islands, like DR

  5. Playa Grande was cool last time I went to Costa Rica. Stayed at Playa Grande Inn(but that was a few years ago,dnt know how much has changed if at all). Not alot to do in Grande at night aside from Kikes. Didnt have any problems. Nica, is rad. But you might have to sacrifice alittle night life/tourist amenities for the shot at decent surf. You could always book a room for the first night or 2 somewhere and get the feel for the layout and whats available. Often once you get there you can find nice places to stay for pretty cheap. Spend as much as you can to get to where you want to go. Its a vacation! Max the budget out. .... But keep in mind, if you are going with the intent to surf, even at height of swell season, you still might get skunked on surf.

  6. You could always split your time up between places. A week or so in one place and a week or so somewhere else. The Costa/Nica combo would be easy to do.

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    Thanks for all the responses.

    I forgot to add Panama to the options. Will look into DR and Barbados. ( Just checked Barbados. Looks nice, but dont really see the prices for accommodations that I would like. Seems to be $125+ a night)

    Would really like to pick one location. Last time I did the border crossing from CR to NIC and it was a pain, and I wasnt even carrying boards.

    I dont need much nighlife. But would be nice if there was even a little bar to kill some time at. Nightclubs and happening scene would be nice, but not necessary
    Last edited by ninja323; Oct 6, 2013 at 05:09 PM.

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    PR is nice n friendly and cheap as ya want. Two weeks n counting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninja323 View Post
    I forgot to add Panama to the options.
    Remember, for Panama its Carib side only in December.

    The Pacific side of Panama gets very little swell in the December-January time of year.

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    Hey if you want any morocco surfing info, PM me. I lived there for two years. I'm not actually a huge fan of surf maroc. You can do better on your own with a car in my opinion.