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    Costa Myths

    3.5 weeks until my first surf trip to Costa Rica...

    Being reading, hearing and googling too much... Need help from real visitors.

    Any truth to these myths?

    Stay out of Jaco!
    You can rent a "real" board (they all don't have NSP on the deck).
    Crocs in the line up.
    You don't need to know Spanish.
    T-shirts are like money to the locals.
    Same for surf wax.
    A 3ft wave in CR is more powerful than a 6ft wave in Belmar.
    Mosquitoes are not a problem.
    You need to surf with a hat.
    High Noon + Black Sand = fried feet.
    Sealice!
    Surf early. Surf late - if it glasses off.
    Surf booties?
    Don't drink the water.
    Don't take anything valuable to the beach or in plain site.
    Stay out of Jaco!

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    that its cheap, spanish helps, there canbe crocs dont worry though and if there is shoot em and eat em...its illegal there but really good. jaco ive never been and never herd good about. ive seen way more dirty and violent cities in the usa than anything in costa though.its pretty mellow you should have no problems.the water is fine depending where you are. i had coffee made with the local water in a little town in the middle of nowhere had the worst craps in my life keep that in mind, the cab driver did to... but for the most part you should be good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gfootr View Post
    3.5 weeks until my first surf trip to Costa Rica...

    Being reading, hearing and googling too much... Need help from real visitors.

    Any truth to these myths?

    Stay out of Jaco! yes
    You can rent a "real" board (they all don't have NSP on the deck).
    Crocs in the line up.
    You don't need to know Spanish. Speaking the language helps everywhere
    T-shirts are like money to the locals. no - money is money, t-shirts are not money
    Same for surf wax.
    A 3ft wave in CR is more powerful than a 6ft wave in Belmar. no.
    Mosquitoes are not a problem.
    You need to surf with a hat. no you dont
    High Noon + Black Sand = fried feet. yes black sand gets hotter than white sand
    Sealice!
    Surf early. Surf late - if it glasses off. surf whenever
    Surf booties? no.
    Don't drink the water. you'll get thirsty
    Don't take anything valuable to the beach or in plain site. goes for everywhere
    Stay out of Jaco! Still a yes
    some yes some no

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    Depends on your budget and what you're looking for...night life, etc.
    Typically
    Usually around river mouths
    True...but certainly helps a lot. I have a basic working knowledge and really helps.
    No idea
    Everyone appreciates wax...
    Depends upon location...swell, etc.
    Not sure...usually go in the dry season.
    Nah...never used one...but I usually didn't surf during midday/early afternoon winds came onshore and wasn't worth it.
    No doubt!
    Never experienced it there...
    Absolutely!!!
    Not needed...
    Depends on where you stay...but I didn't/don't.
    True...buddy had a camera bag and his sandal stolen...he was only 20 yards away from them and didn't even notice.

    I usually stay up north though...

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    Im heading down too a little after you Gfootr... Was debating on bringing my own boards or not.. now you have me wondering lol...

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    if yall bring your boards it varies, staying long? take em, make sure your protect them good they will get destroyed in transit. like a week.. id rent them no use in paying 200$ for them to go there then 200$ back.

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    I've heard the nothing valuable on the beach thing, you're flip flops will even be taken, and knowing Spanish helps.

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    Anyone that anxious over a trip to surf in Central American should stay home in their American sheeple living room.

    Or, you were just kidding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandblasters View Post
    if yall bring your boards it varies, staying long? take em, make sure your protect them good they will get destroyed in transit. like a week.. id rent them no use in paying 200$ for them to go there then 200$ back.
    ya thats what I figured, only a week..not worth the $300 fees and chance of getting damaged

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    I see nothing anxious about wanting to be knowledgeable about where your going. When I went to El Salvador I spent months reading everything I could as well as brushing up on my Spanish. I followed the road from the airport all the way to our location and looked at physical landscape features along the way on google earth. I swear I could have walked it if I had to. Sounds like good planning to me, I hate being surprised by things I could have avoided with a little research.