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  1. #21

    Tamarindo is where its at.....

    Been to both Jaco and Tamarindo, I will be going back to Tamarindo for the rest of my days....If you go to Jaco, Hermosa is really your only option....Jaco is kinda dirty, imagine ocean city, Md down by the boardwalk costa rican style. But there is stuff to do at night. The second time we stayed in Tamarindo, AWESOME PLACE.... U have so many different breaks to choose from and the town is much nicer than JAco. Grande isnt far, Lagnosta, Avellanas, and my personal favorite Negra.....All these breaks are within 30 minutes of Tamarindo....And The night life is great, we went during college spring break and there were so many people in town and every night a different bar would be the scene, so you would see everyone at one spot....And Witches isnt far, about an hour and a half...Ask for a guy named Chino, real cool Tico that will show you the way to some great spots.....The town is much cleaner and seems a lot less shady that JAco........Let me know if you want Chinos Info, I should be able to find it.........
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    ya, but the prostitutes are more expensive in tamorindo... - its a joke . jaco and tamorindo are two very different scenes. jaco is definitley more grungy.
    Last edited by Swellinfo; Jul 15, 2008 at 03:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swellinfo View Post
    ya, but the prostitutes are more expensive in tamorindo... - its a joke . jaco and tamorindo are two very different scenes. jaco is definitley more grungy.
    Jaco is very dirty and full of drugs for sure. We saw people cooking it up on spoons right on the sidewalks last year. We were shooting pool and a guy we were with had his car broken into right on the streen infront of the pool place. Crackheads are plentiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Joyner View Post
    If you are going that time of year, I sure hope it is to the non Pacific side.

    why is that?
    Well I have spent just over 4 months over the years in CR and Panama and the Pacific is kind of flat in the winter due to lack of soutern hemi swells. You can get lucky for sure but there are other places with world class juice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bills View Post
    I spent a little over a month in Playa Grande this past winter. So much better than tamarindo. Check out Playa Grande Inn. The guys there are super cool and its realy close to the beach. Check that or Las Tortugas. Grande is an awesome place, I would definitely go back.
    Who is this?

  6. #26
    hey, I had a few questions about Costa Rica too. Me and a friend were talking about taking a trip some time. What time of year would be the best time to go for the best surf? Also we are trying to spend as little money as possible so whats a reasonably priced place to stay? Any info helps, thanks.
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    most everyone here agrees that Grande is a good place to be, but i suggest you plan by not planning. see what swell you are working with when you get there and plan accordingly. if you go in the off season accommodations can be plentiful. now if you are traveling with family this might not be an option. there are a lot of places to surf that noone has here has even mentioned. get you a good, updated road map and a good travel book (MOON travel books are a good choice) and just explore. if the surf flattens out head to the mountains and relax. there is alot of killer things to do and see that go beyond surfing although thats why we go. arenal or poas (volcanoes) are two of the most incredible sights you may see in you life other than perfect surf.


    if you plan on going dec. thru feb. you better plan ahead. this time of year can be hectic. i lot of the ticos go on vacation and are out of school.


    when are you planning to go? are you planning on renting a 4x4? you will need one to explore.

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by samsurfs View Post
    hey, I had a few questions about Costa Rica too. Me and a friend were talking about taking a trip some time. What time of year would be the best time to go for the best surf? Also we are trying to spend as little money as possible so whats a reasonably priced place to stay? Any info helps, thanks.
    Bring a tent you can camp for like 5$ a night at some of the better places, not near Jaco or Tamarindo.

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    I stayed in Tamarindo for a week in March and hooked myself up with Witch's Rock Surf Camp. They took me to Playa Grande, Avellanas, Nosara, Witch's Rock, and Ollie's Point (mostly it was by van, but sometimes by boat). It's a decent place to set up as base camp especially if you wanted to have some sort of nightlife after a long day of surf and you get a chance to meet folks from all over the place if you're the social-type. But there are better places to surf than the breaks in Tamarindo since everyone and their mothers are taking lessons, so find a way to travel around. However, if you wanted to surf in Tamarindo, swim across the rivermouth and surf what the locals call Casita (look for the small shack) and be thankful for the opportunity to surf some of the most perfect waves.

  10. #30

    Costa

    Tamarindo sucks. Its not Costa Rica anymore. Dont worry about your Spanish, you will not need it there.