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    ?'s regarding Costa Rica

    Merry Christmas everybody! Hope you had a good one...I need some help, my friends and I are planning a trip to Costa Rica in March and I was wondering If anybody who's been there before could give me some tips on the best place to stay, I was thinking Playa Hermosa, but I'd like suggestions cause we plan on traveling a lot of the country. Also, were landing in San Jose, if anybody knows a good car rental company or has any info on condo rental let me know! Thank You All....and have a Happy New Year!

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    if your looking to check out mal pais/ santa teresa, check out the jungle house... i went down there in october with no plan except for plane ticket ended up with them . i planned on going around grande tamarindo etc but met a cool guy at customs and tagged along with him.. ashley and lowell are great people and its a very nice place. check out there site mycostatrip.com pm me if you want to know anything else. definitly would recommend them to anyone and they are very trustworthy

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    I went to Playa Hermosa about a year and a half ago and had a great time there. The waves were great for the few days that it didn't rain. I stayed at Las Olas and highly recommend it. The owners are cool, the food is excellent, and it's right on the beach.

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    I went to both Mai Pais and Playa Hermosa just south of Jaco Beach. The waves at Mai Pais broke out very far and the paddle out was nearly impossible with walls of white water travelling what seemed to be 100s of yards it was very strange. However ,the village was really neat. The waves in Playa Hermosa were really fun and easy to get out to. I would go to hermosa

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    check out crsurf.com they have some good car rental rates. Check out the entire coast, there is a lot to see, depends on what you are looking for as far as entertainment, crowds, and waves...

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    thank you, your info has helped out a lot...has anybody been to Playa Negril? Was thinking maybe staying north...and just traveling to Hermosa and Tamarindo....looks like for the part of the year we're going the north is better. But if anyone knows any different please let me know. thanks...

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    I can tell you one thing driving in Costa Rico takes 3 times as long as here due to the roads. Rent a 4x4 if possible because you may ride through some swollen streams. When we drove to Mai pais we went through about 2 feet of water. some roads are pot holed for miles. The main highway is fine but the off roads get a bit tricky at times. It took us a entire day to go from Mal Pais to Hermosa/Jaco .

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    And from Mal Pais to Jaco you have to take a ferry ride from Punteranas. They run plenty but occasionally it'll get tied up, especially during the weekends, locals camp out overnight to catch the first ride to the peninsula so bare that in mind. No joke I stayed at a house right at that spot in Punteranas and the ticos where playing soccer and music at like five in the morning. I was about to start selling them water and beer but we weren't stocked up. Also the ATM in Mal Pais is fickle, Cabono and Monetezuma are a good 1/2hr ride one way on a Dusty road so get cash before you pass those towns. But it's great over there, Santa Teresa, 15 min drive north from Mal Pais, beach break hotel- bueno, buenito, borrato...Don't know how long your trip is, but south of Dominca (Ballena is some great surf and reasonable cabinas and even safe camping, a lot of preserved national beaches there. Much more authentic local vibe
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    march is the dry season, and the waves are very good in Guanacaste and north during this period so don't count those out!

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    Cool, I was looking at staying in Santa Teresa....just trying to figure out how long the drive will be to Guanacaste from there...