Best place for rental?-Jaco

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by mushdoc, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. mushdoc

    mushdoc Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    Where should I go to rent boards? Will be in Jaco and then exploring down the coast from there. Want to make sure I can get some good boards at a good rate. Need to rent from a place in Jaco so that I can get in a morning sesh before heading back to the airport the last day.
  2. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    not sure but be SUPER careful about what you rent. Lots of scams on board rentals. A good one is to put out very thin glassed boards that break easy. you rent it, snap it and are out big $$$.

  3. DrDarkMatter

    DrDarkMatter Active Member

    May 5, 2013
    Sorry I can't be specific about a certain shop, but I just got back from there and there are larger sized shops all over downtown Jaco. There are a couple nice sized ones with many boards near surf dog cafe. You shouldn't have any difficulty finding something decent. Have fun!
  4. pcsurfer2

    pcsurfer2 Active Member

    May 15, 2013
    just buy a used board from one of the many shops and resell it at the end of the trip, it'll be a lot cheaper
  5. mushdoc

    mushdoc Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    Seems like this would cut into my last day time...a rental just gets dropped and go.
  6. delawaredell

    delawaredell Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    Agreed. You will also get a better deal if you (and friends) are renting more than one. I was able to get a board for me and my girlfriend for $200 total for 6 days. Barter with them and youll do fine.
  7. goosemagoo

    goosemagoo Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2011
    Rented a nice board last year in Jaco for $15/day. Can't remember the name but the shop was on the ocean side of the main drag just south of the only bridge on that road.

    That was pretty cryptic. Just looked it up. It's on Pastor Díaz Ave.
    Good selection of boards from all over the world. Easy to deal with too. Well worth not having to deal with a board at the airport.
  8. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

    Jun 27, 2010
    WOW surf shop, almost across the Best Western, towards the North End of the strip. $15/day, and I think they even pro-rated it when you return the boards
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2013
  9. goosemagoo

    goosemagoo Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2011
    ^^ WOW's boards didn't look too bad either.
  10. delawaredell

    delawaredell Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    Wow is what I used. I rented a channel island fish and the gf rented a soft top.
  11. Sniffer

    Sniffer Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2010
    Carton has the best selection. I was able to get a brand new board to rent at reasonable price. Huge selection.
  12. HHsurf

    HHsurf New Member

    Mar 16, 2013
    I've rented from Chuck's WOW several times in the past and they were great. When I went in looking for a certain board once and it was rented out, they went in back and pulled out a brand new board, put fins on it and gave it to me (It was a 7S fish). I thought that was awesome and I thought I would like to thank them for that someday. I guess this is it...
  13. mushdoc

    mushdoc Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    Excellent feedback. Thanks guys.
  14. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    go to the back yard and ask for Mike Price. He had Fat Boys Surf Shop in the OBX last century.
  15. imperial

    imperial Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    I have a condo at the north end of Jaco and have travelled there for over 9 years. Although I have my own boards in Costa Rica some of my friends choose to rent them when they travel with me. W.O.W Surf Shop is located towards the north end of Jaco. It is owned by Chuck who is originally from Florida but has lived in Jaco for over 25 years. He is super cool and your boards here. If you need any advice on where to go, what to do, or where to eat don't hesitate to ask.

    If you want to do any tours check these guys out...they are a local costa rican company that can service all your needs. They take care of my condo when I'm not there. Tell them Jon from Costa Linda sent you.

    Pura Vida mi amigo!
  16. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    This the case in ES as well? How prevalent? All the surf camps/hotels seem to have a decent quiver for $10/day. Will pay for itself 3x over in saving airline fees not to mention stress of the liability of carrying your sticks with you.
  17. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    If your surf camp in ES is stocking lightly glassed boards, hoping you'll break them and pay them $$, broken boards are the least of your worries.

    If you are going to ES, bring your own boards! My god, you're about to surf some of the most amazing 200 yard right hand point breaks of your lifetime. You will do 3-5 of the best turns you are capable of on every set wave! Bring the two best boards you own for perfect waves and fly Taca...they charged us $120 per board bag.
  18. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    listen to this guy. any time you go to a country like that you had better go with the mindset that everybody will try to rip you off.
  19. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    Heard that, and it's the mindset I'm going with. That said, having good boards with me opens me up for getting ripped off unless I want to feel like I have two children with me for 8 days. On the other hand, the reason I have any board is to get the best rides out of it possible. That's gonna happen in perfect waves a hell of a lot easier than what we get around here.

    Likely sticking with original plan of bringing two sticks plus I can put other provisions in there not allowed on carry-ons. Which brings me of the two boards I want to bring has glassed-in fins. Some will say I'm out of my mind to pack that one, others have already said they've done it successfully. I have a plan to protect the skegs best as possible barring pure hate applied to them by cargo and TSA. Let's hear more thoughts. Thanks again!