costa rica in january?

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by haolemc, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. haolemc

    haolemc Active Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    hello all,

    I've been checking the forum out for a while now and have never posted the "hello" thread I've seen mentioned by some. anyway, i'm here in the dirty jersey and am checking out taking the family to costa rica for a week or so in January, and was wondering if anyone has ideas about the places to go/places to avoid. i'm leaning more towards the no-frills experience, rather than the fancypants vacation, and would like to get a chance experience costa rican culture in addition to the waves

    My three boys are all under 10 years old so that's one thing i'm considering, as well as that while my wife likes to surf, she probably isn't ready for anything much over chest/head high.

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts and insights.
  2. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    costa rica is expensive go to the congo

  3. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    costa rica is expensive go to the congo but i mean if your goal is chest high and smaller you should be happy. i suggest jaco your family will love it!!!
  4. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Recently, many surfers (5 in 12 months) have been attacked by crocodiles in the Tamarindo area. And I am not kidding. Place kinda sucks as well, imho. Others may opine differently than me, but I am smarter than they are.
    Go elsewhere, unless, of course, you want to feed your kids to the crocs to avoid paying college tuitions.....
  5. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Yup...and the surf would be mo' betta...
  6. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    And now they're being sued for a snake bite in the pool area too, so much wild life at Disney, go there!
  7. TDTubes

    TDTubes Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2007
    Nosara, Mal Pais, or Manuel Antonio are best options with wife and kids. MA and Nosara will cost you more but Nosara is best for family and surf but can get crowded. MA has the national park and lots of nature around. Mal Pais is one of my personal favorites. More spread out, more variety of places to stay, consistent surf and can find nice beach break when it is small and some more slope-y waves too depending on part of the beach. Both Nosara and MA are more 'surf only' spots but there are other things around to do and see.

    Recommend car for sure no matter where you go. Everywhere is pricey in January.

    Lots of resources on all these spots out there, but PM me if you want more info. Lived down there for a bit and married a Tica so pretty familiar with most of the country.
  8. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    i dont really like costa that much myself.
  9. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    its alright though, i think there are worse places like the ec.
  10. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    yeah for sure but i would go to peru and id bring 9,900 of those super fakes back with me.
  11. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    Superdollars those high quality fakes that they produce down there.
  12. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    I hear all the bad rap about Tamarindo but my experience was a good one. I didn't need a car and there are tons of places to stay. We stayed kinda high end on the beach but there were lots of friendly\helpful folks. If you speak spanish it's a plus and even if you try they appreciate the effort but it's not a must in the tourist towns.
    Took a boat to witches rock twice and had a blast. I went in july so I don't have any first hand knowledge of being there in January. If you go to Tamarindo take a look at a rock formation 1/2 mile south of river mouth, at high tide it cranks out unbelievable rights It's easy to spot right in front of the Diria hotel. Have a great vacation.
  13. mattinvb

    mattinvb Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    That was fvcked up, srsly...I'm now conflicted because I thought it was funny too
  14. The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII

    The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    I actually like tamarindo. You can get around to some good spots from there as a home base. It'll be hopping in January too.

    Crocs at the river mouth are intense but that spot fires. Even on flat days at high tide there's a mellow wedgy spot over the rocks. You'll def see some wildlife in the water there.
  15. kidde rocque

    kidde rocque Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    9900? I see what you did there. You've obviously done some homework on this lol
  16. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    well ive been out of the U.S enough to know on the custom forums that you cant bring more than 10k. counter-fitter as mis seems like a good gig till you get 15years im good on that lol id do 30 in the military before 15 in a brig.
  17. Manik

    Manik Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2015
    I thought Tamarindo was fun when I was there in the late nineties, don't know how much it changed. Last time I went was about 11 years ago and brought a girl with me, we stayed at Sano Bonano in Montezuma, had a great time. I've only been to the carribean side once, Puerto Viejo, it was on, but not sure how family friendly I could call it. Party town big time.
  18. pinkstink

    pinkstink Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    I'd probably say Jaco is gonna have the most extracurriculars to do besides surfing. Manuel Antonio is a quick ride down the coast so you can do it as a day trip. Stay for dusk - that's when all of the capybaras come out. From Jaco it's a 20 minute bus ride to Playa Hermosa, so you can wake up early, get barrelled and then join the fam for breakfast. We stayed at Kangaroo hotel for a few nights and i'd highly recommend it. Also it's a small country so don't be afraid to travel around. Arenal was really fun and pretty close to San Jose so it might make a good stop on your way to/from the capital.
  19. imperial

    imperial Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Been traveling to Costa Rica since 2004, got a place in Playa Jaco:

    We like to head to Santa Teresa, friendly community with an international and local flavor. Lots of Argentineans and Brazilians there. Good mix. We stay here when visiting Santa Teresa:

    Waves for all levels of ability and a good trip to take, easy to get to, cool vibes. PM if you want more info.

  20. haolemc

    haolemc Active Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    thanks much

    Thanks all. I appreciate your time and candor. And for the warnings about crocs. I don't want anything to do with crocs.

    then again, compared to the ground hogs, raccoons and foxes that try to mess with my chickens, crocs are way worse.