First trip out of the country

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by Fishpimp, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Fishpimp

    Fishpimp Member

    Dec 18, 2010
    Going to Costa Rica. Do they use the USD or do i have to transfer my currency? How Should i get my boards there? Thanks anyone who can help me out
  2. surf dog

    surf dog Active Member

    Aug 5, 2011
    Most places take U.S. currency but it is a good idea to change some into Colones which you can do in the airport in San Jose, not sure about the airport in Liberia but I'd bet you can. Just pack your boards real well and they sh

  3. headhigh

    headhigh Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    as surfdog said, most places take USD, but you get a better exchange rate outside of san jose. also, you can get USD or Colones out of a lot of atms. go to kinkos and get some bubble wrap for your boards, if you care about them. the more padding the better. have fun, pura vida!
  4. Agabinet

    Agabinet Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Where are you going to surf in CR? You can give folks $$ and they will give you back Colones. As noted above, it helps to change a few bucks somewhere. IIRC it's about 500 colones to the $1.
  5. surf dog

    surf dog Active Member

    Aug 5, 2011
    Sorry, just noticed that the entire post didn't make it. "they should be fine. Bubble wrap the nose and tail and if you want pipe insulation the rails. PM me if I can be of any other help.''
  6. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    it's pretty much all been covered: yes, most places take USD, but it's best to have some colones on hand just in case.
    most places rent boards, but if you're taking boards down there, pack them well. if you're taking more than 2 (no reason to, IMO, unless you're super hard on boards), it's really best to invest in a wheeled coffin bag. it makes life a LOT easier moving around airports & streets if your boardbag rolls instead of having to lug it around everywhere.
    i'd also suggest that you pack light. boardbag & a backpack, tops. boards, fins, leashes, towels, etc...into the boardbag; everything else into the backpack. you can live (comfortably) for a month there on that set up.
    when are you going? that will determine what type of boards you need to take.