take a guess where Gruvi may be flying to...

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by gruvi, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. gruvi

    gruvi Well-Known Member

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    Sep 13, 2011
    A friend invited me to a place where water temps are 80F and its laid back and gorgeous...Nosara Costa!
    Im super stoked to have the opportunity. I just need a plane ticket and some cash for food. Thats the easy part. The hardest part is where to fly into and where to buy the least expensive flight out of Newark or better, Philadelphia.
    I guess as its last moment im being hit on the head for ticket prices and i want to leave this Friday or Saturday at the latest.
    Does anyone have any info where to get a fair shake on tickets now? I want to stay until 1/26.
    Help Gruvi get his stoke on please!! :cool:
     
  2. eatswell

    eatswell Well-Known Member

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    Jul 14, 2009
    kayak is alright. go to kayak, and type in where you wanna fly out, and where you're flying in, and compare. in my experience it's cheaper to fly out of newark than philadelphia. it's not a given, and might not always be the case. might depend on what flight or where exactly you're flying into.

    nice one though gruvi. i'm pretty jealous. i'm going to oahu like we do every year. my girl, and i. i go in march for my birthday for a week, but this year we're going for two weeks. pretty excited, and counting down the days until that. the last two years once we got back the weather always seemed to get nicer back home too!

    are you taking a board with you on the plane? that sometimes will cost more on some flights than others.
     

  3. Epic

    Epic Well-Known Member

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    Jan 25, 2011
    Whoah! hes still alive! Welcome bro!
     
  4. gruvi

    gruvi Well-Known Member

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    Sep 13, 2011
    Thanks Eats
    I was on kayak. The lowest was 717US total and if I can get on, Im buying the ticket once Im sure my friend is picking me up in san jose.
    Toughest part is getting a ride to newark from me in Pa.
    I wont take a board. I should be fine getting one there on loan.
    Your trip sounds even better! Enjoy and thanks for writing!

     
  5. kookdog

    kookdog Member

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    Apr 12, 2009
    Fly into Liberia airport, you and your friend picking you up will be thankful you did. will cut hours and much stress off the drive. Free cocktails on taca airlines. (at least last time I flew with them.) board rentals are a breeze in costa rica , every break (nearly) has a couple of shops. last year prices were around 10 to 15 $ a day lots of decent boards (types, sizes). Nosara is a nice break be sure to travel north along the coast at some point . Your located close enough that a day trip to tamarindo, grande, avellenas , ect would be easy and fun way to surf and explore. Good luck have fun .
     
  6. pkovo

    pkovo Well-Known Member

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    Jun 7, 2010
    +1 on flying into Liberia. It's so much more convenient than San Jose.
     
  7. Loggerhead

    Loggerhead Active Member

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    Oct 29, 2011
    go directly to tacas' website. booking a flight is easy and they always seem to be cheaper
     
  8. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    YESSSS your back Gruvi!!!

    the price does not sound too bad-it could be worse for last min... get on it bro!
     
  9. brek

    brek Well-Known Member

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    Jun 17, 2008
    airfare is really expensive right now, so that $700 doesn't seem unreasonable. I've been seeing some cheaper flights offered on airfare.com compared to other sites. Have fun... shouldn't be a problem for you to rent a board or buy a used one pretty cheap.
     
  10. dave

    dave Well-Known Member

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    Dec 11, 2008
    word of advice - ticos as Costa Ricans are called - are very friendly people. However when it comes to Gringo tourists they are complete and unrepentant petty thieves. All of them, as in every single one of them, will not hesitate to steal everything they possibly can from you given the slightest opportunity. Not talking about stickups or muggings, I mena if you leave your stuff unsecured, or even secured but in plain sight, it will be took. The maid will take your camera and empty your wallet from the hotel, and when you report it to the manager he'll express sympathy offer to call the cops and make mental note to remember to ask her for his cut. They will tromp through a 1/4 mile of overgrown brush to take a 99 cent pair of shower shoes and a towel off the beach while your surfing.
     
  11. imperial

    imperial Well-Known Member

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    Jun 2, 2008
    Spirit has the best prices to San Jose by far......I live in the south so its closer to Ft. lauderdale where Spirit is based. Spirit does fly from Newark so check...you can usually get prices low at the last minute. Check spirit air.com As far as ticos being thieves... just as bad at your local break. Be smart and don't give anyone a reason to steal from you. Leave it on the front seat and you deserve it. Ticos are great people...don't knock'em. Theres alot worse here at home. Have fun and enjoy the Pura Vida lifestyle!!!
     
  12. zrich

    zrich Well-Known Member

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    Aug 22, 2011
    Wow, way to apply a characteristic of a small subset of the population to the whole thing. Because petty theft happens there a lot, it must mean that every single person there is a thief. WTF? Theft happens in the in the US too. Does that mean every single person here is a thief? I've been to CR...Nosara specifically. Don't leave your stuff unattended and don't leave valuables in your car and you won't have any problems. Leave your sandals and a towel on the beach and go surfing, your **** will probably not be there when you get back. Leave your camera sitting on the front seat of your car, and someone will probably break in and steal it. It's a third world country with lots of poor people. Try the same **** in any poor neighborhood in the US and you'll likely have the same results. It doesn't mean every single person in the neighborhood is a thief.

    Ticos are super friendly and most will go out of their way to help you - be smart and you will have an awesome trip.
     
  13. Bronze Whaler

    Bronze Whaler Well-Known Member

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    Aug 22, 2009
    I've never had a 5 year old pair of sandals stolen off the beach here in the States or a camcorder from a hotel room- the funny thing is when you go to the surf shop there in Nosara and they have a 55 gallon drum full of used (and by used I mean stolen) sandals for sale for $5 ea.

    make sure to get a massage from Jessie at Bhudda Massage- she's super nice, gives great massages that will help you recover so you can surf more & better and she rips.
     
  14. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    Not all, many. Some will let you into their homes and even their quivers. Some Costa Ricans do actually live the pura-vida.
     
  15. gruvi

    gruvi Well-Known Member

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    Sep 13, 2011
    Dudes, thanks for all the helpful info. So far i found the cheapest flights go to san jose but i have to jump on a air taxi to nosara. I need to book the san jose to nosara flight now and its 120 one way. If my flight from newark runs only a little late and i miss the air nature flight leaving from san jose to nosara, the lady at air nature said i can jump on a charter...for just over $2000US!
    Then the way it looks coming out of nosara to san jose, its going to be similar, pushing it and barely making my return flight to newark on time. Too many variables involved with a late booking, not forgetting high cost.
    At this point ive decided to try to make it there next season with advance booking. In the meantime i decided to spend my coming days off going down to VB to pick up my Mcanalbleed custom stick waiting for me there. :)
     
  16. Earl of Funk/Duke of Cool

    Earl of Funk/Duke of Cool Well-Known Member

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    Aug 17, 2011
    ARGH! Damnit Gruvi. Just Go man! Rent a friggin SUV when you get there. Some of us can't do these spur of the moment trips anymore due to caring for the yung-uns and such. Live life now!
     
  17. gruvi

    gruvi Well-Known Member

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    Sep 13, 2011
    I get what you mean. I can do it next season and plan it out so i have money in my pocket and more time than five days. Just searching for last moment flights and other connections needs gave me headaches. I dont feel good arriving in a foreign land myself and renting a car, not knowing my ass from a hole in the ground there. For me its more fun being able to travel with companions to and fro. I think if i plan it out, i should be able to get a philly straight to nosara beach ticket for less next winter, and no worries about connections and risky missed flights :)
     
  18. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

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    Aug 26, 2008
    be sure to let us all know when you find that flight.
     
  19. gruvi

    gruvi Well-Known Member

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    Sep 13, 2011
    Okay, will do! :cool:
     
  20. dave

    dave Well-Known Member

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    Dec 11, 2008
    I once asked a Tico why they were like that, and his reply was simply "because Gringos can afford it"