Travel Tips for Costa Rica - 2008/12/09 11:00Hi Everybody,
I'm traveling to Santa Teresa next Friday the 19th and I'm just wondering if anyone has any helpful tips. Specifically things like transportation to Santa Teresa from San Jose, I'm Canadian, is it better to bring down American currency?. If so, is American currency widely accepted down there or should I exchange it for Colones once I've arrived. Any tips no matter how small, even if they have nothing to do with what I've listed would be greatly appreciated, thanks everyone.
Hope the perfect wave finds all of us
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Re:Travel Tips for Costa Rica - 2008/12/10 02:24Greetings Scot,
This must be your trip so congrats on your choice of Costa Rica, it is an awesome place. Your trip could also conclude with better results if you take a few precautions. You might want to check out this site: Surf In Jaco It is a jaco related surf site but has a lot of information related to Costa Rica and tips for surfers.
US dollars are welcome here but be aware that when you change the currency, you will not get the best exchange. For example, if you change $20 and the exchange at the bank is 550 you will get one from the vendor for 520. Not a huge deal but it adds up. Also, Costa Rica is filled with fraud, so $100 even $50 bill are not welcome in most places except banks. Mal Pais is pretty isolated so you will have few options.
I always recommend using your credit card from you bank back home where you have charge back recourse for fraudelant charges and you get an official exchange rate. ATM's are readily available so you can access your bank from here all of the time.
Chuck from WOW Surf here in Jaco always suggests traveling without a board. He reasons that you can spend a lot of money just to ship the board with you on the plane, lug it around, and it might be damamged by the time you arrive. He says you can rent most boards for about the same price of shipping and without the hassle of carrying it.
Please, please, please do not be another stat in robbery when you come here. i have live here since 2001 and I cannot tell you how many time I see people get off the bus and their stuff is gone. If you put stuff under the bus, every time the driver stops and opens the bottom doors, get up and watch so people do not take your bags. Also, do not trust any of the smiling faces you see on the bus, they look at us as poeple with unlimited resources and what is ours, is theirs. So do not put your bags above you and expect them to be there or intact when you arrive. Keep the bags on your lap or in front of you all cramped up for the long bus ride. you will arrive sore but with everything. Another choice is to buy two tickets, which is what I always do. You put your stuff on the window seat and then sit in the aisle so nobody can grab your stuff and you can sit comfortably. Also, do not trust the local people who act as if their your friends. They are sizing you up and checking out where you are staying and what you got. These suggestion might seem harsh but it is the reality and anyone who tells you different is simply living under a rock and a big one at that.
Fire away with any other questions and I will do my best to help. Chuck does business with a surfer up in Mal Pais, if you want his name I will get it for you.[url]