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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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By anonymous , 07-11-2003

low pro - There is always talk about theft in CR, but there is theft everywhere. Many Ticos do not have the opportunity to make a decent living unfortunately, just like anyplace where there is poverty. The best thing is to keep a low profile. If you don't speak Spanish, look like you got $$$, and you look out of place then you might be a target. For any Americans or foreigners traveling there, my best advice is to avoid situations where you feel uncomfortable and just use good judgement. Try not to associate with disreputable people, and be sure to show respect to others. It is sad to see people write things that tarnish the reputation of this beautiful place.

By Alvaro , 07-11-2003

Longboard 2 - A new one goes from $300-600 and used from $100-300 depending on the condition.

My advise is to get a new one. The used ones break too fast and can mess your surfing.

By alvaro , 07-11-2003

longboard - Banzaii: www.banzaii.com, en Pavas.
Piko's en Jaco.
Chosita de Surf en Jaco.
High Tide en Tama.
Maresias en Tama.

Buy a new one, its worth it. Even better, get a custom shape.

Pura Vida

By anonymous , 06-11-2003

I need a longboard! - Hola Alvaro... I need to know if you can gimme some info on how to find someone in Jaco or Hermosa to get me a long board. I'm starting to surf and I live now In San Jose, doing my best to go everytime I can to the beach, but I don't have a board and it's a bummer to ask people to lend it to me. Just how much can a second hand long board can cost? I mean, speaking here, about everything that it brings (fins, leash...) Hey, I would appreciate a million if u can help me...
Thanks a lot!

By Alvaro Lachner , 31-10-2003

Places to go - For the Longboarder: Your best bet is Jaco or Tamarindo. Both are going to have lots of pretty girls. Both have nice consistent waves, although Jaco is a little bit more consistent. Tamarindo has more places nearby to go surf, there's Avellanas, Grande, LAngosta, Negra, Marbella,etc.

For the guy with the little kid: Hey man, you should go either to Playa Grande, Playa Negra, or Avellanas in Guanacaste. I recommend Playa Negra. There is a hotel right in front of the beach, the waves are World Class and very consistent, and the beach is great for your wife and child. There are some tide pools that you can hang out with your kid and wife. Its a great place. Here's the website for the hotel http://www.playanegra.com and here is another one for rental houses, they are bigger and more luxurious but are located next to the hotel, http://www.ranchoplayanegra.com

Both of you, have fun in Costa Rica!!!

By tytarter@hotmail.com , 25-10-2003

Best beaches for beginner surf and ladies? - I'm a beginning long boarder who is going to CR soon. I've read a lot about the spots and was wondering if any one had any suggestions.

My ideal is small consisant waves close to shore on a beach with lots of pretty girls. Jaco? Tamarindo?

Thanks

By tytarter@hotmail.com , 25-10-2003

no title - I'm a beginning long boarder who is going to CR soon. I've read a lot about the spots and was wondering if any one had any suggestions.

My ideal is small consisant waves close to shore on a beach with lots of pretty girls. Jaco? Tamarindo?

Thanks

By sharris77@hotmail.com , 22-10-2003

West Aussie - Hi, I am going to Costa for the first time with my girl and our 1 month old boy, I need some good advice for cool places to stay with some pumping surf. Any advice would be great!
Thanks alot!

By Alvaro , 09-10-2003

Trip to Costa Rica - If you are looking for a place to stay in San Jose, make sure its a decent one. The cheap places around San Jose come with a higher risk of crime, since they are close to the city. There is a Best Western across from the airport that is ideal if you are going to Guanacaste, there is a Days Inn in Santa Ana, and a Courtyard Marriot in Escazu. Of all three I recommend the Courtyard. It's perfectly located, has restaurants, bars, and a mall close to it. You will be pleased.

Hey Miso, finally crossing over to surfing bro? A great place to learn is Nosara, a white beautiful beach in Guanacaste. My advise is to arrange something with www.safarisurfschool.com and they will help you with everything. They have several packages that include transportation, room, meals, board, and instruction. Plus, they are really chill and nice there. Most people go to Tamarindo to learn, but the surf there is very incosistent, the rates are overblown, and its always crowded. Nosara is a small beach town with a lot of foreign people that own businesses there, you will blend in smoothly! Hope this helps and enjoy your trip to Costa Rica Miso!

By riversharks@hotmail.com , 06-10-2003

riversharks@hotmail.com - This is Miso an avid wakeboarder, snowboarder. I am making a trip to Costa Rica for a wedding in April. I am taking a little extra time out to go early and spend a week surfing, I wanna learn badly, I'm yet to try. Can anyone tell me where to go to learn in CR? I need rentals and all that and fairly inexpensive accomodations. any help would be greatly appreciated, and a place away from the crocs I read about..... cheers!!!

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