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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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 Costa rica

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Costa Rica is a well known and well developed surfing destination - especially since featuring in Endless Summer 2; direct flights from the USA also add to its popularity. The country is safe, beautiful, friendly and blessed with great surfing on both coasts. It is, however one of the more expensive countries in the central and south Americas, with the positive aspect that hotels are good quality and car rental relatively easy and safe.

The surfing can be broken into three main areas: The Pacific North (Guanacaste-Nicoya), the Pacific South (Punta Arenas) and the Caribbean. Surf towns are developing in places such as Jaco, Tamarindo and Puerto Viejo. Year round warm water, warm air and offshore breezes (in Guanacaste) make for great conditions. The best waves occur in the rainy season (northern Hemisphere 'summer') on the pacific side, and in the hot dry season ('winter') on the Caribbean - ensuring that you should be able to find surf someplace.

The rainy season (especialy September and October) are very wet - with most of the countries secondary roads becoming impassable (even to 4x4s).
Location: Middle America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Geographic coordinates: 10 00 N, 84 00 W
Coastline: 1,290 km
Climate: tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
Terrain: coastal plains separated by rugged mountains
Natural hazards: occasional earthquakes, hurricanes along Atlantic coast; frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season and landslides; active volcanoes.

Localisation: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Coordonnées géographiques: 10° 0' N, 84° 0' W
Côte: 1,290 km km
Climat: tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
Relief: coastal plains separated by rugged mountains including over 100 volcanic cones, of which several are major volcanoes
Sommets: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Cerro Chirripo 3,810 m
Risques naturels: occasional earthquakes, hurricanes along Atlantic coast; frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season and landslides; active volcanoes
Monnaie: Costa Rican colon (CRC)
Population: 4,075,261 (July 2006 est.)
Langues: Spanish (official), English
Capitale: San Jose
Découpage administratif: 7 provinces; Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas, San Jose

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Playa Grande
Por AB301
24 ago 2012
- This was one of the funnest spots I surfed in CR. It is very accesible and there is a parking attendent that will watch your car for a few Colones. This break is best at mid to high tide.
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Playa Grande
Por DrC123
27 jul 2011
Fast and furious - Read Tamarindo tubes
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Playa Negra
Por DrC123
27 jul 2011
Pura Vida - Read Tamarindo Tubes
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Playa Avellana
Por DrC123
26 jul 2011
Her name was Lola - More known for Lola the pig and bar than the waves. Was more crowded than Playa Grande and not as good!   See Tamarindo tubes Trip:
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Pico Pequeno
Por DrC123
26 jul 2011
Fun Fun Fun - Read Tamarindo Tubes
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 Derniers voyages

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Viagem: the rest of my cr trip
De asharktaco
Do Jan 27, 2009 ao Jan 27, 2009
I found a job, and ive been in manuel antonio up until oct.. surfing everyday. usually chest high or better. some days in the double overhead range. solid surfing more days than not, just got to wait for it. watch out for the rocks on the inside, i
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Viagem: 1st Costa Rica
De surfindestin
Do Nov 9, 2006 ao Nov 23, 2006

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Viagem: Costa Rica
De Nev
Do Jul 29, 2005 ao Ago 31, 2005

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Viagem: Costa Rica Nosara & Tamarindo
De jcannon001
Do Mai 14, 2003 ao Mai 24, 2003

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Viagem: Costa Rica 96
De JM Bird
Do Jan 13, 1996 ao Fev 3, 1996
Costa Rica - 1996 Pura Vida! 
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De dstange , 16-07-2013

4x4 or 2x4 car in January? - I'm going to Costa Rica (Avellanas, Guiones, Santa Teresa, Esterillos e Limon) in January (dry season). Even so I need a 4x4 car, or in the dry season I can take a 2x4?
Thanks a lot for the opinions!

De tropixman , 24-11-2011

Coming to Costa Rica next week - Hola,

I'm coming to Costa Rica from Dec 2 thru 11 and am looking to rent a good fun 6'6 or 7'0 board. I can rent or barter, bringing you something from California that you've been craving.

If you need anything from California and we can work something out, let me know.

I'll be driving all over Costa Rica, so let me know where you are, what you have to offer and what kind of waves you have nearby.

Thanks,

Michael
tropixman@yahoo.com


hola,

Voy a Costa Rica de 02 de diciembre al 11 y estoy buscando alquilar un 6'6 diversión o la junta 7'0. Puedo alquilar o trueque, con lo que algo de California que ha estado anhelando.

Si usted necesita cualquier cosa, desde California y podemos trabajar en algo, hágamelo saber.

Voy a ser la conducción en todo Costa Rica, por lo que me haga saber dónde se encuentra, lo que tiene que ofrecer y qué tipo de olas que han cercano.

Gracias,

Michael
tropixman@yahoo.com

De elena_vargasf , 03-06-2011

Surfing in Costa Rica - I am local and I recommend coming to Jaco and Hermosa for surfing.
For those who want to buy a use one, you can find good deals around $200. or even buy a custom made around $350

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