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  • The Best Beaches of Costa Rica

    by thirstytraveler Written Sep 18, 2004

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    I am an old surfer from California (been at it for over 35 years). I first went to the Northwest coast of Costa Rica (Tamarindo) to find some nice beaches and waves. The waves were nice but the beaches, for my money, left something to be desired.

    Finally found paradise on the Carribean coast down near the Panamanian border. White sand, clear water, no crowds.

    Now, don't tell anybody....

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    Jump big tarpon, but watch out for sharks!

    by caminoreal Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    Some of the world's best fishing for tarpon and snook is on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The Rio Colorado, at the tip of the country's east coast, and a couple of other spots further south, all offer exciting fishing action.
    But be careful. The same waters that hold the tarpon also teem with mako and other shark species. A mako took a big bite out of one of the tarpon I caught while I was fighting it. The photo shows that tarpon, with my guide, Gilbert, from Rio Colorado Lodge.
    I can recommend the Rio Colorado as an excellent fishing spot.

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    Zip lines!

    by daffodil Written Aug 27, 2004

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    There are many places in Costa Rica that offer Zip line tours of forests. I would definately advise people to try it out. I am a totally afraid of heights and after you get over your fear (if only a bit temporarily) it is totally cool! It also offers a different perspective on the landscape.
    Regulated by the Costa Rican government all zip line operators must always have your harness attached by a safety line and the pulley. We did a zip line in Monteverde, so you can check out that page for more in depth info.

    Equipment: They provide it, but you should try to sneak in a small camera to take photos!

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    • Adventure Travel

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    White water rafting on the Pacaure River

    by mbixler Written Mar 12, 2004

    This was the first time I'd ever rafted - so I wasn't sure what I was doing - but I got right up in the front! It was the most exciting thing I've ever done. Class 3 & 4 rapids! The scenery was magnificent. I think the Pacaure has been voted "Most Beautiful River" somewhere. The tour company - Rios Tropicales - was excellent.

    Equipment: Bring some dry clothes as you will get wet. Wear shoes that will not slip off of your feet - and don't forget the sunscreen.

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    by balieyes Updated Feb 29, 2004

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    Beach Break
    Salsa Brava
    Isla Uvita
    Los Tumbos
    Playa BonitaNORTH PACIFIC
    Potrero Grande
    Playa Naranjo
    Playa Grande
    Playa Langosta
    Playa Avellanas
    Playa Negra
    Mal País

    Boca Barranca
    Puerto Caldera
    Playa Escondida
    Roca Loca
    Playa Hermosa
    Boca Damas
    Manuel Antonio
    Playa del Rey
    Punta Banco

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    by satyagraha Written Nov 6, 2003

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    Great surf in Playa Giones and in Garza. Places are 3 hours south of Tamarindo (tourist trap) with comparable surf. 5-6 foot swells are common. Sonny Garcia has a surf school here.

    Equipment: Bring your board or rent and take a class

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    • Surfing
    • Beaches
    • Fishing

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  • alke Arenal

    by anduril Written Sep 14, 2003

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    gorge like ramps
    extreme wind
    port tack air

    Equipment: bring your own gear if you can stand the hassle or rent from two local places . both are on the west side of lake arenal across fomr one another. neither offer equipment insurance( but most of those charges anywhere these days are a scam)
    tico winds has the better gear.

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    Surfing at Tamarindo Beach

    by Paul2001 Written Jun 28, 2003

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    The surfing at Tararindo Beach is very good. It is in fact supposed to be at times fantastic but while I was there the waves were fairly low. That said that makes this a great place to learn to surf which a lot of people were doing while I was there. In fact I observed a seven year old English girl who took up the sport like a natural. (I wonder if there is a good place to surf in England?).

    Equipment: Surfboards can be rented a numerous shops in case you did not bring your own.

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    Zipline Tour is a real "highlight!!"

    by BarbaraRT Written May 27, 2003

    Monteverde Cloud Forest Sky Trek Canopy Tour was a blast!!

    Equipment: We took some rain gear and small waterproof cameras. Hiking boots are good. All of the helments, harnesses, gloves, safety lines and hardware are provided.

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    Horseback Riding

    by SumTingWong Written Apr 22, 2003

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    All over Costa Rica you will have the oppertunity to go horesback riding. From Monteverde to Jaco Beach the horses are everywhere. You can get to see some really cool scenery and sunsets no matter where you are. If you like horseback riding Costa Rica is the place to go.

    Equipment: Have long pants and sneekers or shoes.

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    • National/State Park

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    Up for some awesome Zip Lining?

    by SumTingWong Written Apr 22, 2003

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    Jungle Zip Lining is one of Costa Rica's most thrilling activities. The Adventura Canopy is the best zip lining in Costa Rica, located in Monteverde.

    What is zip lining you may ask? ...well zip lining is where you have the oppertunity to fly through the jungle as you are hookes with a pully on a cord through the treetops. There are guides to help you and connect you to the cords along the way. It's really a lot of fun!! You must do in if you are in Monteverde!!!

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    • Adventure Travel

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    by SumTingWong Written Apr 21, 2003

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    Football is very popular in Costa Rica. I saw a few matches in Santa Elena at the school field. Its a lot of fun anf you really get involved with the culture. Kids screaming for their team, its fun! Go out and watch, or try and play in a Football match!

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    • Study Abroad
    • Family Travel

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    by harvicane Written Mar 26, 2003

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    Consistent warm fun surf. Lots of variety, especially in the Playa Grande area. Lots of quality breaks within driving distance. Be careful, while very consistent, always a chance for lack of swell.

    Equipment: A fish or some sort of hybrid should work best and for most swell conditions.

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    by vicky_cannae Written Feb 5, 2003

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    the best spots in costa rica are Tamarindo,jaco and there are a lot more breaks on the pacific and they are less crowded!!
    The best spot on the carribean coast is Puerto Viejo

    Equipment: the best place to buy a board is jaco and tamarindo...i bought a board for 100 dollars and sold it when i left!!It depends on the size of your board...if you wanna buy a longboard you pay a lot more of course!

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    Surf every day if you want!

    by SURFIN7TH Updated Jan 13, 2003

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    My first trip to Costa Rica was supposed to be for two weeks. It turned into 6 weeks and that wasn't enough. The 2 days that I didn't surf warm fun waves were the travel days that we didn't make it to our destination in time. That's the definition of consistent. On my last trip there was one day when the waves were only waist high and I went fishing instead.

    Equipment: Surf Board:

    Most of the waves I surfed were performance waves. There were a couple days that I could have used a gunny board but most of the time my 6'6" was fine. The Carribean side is another story.

    Rash Guard:

    A long sleave rash guard may save you from a bad sun burn or even worse. I didn't see as much as a cloud on my first trip except in the mountains on the way from the airport to the coast.

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