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** NEWS and EVENTS **
11/1 - Turrialba Volcano erupts sending clouds of ash all the way to Heredia. Read more in InsideCostaRica.com
10/23 - The Puntarenas-Paquera ferry, TB 3, will be undergoing repairs starting October 29th, leaving only one ferry running. Be sure to get in line early to secure a space! See all times on the Mal Pais page.
Hotel La Doce Vita in Esterillos is holding their 5th Annual Photo Contest. Find details on our Jaco page.
9/12 - Costa Rica recorded 1,391,617 tourist arrivals in the first six months of this year, an increase of 5.4% compared to the same period last year, according to data analyzed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. Almost 70% of arrivals were by air, an increase of 7.6% compared to the same period last year. Arrivals to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) saw a 6.4% increase in arrivals, while the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia (LIR) saw an increase of 12.7%.
9/4 - United Airlines will be offering more direct flights from Houston and New York during the holiday season. This will accommodate the growing number of travelers from both areas.
We are now working with two of the most luxurious surf retreats in the country! Premier Surf Club operates out of Playa Langosta, taking you by 4x4 or boat to the best breaks along the Guanacaste Coast. And Kalon Surf Camp offers to pamper you with 5-star cuisine in their oceanview mansion, while providing private surf instruction at a number of empty beaches from Dominical to the Rio Terraba.
8/1 - To get a good background on the prospects of ecotourism in Costa Rica, read "Ecotourism comes to the rescue of Costa Rica’s people," by Paul Belz, in the UK's Travel Spirit Magazine.
6/21 - For International Surf Day, Bodhi Surf School sent in this post - What Kind of Surfer Are You? Take the quiz to find out.
** UNIQUE SURF CAMPS **
Specialty Camp: Vista Guapa is offering the next YOLO (You Only Live Once) camps in December 2014. It includes daily surf sessions, flat-water paddling sessions, fitness training, photography instruction, sightseeing excursions, homemade local cuisine and much more. Plus they have SUP tours across the Gulf of Nicoya for $120. Let us know when you are ready to paddle.
** RESOURCES **
NOW Fully Customizable Surf Trips to meet every budget and skill level !!
Ten Ways to NOT get your stuff stolen on a surf trip - LINK
Rip Currents and how to Avoid them
Do you need a surf photographer or videographer for your trip? Check out our list of top pros in all corners of the country.
Costa Rica Travel Health Tips for Surf Trips. 10 Ways to not get sick from Montezuma's revenge, traveller's diarrhea, and other related ailments while traveling. Find out more.
Surf Travel Checklist - print and go!
The exit fee for tourists is now $29 if you pay with cash, plus a $10 transaction fee for credit cards. The amount goes for different nationwide projects in Costa Rica.
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The best printable Costa Rica travel map I've yet to find on the web, from our friends at MAPCR.com
Bus Schedules for ALL Central America
Flights from the U.S. and Canada to Costa Rica, showing airport hubs.
Hotel Reviews for Surfers
Check out these surfer health and training tips from Amanda Mason from Del Mar Extreme in Playa Hermosa
Here's a Spanish-language link to check the status of all roads in Costa Rica.
Check out a cool aerial view of the Southwest and Northwest Pacific coastline at www.vrskytour.com
Driving Directions from the airport to the San Jose/Caldera Highway. It's about time..