Costa Rica Travel News - March 2009
by Greg Gordon – www.crsurf.com
Take your Spring Break in Costa Rica!! March and April are the best months of the year to catch sunshine and the start of the southern hemi swells. The week of Semana Santa is going to be busy so you have to make your flights and hotel reservations NOW if you want to go between March 29th and April 12th. But if you can go outside of these dates, especially after April 15th, you can score some deals on flights and accommodations. How about flights from $189? Miami to San Jose on Lacsa – Boards $75 each way (two boards in a bag) How about flights from $228 and one board flies FREE from Miami to San Jose, roundtrip on American Airlines? That’s the deal you can find by contacting us and our partners at Tico Travel.
They can book the flight with one board free on American Airlines from Orlando, too.
Of course you need a place to sleep. I have found a three bedroom, two bathroom house in Herradura, which is three miles north of Jaco. On a typical drive from the airport, you can get there in less than two hours. The community has a pool, paved roads, and the house is stylishly furnished and has the full kitchen, washer/dryer, and central A/C. The best part is the price – only $700 a week! You can drive to Hermosa, Barranca, Bejuco, or any of twenty surf spots within an hour’s drive. You can do a day trip to Manuel Antonio or Mal Pais, or just relax by the pool. We can even find a chef to cook an evening feast or a Sunday brunch to make your vacation complete.
If beachside is your scene, then you have hundreds of options. You can narrow it down by budget and by wave size wanted out back. Then you take the tides into consideration for the time you’re there. Add in the crowd factor (Californians, Europeans, and South Americans take surfing vacations, too). And is it safe to leave your stuff around? These questions make it hard to make a good decision. So for the last 10 years I’ve logged several thousand miles checking out beaches, hotels, road conditions, environmental hazards, and the local vibe. Four hundred and seventy four surf reports later, the hotels I mention on the CRSURF.com website I can honestly recommend. They are owned by locals who give back to their community, and they happen to be right near a great surf spot or right by the airport so you catch your flight home. If there is a place to stay or rental that YOU have in mind, let me help you find the best price for it. Some surfers like the Four Seasons, others like four tent poles.
Keeping your trip within budget can be tough, especially if you want to rent a vehicle. I work with reliable companies that offer some great rates. Right now a Suzuki Jimmy is $376 for a week, with all the taxes, fees, and mandatory insurance included. It’s a good size for two people, for a family of four I recommend the Toyota Prado for $510 per week. And once the green season returns, so do lower prices. A Rav4 would be $380 per week, a Prado 5-passenger for $429 per week, or a Daihatsu Bego for $299 per week. The rental companies may change their prices, but I am always looking out for the right vehicle at the right price for you. And if just need private transport to the beach I can get you there for under $40 per person.
So besides the 100 surf breaks, the rainforest, the beautiful scenery, and being able to sleep near an active volcano, why would want to go to Costa Rica? Here is what’s happening.
On March 7th and 8th the national surf tour comes to Santa Teresa, the beach north of Mal Pais. With over 100 contestants from groms to grandmasters, this contest may decide the year’s champion. If the winner doesn’t claim it here they will have to wait until May 2nd and 3rd when the finals take place in Playa Hermosa. They also get to represent Costa Rica in international competition and this year the ISA Surfing World Games will be hosted by Terraza del Pacifico in Playa Hermosa, July 31st to August 8th. Mark those dates for your summer trip and book your rooms early!
There will be a Marathon in Dominicalito on March 8th at 8:30 a.m. to benefit the Dominical Lifeguards, the Ojochal library, and the Dominical Public School. There's over $1000 in cash prizes for the 10k run, and gift certificates for the 5k run. For more information, contact Dave at 011-506-2787-0237 or email@example.com. You can donate to the lifeguards directly at www.dominicallifeguards.org
They will be filming a movie called “Fe de Agua” on March 16th to the 21st. “There are moments in one’s life that will either make or break you. Fe De Agua is a short film about one such moment, when a boy from Guanacaste comes face to face with his destiny. It’s a story about love, life, family, faith, and learning to stand on water.”
Blue Surf Sanctuary is hosting a Billabong Girls Surf Camp on March 21st-27th. Their boutique retreat is located down a path from the golden beaches of Santa Teresa. The word is that Shaun Tomson is planning to visit as part of their “Surf With a Pro” camp, which they share with Safari Surf School in Nosara. E-mail us at travel @crsurf.com or call 877-SURF-007 if you are interested in either camp.
If you are into kayaking, Tom Snyder from GreenJungle.org is organizing a trip down the Saxiola River which divides Panama and Costa Rica on the Caribbean side. That trip is happening on April 19th. To help him out, check out http://firstgiving.org/tomsnyder.
If you are waiting until summer to head down, don’t forget that Rainforest Aid, a huge concert and festival to benefit local groups on the Osa Peninsula, will take place from June 19th to the 21st. Also, this summer there will be a Quiksilver Surf Camp hosted by WavesCR from July 31st to the August 8th, which coincides with the ISA World Surfing Games.
And if you can’t afford a trip right now, I understand. You can still check out the site to get you stoked for your next trip. Check out new batch of photos and videos that come in every week. You can print out monthly tide charts, read weekly surf forecasts, see daily pics from Santa Teresa, and link up to live wavecams in Hermosa and Tamarindo. Then click the “Radio” button to listen to non-stop commercial free Reggae hits. Move the mouse over the bamboo menu to play the conga drums and then at least you will feel a little “pura vida”.
In the Travel Shop we have the most eco-friendly boardbags and t-shirts on the planet. The boardbags from WaveTribe are made mostly from recycled plastic tarp and hemp. The men’s shirts are made from 50% recycled plastic and 50% recycled cotton. And for any purchase we are giving a $1 to three non-profit groups: Surfrider Foundation, the Dominical Lifeguards, and Boarding for Breast Cancer.
All this is happening on www.CRSURF.com. Come take a look…