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Where to chill-out in April« on: March 17 2011 20:03:00 »
I'm escaping to Costa Rica for a couple of weeks in April. I want to experience the local culture.. check out some intermediate breaks and chill out. As a solo traveller where is the best place to stay. I keep hearing that you HAVE to spend time aroundthe Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area..
RE: Where to chill-out in April« Reply #1 on: March 28 2011 13:03:00 »
Hey, I currently live in San Isidro del General which is about an hour away from dominical. Although Dominical has had some tourist problems in the past 6 months, it's a great little surf town. The waves are good and the crowd isn't too bad. If your spanish isn't too good, then it would be a perfect place to go. Just watch your things!
RE: Where to chill-out in April« Reply #2 on: March 31 2011 17:03:00 »
The Kangaroo at the southern end of Jaco - That's the place to stay. Don't know that the waves are great in April though...
RE: Where to chill-out in April« Reply #3 on: April 04 2011 17:04:00 »
Thanks for the advice guys. Have settled for a spot in Jaco and will travel from there. Can't wait to get there!
RE: Where to chill-out in April« Reply #4 on: April 05 2011 22:04:00 »
Just got back from a two week surfing trip to Costa Rica. If you can, I would recommend switching your plans to go to the Guanacaste peninsula instead of Jaco. Better surfing, more variety of places to go / waves to surf, plenty of nice (and cheap) places to stay, etc. Tamarindo is pretty central to a large number of breaks along the western coast. You can walk to 3-4 spots from any hotel there and within 20-30 minutes, you can surf dozens of others including Witch's Rock and Ollie's Point. The Malpais area is super chill and has some great waves if you are an advanced surfer... not too great for beginnner/intermediate level.
RE: Where to chill-out in April« Reply #5 on: April 05 2011 22:04:00 »
If you make it to the Tamarindo area, you got to stay at Harry's El Escondite. They are sweet little cabinas with A/C, pool, the works... and if he has room he will hook you up for a great price. He has several surfboards and bicycles you can use as his guest so that makes it nice if you are not traveling with a board (much better than renting). Harry is also an awesome surfer and can take you to any of the breaks or provide lessons if wanted. Cool cat to chill with for sure. You can catch him on any given night a Nougie's (the local bar/restaurant on the south end of the commercial beachfront strip). Just look for the only super tan asian guy with long hair and no shoes. Tell him Jason from Seattle sent you. His website is : http://esconditetamarindo.com