Costa Rica Adventure March 2nd through March 31 2004
by: Jeff Dean with Nitro-Net.Com

Costa Rica: March 2004 Adventure

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Costa Rica - Day 1 Montezuma
Its been a long long long journey to get here.  It took me 24 hours to get to Montezuma and what a trek it has been let me tell you.  The flight was rough with 3 hour max sleep Starting at 11pm on Tuesday and getting here at 1:30pm the next day.  Then getting attacked at the airport by taxi drivers.  I swear I felt like Sammy Hagar after a concert.  I decided to take a taxi to Mal Pais for $100 which was cheaper than taking a plane and faster than taking a bus so I thought.  Well the driver was cool.  Long story, cut short, We picked up his family, got stuck in major traffic, I bought lunch for everyone and drove to a ferry missed the ferry, go the next one at 7pm go to the Nicoya Peninsula at 9:30pm and the journey really began.  We took dirt back rounds for 2.5 hours.  NO lights on the roads, no signs, no people, only pot holes, ditches and dust.  After an hour, losing the hub caps twice, car screeching, I decided it was best to get this over.  I said the next town we stay.  The next town was my airport Tambour, argg I should have just flew in and made it easy.  Well the prices were to high for lodging so I said Montezuma, I got your hotel.  We went on and arrived at 11:30pm.

Hotel on the beach $11 a night.  I am staying another night.  Its a dead head town, beautiful beaches, all English speaking.  No surf, but good diving.  I am going to take a bus to Mal Pais in the morning hopefully.  Things don't work on schedule around here so who knows.  I am going to look for some monkeys and do some Toucan hunting.....  Talk to you in a few days. Miss you all.  The journey has begun.  Imperial beer in hand.  Out.
Adios Amigos from Costa Rica.......

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Day 4. Mal Pais 3/6/2004
I am now in Santa Teresa adjacent up the coast from Mal Pais.  Its known
for its great surf which I was pleasantly surprised to find was accurate.  Its the first time the reports were correct for me.  I am staying at Franks Place http://www.frankplace.com.  A bungalow style
resort, if you can call it that, for $20US tonight and $13US tomorrow  through when ever the surf dies or I get bored and decide to move on.   I took the bus here from Montezuma which proved to be easy, on time  and fast for Costa Rica.  It cost me 750 colones which equates to  around 2 dollars US.  The exchange rate is 425 to 1 US dollar.  I got  some killer surf in the afternoon but it was so hot I had to get out  of the water.  The water has to be 80 degrees and with the sun beaming the air was around 100 degrees.  I was baking like a bean out there.  I was the only one in the water and I figured out why pretty quick.  I just got back from a sunset session which was bigger and much more crowded.  I am told to go out in the am around 7 so I am going to bed early tonight even if it is Friday (well see how that goes)
My total expenses yesterday totaled $45 which I am figuring as high.  
Today cost me $20 hotel, $3.50 breakfast, $4 beer (which I am stopping
due to the enlarged belly from all this cheap beer), dinner will cost $6.

I still have not seen a Toucan or a monkey yet.  I am searching.  When  I do you will know.  I have seen many iguana and exotic birds.  I will  visit Mal Pais tomorrow maybe and rent a dirt bike, maybe.  Depends on the surf, etc.
Well its time for another siesta.  I miss you all and cant wait till you can visit this place with me next time.

Love from paradise.
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Day 5, Mal Pais/Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Surf was huge this morning.  I was so hung over although.  I went out
with some new friends here and we tied it on pretty hard last night.   I trapezed as well on a practice what ever you call them trapeze  things.  They had a trapeze at this bar on the beach called Tabu.  
There were guys with fire batons.  It was cool.

I was supposed to surf at 7am to get it best but slept till 8.  I was so mad at myself all day for drinking to much last night.  I definitely  would have has a better time if I kept it light last night.  I am on  the wagon officially.  I don't care what I have to do.  I am done  drinking.  Its not worth the headaches.  Ok so enough of that its said  and done and you are all witnessed to my proclamation.

Surfed out front at 8 and it was fun, breaking at head high sort of
mushy but peaky drops and long rights on the sand bar.   I had to move rooms so I got out of the water at 11am and got some desayuno and exchanged rooms with my bro Josh.  Josh is renting boards and doing surf lessens here with his girl who just came in today.  He has major ADD just like JB, just kidding JB.

After surfing I took a hike to the next town Mal Pais and checked out a  surf camp that Ron is always pumping up.  I liked the camp.  It was to  far from the break for my taste although and did not have the breeze  that I have at Franks Place and its much more costly for what you get.   I hiked it on the beach from there to the end of the beach where a huge rock jets in the water.  There was a great deal of smoke coming from there yesterday so wanted to investigate to see if possibly some  monkeys or Toucans may have been driven from their homes and were in eye view.  I was surprised to find a restaurant at the base that looked like it created by Hollywood, large bright light blue chairs at the  waters edge, palm trees everwhere, situated in a lagoon.  It was  prefect.  I had the Arroys and camarones. (rice and shrimp) for $3.50 and a large water.  I found out after a brief trek that it was a huge fire that did scare a large number of iguanas out of there and they were all over this one tree.  One feel just in front of me, hissed and scurried away.  I saw a vulcher grab one and take it to a tree top and rip it in half with a buddy of his.  The iguana must have been injured already I assume.

Surfed in the late afternoon again for 3 hours.  My arms are limp
noodles right now.  I need to do 100 pushups tonight and 200 sit-ups.  I am getting rid of this pot belly within a week if it kills me.  I am planning on staying at Franks place until Tuesday maybe before I head North to Playa Negra.  I may just go there for 4 days, come back and take a boat to Jaco then a bus to Dominical.  I don't think I will hit  Tamarindo or Jaco the main beaches.  I need to be away from it all for  a while.  Ok so that's enough for one day.  I will send another in a  couple days.

JD in the place to be.  Costa Rica.
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Day 6, Mal Pias/Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Still here but on my way south (change of plans) to find some monkeys, tucans and less crowded surf.  I got some of the best waves of my entire trip this morning and a few barrels on the inside shore  breaks.  I don't know if my email from yesterday went through.  I dont  think it did so it is below again.  I will make this short so you can read the other entry.  Sunday is siesta day, the buses don't run.  and the people work slowwwwer.  The Full Moon was spectacular last night.  The party was laim due to all the cops around looking for those Columbians I think and haulting all unlicensed liquor sales. I went to my first Tico Dance Club.  It reminded me of big Hussongs in
Ensenada.  Ok must surf before it gets dark.  Hope you enjoy the entries.  Drop me a quick email once and a while.Miss you all.  

Day 8, Playa Hermosa 3-10-2004
I extended my ticket yesterday till March 31st. So I will be here for 30 days total in all. I have 3 weeks left. What to do, humm what to do. I will go down south for a while and travel to the Caribbean for a while, maybe 10 days or so depending on the swell. I finally found out why the surf was closing out so much. It was a direct west swell that come in that was hitting Mal Pais like no ones business but here it was straight on due to the angle of the beach. I am told a new swell will be here by Friday so tomorrow I will venture south to Manuel Antonio to seek out some wildlife until the swell picks up when I will be in Dominical.I have a new friend here. Her name is Sunshine. She is a 1 year old pooch that lovesme to death. She follows me everywhere, waits for me at the water and goes to dinner with me.  I posted a good number of new pictures and since picture tell a thousand words please take a look in lew of a long lettertoday since I need to do some more surfing and take a nap. I went out last night with my buddies from the up front house Christopher and Anita. Their a couple from New Jersey who travel around the world staying months at a time. They even have houses all over. She is about 38 and he is around 60. We smoked some weed, it was my first time ever, that they bought here. Apparently they like to some because he bought 2 ounces for the 2 months they are here. I was seeing monkey, toucans and elephants after that. We went to a local restaurant called Los Olas and had some killers local food. I bought them dinner and drinks. It cost me 7500 colones, big dollars for dinner here but maybe not for three people. We brought our own beer in to which was cool and we smoked at he table while we watching in Gods hands, a killer surf flick I HIGHLY recommend you see. Ok time to rest and surf some more.

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PS. I thought I wrote a long letter from Jaco to you all but I don't see. Maybe it was in one of weird dreams here...... I will look and if not tell you about the crazy boat ride I took from Montezuma. Holyyyyy.

Love JD
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Day 10, Playa Hermosa Friday 3-12-04
I extended my stay in Playa Hermosa due to an enormous South swell that came in.  The long hollow tube rides here are hard to leave behind as I am planning on traveling south towards Dominical tomorrow morning with a one day layover in Manual Antonio to see someguaranteed monkey sighting and toucans.  I have been hanging out a lot with me new friends Christopher Gilmore, Anita and Will.  Chris, I have read and seen first hand, is an incredible writer.  I am honored for he gave me copies of all his writing since he got here, 14 pieces in all.  I was so thrown back by is action to let me read these first.  It was credit to my intelligence he told me.  I am hoping he will help me with my quest to be a writer.  He and I are very similar other than our ages, he is 64, and he does not surf anymore but rather rafts.  Its a crazy sport.  I actually took one out in 12 footers this morning and almost broke my lip on an inside bowl section that threw over like a hammer.  I took 3 nice size waves then jones for my board to get some serious tube rides I saw others getting.  I ran back to my
place, on the beach, got my stick and paddled out.  The tide was going down which made the surf pile high on the beach break and throwing out the larges tubes I have ever ridden.  I cant begin to tell the non surfers out there what it feels like to pull into a backside standup barrel and feel the water rushing before your face with the air from behind pushing you forward like a turbine all at once.  The sound of a deep tube ride is similar to sticking your head out the window of your car going 50mph.  Its what we [surfers) seek out all their lives , give up jobs for, lose women over, live in squalor for, move from families and friends over and lose reality for.  I feel at times blessed to be a surfer and cursed at the same time. It is such a passion that divides me from being all I can be or being all I want to be.  Well, more writing will come.  For now I need to get back in the water, pray to Zeus for more waves and plan my next adventure south tomorrow.
From paradise pura vida.  
I miss you all.  
Jeff
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Day 13, Costa Rica Dominical Monday 3-15-04
I took off for Quepos on Saturday morning and waited at the bus stop for 2.5 hours, what a bummer, in Play Hermosa.  A taxi would have cost me $35 so I opted to wait for a savings of $30.  I got to Quepos after a 2 hour ride south down a nicely paved road.  I sat next to a 76 year old farmer from a little town called Paritta, 45 minutes north of Quepos.  I got the impression that his next stop was up everytime we stopped as he would mumble something to the effect of "me alto es
grumble mumble" and point towards the driver.  I assumed it meant he was getting off so I was ready to move each time we stopped, but he did not get off, rather he looked out the window and said it again at each
stop. After 15 or so stops I got the idea that he did not know much about this trek south and I settled in for the long haul.  The ride south was beautiful, full of open forests of palms and farms and little soda shacks (convenience stores).

I arrived in Quepoes and said to the nearest local, "Donde esta la Playa"(wheres the beach) and was told to go to Manuel Antonio.  So I took the next bus south to MA to find that all the hotels were booked.  I had a full backpack 70 lbs(JB, I owe you big time for letting me use your backpack), a regular backpack, and my board bag.  I had to walk up a hill and around town drenched of sweat and pissed off at each place that said they were full with a huge smile on their face, like I was an asshole for asking.  I told the last place to kiss my ass as I walked away firing with heat exhaustion and ready to get in the water somewhere, anywhere...  I found a couple friends I met in Mal Pias ironically and asked them to watch my things as I looked for a baracho habitiones (cheap hotel), I even got a local to get on it for me but after a short time I gave up, drank three Imperial beers on the beach and headed back to Quepos to stay the night and head south in the morning. I found a little cabina in a small, outside of town, neighborhood for $18 with a fan.  A local pointed it out else I would have never seen it, nor would anyone else, how do they survive. Partied out in town, drank more beer, ate a local style pizza, got solicited by a hooker, paid 1600 colones for 2 beers and threw a fit over the outrageous charge, the bartender got on the phone and pointed my way, I paid and jetted home taking it as a sign it was time to settle down for the night.  Got up at 7, had breakfast, packed up and just made my bus to dominical at 10am.  I thought it got there at 10, but it left at 10.  Thank Zeus I made it.  I took the bus south on a dirt road for 2.5 hours through the most lush tropical forest you can imagine.  It was the best ride yet for me here.  I took some of my best shots yet, I think, of the people, sodas, and homes.  Stayed last night in a $13 a night room the size of a closet with two beds and a fan.  The name of the place is Cocos.  I found another place called Tortia Flats that I negotiated for $20 a night with a bacony on the beach over looking the best break in town.  The name Tortia Flats just sounds like a killer place, which it is.  Clean, nice restaurante and bar next door and did I mention it was on the best break in Dominical?  Oh yey baby,,, I am styling in a $150 night hotel (in the USA) for $20.  How can you go wrong with that?  I am there for 6 days.  Surfed some great waves last night at high tide, around 5pm till dark, 6:45.  I went out with my new/old neighbors/friends who are staying at Cocos to the local hangout called thrusters, 2 pool tables, fuzzball and cheap drinks.  I had 2 Bombay Saphires and tonic for you JB for hooking with up with that pack :-)

The tide was high at 9am, I got up at 6 and surfed alone on some of the best rides I have had here yet.  Big hollow rights and left.  I was on fire out there by 8am.  I found it was best to drop in late as possible, since the winds were off shore, the waves held up all day long.  I would drop in as late as possible and ride the crest of the lip for a fewyards before I would punch it down to the bottom and then pull the board to the top for the sickest floaters I have ever pulled off, snap the board back into the pocket for some speed, work the wave a little like a skateboard(I always say skateboarding is the best practice tool outside the water), pull the board to the top and float the section or do a long cut back to the pocket again.  I love the water here.  Its 80 degrees plus and it is so clean and refreshing.I am going to try and upload more pictures tomorrow for you all. I am still in search of monkeys and tucans and Captain Gene Rogers.  Non yet but I am sure to find them on another journey. I am may go to Panama next week to an island I heard about called Bocas del Toro on the Caribbean side.  I am told you take a water taxi to the break for $1 and there is a place on the ocean for $5 a night. Its a full day and a half trek by bus to get there from here so I am still contemplating the idea but it does sound like a plan, I will have to skip Pavones although but that is ok.  I need to see some crystal blue water and do some diving as well, none over here yet, argg.  I am told it has been raining there for 2 weeks now which is another bummer, but I may still have to go.  Read below:
http://www.bocasdeltoro.com  Look at the map.

Archipiélago de Bocas del Toro Several of the pristine islands of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago in the Caribbean Sea are protected by the marine Parque Nacional Bastimentos. The park offers great diving, snorkelling and swimming, and its beaches are used as a nesting ground by several species of sea turtle. The main town on the archipelago is Bocas Del Toro on the southeastern tip of Isla Colón. The archipelago is off the northeast coast of Panama and is accessible by plane from Panama City, David and Changuinola, or by ferry from Almirante and Chiriquí Grande.

Miss you all, hope you are enjoying being my virtual companion on this trip.  Its half way over now :-(  I am stoked so far.
Jeff
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Dominical Day 14 - March 16, 2004

I found my Chi(center) today.  It happened at 7:30am.  I was out in
the water all by myself.  The rest of the pack was about 50 yards away catching smaller close up waves.  I was all by my self invisible to the pack since I was taking rights facing away from them that held up for many yards.  I took one wave that was perfect.  It was a late take off so I got tons of speed to make the face, I pushed my 6'8" round tail forward and sucked into the longest/deepest right I have ever had.  It opened up to a long face that went for what seemed to me to be miles.  I cut the lip, snapped it back to the white water and raced the section till it closed on the inside.  I remember the very instant it hit me.  My body tingled like a cold breeze had come through and gave me goose bumps.  I paddled out the outside still tingling from my ride thinking this is not right.  As I got to the outside I looked around thinking everyone is coming this way after that ride.  I saw no one like I was invisible to the world.  At this point in the day the sun was still rising and not so strong but rising from the south east so the crowd could possible not see me.  I sat there with a smile from ear to ear thinking this is it, this is what I came to Costa Rica for.  I found my chi.  I was and am at peace. I don't know what I am going to do with this new found spirit but I have 2 more weeks in Costa Rica to explore it.  I can be loved again and I can finally give love. I am at peace.

I love you all, more to come on my new revelations.
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New Images Dominical and Play Hermosa March 17,2004
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Dominical - Day 17 - March 18, 2004
Surfs been fun over the past couple of days.  I took a hike the
other day in search of monkey and toucans but found none.  I did find the spider you saw in the pictures and some ants doing serious  construction work.  It was hotter than life going up the mountain.  I was told not  to do do to the possibility of heat stroke but forged on anyway.  I never sweat so much in all my life.  It was pouring off me like I was in a overheated sauna.  I had to hydrate and stop a good number of times.  I got dizzy towards the top and rested for a spell to wake up  a 1/2 hour later bewildered and unfamiliar with how I got there.  I immediately picked myself up and trotted toward the bottom when I got my  bearings.  I fell once and rolled down the hill for a few feet.  Laughed it off screamed aloud to wake myself up made it to the
bottom  then stumbled back to my place where I took a long cold shower, drank a gallon of water and slept for 3 hours (5pm).  When I woke I felt like  someone dropped a piano on my head.  I got some local food at Cocos  down the road, watched some football/soccer with the locals, had a couple cervesas to dull bring me back to sense, took a couple flu pills and went out on the town for a few more to make sure I was out and about in the mitts of people in case anything went a rye with me.  

All went well through the night.  I got home at 10pm, slept till 8am, surfed at 9am and got some more cash from the local petrol station 2 km down the road.  I found out about a buried treasure on an Island off the coast of here called "Isle Del Coco". http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/3425/index.html
Legend has it, a Captain Morgan buried his treasure there in 1526 and forget about it after he reformed and was made governor of a Jamaican Island somewhere.  He died before telling of its whereabouts but was known to frequent the island to stash his treasures.  He was a very good pirate legend tells.  I am researching the possibility of going there.  I may have to do a scuba tour and sneak off to do my  hunting.  



 

Going surfing now.  I hope this entry finds you well.
Miss you all.
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Dominical - Day 18, March 19, 2004
 have decided after much deep research to abandon my search for treasure on Isle Del Coco this trip due to lack of equipment, transportation and have found out you need to be a Navy Seal pretty much to be able to survive there for days on end without lodging.  Maybe some of you will do it next time with me.  I also found out it
was the place Jurassic Park was filmed so that mystic is there as well.  It is guarded by three federations as well: wildlife conservatory, government and International Parks.  Maybe next time when I am better prepared.  Instead I have decided to go to the carribean side to do some diving and big wave surfing at Salsa Bravo in Puerto Viejo and Boca Del Toro in Panama.  I am doing some indepth research on  weather conditions and lodging now: http://www.puertoviejoweb.com If you see anything good let me know on that link if of course you have the time and are still following my adventure in Costa Rica.  I dont really know how many of you out there are even getting this since I only here from a few of you regarding interest in my happenings.  If you are getting this message and want to opt out please email me back and say so.  I hate to send this to you if it has little interest to you.  It is part of a work that I plan to try to publish after the trip is all over and it is edited.Hope all is well.  Back to my research and surfing.  I am renting a horse today for 3000 Colones(425c to 1 US dollar).  I imagine that will be an adventure.

Jeff Dean the Surfing machine.
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Dominical 3/20/04 - (Last day in Dominical, 11 days left on the trip)
I am looking forward to leaving Dominical tomorrow.  I still have no plans on where to go.  I am not getting good word from the Caribbean side on lodging for cheap but I think I will do the trek anyways. I am leaving for San Jose in the morning.  I will email you when I get somewhere.  

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Surfs up here.  Got to go hit it.
PS.  I started a new way to send these message to not show all your emails and assure they get through.  For those of you who this is the first time you seeing this, because I was blocked, please read down to read all my logs.
Miss you.
JD
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Day 20 - Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica 30 kilometers from the Panama border.
Surfed at Cocos Beach today which is just south of the infamous Salsa Bravo Break.  A huge reef break that has taken the lives of many surfers.  I have seen war scars from the reef on many surfers in one days time only.  I am going to surf that spot, but it will be on a small day for sure. If that happens here.  Today it was 15 foot and growing as the tide came up.  I am satisfied so far with Beach Break as it was breaking at 10 foot and on a sand bottom.  I found the place I was looking for in Costa Rica.  This is is.  Its tropical, and has the feel of a Caribbean lifestyle, laid back, slow, and reggae music fills the air everywhere you go.  I am staying at a place called Rocking J's tonight for $20 but found a deal for $10 a night in the jungle just off the road.  I am so stoked to move there in the morning.  I am sure I will see monkeys etc at my door step daily.  I saw one monkey in the trees today but he was not moving.  It was exciting to see either way.  A car load of tourists from San Jose spotted him and were whistling for him to move, very obnoxious Ticos.  I stayed in a $13 a night hotel in San Jose last night.  I went out in town and got a little to drunk with a new friend from Nicaragua.  He was crazy.  He carried a huge knife and showed it to me at the bar.  He kept talking about the mafia in the bar, Black Men, and how he was going to take them out.  He also told me about a boat he has and would be interested in taking me to Isle Del Coco, which is why I took so much interest in him in the first place.

Its been a fun trip, I cant believe I only have 9 days left. I am going to go to Panama while I am here in Puerto Viejo.  Its only a couple hours away and maybe stay at Boca Del Toro, at that place those Canadians raved about.  I may do a two tank dive off a boat as well if the weather is right for $60. I will write more after I get settled in my new place that I am really looking forward to.  It a small cabina all alone nestled in a grove of palms and a flower garden.  I think it will be my best accommodations so far, for $10 how can you go wrong either way.  Miss you all.  Californians, we will have to get together so I can show you all my images and talk stories.

Jeff Adventure
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Day 21 Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
I am uploading more images but you may not want to look if you have not taken a vacation in some time.  This place is the dream place I have been looking for.  Its warm, sunny and totally tropical here.  Banana trees everywhere, palms everywhere and the smell of good ganja fills the air along with cool reggae music and the vibe of the Rasta.  I saw Cheech & Chong up in smoke last night at a local outside bar.  Had a few Imperials to thank them for the free movie.  I love that flick.  If you haven't watched it for a while pick it up.  Its freakin hilarious.  Surfed some of the kindest waves today at Coco Beach.  Ate a full plate of fruit with granola and yogurt this morning.  Moved into my new cabina.  This is the best place I have stayed at yet.  
CHECK OUT THE IMAGES, and its only costing me $10 a day.  That's right I said $10.  I plan to got to Panama and leave my stuff here for a couple days.  I am going snorkeling after this.  Am I making you jealous yet?  Well get here.  Next time we all have to come here as I know where to go now, for cheap.  I think this place is the best I have found so far although, Puerto Viejo area.  Oh yeah I broke loose and rented a vehicle.  A 2 year old beach cruiser with a basket.  It is needed around here and besides it only cost me $3.40 a day.  This place is so freakin cheap, I love it. Ok uploading images (multitasking, disc burn of images from camera is complete) I need to work fast here so that I can get back to the surf Its taking wayyyyyyy to long to upload the images right now so I will do it when it gets dark.  Maybe they will upload on there own as I am keeping them uploading but it may get cancelled as someone may sign on and kill it.

Latersssssssss
Jeff Adventure.
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Day 22 Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Holy no good rastas this place is paradise.  I cant believe all the bad hype I heqrd about this place and the crap lore that its expensive over here.  I am paying $10 a night for a cabin nested in the jungle.  Its so freakin beautiful here I don't want to leave.  The surf, ahhh the surf, well that bring tingles to my dark tanned skin, it has been firing here.  I love the surf here, so much more than the other side.  Oh my god I have been getting such incredible waves at Beach Break (Cocos).  It was been going off.  Large drop in barrels and floaters like I have never pulled off before.  I am so stoked.  Looking for propert after I go offline here.  I am not leaving this place, at least in mind, anytime soon.  

A rhyme I am making up in salute of this adventure ENJOY== "Rasta Rasta Rasta, get off me I am gunna busta lip, snack the top and get off the back for I am hitting it harder than the legit mister.  Tube time I am not coing out, its deep in here, I am flippin my lid.  Oh yeah thats the face coming at me, back off I am going smack you.  Oh that water is so refreshing back to you the outside for another blessing"

Got sick as a doggie last night.  I saw Mr. Hankie 5 times today and did not eat but once in the am (fruit plate) due to it and surfed most of the day so I did not care much about food just water.  Around 6 I took some pepto bismo thinking it would help, smoked some of the local tobacco, drank some fruit juice, chilled and went to eat at 7:30 with 9 hours of no food in me.  When I got there I began to feel violently ill so I ordered a Imperial, of course, and asked if she could bring me some rice and beans right away to help me out.  She said they only had full plates so I ordered a bean burger.  I got up to use the toilet because I felt naucious, then ran to the beach to let it out.  I was about to vomit, finger in mouth, when a local came up and said hey bro, dont vomit there, use my shirt.  I looked at him like I was going to rip his head off, he walked away.  I proceeded to let it out.  After I felt dizzy, sweating, major stomach cramps and felt like I was to pass out.  I went back tot the bar, cancelled my order and rode my bike back to the cabin as fast as I could to make sure I was in a safe place.  Got to the cabina, crawled up the stairs laid on the bed then sat up in fear of pássing out, drank a lot of water, ate a cliff bar, very slowly.  I am ok

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Puerto Viejo Images
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Take a look at my place here in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.
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Day 23 in paradise. Puerto Viejo
 (I never sent this sorry. Another is coming to day
as well to catch you up)
I love this place.  Got some of the best waves of my life yesterday at Beach Break.  My neighbor promises to show me the ropes at Salsa Bravo as soon as it goes off again.  I was waiting all morning for him to find me but it never happened, apparently he drank to much last night too.  I thad a 2 hour surf session, go out early to take a bunch of
pictures of the locals tearing it up.  

Rode to Manzania south from Puerto Viejo today to do some diving, it was about 12 kilometers (1 mile 01.61 kilometes) It was such a killer ride through the lush jungle by the beach.  I was in aww of the vegetation, filled with palms, nut trees, fruit trees, tropical flowers and banana groves.  I found a piece of land and collected all the fruits of the land to give to each of you as gifts.  Dont worry they are dried.  I am not sure what the fruits are but will after taking them to a nearby horticulturist.

I told you about the book I read here called "In Search of Captain Zero" about a guy, Allan, from Montauk NY, where I lived last in search of his lost friend Christopher. The story is a true one, yet I found out was embelished upon.  Its about a guy named Allen and his friend Chris´s drug smuggling adventures across the globe.  The storystarts as Allen leaves NY in search of Chris who is supposed to be somewhere in Central America.  He writes about his adventures through Mexico, down to Costa Rica where he finds his buddy Chris in Puerto Viejo.  It was one of the the reasons I came here, to find Chris.  Well I met Captian Zero last night.  He was cruising in front of me on his bike flashing his light back at me so I would not run him over then in front of him to avoid the pot holes.  I made a comment that we needed full suspension bikes, he said "these are the worst roads in the world", then I replied, "do you know that from experience", he said of course and then I moved in front of him to move on down the road.  I thought, what a crazy gringo....  I was going to a restaurant to watch a movie, Bedazzled and to, of course, have a few Imperials.  I sat down began the drink fest when I saw the old man walk and sit next to some German girls.  He said I am hiring and need to give you a drug test, because I need to make sure you are doing drugs to work for me.  He then laughed and said, seriously do you need anything? I saw him glance my way as to say you are next buddy.  I waited as in que for him to come over and he did.  He stood next to me by a pole and said, hey do you surf.  I said, "does a dog have fees in Costa Rica". He chuckled then said, "I am Captain Zero".  I looked at him and for sure he had the age down to be him.  He had a NY accent and for sure this was him.  I said, "Christopher"?  He smiled from ear to ear and said YES YES YES that's me I am him.  Oh my god I cant believe you know who I am".  I told him how I was in search of him, and he went nuts with excitement.  It was as if I gave him a million dollars.  We talked all night about Montauk, about writing a sequel together, buying homes, do some internet stuff, etc.  I was just so in ahh to be hanging out with him that nothing mattered.  It was like hanging out with a cartoon character.  We promised to hang out more, I want to know more about HogFish Ranch and what he has been up to.  I want to verify some of Allen's Drug smuggling stories.  I think I rode to Panama today.  That trek down south was so awesome.  I cant go to Panama after all since I don't have a paper airline ticket since I changed it over the phone.  You need to show you are leaving Costa Rica within 3 months to enter.  Its not a problem to leave Costa Rica to go to Panama just to come back in.  Maybe I will try and jump the fence tonight and sneak over the swim back.  LOL.

Next time I a come to Costa Rica I will be here first and maybe only so
that I can visit Panama and those Boca Del Toro islands which might
escape me this time.  I am told of treasure there and to ask for a guy
Chris told me about, written at my cabina, who knows of it and has
transportation.  He may be interested in splitting the finds with me as
trade.  I will search more and maybe bring my own diving equip next
time prepared to do it right.
Pura Vida.
Miss ya. JD
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Sorry about yesterdays bad spelling I was rushed to send and so I could not proof it before I sent it out. :(

Puerto Viejo, 3-27-2004 - Day 25
I surfed early in the morning at 6:30am yesterday so I could rent a scooter for the day ($20)and take another ride down to Monzania to see some monkeys and toucans.  I also took a bunch of pictures of my land so you can see how truly incredible it is.  The hike was rooty and wet and many times mud was the main terrain.  I saw a Toucan for the first time about 1.5 km into the hike.  He was a top a large nut tree.  I barely made him out at first.  I don't know why I looked up at that point since it was difficult to navigate the trail without watching where I was going.  He was a huge bird, I would guess he stood 2 feet high and his beak another foot long.  He was an impressive sight to see in the wild like that especially after all my searching to finally see one, you can only imagine my excitement.  I almost fell off the cliff when I saw him.  I got my wits about me and was able to snap off a shot of him before he jumped to another tree out of my vision.  I sat there for many minutes waiting to see him again but he did not return.  I even made crazy bird sounds that my Dad taught me in the boy scouts to leur him closed but nothing worked.  I ventured on. The trail came to a beach then up a mountainside and back into the jungle.  It was now 11:15 and since I only had the scooter for 8 hours beginning at 9am I decided it was best to walk back on a parallel trail used for horses.  It was muddy and very difficult to walk through.  I walked a few yards before I realized it was to difficult and began back to the other trail when a huge black snake hissed and skated off into the woods.  I passed this snake only seconds ago.  I wondered since I was looking in the trees for more Tucans if I could have stepped over him.  Scary.  I now thought I need to keep my eyes more aware of my surroundings to be safe since there was no one close by to help me should I need emergency assistance, although I did have my snake bite kit and a knife in case I needed to cut off a limb or defend myself against a puma. Hahaa

Took the long beautiful road back to Puerto Viejo, stopped off at my land to take some pictures, got my scuba gear and headed North to Curita.  It was a long ride and when I got to the park they wanted $6
to enter.  I decided to look for another way in but was closed out on when I did not find a way.  I rode back to PV and took a dirt road just north of town that went along the beach.  It was an unexplored area with land for sale that I am confident will be worth big dollars down the road.  I am going to go there on my bike after this and get some phone numbers.  I plan to call both parties today or Monday and get some numbers.  This is the place to buy land and to settle down.  I love this place.

Got up late today as it was Reggae night at Bambu last night.  I think its reggae night every night but last night the entire coast showed up.  It was a huge party.  The streets were packed with cars and people.  The music was loud and everyone was dancing.  I got searched by a police officer and luckly he did not find anything.  It was another smack in the face reminding me not to let my guard down again and to be extra careful since I am traveling alone.  I had something in my pocket to.  I am a bad boy.  A very bad boy......  Never again though....

Surf was firing today.  I GOT THE BIGGEST STAND UP BARREL OF MY LIFE TODAY.  The great thing was that the local crew saw me and gave me respect for it.  I was so stoked I stayed out for 3 more hours.  I got
a few really good tube rides after that as well.  It was the fact that I got respect for that large stand up and that I was allowed to take off more often due to the earned respect that cements that ride in my head forever.  I saw a local look at me in the tube and give me a shaka too.  It was a long time to be in the green room as it just threw over and over.  The waves were so on today.  Even though I got out there at 9 it was still firing and it may have been better at 9 than at 6.  I found it breaks better with a little less water and a little offshore wind on it.  

I am going to burn all my images so far on a disc today and upload some more later at another internet cafe.  I want to show you a photo of Chris/Patrick and I, the scooter I rented (Hey Jackie, maybe I can be in your club now, lol), my land and the surf since I took a bunch of
photos seeing that I did not have any.  Its hard when its breaking good you want to be out there, not taking photos of it.

Ok I am outssss..
Later Skatersssssssss.
Rasta Jeff

Puerto Viejo, 3-28-2004 - Day 26
New Images today:
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My Land, Captain Zero, rented scooter, Tucan sighting, Monkey
sightings, Puerto Viejo Surf,

JD in the place to be.
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Day 27 - Puerto Viejo.
I am sad to leave this place tomorrow.  I will have spent 9 days in Puerto Viejo in total and 29 days in Costa Rica.  I am already missing it here and I am still here.  I had the best time in Costa Rica.  We
all have to come back together next time.  I have my board up for sale with the local surf dudes at Salsa Bravo.  I have my board and bag up for $140 total for both and the body board for $20 with bag as well.  Its a great deal but since its Monday and I did not put it up till 3 it wont sell.  I surfed till 2 and could not get out of the water, it was so fun.  I am taking it back at 6pm and surfing in the morning.  I guess she will be coming home with me after all.  Oh well.  Its only another $60(6 days cabina lodging here although).  I am sort of looking forward to going back to reality with a new set of eyes on the world and life.  I am excited to tell my stories and photos.  I am planning got have  Jeff's back from Paradise party and show all my photos next weekend. This is my last entry as I will be too busy and traveling over the next two days to write again.  Its been a strange crazy exciting trip.  I hope you all enjoyed the entries.  I wish I could have wrote longer stories as I did not cover much. I am glad to have met so may new friends, blessed to have had sunshine every single day, gotten some of the best surf, safe travels, spent little money and got much for my colones.  I hope my heart will never forget the pura vida experiences I will take from here.  I hope I will return and I hope you will come along with me next time.  

Until the next adventure.  
Jeff Adventure in Paradise, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica 3-29-2004
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Final reflections:

Total Cost: 29 days - $2,179
Hotel:                 $444
Food:                $350
Bus:                   $25
Gift / Misc:        $273
Beer / Guaro    $152
Internet:             $60
Taxi:                           $152
Boat Fares                $52
Airfare:                      $475
Surfboard Fees        $120
Extended Stay Fee  $100

Most Memorial Moments:  Best of:
Place:  Puerto Viejo (Caribbean side)
Cabina/Hotel:  Luna Tica - Puerto Viejo
Food:   Pasta Bolognese - Dominical Soda Rest.
Longest Surf:     Mal Pais - road down from Franks Place
Best Surf:  Beach Break, Puerto Viejo
Time:  Stand up tube ride at Beach Break in front of all the locals, earned respect and wave ride order.
Drink:  Imperial Cervesas
Purchase: Hammock in Jaco $16

Most Memorial Moments:  Worst of:
Place:  Quepos (dirty, crime ridden, unfriendly)
Food:   None, loved it all
Surf:   Montezuma, None to speak of
Time:  Ride from San Jose to Montezuma, ride from hell.
Drink:  Tropical fruit drink.  I got sick twice on them.

I will never forget all the awesome friends I made in Costa Rica, the warm surf, the sounds ands smells of the tropics on the Caribbean side, the adventures, the bus rides, the delicious food, the Tico people and the reminder that life is a one way road.  We only go down this road once, make the most of it before it comes to a dead end.

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This was my planned trip before I left

Jeff Dean's Trip to Costa Rica March 2004
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Tide Table
Packing
Bus Travel Info: Bus Travel info: http://www.costaricabybus.com/beaches.html
Web Links
Real Estate
Bus Schedule
750 PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Caribe at 6:00, 10:00, 13:30, 15:30; RET.: 7:00, 9:00, 11:00, 16:00; 215 km; 4:30 hrs. You can buy tickets in advance. $4.42 ** Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel. 257-8129 

725 PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA from Limón - DEP. Ev.day from Radio Casino at 5:00, 8:00, 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 18:00. RET. 6:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 1:30; 1.5 hrs. $1.07 ** Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel. 758-1572 
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Money Conversions
U.S. Dollar Exchange as of February 18, 2004.
Buy: 422.57 CRC per 1 U.S. dollar
Sell: 424.10 CRC per 1 U.S. dollar

Day 1,2,3 - Mal Pais    March 2,3,4  Back to Top
Transportation to:
Direct bus service from main bus station in San Jose to Puntarenas leaves every hour. Then board ferry to Paquera. Once in Paquera take other bus to Cobano once in Cobano board local bus to Mal Pais. Best to depart San Jose at 8a.m.  Most travelers take the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera and either drive directly to Mal País or head first to Montezuma and then take buses to Mal País. From Montezuma, take the bus to Cóbano (15min., 6 per day 5:30am-4pm, ¢200) and catch a connecting bus from the same stop to Santa Teresa via Mal País (1hr., 10:30am and 2:30pm, ¢500). Return buses start in Santa Teresa and pick passengers up at the main crossroad by Frank's Place before heading back to Cóbano (7 and 11:30am).

Hotel
:
Mal Pais Surf and Sport Camp ($15-$50/night; ph: 642-0296, USA: 954-583-5560) http://www.malpaissurfcamp.com
                                                 Email: surfcamp@racsa.co.cr
Santa Teresa Cabinas ($20-$30/night) closest to the surf. About a mile north of the crossroads
Frank's Place Request sent 3/23/04($25-$60/night; ph: 640-0096; email: playamalpais@hotmail.com
Rancho Ituana
 
($40-$60/night) is a clean, friendly choice, with 4 breezy cabinas (w/kitchens, if you're inclined).
Hotel Surf The Place $60 Rancho Style Bungalow (506) 640 0001 Email: theplace@caramail.com  http://www.theplacemalpais.com/rooms.html

Surf: 
A beach break that peaks with some rock reef . This wave offers a long right wall and a shorter left breaking over a sloping sand bottom. When these breaks get big, try the nearby reef breaks in Manzanillo or to the south of Carmen. Best on west/southwest swell.
El Carmen:
A long right and a shorter left surfing over sand.
Santa Teresa: Usually bigger than Carmen and better on low tide.
Playa Hermosa: Beach break lefts and rights.
Playa de Los Suecos: a lefthander with a fast take off followed by a long workable wall. Gets hollow with size and offshore winds.
Punta Barrigona: A long lefthander wraps round the point turning into a great hotdog wave as it moves through the inside. Needs a lot of swell to work properly.
Conditions: Surf El Carmen, Santa Teresa, and Playa Hermosa when it's small, Playa el Suecos and Punta Barrigona when there's a swell.

Day 4,5,6 - Playa Negra    March 5,6,7  Back to Top
Hotel:
Pablo Picasso's Request sent 3/23/04
http://www.pablosplayanegra.com Email: pabloscr@hotmail.com  Phone:
A/C $25, No A/C $20, Flintstone Room $10
Aloha Amigos (658 8023), a 15min. walk down the main road (do not go left at the first fork) beyond the soccer field. Owned by friendly Hawaiians, this hotel offers a few airy, clean rooms with shared or private bath, kitchenette, and loft, plus washing machine and hammock on the back porch. The complex centers around an inviting rancho with open kitchen and restaurant meals. US$10 per person with shared bath; 2-person cabins US$30 per day, US$50 for up to 6 people.
Juanito's Ranchitos (658 8038), next door to Aloha Amigos, offers lots of free extras including bikes, snorkels, surfboards, and Happy Hour. Renovations in progress. Call for availability. US$25 per person; US$10 per person for groups of 3-4.
Kon-Tiki (658 8117), on the main road just past the turnoff to Aloha and Juanito's, is a cheap tree house-like place with good group rates. Rooms sleep up to 6 people. Shared baths are dark but not cramped, and there's space for hammock-lounging and surfboard-storing. Breakfast ¢1000; lunch or dinner plate ¢1800; there's also a kitchen. US$10 per person; US$8 per person for groups larger than 4.
Pasta Mike's Hotel (658 8270) the first place you come to on the road from Paraíso, is another good budget option with three basic, buggy rooms and a vegetarian restaurant with tantalizing meals. Surfboard rental US$5 per day. Singles US$10; doubles US$15; quads with private bath US$25, with A/C US$40.
Mono Congo Lodge (fax 658 8261) nearby, is soothing and elegant: invitingly dark and cool. All wooden, with tall, solid white beds, a shared hot-water tiled bathroom, and hammocks lining a wraparound terrace. The living room, community kitchen, BBQ, and restaurant are well-integrated. Tennis courts available. Horseback tours US$15 per hr. Surfboard rental US$10 per day. Doubles US$30 including breakfast, US$45 in high-season. Guesthouse with 2 rooms, kitchen, and bath US$85 for up to 12 people.
Hotel Playa Negra
(658 8034; fax 658 8035; www.playanegra.com; playanegra@co.cr), take a left (coming from Paraíso) at the first fork in Pargos. Comfortable beachfront bungalows perfect for the surfer dude/dudette. Bungalows have 3 beds and private tiled baths with hot water. The restaurant features a wide-ranging menu. Spaghetti ¢2700. Surf lessons US$20 per hr. Board rental US$20 per day. Horse rental US$12 per hr. Doubles US$50, high-season US$60; triples US$55/US$70; quads US$60/US$80. AmEx/MC/V.

Surf:
Epic right-hand reef/point break. Very consistent, perfect and powerful, known as one of the best breaks in Costa Rica. Playa Negra starts to really turn on when it's a couple feet overhead, and can hold almost triple overhead without closing out. Very playful and fun surfing when its around head high. 
12 kms south of Tamarindo offering a rock-reef right break that is fast & hollow at low tide creating a picture perfect ride.Best conditions in the morning with a mid tide going out. Negra will pick up swell from many directions and crowds can be a factor.

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Day 7,8,9 - Tamarindo    March 8,9,10  Back to Top
Hotel:

Cabinas Doly ($20-$30/night) on the beachfront.
Cabinas Marielos
(Singles US$20-30; with A/C US$35-45 ph.653 0141 AmEx/MC/V. across from Cabinas Doly and next to Iguana Surf
Frutas Tropicales
(653 0041), 900m north of the circle, about 100m south of the Best Western. Behind the popular fast-food restaurant, 3 tile floor rooms with TV and hot baths. Doubles US$20; triples US$28. AmEx/MC/V.
Cabinas Marielos (653 0141), across from Cabinas Doly and next to Iguana Surf. On the high end of budget deals, but worth a splurge. Super-clean, cool cabinas are set far back from the main road. Rooms have sparkling private baths, powerful fans or A/C, safes, and access to a fully-stocked kitchen. Some rooms have balconies. Surf and boogie boards for rent from helpful staff. Singles US$20-30; doubles US$30-40, with A/C US$35-45; triples US$40-50. AmEx/MC/V.
Hotel Milagro
Request sent 3/23/04($30-$60/night; ph: 653-0042; email: flokiro@sol.racsa.co.cr , which has a groovy, native vibe and some hammocks;
Hotel Pueblo Dorado ($40-$60/night; ph: 653-0008) on the north end
Hotel Zully Mar ($40-$70/night; ph: 653-0140
AmEx/MC/V.) www.tr506.com/zullymar; zullymar@co.cr
La Palapa ($40-$70/night; ph: 653-0362) has some great beachside rooms.
Cabinas Pozo Azul (653 0280), just north of the Best Western. An excellent deal---each clean, spacious room has a private bath, fridge and stove. There is also a pool and long porch. ¢3500 per person; July ¢5000.
Cabinas Coral Reef
(653 0291), 50m up the road from the Centro Comercial Aster. A good budget option, with clean dark wood-paneled rooms. Communal fridge, surf lessons, and massage available. ¢2000 per person.
Costa Rica Conexion
(ph: 653-0496),

Surf:
Playa Grande: Probably the most consistent of all Tamarindo's spots, even though it's a 20-minute drive or 30-minute hike north of town, Playa Grande is a cooking beachbreak, especially on a good south swell. It's a somewhat flat-ish beach, so it has the tendency to close out at low tide, but at mid-high tide, it's all close-to-shore, a-frame tubes -- the best (and most crowded) peaks are right in front of the Hotel Las Tortugas. Always bigger than town -- if everywhere's flat, Grande will have something to ride, and it's especially good when an off-season south combines with wintertime offshores.
El Estero (Tamarindo Rivermouth): Not a totally classic rivermouth setup, but a damn good wave when the sand settles just right, which it can for weeks at a time. Rights on the south side and lefts on the north. It's at the north end of town, across and down from the Best Western, and as such, can get really crowded. Watch out for fisherfolk.
Tamarindo Beachbreak: Average beachbreak that's never as good as Playa Grande, but it has the advantage of being right in town -- that walk/drive to Grande twice a day gets old pretty quick. Lots of beginners here, so you get a chance to show off your closeout maneuvers.
Pico Pequeno: Right lava reefbreak that can get absolutely insane -- it seems to favor a southwest swell and a mid-high tide (low tide is sketchy and shallow), but as it's right in the heart of town, everybody's on it when it's on. As it's also a one-peak sort of wave, the crowd is especially difficult and can be dangerous

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Day 10 - Jaco' Beach    March 11  Back to Top
Hotel:

Cabinas White House (643 1140), 100m south of the bridge, has enormous rooms with private cold water bath, 2 double beds, couch, fan, and a small fridge. The rooms can get a bit stuffy even with the fans, but the sweet Italian owner Paula will try to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Guests get discounts at a few nearby restaurants for breakfast and lunch. Laundry US$4. Rooms for 1-4 people US$10 per person; larger, fully-equipped apartment for 4 people US$50.
Jungle Inn (643 1631), 100m south of the bridge on the first street leading west. Colorful jungle murals, a well-kept pool, and Jane/Tarzan themed bathrooms in the courtyard spice up the simple, but spotless, rooms with private hot-water showers. Safe deposit box, night guard, and jacuzzi. Singles/doubles US$25-40.
Chuck's Rooms and Boards
(643 3328), 700m north of the bridge; turn toward the beach at La Hacienda Restaurant; Chuck's will be on your left. The hundreds of surf-slang bumper stickers are proof that almost all surfers crash here for a night after a rough day on the waves. Relax in the courtyard or rest in the hostel-style rooms. Dorms ¢2700 $6; doubles with private cold bath ¢6000 $14; 1 triple with A/C and private hot-water bath US$30; 1 cabin with full kitchen, A/C, private hot bath, and TV US$50.
Hotel La Cometa (643 3615), 150m north of Banco Nacional, across from Centro Comercial El Paso. Simple, clean, quiet rooms with fans and hot water in shared or private baths. All rooms share an airy courtyard with hammocks and a kitchen. Singles ¢4500 $11, with private bath ¢7000 $17; doubles ¢5000/¢8000 $12,$19; triples ¢6500/¢9500.

Surf::
Jaco -- the main beach town just north of Hermosa -- is apparently Costa Rica's "Surf City", but the surf is rarely good as the sand is pretty flat and doesn't seem to ever form good banks -- which is fine if you're a fan of closeouts. If it's decent in Jaco, there's a good chance it's firing at Hermosa. In between Jaco and Hermosa are a couple bigger-wave reef breaks, and south of Hermosa are some gentler, mellower beach breaks.


Day 11,12 - Playa Hermosa March 12,13  Back to Top
Surfers at Hermosa who never leave will tell you to skip Jacó entirely and head directly to this idyllic miniature surf community. Hermosa is virtual paradise for those seeking long, quiet days, lazing away in hammocks on beachside patios or catching the near-perfect waves that roll onto the long, black-sand beach. After high tide drags back a piece of the shore for the last time each day, the town's sprinkling of locals and a handful of mostly American visitors meet at one of the charming beachfront restaurants or bars to enjoy the evening. Life here is as laid back as the surfers who live in it.
Hotels:

Costa Nera Bed and Breakfast
(643 1942), just north of Cabinas Las Olas, has fresh, new rooms with private hot-water bath and a beachfront terrace. Singles US$20; doubles US$30-40; large room with kitchen US$45-55. Discounts for long stays.
Cabinas Vista Hermosa (643 3422), near the south end of town, offers large, apartment-style suites for two, four, or eight, with a fully equipped kitchen, private bath, and two swimming pools. Singles US$15-20; doubles US$20-25; quads US$35-40; 8 people US$50-60. Good discounts for surfers.
Rancho Grande (643 3529), made of upright wooden logs, is cozy and uniquely decorated like a tree house. Cool rooms are large and have private hot-water bath, but most guests spend their time enjoying the view from the large patio or playing with the friendly owners' adorable children. Communal kitchen available. US$10 per person.
Cabinas Las Olas (643 3687), near the center of town, is an amazing value for larger groups planning on staying a while. Wooden ladders grant access to second-floor private bungalows; 3 smaller cabins sleep up to 6 and have small patios and A-frame upstairs lofts. For a real treat, the skybox suite is a luxurious third-story bungalow with a breathtaking view. All rooms have tile floors, private hot-water baths, fans, fridge, and kitchen. A small pool and beach front sitting are perfect for breaks between the tides. Reservations recommended. Singles US$25; doubles US$40; triples US$60; 6 people US$110; large rooms in main building sleeping 4-6 people US$80-90. Significant discounts in low season and for long stays.

Surf:
A long stretch of beach offering some of the most consistent conditions on the Pacific Coast. A variety of sandbars have formed creating a pounding and tubular beachbreak. The following are the breaks that line this beach:
a. Terraza - a fast, hollow right breaking in front of a group of visible rocks. Several other breaks just south of this break offer less punishing waves breaking over a sandbar. Best on a west/southwest swell from low to mid tide incoming.
b. Backyard - a very consistent sandbar located at the entrance to the dirt road in Hermosa. This wave breaks close to the beach and is generally hollow with rights and lefts. Best conditions on a southwest/west swell at mid - high tide incoming.
c. Almendro (Almond Tree) - breaking in deeper water than most of the hotel breaks, this break also offers a sandbottom with rights and lefts. Best conditions on a south/southwest swell at mid- high tide incoming.
d. Corners - breaking in even deeper water creating a little more size, more sandbottom rights and lefts. Generally bigger than northern breaks of Hermosa. Best conditions at low to mid tide and a west/southwest swell.
e. Tulin - located in front of the Soda Tulin about 10 minutes south of the Backyard, this break is consistently a few feet bigger than the hotel breaks. There is also a rivermouth break further south (w/ crocodiles) with a perfect line-up in ideal conditions. Best at low tide on a west swell.

Day 13,14 - Quepos March 14,15  Back to Top
Hotels:
Cabinas Mary (777 0128), on the main road across from the soccer field, is for those who prefer to be away from the noisy bars. Clean rooms have powerful fans and private cold-water baths. Parking available. ¢2000 per person in rooms for up to 4 people.
Cabinas Hellen (777 0504), 150m west of the soccer field on the main drag. Clean rooms with fridge and private cold-water baths in the yard of a friendly family. Chat up the parrots in the courtyard. Singles ¢5000 $12; doubles ¢6500.
Mar y Luna (777 0394). With your back to the bus station, walk right to the end of the block, turn right, and then left at the next corner; Mar y Luna is a few meters down to the right. Friendly and helpful owner Alvaro maintains plain fan-cooled rooms in cheerily painted hallways with super clean bathrooms. The best features are the common area with TV, the upstairs balcony, and the small courtyard where breakfast is served. Laundry ¢650 per kilo. Singles ¢2000 $5; doubles with private bath ¢4500 $8; triples ¢6000.
Hotel Malinche (777 0093), across from Mar y Luna. Larger, modern rooms have efficient fans, furniture, and big clean, cold-water private baths. Credit card phone available in lobby. The Barco Bar next door can be a bit noisy. Singles ¢3500; doubles ¢7000; triples ¢10,300; quads and quints ¢13,500.
Hotel Ramu's (777 0245), a few doors down from Mar y Luna, across from Barco Bar. The hallways are a bit dark, but the small bedrooms are clean and have two fans. ¢2000 per person.

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Adventures:
Pacific EcoTours Corporation S.A (777 3030 or 777 1924; www.canyoningtours.com/dreamforest). Excellent canopy tours on steel cables hovering over 100ft. above the forest floor and extending up to 600m between trees (US$60). The more daring should try their canyoning tour (US$60), a thrilling experience descending and ascending rushing cascades with safety lines and belts. Includes breakfast, lunch, drinks, and transportation.
Fourtrax Adventure (777 1829), near the southeast corner of the soccer field, 50m past the lavandería. Offers exhilarating full-day ATV tours (US$95) to the town of Londres in the mountains. Open daily 7am-9pm.
Iguana Tours (777 1262 or 777 2052; iguana@co.cr), at the southeast corner of the soccer field. Arranges hiking and horseback tours of Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio (US$37), boat trips to Damas Island (US$60), and kayaking tours (US$65). Experienced guides specialize in rafting trips on Ríos Naranjo, Parrita, and Savegre (US$65-90). Prices for full-day trips include a rescue kayaker paddling alongside you at all times. Second location at Manuel Antonio (777 2746). Open daily 7am-7pm.

Day 15,16,17,18 - Dominical March 16,17,18,19  Back to Top
Nestled at the foot of a beautiful little mountain and four or so hours south of San Jose, the mile-long stretch of sand that fronts the town of Domincal offers up some fine beachbreak -- maybe not as hollow and A-Framey as Playa Hermosa, but on a high tide and a head-high-plus south swell running, there's more than enough to satisfy the most rabid wave seeker on holiday.
The only problem is that the sand is kind of flat, which can turn the best swell into a series of closeouts if you're not careful; fortunately, there's a river at the north end of town that breaks up the sandbars a bit and the best peaks are generally around that area.
Dominical is one of the first beach towns in Costa Rica to employ full-time lifeguards, which should tell you something -- the rips that form along its stretch can be serious. The good news is, if you're a good paddler, you can hang at rip's edge and pick up little corner peaks.
The town of Dominical is an easy place to spend some time -- the hotels are fairly cheap and walking distance from the surf, there seems to be a steady influx of travelers keeping things interesting, and there's a hearty ex-pat population, meaning you'll have access to gringo food, internet connections and can get by pretty OK speaking English. (Though of course you'd already brushed up on your Spanish before you came, right?) Lots of folks have come for a couple weeks and ended up staying for a couple years -- it's that kind of place.

Hotels:
Cabinas El Co-Co
(787 0239), at the south end of the main road. Run by Luis García, it has the cheapest cabinas near the beach. Rooms are basic but comfortable. ¢2000 per person $5; Dec.-Apr. ¢3000 $7. Nice rooms facing the beach with private baths for ¢7000 $17. AmEx/MC/V.
Cabinas San Clemente (787 0026), toward the northern end of the beach road, is wrapped in outdoor jungle decor. Luxurious rooms, spacious tiled floors, and small tables. Rent snorkel (US$10 per day), boogie (US$7 per day), and surf equipment (US$18 per day), or take surf lessons (US$35 per day, board included). You can also exchange US dollara and traveler's checks. Laundry service ¢800 per kg. Doubles with fans and cold water US$20, with hot water and A/C US$40; Dec.-Apr. additional US$10.
Posada del Sol (787 0085 or 787 0067), 30m south of the Dominical School, just before the fork in the road. Quiet and clean with private baths and firm beds. The owners, Leticia Porras and Mariela Badilla, want to create a family atmosphere in this small place. Their garden is closed for all but guests and features a beautiful array of flowers and porch side hammocks. Singles US$15-20; doubles US$17-35; triples US$22-40. Apartment with kitchen US$500 per month.
Tortilla Flats (787 0033), north of the side street on the beach road. Its newly redone, spotless rooms and tiled bathrooms with hot water make it one of the most popular places among those with money to spend. Rooms facing the beach have balconies. Others include a private outdoor hammock. Rooms with double beds and fan ¢8500 per person $14, with A/C ¢10,000 $24; triples ¢10,000/13,000. Credit cards accepted.

Surf:
Strong beach break with lefts and rights. Fairly consistent break, located about 45 minutes south of Quepos. The northern end of the beach offers bigger sets while the southern end is better for intermediate surfers. Best conditions at mid - high tide.

Real Estate:
Century 21/DHR Realty
(ph: 7870138; www.dhrrealty.com) deals with Dominical to Quepos
South Coast Realty
(ph: 787-0005; www.southcoastrealty.co.cr).
Dominical Realty (ph: 787-0223; www.dominicalrealty.com). Don't expect to find the $4000 beachfront lot anymore, though.

Day 19,20,21,22 - Pavones March 20,21,22,23 or till when ever.  Back to Top
South Africa has J-Bay, Indonesia has G-Land, Australia has Kirra, Europe has Mundaka, California has Rincon, and Costa Rica -- god bless it's Tico heart -- has Pavones. It's been called the longest left pointbreak in the world, and though Chicama in Peru probably holds that distinction, a good wave at Pavones works your legs more than an hour on any bloody stairmaster ever would. Rides of three minutes are possible on a solid south swell -- and that's three minutes of full-on, down-the-line, zero-cutback surfing. It's the kind of wave that -- especially if you're used to surfing beachbreaks -- will expand your whole scope of riding waves. Your bottom turns are extended 30 yards and top turns can last longer than some TV commercials.

Transportation: All buses pick up in front of the school along the shore. Two buses per day run from Pavones to Golfito (2hr.; 5:30am and 12:30pm, return 10am and 3pm; ¢550 for the bus, ¢30 for a ferry ride en route). The bus heading to Golfito stops in Conte, where you may catch a daily 4:30pm bus to Playa Zancudo (¢300). On the weekends, an 11:30am bus also runs from Conte to Zancudo.

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Hotels:
Cabinas Esquina del Mar is a true surfer hangout with a popular cantina. This bar is open irregularly, and is always blaring music in the daytime. Nightlife in this town is lacking, as tourists wake up early to surf straight through the day. Rooms here have dying mattresses and boxy but clean communal bathrooms. Bring a mosquito net, as there are no screens on windows. Ask laid-back surfer owner Billy for room #1, the most popular suite. (383 6737. ¢2000-3000 $5,$7 per person, negotiable for students and longer stays.)
Hotel Maureen High, varnished-wood ceilings, fans, and spacious floors. Communal baths are in mediocre condition, but are not unpleasant. (Singles ¢2000 $5, negotiable for longer stays.) The restaurant downstairs offers a limited selection (Casado ¢1100; open daily 5am-10pm), but the attached store offers lots of packaged food. (Open daily 3pm-7pm.)
Cabinas Cazolas
1, a block from Hotel Maureen on the road perpendicular to the soccer field, offers neat, homey rooms. (Laundry ¢100 per piece. Check-out 11:30am. No noise after 10pm. Access to family's kitchen. Surfboard rentals US$10 per day. Rooms US$8; with sparkling, tiled bath US$10.)
Cabinas Willy Willis
2, next door to Maureen, is one of the cleanest, most newly-renovated hostels in town. Each room has a private bath and has two wooden beds. (US$20 per room, no discounts.)
Cabinas Celeste
2, up the street from Esquina La Plaza, has huge beds, spacious tiled floors, and communal bathrooms. (Shared double US$8 per person, negotiable for longer stays.)

Surf:
Pavones is one of Costa Rica's most famous surf breaks offering one of the world's longest lefts which, on a good day, can connect for 2 - 3minute rides. The wave has several sections which allow for carving, pumping and, of course, showing off for the folks sipping on their Imperials at the Cantina at the end of the break. This area is extremely remote and if you can catch it on a good day, the logistical nightmares surrounding your arrival will be well worth it. However, there are many things to consider before traveling to Pavones. Due to its location on the interior of the Golfo Dulce, it is blocked from many swells and can go for weeks with no surf. Moreover, once the swell hits, it is common to see a large crowd of international travelers (+ the protective locals) battling for position. We recommend not going here until you know there is surf...once you get there, it is a long way back! There are very few hotels in the area and almost no services.
Day High
Low
High
Low
High Moon Sunrise Sunset
Mon 01   04:10 AM / 2.15 ft 10:38 AM / 6.02 ft 04:23 PM / 2.73 ft 10:56 PM / 6.70 ft   05:53 AM 05:49 PM
Tue 02   05:21 AM / 2.09 ft 11:48 AM / 6.20 ft 05:37 PM / 2.61 ft     05:52 AM 05:49 PM
Wed 03 12:02 AM / 6.88 ft 06:24 AM / 1.78 ft 12:47 PM / 6.64 ft 06:41 PM / 2.19 ft     05:52 AM 05:49 PM
Thu 04 12:58 AM / 7.27 ft 07:14 AM / 1.32 ft 01:34 PM / 7.23 ft 07:32 PM / 1.60 ft     05:51 AM 05:50 PM
Fri 05 01:46 AM / 7.75 ft 07:57 AM / 0.80 ft 02:15 PM / 7.86 ft 08:15 PM / 0.95 ft     05:51 AM 05:50 PM
Sat 06 02:28 AM / 8.23 ft 08:36 AM / 0.30 ft 02:53 PM / 8.49 ft 08:55 PM / 0.33 ft   Full Moon 05:50 AM 05:50 PM
Sun 07 03:08 AM / 8.65 ft 09:12 AM / -0.14 ft 03:29 PM / 9.04 ft 09:34 PM / -0.20 ft     05:50 AM 05:50 PM
Mon 08 03:47 AM / 8.94 ft 09:49 AM / -0.46 ft 04:06 PM / 9.45 ft 10:13 PM / -0.56 ft     05:49 AM 05:50 PM
Tue 09 04:25 AM / 9.08 ft 10:26 AM / -0.63 ft 04:44 PM / 9.69 ft 10:53 PM / -0.72 ft     05:49 AM 05:50 PM
Wed 10 05:04 AM / 9.03 ft 11:05 AM / -0.61 ft 05:23 PM / 9.70 ft 11:34 PM / -0.66 ft     05:48 AM 05:50 PM
Thu 11 05:46 AM / 8.79 ft 11:45 AM / -0.39 ft 06:06 PM / 9.49 ft       05:48 AM 05:50 PM
Fri 12   12:19 AM / -0.38 ft 06:31 AM / 8.39 ft 12:30 PM / 0.02 ft 06:52 PM / 9.08 ft   05:47 AM 05:49 PM
Sat 13   01:07 AM / 0.06 ft 07:22 AM / 7.89 ft 01:20 PM / 0.56 ft 07:46 PM / 8.52 ft Last Quarter 05:47 AM 05:50 PM
Sun 14   02:03 AM / 0.59 ft 08:21 AM / 7.38 ft 02:19 PM / 1.14 ft 08:49 PM / 7.96 ft   05:46 AM 05:50 PM
Mon 15   03:09 AM / 1.04 ft 09:34 AM / 7.04 ft 03:32 PM / 1.58 ft 10:04 PM / 7.59 ft   05:46 AM 05:50 PM
Tue 16   04:25 AM / 1.25 ft 10:53 AM / 7.04 ft 04:55 PM / 1.67 ft 11:22 PM / 7.55 ft   05:45 AM 05:50 PM
Wed 17   05:42 AM / 1.12 ft 12:07 PM / 7.41 ft 06:13 PM / 1.37 ft     05:44 AM 05:50 PM
Thu 18 12:32 AM / 7.81 ft 06:48 AM / 0.74 ft 01:09 PM / 7.97 ft 07:18 PM / 0.85 ft     05:44 AM 05:50 PM
Fri 19 01:31 AM / 8.20 ft 07:43 AM / 0.30 ft 02:01 PM / 8.55 ft 08:10 PM / 0.33 ft     05:43 AM 05:50 PM
Sat 20 02:21 AM / 8.56 ft 08:29 AM / -0.08 ft 02:46 PM / 9.02 ft 08:56 PM / -0.08 ft   New Moon 05:43 AM 05:50 PM
Sun 21 03:05 AM / 8.80 ft 09:11 AM / -0.31 ft 03:27 PM / 9.31 ft 09:36 PM / -0.33 ft     05:42 AM 05:50 PM
Mon 22 03:46 AM / 8.89 ft 09:49 AM / -0.37 ft 04:05 PM / 9.41 ft 10:15 PM / -0.39 ft     05:42 AM 05:50 PM
Tue 23 04:25 AM / 8.80 ft 10:25 AM / -0.25 ft 04:42 PM / 9.30 ft 10:52 PM / -0.28 ft     05:41 AM 05:50 PM
Wed 24 05:03 AM / 8.55 ft 11:01 AM / 0.04 ft 05:18 PM / 9.02 ft 11:28 PM / -0.01 ft     05:40 AM 05:50 PM
Thu 25 05:40 AM / 8.16 ft 11:36 AM / 0.46 ft 05:55 PM / 8.61 ft       05:40 AM 05:49 PM
Fri 26   12:05 AM / 0.38 ft 06:19 AM / 7.67 ft 12:12 PM / 0.97 ft 06:32 PM / 8.10 ft   05:39 AM 05:49 PM
Sat 27   12:44 AM / 0.84 ft 07:01 AM / 7.14 ft 12:52 PM / 1.53 ft 07:13 PM / 7.55 ft   05:39 AM 05:49 PM
Sun 28   01:28 AM / 1.34 ft 07:49 AM / 6.63 ft 01:37 PM / 2.06 ft 08:02 PM / 7.03 ft First Quarter 05:38 AM 05:49 PM
Mon 29   02:19 AM / 1.78 ft 08:46 AM / 6.25 ft 02:34 PM / 2.48 ft 09:03 PM / 6.63 ft   05:37 AM 05:49 PM
Tue 30   03:22 AM / 2.07 ft 09:56 AM / 6.12 ft 03:44 PM / 2.67 ft 10:14 PM / 6.48 ft   05:37 AM 05:49 PM
Wed 31   04:32 AM / 2.10 ft 11:05 AM / 6.31 ft 05:00 PM / 2.50 ft 11:24 PM / 6.65 ft   05:36 AM 05:49 PM

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Packing
Lay out only what you absolutely need, then take half the clothes and twice the money. If you plan to do a lot of hiking, see Camping & the Outdoors, p. 28.

Luggage
If you plan to cover most of your itinerary by foot, a sturdy frame backpack is unbeatable. Remember that packs will be left on top of buses and otherwise exposed to the elements, so bring along a waterproof pack cover or sturdy trash bags. Toting a suitcase or trunk is fine if you plan to live in one or two cities and explore from there, but a very bad idea if you're going to be moving around a lot. Many travelers leave their bags in storage at hostels as they make their way down the coast. In addition to your main piece of luggage, a daypack (a small backpack or courier bag) is a must.
Clothing
No matter when you're traveling, it's always a good idea to bring a good rain jacket (Gore-Tex® is both waterproof and breathable), sturdy shoes or hiking boots, and thick socks. Flip-flop or waterproof sandals are must-haves for grubby hostel showers. Hiking sands such as Tevas or Reefs are great for water sports. You may also want to add one outfit beyond the jeans and T-shirt uniform and maybe a nicer pair of shoes if you have the room. If you plan to visit any religious or cultural sites, remember that you'll need something besides tank tops and shorts to be respectful. A wide-brimmed hat keeps the sun at bay. Costa Rica's highlands get quite cold at night---be sure to take a sweater or medium weight fleece. Costa Ricans generally value a neat and clean appearance and appreciate visitors who do likewise. This is particularly useful when dealing with businesses and officials. Not all local women dress conservatively but the female visitor is advised to do so. For information on local dress, see Customs & Etiquette, p. 66.
Converters & Adapters
The standard current is 110V AC---the same as the US, Canada, and Mexico. The outlets take two-pronged US plugs. Visit a hardware store for an adapter (which changes the shape of the plug) and a converter (which changes the voltage). Don't make the mistake of bringing only an adapter.
Toiletries
Toothbrushes, towels, cold-water soap, shampoo, talcum powder (to keep feet dry), deodorant, razors, tampons, and condoms are often available but are very expensive and may be difficult to find, so bring extras along. Contact lenses, are also expensive and difficult to find, so bring enough extra pairs and solution for your entire trip. Also bring your glasses and a copy of your prescription in case you need emergency replacements. If you use heat-disinfection, switch temporarily to a chemical disinfection system (check first to make sure it's safe with your brand of lenses), or buy a converter to 110V. Sunscreen and insect repellent are essential. Many travelers also suggest taking pre-moistened anti-bacterial wipes.
First-Aid Kit
For a basic first-aid kit, pack: bandages, pain reliever, antibiotic cream, a thermometer, a Swiss Army knife, tweezers, moleskin, decongestant, motion-sickness remedy, diarrhea or upset-stomach medication (Pepto Bismol or Imodium), an antihistamine, sunscreen, insect repellent, burn ointment, and a syringe for emergencies (get an explanatory letter from your doctor).
Other Useful Items
For safety purposes, you should bring a money belt and small padlock. Basic outdoors equipment (plastic water bottle, compass, waterproof matches, pocketknife, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat) may also prove useful. Quick repairs of torn garments can be done on the road with a needle and thread; also consider bringing electrical tape for patching tears. If you want to do laundry by hand, bring detergent, a small rubber ball to stop up the sink, and string for a makeshift clothes line. Other things you're liable to forget: a mosquito net, an umbrella, sealable plastic bags (for damp clothes, soap, food, shampoo, and other spillables), an alarm clock, safety pins, rubber bands, a flashlight in case of power outages, earplugs, garbage bags, and a small calculator.
Important Documents
Don't forget your passport, traveler's checks, ATM and/or credit cards, and adequate ID. Also check that you have any of the following that might apply to you: a hostelling membership card, international driver's license, and travel insurance forms.

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Web Links

Surfing Info
http://crsurf.com/
http://aweisbecker.com
http://www.costaricasurfguide.com/
http://www.surf-costarica.com/index.html

Maps:       
http://www.maptak.com/cr/pdf/cr-map.pdf

http://costa-rica-guide.com/CR0104.pdf
http://www.infocostarica.com/
maps/cool_map_roads.htm

Newspaper:
http://www.nacion.com/ln_ee/english/
http://www.ticotimes.net/

Travel:
http://letsgo.com/CORI/00-Discover-1
http://costa-rica-guide.com/
http://www.costarica.com/Home/
http://66.150.197.95/costa_rica_information.htm
http://www.ticotravel.com/

Hotels:
http://www.crica.com/hotels/hotels.html

Car Rentals:
http://www.costaricaetravel.com/ccars.htm

US Embassy
http://sanjose.usembassy.gov/crinfo.html

 

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Areas:
Dominical
http://www.dominical.net/
http://playa-dominical.com/surfing.html
http://www.dominical.biz/

Tamarindo:
http://www.costaricatravelsite.com/pages/r
utas/tamarindo/pages/tamarindohotel1.htm

http://www.witchsrocksurfcamp.com/

Mal Pais
http://www.wannasurf.com/spot/
Central_America/Costa_Rica/mal_pais/


Playa Negra:
http://www.pablosplayanegra.com/

Maps:

Costa Rica
http://www.costaricaguide.info/es/home.htm

Boca Del Toro, Panama
http://www.bocaswatersports.com/map

 


 

Surf-Cast tools

(To check the surf right now!)

Rancho Coral has a cam right behind the hotel in Esterillos.
http://surfline.com/surfline/livecams/getsurfmapsurfbreakreport.cfm?alias=esterilloscam

They also do a daily report-
http://www.ranchocoral.com/page3.html

Surfline shows daily photos of Playa Hermosa and
nearby beaches through the "Rover Cam"
http://surfline.com/surfline/livecams/getsurfmapsurfbreakreport.cfm?alias=rovercam

Loma del Mar Surf Camp hosts the Rover cam and have current reports on their site
http://www.rovercam.com/

Damien posts a daily report from Playa Grande with a pic of the day at Jammin Surf Camp
http://www.jamminsurfcamp.com

(To do the surf report)

 La Jolla surfing site with great links to wave models for 00-120 hrs. for the North and South Pacific, and the Caribbean too. (animations, too!) Click on "weather" then "waves" on the left side and then choose the WW3 models by the NOAA.
http://facs.scripps.edu/surf/

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center publishes wave models up to 144 hours later. Go to Oceanography and WW3 on the side menu to select other oceans and wave periods.
https://www.fnmoc.navy.mil/PUBLIC/

From the Naval Oceanographic Office for the Caribbean
https://www.navo.navy.mil/cgi-bin/graphic.pl/metoc/368/21/0-0-1/0
and the region
https://www.navo.navy.mil/cgi-bin/graphic.pl/metoc/299/21/0-0-1/3

NOAA wave model for up to 180 hours
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/main_int.html

  Wind velocity and pressure line movements for Central America and the world, along with short range wave models- http://www.oceanweather.com/data/

Wetsand.com has a reliable surf forecast for Costa Rica with a 6-day NW and SW swell chart.
http://www.wetsand.com/wavecast/wc-costa-rica.asp

Buoyweather.com - Has four virtual buoys for Costa Rica that show sea and surf heights, wind directions, and forecasts to 96 hours - http://buoyweather.com/wxnav.jsp?region=CR&program=Maps

Windfinder.com - (New!) Based in Germany for kite/wave surfers, has wind direction and forecast for the entire country + live conditions in Liberia.

Links to buoys, satellite views, wave models with period length, wind maps all on one page for 24-72 hour forecasts
http://www.stormsurf.com/page2/links/costasrprt.shtml

The Weather Channel's Central America Satellite -
http://www.weather.com/maps/maptype/satelliteworld/centralamericasatellite_large.html

Tropical Underground Hurricane Tracking Site -
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/

(Surfing News)

Costa Rica's National Surf Team Website with surf forecast and contest bulletins
http://www.surfingcr.com/

And from all over the world - Surfer's Village

(Pre-travel resources)

Tico Travel - who created the original surf maps
http://www.ticotravel.com/

One of the more detailed sites for surf break information -
http://www.costaricasurfguide.com

The Lonely Planet has everything you want to know about Costa Rica
http://lonelyplanet.com/destinations/central_america/costa_rica/

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Realtors

  http://www.orbitcostarica.com/real/013.htm

  http://www.wannasurf.com/spot/Central_America/Costa_Rica/mal_pais/
 

  Access Costa Rica Real Estate - A selection of real estate brokers, private owners, projects, and helpful articles.

  Acquire Costa Rica - Real Estate in Costa Rica's Northwest Pacific Coastal Region.

  Alex's Wonderground - With listings for beachfront, virgin forests for conservation, rural properties, commercial properties and more.

  Alpha Luz Real Estate - Provides a searchable data base of Costa Rican real estate listings with photos, helpful articles, and books.

  American European Real Estate - Costa Rica's ONLY Realtor Referral Network.

  Best Value Realty - Broker offers properties in Costa Rica.

  Bienes Raices B y C - Terrenos, lotes, casas, construcciones y departamentos con el clima ideal.

  Bienes Raices Chirripó - Land for Business Development, Homes, Land for Building, Ocean View Lots and More Properties in the Costa Rican Southern Pacific Region.

  Cabo Blanco Propiedades - Commercial, vacation and retirement properties on the southern region of the Nicoya Peninsula.

  Caracoli Real Estate - Offers beach front properties, ocean view lots, and acreage at Playa Dominical, Puntarenas.

  Caribe Sur Real Estate - Find you dream home, estate, finca, land or lot on Costa Rica's Caribe Sur Real Estate.

  Carico Real Estate of Costa Rica

  Central American Equities, Inc. - Develops, owns, and operates ecological resorts throughout Costa Rica.

  Century 21 Aldesa

  Century 21 DHR Realty - Manuel Antonio & Dominical.

  Century 21 Koberg & Asociados - We are here for all your real estate needs in Costa Rica.

  Century 21 Marina Trading Post - Specializes in the Pacific Northwest.

  Century 21 Nosara

  Century 21 Quepos

  Century 21 Tambor Hills Real Estate - Ocean view lots in our gated community.

  Century 21 Vía del Este - Cambio de vía en bienes raíces.

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  Coldwell Banker Coastal Properties - Tamarindo.

  Coldwell Banker Coastal Properties - Flamingo, Escazú.

  Contact Real Estate - Listing service and property information at Playa San Miguel, near Punta Islita, Guanacaste.

  contactenos.net - Real Estate in costa Rica, properties for sale / for rent.

  Contactos BR - Excelencia en bienes raices. Emilia Piza Escalante y M. Julia Esquivel Piza.

  Continental Americas Realty - Yor Costa Rica Real Estate Connection.

  Costa de Oro Real Estate - Located in Flamingo Beach, this agency helps to purchase property in Costa Rica.

  Costa Rica, Portfolio Properties - Specializing in locating and marketing unique real estate properties in Costa Rica.

  Costa Rica Investments - Invest in Paradise.

  Costa Rica Luxury Estates - GAP Grupo de Asesoría Profesional.

  Costa Rica Prime Properties - Real estate throughout Costa Rica to include homes, condos, farms, lots, businesses and developments on the beach, in the mountains, in the valley and the city. Many with creative owner financing. Rentals available also.

  Costa Rica PRIME Real Estate - We are a licensed, professional and responsible firm successfully marketing homes, lots, farms and businesses throughout Costa Rica since 1984. We are proud to offer our invaluable PERSONALIZED CUSTUMER SERVICE PROGRAM to help our clients accomplish their property purchasing and investment goals. Sitio 2  Costa Rica Real Estate - Offered by Nirvana Corporación.

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  Dominical Realty - Making your purchase Safe and Pleasant.

  Ecolandia S.A. - Costa Rica Nature Resorts. Super Land for Super People.

  Ecotropica - How to own a tropical paradise in Costa Rica.

  El Bosque S.A. - The best real estate deals in Costa Rica.

  Emerald Forest Properties S.A. - Share the tropical dreams.

  ERA Realty - Live your dreams in our Paradise.

  Europimmo - Real estate consultants on residential properties, development projects in beach areas, and farms.

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  Futureland - Beautiful land and properties opportunities in Costa Rica.

  Global Net Group - Your Latin American Connection in Costa Rica.

  Gold Coast Realty - Flamingo Beach, Guanacaste.

  Golfo Dulce Realty - *** Real estate and property development on the south Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

  Grupo L.A.

  Grupo Lagos - Corporación Inmobiliaria.

  Grupo Plus Propiedades - Your best real estate choice in Costa Rica.

  Guanacaste Group - Real Estate, investment and project development company specializing in the province of Guanacaste.

  Happy Whale Real Estate - Specializing in the central/southern Pacific region of Costa Rica.

  Hidden Coast Realty - Luxury real estate properties in Tamarindo.

  Hot Tropics Real Estate - A small and highly personal real estate office, located in Costa Rica and dealing in exceptional property listings: single family residences, extraordinary homes, lots and homesites in the Central Valley and both the Pacific and Atlantic beaches.

  Hustler Real Estate - Beach or industrial properties in Costa Rica.

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  Inmoviliaria m & j - Su más segura inversión.

  Inversiones y Construcciones Gonza S.A. - House and apartments for rent or sale, staffing and buildings.

  ISM Costa Rica - Sportfishing, real estate, golf.

  Italcosta - Real Estate investments in Costa Rica.

  Jalapeño Realty - "Hot" Properties.

  JP Tropical Realty - Properties from first level investors or original owners at Tambor, Bahia Ballena, Puntarenas.

  Jurado del Barco - Bienes Raices / Real Estate.

  Kanemambo S. A. - La Cebadilla Farm for sale in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

  Karen Real Estate - Real Estate including land, homes, businesses and more for sale or rent.

  La Garita Realty - *** Costa Rica has real estate to suit everyone's needs.

  Land Assurance of Costa Rica - Real Estate Management, Security and Improvement Company.

  Limited Editions Real Estate - Live your dream in Costa Rica, you deserve it. We're not your ordinary real estate company. From your physical move to obtaining residency, we assist you through it all.

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  Mar de Sueños del Pacífico S.A. - Specializing in development on Costa Rica's "Gold Coast".

  Marschu - We are your real estate and investments information center in Costa Rica.

  mapro bienes raices - Mercadeo, asesoría y promoción.

  Mary Marta Costa Rica Real Estate - Displays a sampling of properties from all over the country with photos.

  New Life - Real Estate Costa Rica.

  Nosara Real Estate - Your Costa Rica realty specialists.

  Oasis Realty Costa Rica - If you want to buy land, a house, a Bed & Breakfast or rent for your vacations. Sitio 2

  Oficina Ricardo Rojas Díaz

  OGL Propiedades

  Osa Land Office - Offering opportunities for land purchase in Costa Rica's last frontier and best kept secret... The Osa Peninsula!

  Paradise Estates in Costa Rica

  Paraiso Real Estate - Real estate in Nosara, house for rent, information on location and facilities.

  Parolly S.A. - Costa Rica Real Estate.

  Peninsula Real Estate - The best in real estate on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica.

  Portfolio Properties - Let us help you find the property for you. Since 1991.

  PrimeCostaRicaProperty.com - We work with the leaders in Costa Rica's real estate market to help you get more for your money.

  Propiedades Info S.A. - Belgian operated company with 7 years of activities in Costa Rica.

  Properties in Costa Rica - Company devoted to Real Estate.

  Proyecto - Real estate company that specializes in the develoment of beach projects and tourist attractions.

  Quepos Real Estate Co. - We have homesites and development parcels available in the beach resort area of Quepos, Costa Rica.

  RE/MAX Líder - The finest Costa Rica Real Estate. Central Valley.

  RE/MAX Los Tres Amigos - Properties in Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, Playas del Coco and popular Papagayo Gulf locations.

  RE/MAX Ocean Surf - Real estate at Playa Tamarindo, Conchal, Flamingo Beach and popular Pacific Coast locations.

  RE/MAX Resort Properties - Papagayo, Guanacaste.

  Roy Real Estate - Real Estate broker specializing in Tamarindo Beach properties. Especialista en Bienes Raices.

  Sarao Bienes Raices - Bienes raices, playas, fincas, lotes, etc.

  Sea to Sky Real Estate - Offers properties on the south Pacific region of Costa Rica.

  Sime & Alvarado - Costa Rica's Real Estate People.

  SITSA - Servicios Integrados Tropicales.

  South Coast Realty - Ecologically responsible broker specializing in the Pacific Coast, known as the "Green Coast."

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  T.K. Bienes Raices S.A. - T.K. Real Estate invites you to learn more about property and business opportunities, here in the Land of Eternal Spring.

  Tarrazu.net - The only internet-based realtor in the Tarrazu coffee region.

  Tartan Real Estate - Dream living in Costa Rica...

  The Costa Rican Real Estate Group

  Ticoland Real Estate - Over 50 years of combined experience in Costa Rican properties.

  Topos Real Estate - Offering land, homes, and businesses on the Caribbean coast.

  Toucan Properties - Specializing in the south coast region, from mountains to the ocean. Sitio 2

  U y M Grupo Asesor - Empresa de bienes raíces, asesoría y construcción. Brinda excelente servicio en el campo de la construcción, igualmente en todo lo concerniente a la asesoría administrativo/financiera. Se asesora en bienes raíces y avalúos

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  V.E.A. Real Estate

  Vivicom Grupo Inmobiliario

 


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Bus Schedule
Costa Rica bus schedule
How is the Costa Rica bus schedule information structured? - Route number - Destination(s) from departure city - DEParture day(s) / time/ terminal - RETurn times - distance - duration - Cost (** approximately costs, subject to change without any advise). All routes are serviced by buses unless otherwise stated. Ferries and boats are identified by ~~. Routes are presented in alphabetical order according to their destinations. TIP: Refer to the buses according to their destination and not by the route number which is not commonly used.  Careful with your luggage on the bus specially on the Limon, La Fortuna, Puntarenas, and Monteverde-Tilaran routes. Last update: September 17, 2003. bus schedule CostaRica

200(A,B) ALAJUELA / AIRPORT from San José - DEP. ev. day ev. 5 mins. A.2, C.10/14 from 4:00 to 22:00; RET. from 4:30 to 22:00hrs; 17 km; 30 minutes. Tuasa company, Tel. 222-5325 

433 BARVA VOLCANO from Heredia - DEP. Mon.-Fri. from Central Market at 6:30, 11:00, 16:00; RET. 7:30, 13:00, 17:00. Sat. 6:30, 11:00, 16:00. Sun. 11:00, 16:00; RET. 1 hour later. Walk 6km to the park entrance, then 4km to the lagoon. 

725 BRIBRI from Limón - DEP. Ev.day from Radio Casino at 5:00, 8:00, 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 18:00, RET. 6:15, 9:00, 11:15,12:30, 14:15, 16:15; 2hrs $1.35 **. Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel. 758-1572 

725 BRIBRI from San José - DEP. Ev.day from Terminal Caribe at 6:00, 10:00, 13:30, 15:30 RET. 6:00, 8:30, 10:30, 15:30 Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel. 257-8129 

223 BUTTERFLY FARM from Guacima Abajo in Alajuela - DEP. ev. day 1 block South, 1 block West from Tikal Supermarket at 6:20, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00; RET. 9:45, 11:45, 13:45, 15:45, 17:45; 22 km; 0:40 hrs. 

750 CAHUITA (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Caribe at 10:00, 13:30, 15:30; RET. 7:30, 9:30, 11:00, 16:00; 195 km; 4:00 hrs. You can buy tickets in advance. $6.00 ** Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel. 257-8129 

725 CAHUITA from Limón - DEP. ev. day from Radio Casino at 5:00, 8:00; 10:00, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 18:00; RET. Ev. day 6:30, 7:30, 9:15, 11:00, 13:00, 16:00, 18:00, 18:15, 19:00; 1hr. $0.75 ** Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel 758-1572 

501 CAÑAS (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from just outside Terminal Coca Cola at 8:30, 10:20, 12:20, 13:20, 14:30, 16:45; Fri & Sun also at 18:15; RET. 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 9:15, 12:15, 13:50 (Sun also 15:00 and 17:15); 188 km; 3:30 hrs. 

300 CARTAGO (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day, ev. 0:10 from Terminal Cartago from 5:00 to 24:00; RET. from 4:45 to 23:00; 22 km; 0:45 hrs. On Fri/Sat buses also from 24:00 to 5:00 ev. hr. After 20:30 the bus leaves in front of Grand Hotel Costa Rica (Ave 2, Calle 3/5). SACSA company. Tel. 233-5350 

205 CIUDAD QUESADA (SAN CARLOS) (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day, ev. hr. from Terminal Atlántico Norte from 5:00 to 19:30; RET. from 5:00 to 18:15; 110 km; 2:15 hrs. Atuo-Transportes San José-San Carlos company. 255-4318 

500 COCO BEACH (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from A.1/3,C.14 at 8:00, 14:00; RET. same; 251 km; 5:00 hrs. You can also take the bus from Liberia to Coco Beach ev. day: DEP. 5:30, 12:30 (14:00) 16:30; RET. 7:00 (9:15) 14:00. $4.50 ** Pulmita-Liberia company. Tel. 222-1650 

610 DOMINICAL from San Isidro - DEP. ev. day at 7:00, 9:00, 13:30, 16:00; RET. 7:00, 7:15, 14:45, 15:30 Pulmita-Liberia company. Tel. 222-1650 

610 DOMINICAL - SAN ISIDRO from Quepos - DEP. ev. day from Mercado Municipal at 5:00, 13:30; RET. 7:00, 13:30; 80 km; 3:30 hrs. Transportes Morales company. Tel. 223-5567 

599 FLAMINGO, BRASILITO AND POTRERO (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from ½ block west of Terminal Coca Cola at 8:00, 10:00; RET. 9:00, 14:00; 320 km; 6:00 hrs. $8.39 ** TRALAPA company. Tel. 223-5859 

516 FLAMINGO, BRASILITO AND POTRERO from Santa Cruz - DEP. ev. day at 6:30, 15:00; RET. 9:00, 17:00; Potrero 64 km TRALAPA company. Tel. 223-5859 

211 FORTUNA (Arenal Volcano) from San José - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Atlántico Norte at 6:15, 8:40, 11:30; RET. 12:45; 14:45, 130 km; 4:30 hrs. $3.76 ** Auto-Transportes San José-San Carlos company. Tel. 255-4318 

286 FORTUNA from Ciudad Quesada - DEP. ev. day from Parada Municipal at 6:00, 10:30, 13:00, 15:30, 17:15, 18:00; RET 5:00, 8:00, 12:15, 15:30. There are 4 different routes and we recommend Chachagua at DEP. 6:00 and 10:30 and RET 8:00, 12:15. Ask for details at the station. 40 kms, 1hr. $0.95 ** Auto-Transportes San José-San Carlos company. Tel. 255-4318 

1202 FORTUNA from Tilarán - DEP. ev. day at 7:00, 12:30; RET. 8:30, 17:30; 101 km; 4:00 hrs. $2 ** Auto-Transportes Tilarán company. Tel. 222-3854 

612 GOLFITO (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Alfaro / TRACOPA at 7:00, 15:00; RET. 5:00, 13:00; 339 km; 8 hrs. $5.70 ** TRACOPA company. Tel 222-2666 

GUAPILES AND BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK from San José - DEP. Mon. to Fri. from Terminal Atlántico Norte from 5:30 to 21:45 (ev. 0:30 hr.) Sat./Sun. from 6:00 to 21:00; RET. 5:30 to 19:00; 75km; 1:20 hrs. For Braulio Carillo, get off at the Zurquí or Quebrada González Station. Wait on highway for bus to come back. $1.36 ** Atlántico Norte company. 256-8963 

400B HEREDIA from San José - DEP. ev. day, ev. 0:10 from Terminal Heredia from 5:00 to 24:15 and at night from 24:15 to 4:00 a.m. ev. 0:30; RET. from 5:00 to 23:00; 11 km; 30 minutes. You can also take a minibus (400A) on A.2,C.10/12 ev. 0:15 from 6:00 to 20:00. 

307 IRAZU VOLCANO (express bus from San José) - DEP. Sat. and Sun. from A.2,C.1/3 opposite Gran Hotel Costa Rica at 8:00; RET. 12:15; 54 km; 1:30 hrs. You can also take this bus at Cartago ruins at 8:30. 

655 JACO BEACH and Carara Biological Station (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Coca Cola at 7:30, 10:30, 15:30; RET. 5:00, 11:00, 15:00; 102 km; 2:30 hrs. $2.11 ** Transportes Morales S.A. company. Tel. 223-5567 

232 LAGUNA DE FRAIJANES from Alajuela - DEP. Mon.-Fri. 3 blocks west of Central Market at 9:00, 13:00, 16:15, 18:15; RET. 6:00, 10:00, 14:00, 17:00; 15 km; 0:50 hrs. Sat. 6:30, 8:00, Sun. 7:00, 17:15. Fraijanes opens Tue.-Sun. 9:00-15:30. 

336 LANKESTER GARDENS (bus to Paraíso, from Cartago) - DEP. ev. day, ev. 0:30 from south side of Central Park Cartago from 5:00 to 22:30; RET. same; 8 km; 0:15 hrs. Get off at the entrance of the Gardens (in front of Campo Ayala) and walk ½ mile; open ev. day 8:00-15:00. 

500 LIBERIA (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from A.1/3,C.14 at 6:00, 7:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 20:00; RET. 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00; 217 km; 4:00 hrs. The 15:00 and 17:00 departing buses are direct; the 4:00 and 5:00 return buses are also direct. $3.76 ** Pulmita-Liberia company. Tel. 222-1650 

703 LIMON (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day, ev. hr. from Terminal Caribe from 5:00, 5:30, 6:45, from 7:30, to 18:30 ev. hr; RET. 5:00, 5:30, 6:45, from 7:30, to 19:00 ev. hr ; 162 km; 2:30 hrs. $2.86 ** Auto-Transportes Caribeños company. Tel. 221-2596 

1229 LOS CHILES Y CAÑO NEGRO (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Atlántico Norte at 5:30, 15:30; RET. 5:00, 15:00; 217 km; 5:00 hrs. Call the park administration for reservation of lodging and food, tel. 4601301; boat to the park at 7:30 Tue. and Thu. Atlántico Norte company. Tel. 256-8963 

750 MANZANILLO (express bus from San José) - DEP ev. day from Terminal Caribe at 16:00; RET 6:30. You can buy tickets in advance. $5.37 ** Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel. 257-8129 

725 MANZANILLO from Limón - DEP. Ev. day 6:00, 14:30; RET. 8:30, 17:00. 1:30 hrs. $1.56 ** 

675 MONTEVERDE (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Atlántico Norte at 6:30, 14:30; RET. 6:30, 14:30; 167 km; 4.5 hrs. $4.56 **   Transmonteverde. Tel. 222-3854, 645-5644 

625 MONTEVERDE (Santa Elena) from Puntarenas - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Empresarios Unidos at 14:15, leaves Monteverde for Puntarenas at 6:00 am.  Transmonteverde. Tel. 222-3854, 645-5644


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~~MONTEZUMA AND MALPAIS BEACHES (CABO BLANCO NATL. PARK) from Puntarenas docks by boat -DEP. ev. day at 6:00, 11:00, 15:15; RET. 7:30, 12:00, 17:00; 1:30 hrs. Take the bus Paquera-Montezuma that is waiting for the boat; RET. 5:30, 10:00, 14:00. $1.79 **; to Malpaís from Cobano DEP. 10:30, 14:30; RET. 7:00, 12:00. 

~~MONTEZUMA AND MALPAIS BEACHES (CABO BLANCO NATL. PARK) from Puntarenas docks by ferry -DEP.ev. day at 5:00, 8:45, 12:30, 14:00, 17:00, 20:15; RET 6:00, 8:30, 11:45, 14:30, 18:00, 20:30 

~~NARANJO BEACH, Nicoya Península (ferry boat from Puntarenas) - DEP. ev. day from 1 block North Balneario/Ferry Salinero, at 3:15, 7:00, 10:50, 14:50, 19:00; RET. 5:10, 8:50, 12:50, 17:00, 21:00; 1:30 s. 

503 NICOYA (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Alfaro at 6:30, 8:00, 10:00, 13:30, 14:00, 15:00, 17:00; RET. 5:00, 7:30, 9:00, 12:00, 14:30, 17:00; 296 km; 6:00 hrs. Buses from Liberia to Nicoya: ev. hr., from 5:00 to 19:00; RET. same. Buses from Santa Cruz to Nicoya DEP. ev. hr. from 6:30 to 21:30; RET. same. $5.20 ** Alfaro Bus company. 222-2666 

550 NICOYA from Liberia - DEP. ev. day at 6:00, 8:00, 11:00, 16:00; RET. 4:30, 5:30, 9:30, 14:30. 

503 NOSARA from San José - DEP. ev. day Terminal Alfaro at 6:00; RET. 12:45; 361 km; 6:00 hrs. Alfaro Bus company. Tel. 222-2666 

548 NOSARA, GARZA AND GUIONES from Nicoya - DEP. ev. day from Main Station at 13:00; RET. 6:00; Nosara 65 km. 

339 OROSI VALLEY from Cartago - DEP. Mon. to Sat. ev. hour from South-west corner of the Church ruins at Cartago from 8:00 to 22:00; Microbus 13:30, 15:30; RET. same; 18 km; 0:40 hrs. Sun ev. 45 min. from 8:00 onwards. This bus will stop in front of the Orosi look-out point. 

601 PALMAR NORTE (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Alfaro at 5:00, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 13:00, 14:30, 18:00; RET. 5:25, 6:15, 8:15, 10:00, 13:00, 14:30, 16:45; 258 km; 5:00 hrs. $4.42 ** TRACOPA company. Tel. 222-2666 

570 PANAMA AND HERMOSA BEACHES (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from 1 block south of Terminal Atlántico Norte at 15:20; RET. 5:00; 265 km; 5:00 hrs. Connections from Liberia to these beaches DEP. 11:30, 19:00; RET. 5:00, 16:00. TRALAPA company. Tel. 223-5859 

~~ PAQUERA from Puntarenas by boat DEP. ev. day 6:00, 11:00, 15:15; RET 7:30, 12:30, 17:00. 

601 PASO CANOAS (South Border) from San José - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Alfaro at 5:00, 7:30, 11:00, 13:00, 16:30, 18:00; RET. 4:30, 7:30, 9:00, 15:00; 349 km; 8:00 hrs. $6.03 ** TRACOPA company. Tel. 222-2666 

527 PLAYA HERMOSA from Liberia - DEP. ev. day at 7:30, 11:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:00; RET. 5:00, 6:00, 10:00, 16:00, 17:00. 

1241 POAS VOLCANO (express bus from San José) - DEP. Every day from A.2,C.12/14 (same as 200B) at 8:30; RET. 14:30; 55 km; 2:00 hrs 


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699 PUERTO JIMÈNEZ (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from just outside Terminal Atlántico Norte at 6:00, 12:00; RET. 5:00, 11:00; 378 km; 10:00 hrs. $6.26 ** Atlántico Norte company. Tel. 256-8963 

PUERTO JIMÈNEZ from Golfito by boat - DEP. ev. day from Municipal Dock (Muelle) at 11:00; RET. 6:00; 1:30 hrs. Puerto Jiménez is the gateway to Corcovado National Park. First call park admin. office tel. 7355036. 

406 PUERTO VIEJO SARAPIQUí (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Atlántico Norte at 6:30, 8:00, 10:00, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30, 18:00; RET. 5:30, 7:00, 8:00, 11:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 17:30; 97 km; 1:30 hrs; Buy tickets. This bus goes through Braulio Carillo Nat'l Park. Buses through Heredia (scenic route - duration 4:00
hrs): DEP. Terminal Atlántico Norte at 6:30, 12:00, 15:00; RET. 7:75, 11:30, 16:15. $2.22 **. Atlántico Norte company. Tel. 256-8963 

284 PUERTO VIEJO SARAPIQUí from Ciudad Quesada - DEP. ev. day from Parada Municipal at 5:00, 17:30; RET. 5:45, 8:45, 12:15, 14:00, 15:30; 69 km; 3:00 hrs. 

750 PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Caribe at 6:00, 10:00, 13:30, 15:30; RET.: 7:00, 9:00, 11:00, 16:00; 215 km; 4:30 hrs. You can buy tickets in advance. $4.42 ** Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel. 257-8129 

725 PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA from Limón - DEP. Ev.day from Radio Casino at 5:00, 8:00, 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 18:00. RET. 6:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 1:30; 1.5 hrs. $1.07 ** Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel. 758-1572 

600 PUNTARENAS (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day, ev. 0:40 from Terminal Puntarenas from 6:00 to 19:00; RET. from 4:15 to 19:00; 110 km; 2:00 hrs. Empresarios Unidos company. Tel. 222-0064 

695 QUEPOS from Puntarenas - DEP. ev. day from Main Bus Station at 4:30, 10:30, 15:00; RET. 5:00, 11:00, 14:30; 231 km; 3:30 hrs. 

613 QUEPOS AND MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Coca Cola at 6:00, 12:00, 18:00; RET. 6:00, 12:00, 17:00; 145 km; 3:30 hrs. Indirect bus to Quepos (5 hours): DEP. 7:00, 10:00, 14:00, 16:00; RET. 5:00, 8:00, 14:00 16:00. $4.72 ** Transportes Morales company. Tel. 223-5567 

QUEPOS from San Isidro El General - DEP. ev. day from Main Bus Station at 7:00, 13:30; RET. 5:00, 13:30; 231 km; 4 hrs. 

REFUGIO NACIONAL DE VIDA SILVESTRE LA ENSENADA (Puntarenas) - take bus to Abangaritos DEP. ev. day from terminal Puntarenas at 10:45, 11:45, 16:45; RET. 5:45, 13:45; Hostel is available at $35.00 pp 

548 SAMARA AND CARRILLO BEACHES from Nicoya - DEP. ev. day 3 blocks east of Nicoya Park at 8:00, 15:00, 16:00; RET. 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 13:30, 16:30; Samara 45 km. 

503 SAMARA BEACH (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Alfaro at 12:30; RET. Mon.-Sat. 3:45; Sun. 13:00; 331 km; 6:00 hrs. $5.95 ** Alfaro Bus company. Tel. 222-2666 

157 SAN IGNACIO DE ACOSTA from San José - DEP. ev. day, ev. hr. from A.12/14,C.8 in front of Baptist Church from 5:30 to 22:30; RET. from 4:30 to 21:00; 29 km; 1:00 hrs. This bus goes to Ram Luna restaurant in Tarbaca. 

100 SAN ISIDRO (Chirripó National Park) (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day, ev. hr. from just outside Terminal Coca Cola from 5:30 to 17:00 (two different bus companies); RET. from 5:30 to 16:30; 136 km; 3:00 hrs. Buy ticket. To get to the entrance of Chirripo Natl. Park, take the bus to San Gerardo de Rivas from San Isidro at 5:00, 14:00; RET. 7:00, 16:00, costs $2.85. 

204 SAN RAMÓN (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day, ev. hr. from Puntarenas from 5:15 to 19:30; RET. from 6:00 to 19:00; 1:00 hr. 

599 SANTA CRUZ (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from ½ block west of Terminal Coca Cola at 7:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00; RET. 3:00, 4:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:30, 10:15, 11:30, 13:30, 17:00; 274 km; 5:00 hrs. Buses from Liberia to Santa Cruz: ev. hr. from 5:30 to 19:30; RET. same. $5.20 Alfaro Bus company. Tel. 222-2666 

154 SANTA MARIA DE DOTA, los Santos (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Los Santos at 7:15, 9:00, 11:30, 12:30, 15:00, 17:00, 19:30; RET. 4:30, 5:40,7:15, 9:15, 12:00, 15:00, 17:00; 65 km; 2:30 hrs. This bus goes through San Marcos de Tarazú (buy ticket). 

505 SANTA ROSA AND PEÑAS BLANCAS (from San José) - DEP. ev. day from 100 mts north of Terminal Coca Cola at 4:30, 5:00, 7:00, 7:45, 13:20, 16:10; RET. 5:00, 7:15, 10:30, 10:40, 13:30, 14:45, 15:30. Only DEP. 4:30 , 7:00 and RET: 10:30, 13:30 are express buses. 293 km, 6:00 hrs. 

608 SAN VITO from San José - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Alfaro at 5:45, 8:15, 11:30, 14:45; RET. 4:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:00, 15:00. Alfaro Bus company. Tel. 222-2666 

230 SARCHí from Alajuela - DEP. ev. day, ev. 0:30 from A.Ctl/1,C.8 from 5:00 to 22:00; RET. from 5:00 to 22:00; 52 km; 1:30 hrs. You can also take a direct bus from San José to Sarchí DEP. Mon.-Fri.12:15, 17:30, 17:55; Sat. only 12:00 (1:30 hrs, 70km). 

701 SIQUíRRES from San José - DEP. ev. day, ev. hr. from Caribe at 6:30 and from 8:30 to 18:00; RET. 6:30, and from 8:30 to 18:00; 100 km, $2.15. Linaco company. Tel. 221-1334 

750 SIXAOLA (express bus from San José - gateway to Bocas del Toro, Panamá) - DEP. ev. day from Caribe at 6:00, 10:00, 13:30, 15:30; RET. 5:00, 7:30, 9:30, 14:30. 240 km; 5 hrs. You can buy tickets in advance, $6.00. Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel. 257-8129 


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750 SIXAOLA from LIMÓN- DEP. ev. day from Radio Casino at 5:00, 8:00, 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 18:00; RET. 5:00, 8:00, 10:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00; 4 hrs, $1.90 Auto-Transportes Mepe S.A. company. Tel. 758-1572 

503 TAMARINDO BEACH (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from Terminal Alfaro at 15:30; RET. 6:00, Sun. 6:00, 13:00; 285 km; 5:30 hrs; You can also make bus connections between Santa Cruz and Tamarindo. The bus leaves at 20:30 to Tamarindo; RET. 6:45 to Santa Cruz. Alfaro Bus company. Tel. 222-2666 

(signo mar) TAMBOR BEACH (ferry from Puntarenas) - See Montezuma and Malpais beaches. 

502 TILARÁN (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from ½ block north of Terminal Atlántico Norte at 7:30, 9:30, 12:45, 15:45, 18:30; RET. 4:45, 7:00, 7:45, 14:00, 17:00; DEP. 9:30 and RET. 4:45, don't run on Sun; 191 km; 4:00 hrs. Buy ticket at terminal, $2.50 Auto-Transportes Tilarán company. Tel. 222-3854 

.591 TILARÁN from Santa Elena - DEP. ev. day at 7:00; RET. 13:00; 40 km; 3:00 hrs. Auto-Transportes Tilarán company. Tel. 222-3854 

302 TURRIALBA (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day, ev. hr. from Terminal Turrialba from 5:00 to 22:00; RET. from 5:00 to 21:00; 65 km; 1:30 hrs. Turrialba is the gateway to Guayabo National Monument. Buses leave on Sun. 9:00; RET. 17:00. TRANSTUSA company. Tel. 222-4464 

639 UVITA (Marino Ballena Nat'l Park) from San José - DEP. from Terminal Coca Cola Mon-Fri 15:00, Sat/Sun 5:30, 15:00, RET Mon-Fri 5:00, Sat/Sun 5:00, 13:00; 7 hrs... Be at terminal 1 hr in advance (Durintg th summer the 5:30 bus runs ev day), $5.00. Transportes Morales company. Tel. 223-5567 

175 UVITA (Marino Ballena Nat'l Park) from San Isidro - DEP. ev. day at 9:00, 16:00; RET. 6:00, 14:00, 2 hours, $1.80. 

214 ZARCERO (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day, ev. hr. from Terminal Atlántico Norte from 5:00 to 19:30; RET. from 5:00 to 19:30; 77 km; 1:30 hrs. This is the Ciudad Quesada bus that goes through Zarcero. 

International Buses: 

GUATEMALA CITY (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from terminal Tica Bus at 6:00, 7:30; RET. 12:00 (Guatemala); 60:00 hrs. Overnight stay in Managua and El Salvador. Tica Bus company. Tel. 221-8954 

TEGUCIGALPA HONDURAS (bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from terminal Tica Bus at 6:00, 7:30; RET. 7:30; 909 km; 48:00 hrs; Overnight stay in Managua. Tica Bus company. Tel. 221-8954 

MANAGUA NICARAGUA (express bus from San José) - DEP. Mon., Wed., Fri., Sun. from terminal Sirca at 5:45; RET. 6:00; 450 km; 11:00 hrs. 

MANAGUA NICARAGUA (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from terminal Tica Bus at 6:00, 7:30; RET. 6:00, 7:00; 450 km; 11:00 hrs Tica Bus company. Tel. 221-8954 

MANAGUA NICARAGUA (express bus from San José)- DEP. ev. day from terminal Transnica at 5:30, RET. 7:00; 450 kms, 10 hrs. Deluxe Service. Transnica company. Tel. 256-9072 

CHANGUINOLA PANAMA from San José - DEP. ev. day from opposite terminal Alfaro (same as route 505) at 10:00; RET. 10:00; 225 km; 8:00 hrs. Alfaro Bus company. Tel. 222-2666 

601 DAVID PANAMA (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from terminal Alfaro at 7:30; RET. 7:30; this is an extra bus; 400 km; 9:00 hrs, $9.00. Alfaro Bus company. Tel. 222-2666 

PANAMA CITY (express bus from San José) - DEP. ev. day from terminal Tica Bus at 22:00; RET. 12:00 (Panama time); 903 km; 20:00 hrs; Buy tickets in advance. Tica Bus company. Tel. 221-8954 

PANAMA CITY from San José- DEP. ev. day 275 at 14:00; RET. 12:30; 225 kms, 18 hrs (pay at the bus), $43.00 Round trip.

Surfers' Advisory: One-way airline charges for shipping surfboards between the USA and Costa Rica vary from $22.50 (United Airlines) to $100 (Continental Airlines, plus $300 for each additional board). Charges may also depend on the length of the board. Ask when you book your flight. Consider renting a board at the beach. For more information, click on:

http://www.wavehunters.com

Tips:

Petty theft is a problem at beaches. Keep an eye on your belongings and never leave valuables in a car; the Ladrones have keys to most models.

Beware of dangerous undercurrents, especially at Pacific Coast beaches..
Manuel Antonio/Quepos (Province of Puntarenas -- Central Pacific Coast)

Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica. For this reason it can be overcrowded during the high season. Make your hotel and park reservations well in advance. There are four beautiful beaches, one public (no admission fee) and three within the park. The park is the smallest in Costa Rica and is relatively easy to explore.

Quepos is a pleasant town to stroll around in and it offers shopping, many hotels, and good restaurants. At the beach, beware of aggressive monkeys (spoiled by tourists), who may demand a share, if not all, of your lunch.

You can travel here via a direct bus from San José, via the Carretera Costanera (the coastal road), via a regular service bus that stops at towns and beaches along the way, or you can take a bus whose destination is Dominical or Uvita and get off at Quepos. To get here:

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Take a Transportes Morales route 613 regular service or route 613 SD direct service bus to Quepos/Mañuel Antonio from C16/A1-A3 ("Coca Cola") at 6:00 a.m. (direct), 7:00 a.m. (regular service), 10:00 a.m. (regular), 12:00 noon (direct), 2:00 p.m. (regular), 4:00 p.m. (regular), and Monday through Friday only at 5:00 p.m. Trip duration is 5 hours for regular service, 4 hours direct. ¢1,280 regular service and ¢1,640 direct. Buses return to San José from the station at the market in Quepos at 5:00 a.m. (regular service), 6:00 a.m. (direct service), 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (direct), 12:00 noon (direct), 2:00 p.m. (regular), 4:00 p.m. (regular), 5:00 p.m. (direct), and on Sunday also at 3:00 p.m. Tel: (San José) 232-1829, (Quepos) 777-0318, 777-0101.

Or, take a Transportes Morales route 613 bus via Puriscal (the inland route) from Coca Cola; ¢1,280. This bus stops to take on or let off passengers at Puriscal (¢480), La Legua (¢530), Santa Marta (¢570), Jilgueral (¢605), La Palma (¢625), Salitrales (¢655), San Ramón (¢685), Santa Rosa (¢775), Guarumal (¢775), Naranjal (¢805), La Gloria (¢835) , Los Angeles (¢910), Vista de Mar (¢930), Chiris (¢960), Guacimal (¢1,040), and Parrita (¢1,110). The minimum fare is ¢105.

You can buy tickets up to eight days in advance at the Transportes Morales office inside the market at Coca Cola.

Or, take a route 639 regular service bus via the Costanera bound for Playa Dominical/Uvita. These buses pick up and drop off passengers at Quepos. They leave from Coca Cola at 3:00 p.m. daily and also on Saturdays and Sundays only at 5:30 a.m. and arrive in Quepos about 2-1/2 hours later. They return from Uvita at 5:00 a.m. daily and on Saturdays and Sundays only at 1:00 p.m., arriving in Quepos about two hours later; ¢1,455.

Tips:

Sportfishing (very expensive unless you share the cost with a group) is one of the major attractions here.

The route 653 shuttle bus between Quepos and Manuel Antonio runs about every 20 minutes; 90 colones. Some hotels in Quepos also offer shuttle service.

The immigration police are checking documents at popular tourist hang-outs. Estranjeros (foreigners) without documents can be detained and illegal immigrants and tourists who have overstayed are deported. Keep your passport with you or in your hotel safe.

Lodging:

Hotel Arboleda (beachfronT), 777-1056, Fax: 777-0092.

Hotel Villabosque, 777-0401.

Hotel Mar y Luna, Tel: 777-0394.

Cabinas Manuel Antonio, Tel: 777-0212.

Cabinas Pisces, Tel: 777-0046.

Montezuma/Mal País Beaches/Cabo Blanco Reserve (Province of Puntarenas -- Nicoya Peninsula)

Montezuma has beautiful white sand beaches and a "laid-back," latter-day hippie atmosphere. It is also a convenient place to stay for visiting Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco.

Take the bus from San José to Puntarenas, then:

The new Tempisque River Bridge connecting the southern Guanacaste beaches with the Nicoya Peninsula is now open.

Or, the ferry to Paquera leaving Puntarenas at 6:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.; duration 2 hours. First class, adults 800 colones, children ¢400; second class, adults ¢300, children ¢150, cars ¢3,00, motorcycles ¢800. The ferry returns from Paquera at 4:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 2:30 P.M., 4:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. Tel: (Puntarenas) 641-0515, dial 0 for schedule.
Tip: You may stand for an hour or more waiting to board. The new bridge saves at least two hours travel time.

In Paquera, take the route 631 bus to Cobano/ Montezuma leaving at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., and returning at 5:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.; duration 1-1/2 hours, 410 colones. Then, in Cóbano, take a taxi or bus to Montezuma. Tel: 661-2830, 642-0219. The bus to Mal País on the western shore of the peninsula leaves Cóbano at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., returning at 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.

Tip: Kayaking, snorkeling, and horseback riding are available.

Lodging: There is one telephone in nearby Cóbano. Your bus may not be able to go further during the rainy season. The operator will connect you with your hotel's extension:

Sano Banano - On the beach with suites, a bungalow, and "dome huts" that can be shared. Tel/Fax: 642-0068.

Hotel Montezuma, Ext: 258.

Huéspedes Alfaro, Ext: 259.

Cabinas Mar y Cielo, Ext: 261.

Hotel Los Mangos, 642- 0076.

Playa Cahuita/Cahuita National Park (Province of Limón -- Caribbean Coast)

The Caribbean coast was settled by Jamaican immigrants and has an islands ambiance. Patois ("patwah"), a somewhat modified form of English, is spoken here. If someone asks "Qué o'clock mon?" they are asking for the time. Cahuita has three beautiful beaches; one is black sand, the others are white sand. You can also visit the national park, which is relatively small and easy to access. Howler monkeys are often seen and heard here.

You can enter Cahuita National Park through the Kelly Creek station at the east end of Cahuita Village or take the early morning Puerto Viejo or Sixaola bus and get off at the Puerto Vargas station at the south end of the park. To get here:

Take a Transportes Mepe route 750 regular service or 750 SD direct service bus bound for Sixaola from the Gran Terminal del Caribe on C Central/A15-A17 at 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Get off at Cahuita. Trip duration is 4 hours (direct), 5 hours regular service; 1,975 colones. Buses return from Cahuita at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:00 p.m. Tel: (San José) 257-8129, (Sixaola) 754-2097.

Tip: Direct buses between San José and Sixaola normally stop in Cahuita Center but ask the driver to let you off there.

Coopana buses from C2/A5-A7 run continuously to the Gran Terminal del Caribe and return to C2/A3-A5; 50 colones.

Or, take the bus from San José to Limón, then a Transportes Mepe route 725 bus from Limón at Radio Casino, one block north of the market, at 5:00 am, 6:00 am, 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm, or 6:00 pm; duration 1 hour; 405 colones. Buses return at 6:30 am, 7:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm. Tel: (Limón) 758-1572 or 758-3522.

Bus schedules to the Caribbean coast change frequently because of poor road conditions. At the time of this update, few buses were running due to heavy rain storms causing mud slides in the road. Call Transportes Mepe, Tel: (San José) 257-8129, (Limón) 758-1572 or Fax: 758-3522, (Sixaola) 754-2097, or Costa Rica's Caribbean Connection, 750-0128 (English spoken) in Puerto Viejo to verify bus schedules before you travel. Pick up their Cahuita Information and Services Guide at the ticket window and visit their web site at www.puertoviejo.net.

Lodging:

Sol y Mar, 755-0237.

Cabinas Sunshine, 755-0368, Fax: 755-0024.

Cabinas Arrecife, 755-0081.

El Encanto B&B, Tel/Fax: 755-0113. \

Kelly Creek Hotel, 755-0007.

You can camp on the beach near the Playa Vargas ranger station at the southern end of the park. Basic facilities (water, toilets, and showers) are available.

Playa Flamingo/Playa Brasilito/Playa Potrero/Playa Matapalo (Province of Guanacaste -- Nicoya Peninsula)

Beautiful, white sand Flamingo beach is highly developed, with (expensive) sportfishing, boating, and glamorous hotels. It is popular with well-heeled tourists looking for luxury. For more reasonable restaurants and accommodations, try Potrero, the next beach to the north, or Brasilito, to the south.

You can swim and snorkel or visit nearby Las Baulas National Park to watch sea turtles and explore mangrove swamps. To get here:

Take a Tralapa route 599 bus from C20/A1-A3 at 8:00 a.m. (via Liberia) or at 10:00 a.m.; (via the Tempisque ferry). Trip duration is 6 hours. Playa Flamingo ¢2,130. Buses return at 9:00 a.m. (via the ferry) and 2:00 p.m. (via Liberia). Tel: 221-7202, 222-9557.

Or, if you want to visit other beaches along the way, take the route 599 bus to Santa Cruz, ¢1,860, then a Tralapa bus, route 516, from the main station in Santa Cruz at 6:30 a.m. or 3:00 p.m., returning at 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; Potrero ¢590, Flamingo ¢515, Brasilito ¢475, Matapalo ¢460. Tel: 680-0392.

Tip: The name of this beach derives from blue spoonbills that were mistaken for Flamingos. There are no flamingos in Costa Rica.

Lodging in Potrero:

Cabinas Christina, Tel/Fax: 654-4006.

Palmyras Royales, Tel/Fax: 654-4252.

Maiyras, Tel/Fax: 654-4213 (you can camp here).

Lodging In Brasilito:

Cabinas El Caracol, Tel: 654-4073.

Cabinas Conchal, Tel: 654-4257.

Hotel Brasilito, Tel: 654-4013.

Playa Hermosa/Playa Panamá (Province of Guanacaste -- Northern Pacific Coast)

These are popular beaches for swimming, snorkeling, surfing and windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing. You can rent the necessary gear. To get here:

Take the Empresa Esquivel bus, route 570, from C12/A5-A7 at 3:20 pm, returning at 5:00 am; trip duration 5 hours, ¢1,855. Tel: (Panama Beach) 666-0042, Fax: 666-4006.

Or, take a bus to Liberia, then a route 527, 530, or 550 Empresa Esquivel bus from Liberia at 7:30 am, 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, or 7:00 pm, returning at 5:00 am, 6:00 am, 10:00 am, 4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm; ¢260. Tel: (Liberia) 666-1249.

Do not confuse this Playa Hermosa with the other Playa Hermosa 5 km south of Jacó beach on the central Pacific coast. There is another Playa Hermosa on the Caribbean coast.

Lodging:

Cabinas Playa Hermosa, Tel: 670-0136.

Playa Chorotega Resort, Tel: 670-0492.

You can camp at Jardín del Mar, Tel: (San José) 231-7629.

Playas de Jacó/Playa Herradura/Carara Biological Reserve (Province of Puntarenas -- Central Pacific Coast)

Jacó is a well developed beach community and is the closest beach to San José. It is popular with the Ticos and Ticas and has many shops, hotels, cabins, good bars and restaurants, and at last count, four discos. It can be very busy during the high season. If you want activity after the sun goes down, this is your beach.

  Empresa Jacó (a.k.a. Garabito) buses, route 655, leave daily from C16/A1-A3 ("Coca Cola") at 7:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm., 3:30 pm, and 6:30 pm; duration 3 hours, 1,020 colones. Buses return at 5:00 am, 7:30 pm, 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm. Tel: (San José) 223-1109, (Jacó) 643-3135.

Transportes Morales buses leaving San José for Quepos, Dominical, and Uvita, and buses returning to San José, will stop on the highway at the entrance road to Jacó to let off passengers and pick up passengers if space is available. However, if you have heavy bags to carry, this is not recommended.

The ticket office in Coca Cola is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm, and on Sundays from 6:30 am to 12 noon. You can buy tickets up to 15 days in advance. Buy your return tickets in the office across from the Best Western Hotel. Tel: (San José) 223-1109, (Jacó) 643-3135.

Tips:

Playa Hermosa, just 5 kilometers south of Jacó, with world-class waves, is one of the best beaches for expert surfers. Hire a four wheel drive taxi, stow your gear in the rear, and ask the driver to return to pick you up at a specified time.

  Do not confuse this Playa Hermosa with the other Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste on the northern Pacific coast.

Carara is an easily accessible reserve where you can hike through one of the last remaining coastal forests, enjoy hot springs, and bird watch. There is an abundance of wildlife that seek refuge here from the surrounding developed areas.

The immigration police are checking documents at popular tourist hang-outs. Estranjeros (foreigners) without documents can be detained and illegal immigrants and tourists who have overstayed may be deported. Keep a copy of your passport with you and the original in your hotel safe.

Buses from Puntarenas to Quepos stop in Jacó at about 6:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 3:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.; ¢490. Buses from Quepos to Puntarenas stop in Jacó at about 5:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., and 4:15 p.m.

Lodging: All have a pool and A/C and are on the beach.

Hotel Marparaiso * Tel: 240-4053, Fax: 236-6826. E-Mail: info@hotelmarparaiso.com. Web Site: www.hotelmarparaiso.com. Big rooms with fridge sleep 6 people and the bus stops here. Special discounts.

 Hotel Mango Mar, Tel/Fax: 643-3670.

Apartotel Flamboyant, Tel: 643-3146, 643-6032. Fax: 643-1068. E-mail: flamboya@sol.racsa.co.cr.

 Copacabana, Tel: 643-1005, 256-3222. Fax: 643-3131. Web site: http://www.copacabanahotel.com.

 El Cocal, Tel: 643-3067, Fax: 643-1201/3082.

Hotel Balcón del Mar, Tel/Fax: 643-3251.

 You can camp at Hicaco off the road next to Panch Villas, at the beach next to the police station, or at Herradura Beach, north of Jacó.

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