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Costa Rica is a well known and well developed surfing destination - especially since featuring in Endless Summer 2; direct flights from the USA also add to its popularity. The country is safe, beautiful, friendly and blessed with great surfing on both coasts. It is, however one of the more expensive countries in the central and south Americas, with the positive aspect that hotels are good quality and car rental relatively easy and safe.
The surfing can be broken into three main areas: The Pacific North (Guanacaste-Nicoya), the Pacific South (Punta Arenas) and the Caribbean. Surf towns are developing in places such as Jaco, Tamarindo and Puerto Viejo. Year round warm water, warm air and offshore breezes (in Guanacaste) make for great conditions. The best waves occur in the rainy season (northern Hemisphere 'summer') on the pacific side, and in the hot dry season ('winter') on the Caribbean - ensuring that you should be able to find surf someplace.
The rainy season (especialy September and October) are very wet - with most of the countries secondary roads becoming impassable (even to 4x4s).
Location: Middle America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Geographic coordinates: 10 00 N, 84 00 W
Coastline: 1,290 km
Climate: tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
Terrain: coastal plains separated by rugged mountains
Natural hazards: occasional earthquakes, hurricanes along Atlantic coast; frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season and landslides; active volcanoes.
Ubicación: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Coordenadas geográficas: 10° 0' N, 84° 0' W
Km de línea costera: 1,290 km km
Clima: tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
Terreno: coastal plains separated by rugged mountains including over 100 volcanic cones, of which several are major volcanoes
Cumbres: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Cerro Chirripo 3,810 m
Riesgos naturales: occasional earthquakes, hurricanes along Atlantic coast; frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season and landslides; active volcanoes
Moneda: Costa Rican colon (CRC)
Población: 4,075,261 (July 2006 est.)
Lenguas: Spanish (official), English
Capital: San Jose
División administrativa: 7 provinces; Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas, San Jose
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Por dstange , 16 jul
4x4 or 2x4 car in January? - I'm going to Costa Rica (Avellanas, Guiones, Santa Teresa, Esterillos e Limon) in January (dry season). Even so I need a 4x4 car, or in the dry season I can take a 2x4?
Thanks a lot for the opinions!
Por tropixman , 24-11-2011
Coming to Costa Rica next week - Hola,
I'm coming to Costa Rica from Dec 2 thru 11 and am looking to rent a good fun 6'6 or 7'0 board. I can rent or barter, bringing you something from California that you've been craving.
If you need anything from California and we can work something out, let me know.
I'll be driving all over Costa Rica, so let me know where you are, what you have to offer and what kind of waves you have nearby.
Voy a Costa Rica de 02 de diciembre al 11 y estoy buscando alquilar un 6'6 diversión o la junta 7'0. Puedo alquilar o trueque, con lo que algo de California que ha estado anhelando.
Si usted necesita cualquier cosa, desde California y podemos trabajar en algo, hágamelo saber.
Voy a ser la conducción en todo Costa Rica, por lo que me haga saber dónde se encuentra, lo que tiene que ofrecer y qué tipo de olas que han cercano.
Por elena_vargasf , 03-06-2011
Surfing in Costa Rica - I am local and I recommend coming to Jaco and Hermosa for surfing.
For those who want to buy a use one, you can find good deals around $200. or even buy a custom made around $350
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