Welcome to our surf travel info page. Our main focus will be on travel to Costa Rica and other areas of Central America because, well, Pura Vida!
Costa Rica is a beautiful country with beautiful people and a very friendly atmosphere. It's the Pura Vida (pure life) attitude and a stable country that helps make this so. This area is surfer friendly and there are many places to stay and to easily obtain quality rental equipment at super reasonable prices so you dont have to travel with a full quiver or with any board at all. A carry on is all you need for weeks of surf fun. The weather is consistent and so is the surf with loads of breaks many times within walking distance of wherever you are staying.
We are very familiar with the Guanacaste region which includes Tamarindo, Nosara, Witches Rock, Marbella and other surf spots in that region. The contacts and friends we have made in this area along with our numerous forays to the region can help you have a more relaxed travel experience.
Look for additions of tips, links to places to stay, shops to rent from, and things to do on your next trip or if you are heading down soon, give us a call or shoot us a quick email with your questions. We will help you get prepped whether with advice or a new rashy or ordering you a travel board bag or other accesorries so you are ready to hit the water once youre there.
Here are some links and info for the Nosara area:
www.surfocostarica.com - Juan offers individual or group surf lessons in North Guiones as well as board rentals of all types at very reasonable rates. He also has used boards for sale. His Surf Lodge is about as close as you can get to the North surf breaks and are clean and well appointed in the kitchens for cooking to save some money on your trip. The Mono Loco room is on the top (3rd floor) and is climb but gives you a view as well as privacy and relative quiet. He has some new studios across the way over some retail shops now as well. Juan can also help with arranging van transfers for you to and from the Liberia airport as well as a lot of other local knowledge.
Let Juan or Steph know you found them through Pura Vida in Oregon. Gracias.
www.kayasolsurfhotel.com - The first place I stayed in Guiones. The people are friendly, the grounds are lush and green even in dry season. The Accomadations for the price are quite acceptable but it all depends on what you are looking for. If you like basic, simple and clean. The KayaSol Restaurant also has one of the best chefs in the area when it comes to fish. Chef Jorge always has the freshest catch and cooks it to perfection. The staff there is awesome! Our shop sticker is on their beverage cooler and you can see it clearly from the bar. Point to it and say "I know those guys in Oregon!" but do it in Spanish. They all speak english quite well but like many places in Costa Rica and Central America in general, they very much appreciate you trying to spaek at least some rudimentary phrases.
www.facebook.com/beachdogcafe - Fun little hang out/bar with great food near the main Guiones beach entrance. Mikey is a Canadian ex-pat who owns the place. Tuesday nights are open mic music nights and are a lot of fun but make reservations if you want a table and don't want to sit on a stool on the outside edge although this gives a great view of the crowd and isn't too loud.
There is the Beach Dog Hostel which is behind the restaurant and is another option for lodging.
For more luxury accomodations try the Living Hotel, The Harmony Hotel, LaGarta Lodge (Pelada), or the Bohdi Tree if you are way into Yoga as well as surfing.
Food options abound in the Guiones and Pelada Beach areas. The options run from Tico typicale (local food) from places like Rosi's Soda (2 locations) to some very authentic world cuisine. You can find Italian, Sushi, Burgers and beer, Fusion, Mexican style, South American and more. The prices are similar to the U.S., a lot due to importing food products but also becasue this is a surf/yoga resort town even though all the roads are still unpaved and dusty as hell. Personally, I like it that way.
If you have more specific questions just shoot us an email and we will gladly answer them or point you in the right direction. We will add more content as we can.