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Old 04-14-2004   #11
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Try Nicoya

I went on a surf trip to costa rica and spent a week on the Nicoya peninsula where we found head-high spilling surf - amazing stuff (nothing gnarly). Also, Nicoya is the "old" costa rica - very little tourist crap.

Unfortunately, the Nicoya peninsula, as far as I know, doesn't have a lot in the way of river running. So, if you are interested mostly in kayak surfing, then I would go to Nicoya...

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Old 04-15-2004   #12
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I went down by myself back in november for a couple weeks. Flew into San Jose and then took the bus to Turrialba, pretty typical. I got a room at the Interamericanna in Turriabla. I talked to a few people at Costa Rica Rios about renting a boat and catching shuttle with them but that didn't pan out for a paid trip and the next day I was supposed to catch up with a few of the employees (still renting a boat from them) but they never showed up.

I ended up walking over to Tico Tours Whitewater, Roberto the owner speaks great english and set my up with a Mr. Clean & paddle, I brought the rest of my gear, and caught shuttle with them on the Rio Pacuare which was a really nice class 3/4 run for $30.

I tried to line up a day on the Reventizon but couldn't find anybody running it, commercial or private so I hopped back on the bus and went to Jaco to surf. Worked out really well.


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Old 04-15-2004   #13
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Went for 10 days to costa rica 2 years ago.

Kayak surfed 5 of them in Mal Pais. Surfers were totally cool with us, and actually had a blast watching us get worked from time to time. They wanted to take our boats out, but after getting them upside down in the pool, they changed their minds.

Did the other 5 days in and around Turialba. Great little town. We used Costa Rica Rios as our guide, but it was pretty disorganized. Still, had a blast. Reventezon is dirty, but probably the funnest section we ran. Way bigger water than anything I have run here in Colorado. Not more technical, but bigger and a bit intimidating at first. All good stuff.

have fun down there!

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