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lukeskiteboarding
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Northern Costa Rica Howz it

Postby lukeskiteboarding » Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:49 am

Has anyone been down to northern Costa Rica. Playa Copal, Bahia Salinas
http://site.kiteincostarica.com/Home.html

Any info would be great. This place is windy every day.

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Re: Northern Costa Rica Howz it

Postby playacopal » Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:32 pm

its windy!!!
bob

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Re: Northern Costa Rica Howz it

Postby madmax7 » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:40 pm

What you need to know, I was there in Jan 09, its windy all day, its nice. Max :jump:

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Re: Northern Costa Rica Howz it

Postby luke-warmwater » Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:01 pm

Has anybody done the journey from San Jose by bus to Bahia Salinas/Playa Copal with kite gear? I was wondering how practical it is and how long it takes.... or is the bus a dumb idea? Are there big comfy air con busses on this route or is it the chicken-bus? I'd be flying international into SJO and trying to work out whether to bring a board (which means paying $$$ each way from Europe) or renting a board there and just bringing the kites. But after renting for 3 weeks or so, I could have bought a new board, just the extra hassle and cost of having to sell a kidney in order to pay the theiving airline fees.
Any advice?

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Re: Northern Costa Rica Howz it

Postby kiteboardbum » Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:29 pm

I've done the bus trip....and its pretty easy. There's one bus you take from San Jose to La Cruz (basically, its the bus to the Nicaraguan border....La Cruz is about 20 mins south of the border). I think its a five hour bus trip...but they stop at a little roadside place for bathrooms and food. Then in La Cruz, you can either stay in town (its about 30 mins to the kite beach...but is the place with a couple big grocery stores, banks, etc), hop on a bus to get to the kite hotels nearer the beach (Blue Dreams, Bob's places, etc), or grab a cab from there. Your gear is under the bus and perfectly safe the whole time. There is a chance they will charge you a couple extra bucks for your bag...but nothing near rental costs.

Take a look at flights into Liberia too...its only an hour and a half bus trip from LIberia to La Cruz.

Enjoy your trip. I stayed with Nicola in Blue Dreams and had a blast. Also was windy about 28 days out of 30...but bring tiny kites! I flew 3, 5, and 7.5 m kites the whole time I was there.

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Re: Northern Costa Rica Howz it

Postby lewmt » Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:37 pm

I'll be there in mid-November....can anyone suggest which size kites will be best for that time?

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Re: Northern Costa Rica Howz it

Postby luke-warmwater » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:15 am

Kiteboardbum, thats very useful info, thanks for the response.

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Re: Northern Costa Rica Howz it

Postby playacopal » Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:45 pm

luke-warm water,
bus trip is ok, but long...get the express line not the chicken bus and use the taxi center in the airport, not the curb!!!!! we'll be open Nov 13th or so....wind willing
lew mt,
bring a 12 ish, plus something smaller...9-7m we have rentals if it nukes(5m-6m)
contact me if you need anything...La Cruz pick up, accomadations, lessons, rentals.
Bob Selfridge
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Bahia Salinas, Costa Rica
lguardbl@gmail.com
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