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** NEWS and EVENTS **
Upcoming Events: Fiesta de La Virgen del Mar (The Fiesta of the Virgin of the Sea) - This celebration is held on the Saturday closest to the 16th of July. The event is held in Puntarenas by a procession of decorated fishing boats carrying a statue of La Virgen del Monte Carmelo (the city's patron saint) and a special mass.
Upcoming Events: Dia de Guanacaste (Guanacaste Day) - This event, held on July 25th, celebrates the annexation of Guanacaste from Nicaragua in 1824. Street fiestas, folk dancing, horse shows/parades, traditional bullfights and rodeos are just some of the events available. This is an official government and bank holiday and most businesses are closed.
6/21 - For International Surf Day, Bodhi Surf School sent in this post - What Kind of Surfer Are You? Take the quiz to find out.
3/28 - Kalon Surf to Open New Luxury Hotel in Dominical, Costa Rica. See their press release.
** UNIQUE SURF CAMPS **
Specialty Camp: Real Surf Trips will be holding consecutive week-long surf camps from July 12 – August 2 of 2014 at their Wavehouse in Playa Negra. This program will be available only to advanced levels of male and female surfers from ages 11-18 years old. Dates: July 12 – 19 – All Boys Surf Training Camp… July 19 – 26 – All Girls Surf Training Camp… July 26 – August 2 – Surf Training Camp (Tentative). Sign up here.
Specialty Camp: ISLS is offering a one to eight week Spanish and Adventure Camp for Families on their tropical campus, with swimming, surfing, arts and crafts, and adventure tours. See the flyer here.
Specialty Camp: Vista Guapa is offering two YOLO (You Only Live Once) camps in July and December 2014. It includes daily surf sessions, flat-water paddling sessions, fitness training, photography instruction, sightseeing excursions, homemade local cuisine and much more. Plus they have SUP tours across the Gulf of Nicoya for $120. Let us know when you are ready to paddle.
** RESOURCES **
NOW Fully Customizable Surf Trips to meet every budget and skill level !!
Ten Ways to NOT get your stuff stolen on a surf trip - LINK
Rip Currents and how to Avoid them
Thornton Cohen, surf photographer from Tamarindo has created a cool app to find out more about what's happening in Tamarindo. The app has descriptions of the local beaches and surf breaks, hotels and rentals, restaurant options, local emergency information with a quick call button, and more features are being added weekly. It's called Local Knowledge Tamarindo and you can find it in the I-tunes shop - LINK
Do you need a surf photographer or videographer for your trip? Check out our list of top pros in all corners of the country.
Costa Rica Travel Health Tips for Surf Trips. 10 Ways to not get sick from Montezuma's revenge, traveller's diarrhea, and other related ailments while traveling. Find out more.
Surf Travel Checklist - print and go!
The exit fee for tourists is now $29 if you pay with cash, plus a $10 transaction fee for credit cards. The amount goes for different nationwide projects in Costa Rica.
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The best printable Costa Rica travel map I've yet to find on the web, from our friends at MAPCR.com
Bus Schedules for ALL Central America
Flights from the U.S. and Canada to Costa Rica, showing airport hubs.
Hotel Reviews for Surfers
Check out these surfer health and training tips from Amanda Mason from Del Mar Extreme in Playa Hermosa
Here's a Spanish-language link to check the status of all roads in Costa Rica.
Check out a cool aerial view of the Southwest and Northwest Pacific coastline at www.vrskytour.com
Driving Directions from the airport to the San Jose/Caldera Highway. It's about time..