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todd33
3/19/2018 21:34 EST

Surfing has been my latest choice of hobby. When I went to Indonesia and experienced surfing for the first time, I immediately fell in love with the sport. So when I got back to the states the first thing I did was invest in a good 9” surfboard. It did come with a price I must say it’s totally worth it. This April I’m going to Costa Rica and hopefully I can catch some waves in Jaco. By the time I arrive, my brother will be done joining this singles latin tour event and he can join me in Jaco. He said he’ll rent out a board so he can join me. But first, I need to know the basics about bringing a surfboard to another country. Do I need to present papers or something? Also, how much do airlines charge passengers for checked-in sports equipment?

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Kohl
3/20/2018 08:13 EST

Best to check with your preferred airline, but yes, there will be a charge...

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ILuvCR
3/20/2018 09:09 EST

Hola tod33! Like Kohl said, nothing at this end but check with airline for fees. I see surf boards arriving here all the time.

I'm wondering if you've been here before?

I know there are waves and surfers in Jaco but for me it's not "Pura Vida".

There are miles and miles of deserted beaches to enjoy.

Playa Avellanas, for one is "Referred to by locals as "little Hawaii," Playa Avellana packs extraordinary offshore waves that can reach up to eighteen feet, making it an ideal destination for experienced surfers from around the world. Additionally, this secluded white sand beach invites tranquility and peace. It is a great spot to sit by the beachfront bar and take in the sights and sounds of the ocean. "

https://www.anywhere.com/costa-rica/destinations/playa-avellana

Much of Costa Rica is "pura Vida", but Jaco not so much!

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lucythecat
3/20/2018 13:40 EST

You can expect to pay about $150 each way on board transport. Buy a padded bag. You will spend about $120 per week to rent if you decide not to bring your own board.

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jethroman
3/20/2018 16:22 EST

Jaco would be next to the last on the places in CR that I want to spend any time. Don't even like driving by there.

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costarisa1
3/21/2018 07:11 EST

Hola Amigo,

You should not have a problem since hundreds of people travel here with their boards.

In Jacó you can rent a board if you do not want to go to the trouble and expense of bringing one.

Check out this link or call the airlines http://360guide.info/surf-guides/a-z-surfboard-airline-baggage-fees.html#axzz5ANdjWbg9
¡suerte!

Christopher Howard
liveincostarica.com
costaricaspanish.net

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RebeCR
3/23/2018 11:26 EST

Hey Todd! Costa Rica has so much to offer for surfers- once you feel confident, I highly recommend you take the trip to Pavones in the southern zone - an amazing, world renown left awaits! As for board fees, Jaco is approx 1.5 hrs from the Intl airport in Alajuela so you'll likely drive or take the bus. There can be restrictions on the bus but there are private shuttles too. One little tip: do not, EVER, leave your pretty new 9' board sitting unattended. Keep your eye on it at all times. Have fun!

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lindyluvsCR
3/23/2018 13:30 EST

I agree with Jethroman. Although not been there, very seldom do I hear a good comment. Lots of crime and prostitutes, so if that is your cup of tea .....

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