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The Surfer's Guide to Costa Rica & SW Nicaragua von Parise, Mike (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 29.10.2011
  • Verlag: Surfer's Guides, The
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The Surfer's Guide to Costa Rica & SW Nicaragua

The most most detailed, most current and best selling surf guide to Costa Rica, now includes Central America's new surfing hot spot, Nicaragua. Features over 100 breaks on both coasts and over 100 hotels nearest the breaks. Includes a helpful Tips section including What to Pack and how to pack surfboards, plus map illustrations for major surf regions with helpful driving directions. Not a coffee table picture book or pocket guide. This is a comprehensive, down-and-dirty travel guide for surfers.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 127
    Erscheinungsdatum: 29.10.2011
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780967910048
    Verlag: Surfer's Guides, The
    Größe: 37148 kBytes
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The Surfer's Guide to Costa Rica & SW Nicaragua


"Smoke and ash from field-clearing fires curled up here and there in the middle-distance like riptides; the air smelled like burning wood and diesel fumes, and reminded me of every Central American trip I've ever taken. It was comforting and also a bit exhilarating. I've scored way more good waves to that acrid smell than I have to plumeria and gardenia."

- Matt Warshaw, Surfer , November 2004

Surfer's Paradise

At the risk of sounding cliché, Costa Rica is a surfer's paradise. You have seen it said in the magazine ads and you have probably heard it out in your local line-up. With little qualification, you are hearing it again here. Costa Rica has a zillion breaks with waves coming from all directions on two coasts. You don't need a wetsuit and the hazards are minimal. People are friendly. Comfortable lodging and food are plentiful and reasonably priced. There are populated breaks for those needing company or an audience, and they are usually bordered by empty breaks within walking distance. And when you really want to get remote there are plenty of world-class waves accessible only by boat or long hikes through tropical rainforest. Everything a surfer needs is in Costa Rica.

Friendly, Safe, Beautiful

When one thinks of Central America, visuals of highway ambushes, military violence, mass graves, torture, poverty and especially unpleasant prisons once came to mind. Assign those thoughts to other places, because Costa Rica is a beautiful, peaceful democracy known as "the Switzerland of Central America." For good reason: The standard of living is one of the highest of the Americas. The education and literacy rates are high compared to other countries of the Americas, and the economy is stronger. The people are happy, friendly and well mannered. And while crime has been on the rise, violent crime is rare, especially when compared to the U.S.


Friendly, safe, beautiful, warm water, and all the other wonderful things about Costa Rica conspire to hide the biggest danger: The surf. Drowning is a regular occurrence at the beaches here, but unlike the occasional murder, it rarely makes the news. For example, Dominical alone had 20 drownings in 2001, including a 30-year-old surfer celebrating the first day of his honeymoon. Jacó;, with smaller surf than Dominical had six drownings in 2005. Overall, there were 120 reported drownings in 2005, up from 85 in 2004. While most of the drownings are not surfers, the fact remains that unless you are an experienced surfer and a strong swimmer you should take extra caution. The better beach breaks, reefs and rivermouths all have dangerous rips and undercurrents, and there are almost no lifeguards to be found. So beware, and be a strong swimmer, or wait for small surf to venture out.

For the novice, here's some standard advice on how to avoid the most popular cause of drowning: "Rips." Riptides, rips, or rip currents occur at most beaches with waves. The experienced surfer spots them easily as the brown, sandy, rippled water interrupting an otherwise uniform blue/green shoreline. When waves break they push water up the beach, which then needs to return to the sea. Sometimes, the returning water gathers together forming a sort of river heading back out to sea, a rip current. Swimmers get caught in rips and dragged out past the breaking waves where the rip dissipates and releases the victim. Inexperienced swimmers drown because they don't understand how the rips work, so they panic and try to fight their way back to shore. Even experienced surfers have been known to drown after being caught in a rip, notably in Puerto Escondido, the mainland "Mexican Pipeline." The best thing to do when caught in a rip is to relax and let it have its way with yo

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