Costa Rica over Thanksgiving

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Costa Rica over Thanksgiving

Postby davewsail » Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:44 pm

Four of us are heading to Costa Rica over the Thanksgiving week. We are doing two days on Lake Arenal and six days at Bahia Salinas. I just bought an HD camcorder with a waterproof housing and plan to get some killer footage. It is sure to be off the hook!

I was wondering if any other BAK folks will be down there at that time? And if anyone is interested in going, there is definitely room to join the group--PM me if you're interested. Airfares are pretty cheap right now-- got mine for $550.
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Postby Loscocco » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:02 pm

Hmm verrryyy tempting.. Any forcats on what the winds will be like that time?
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Postby davewsail » Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:13 pm

Never been for kiting but November is the start of the windy season. KiteWindSurf guarantees wind so that says something about what to expect. I'm sure others can offer voices of experience.
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Postby Proparoo » Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:08 pm

I went to Lake Arinal about 12 years ago for a week of trekking and a week of pole surfing mid December. Winter is the windy season and Lake Arinal is one of the windiest places in the world. Everything was fantastic and we had a wonderful time but I must warn you, for 3 strait days it blew OVER 45 mph and increased to what must have been 60 all night!!! Never have I experienced such incredable wind power, total liquid smoke... CRAZY CRAZY WIND.... For those of you that have windsurfed, I was on a 2.7m sail and 7' 6" board for all 3 days... Now that's crazy small stuff, smaller than I use at the Gorge.

One thing about this wind, it was the cleanest wind in the world... I would say it never went more than 10mph up or down the whole time and if you have a small enough kite it would have been great... like a 5m kite.

The Hotel Tilawa (at the lake) was fantastic, 1st. class, great country to trek around, rain forests, wonderful people...

I bet the coast would be really great kiting... world class waves.
Just stay away from San Juan as it has lots of crime. Also, lots of crime on the East coast.

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Postby Loscocco » Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:50 pm

Count me in..... I just booked my ticket from San Francisco to San Jose....
San Jose, Costa Rica..lol.
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Postby davewsail » Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:35 am

Cool Erin, it should be killer.

BTW, anyone know what kite sizes for down there at that time of year?
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Postby K. Cliff » Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:01 am

Dave, call Jeff and Emily at kitewindsurf 510.522.9463 they have a shop and accomodations if needed (I think). They are very helpful.
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Postby flippersurf » Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:08 pm

Hi Dave

Where did you find the $500 tickets? Thx! [p]
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Postby davewsail » Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:40 pm

Flippersurf, a month ago we got the tickets off of cheapoair and orbitz. Given that it's been a month I'm sure the ticket prices have changed a lot.
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Postby Loscocco » Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:09 pm

I got my ticket like 3 weeks ago and it was about $470 with all txes and stuff.
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