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With a wealth of natural attractions packed into a landmass the size of Louisiana, Costa Rica lives up to its name, which translates to “rich coast.” But what has made the country a prime destination in the last few years is its 700-mile coastline and dozens of scenic beaches. The so-called Hawaii of Central America is fast becoming known as one of the world’s top surfing spots, and for good reason.
Thanks to its location, Costa Rica enjoys consistent surf and warm water throughout the year. There is no shortage of options when it comes to accessible breaks, and conditions range from beginner-friendly to daredevil all within a small stretch. The best part is probably the price: despite all its offerings, Costa Rica is one of the most affordable places to surf in the area, with the average rates easily fitting into a modest tourist budget.
Costa Rica’s surfing regions are spread across three areas: the Pacific coasts in the north and south, and the Caribbean. The top-ranked beaches include Playa Rajada, Playa Jobo, Bahía Junquillal, Playa Hermosa, and Playa del Coco, all of which are in the north.
There are good breaks to be found throughout the year, but each region has its own “peak.” The Pacific side gets the best surf from June to August, the country’s rainy season. In the winter, which is dry season in Costa Rica, the Caribbean coast offers the best surf. Weather conditions can be sporadic, so in addition to checking the forecast, make sure you always have a backup plan in case the waters look unfriendly. In most beach towns, there’s always a number of inland activities to help you pass the time.
Some beaches are best avoided altogether as they are known for riptides; these include Dominical, Jacó, and Espadilla. Crocodiles also tend to hang out in break points that open up into river mouths—a local can usually tell you where it’s safest to go. Alternatively, you can follow the crowd—seasoned surfers often know the best spots, and all you have to do is go along.
Finally, you may also want to read up on local surfing customs. Although the beaches are fairly relaxed, there are unwritten rules on right of way, as is the case with most surfing beaches. Most of them have to do with respect for locals (it is their beach, after all), and an effort to comply with their norms can go a long way.
The RV lifestyle has long appealed to those who value mobility, flexibility, and ease, and those who like being able to get away from the city anytime. But as is often the case, the challenge is finding a good RV or trailer at a reasonable price, and one that will stay with you for years. A quick look online might turn up some staggering price tags, but that doesn’t mean there are no good deals to be found.
For instance, Boat-n-RV offers a good selection of RVs and travel trailers from the industry’s top manufacturers, such as Gulf Stream, for competitive prices that are hard to find anywhere else. Gulf Stream travel trailers are known for their high-quality craftsmanship, comfortable interiors, and sturdy design—everything you’d look for in a trailer, and then some. Their products consistently get high ratings for safety and reliability, and owners particularly like its low-maintenance design.
One of the top sellers is the Gulf Stream Cardinal, created in 2010. It is one of the most fully equipped trailers out there, making it especially attractive to families who like long-haul trips. The kitchenette comes with a microwave hood combo, refrigerator, and a double sink, and the bath is enclosed and well-built.
Bath-n-RV carries a number of other Gulf Stream trailers, from small, basic ones ideal for low-budget buyers to luxury models that go well into the six-figure range. There’s no shortage of choices, especially if you know what you’re looking for. If you’re not sure what you want, browse around to get an idea of your choices, try to get tips from other RV owners, or get help from the company itself.
If you’re on a tight budget or aren’t ready for a big investment, used trailers are a good alternative. There’s always a risk to buying used, but that’s why it’s important to buy from established, reliable dealers like Boat-n-RV. With a good name backing up your purchase, you can be sure you’re getting your money’s worth even on a used model. There is also a pre-approval option for credit buyers, as well as a service and parts department allowing you to get repairs done or order spare parts with ease.