"Packing List" Surf or Dive Tip by SURFIN7TH
Surf or Dive, Costa Rica: 3 reviews and 3 photos
Luggage and bags: As always pack light. The weather is always nice during the dry season. Bring your own surfboard. Rental boards aren't always available and the ones that are, aren't always that good. I suggest using pipe insulation around the rails of your board to protect it from the baggage handlers. Lacsa charges $25 per board each way.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Slaps or sports sandles is all you need at the beach areas. If you plan to go out somewhere nice bring some shoes. If you're going to be hiking or walking in the woods, bring boots and several pairs of hiking socks.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Medical supplies may come in handy. Even the smallest cut can get infected fast. Medical care in Costa Rica is supposedly very good but I'm glad i didn't have to find out for myself. Oh yeah, some peoples stomachs don't cooperate with the local agua and cuisine. Be prepared.
Photo Equipment: Film is expensive but available. Bring lots of it you'll need it. Disposable waterproof cameras are fun and be left around with less risk of theft or damage.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: High UV protection sun-block will save you from the extreme sun exposure in Costa Rica. A hat and sunglasses are also neccesary. Wearing rash guards while surfing saved us till we got a base tan.
Miscellaneous: When returning home you will not be allowed to bring your bug spray back on the plane. The custom officials will also only let you take home one lighter or pack of matches which they will ask you to put in your pocket. They search most peoples bags and throw away what they confiscate.
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