Monday, June 2, 2008

SURF REPORT -- Costa Rica: in harmony with nature

The Epic wave on Playa Del Rey

Costa Rica is an estate of more than 20 tropical sims showcasing a variety of Costa Rican natural environments from miles of golden sandy beaches to dense tropical rain forest. In fact, one of the objectives of the estate is to highlight the importance of living in harmony with nature. The estate is home to the three most famous beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park in real life Costa Rica: Playa Espadilla Sur, Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Escondido.

Costa Rica has several interesting surf breaks and there are plans to further develop the Costa Rica estate as a surfing destination. The main surf breaks today are Playa Del Rey on Pacifico Central 1, Playa Escondido on Pacifico Central 4 and Playa Santa Teresa on Pacifico Norte 1.

Playa Del Rey is the home of the Costa Rica estate's only Epic wave. This is a short 100 yard Epic break starting in the middle of the sim and breaking into the beach. Pacifico Central 1 is also home to the Playa del Rey Surf Shack, which sells a variety of surfboards including Analog Surf, Jac Mornington's Realistic, Namiko, Poid Mahovlich's glow at night surfboards and also Heather Goodliffe windsurfers. You can just about see the pod of humpback whales in the neighbouring Pacifico Central sim to the north, although they tend to stay away from the waves.

Playa Escondida's pipeline wave breaks into a secluded bay

Three sims south of Playa Del Rey is Playa Escondida, where a three section wide pipeline wave breaks into an otherwise calm bay fringed with tropical vegetation. Whilst, the newest addition to the Costa Rica surf scene is a long four-wave pipeline break at Playa Santa Teresa, with phosphorescent waves that run in for just about 255 yards onto an island just in front of the Peninsula Nicoya Sur mainland. Playa Santa Teresa also has a vendor for Poid's luminous surfboards. There are two or three sets of fluffies that break along the shores of Golfo de Nicoya and Isla Venado, which are both north of Pacifico Central, but these all run for just a few yards each and so of limited interest to surfers.

Playa Santa Teresa's phosphorescent pipeline wave break

There are many other activities for visitors in Costa Rica include boating, canoeing, fishing, hang gliding, scuba diving, whale watching and white water rafting. Costa Rica has clearly developed the estate aiming to provide visitors and residents with the best experience and the attention to detail really shows.

Most of Costa Rica is residential with privately owned land, but the convenant for the land ensures free passage to allow non-residents to explore the estate, although the homes themselves are out-of-bounds. There's a lot to explore. The estate provides a hovercraft tour for new arrivals in Costa Rica, accessible via hovercraft stations on different sims throughout the estate.

URL: Costa Rica Sims
SLURL: Playa Del Rey
SLURL: Playa Escondida
SLURL: Playa Santa Teresa

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35% Discount Offered To National Tourists
An intensified campaign to spur local tourism starts in August will mean discounts of up to 35% during the low season and 20% in the high season for Costa Rican nationals.

The ministro de Turismo, Carlos Ricardo Benavides and the president of Canatur, Gonzalo Vargas, yesterday unveiled a program that includes 118 participating businesses that include hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, car rentals and restaurants, that will offer the discounts.

The program called "Redescubra su país" (Rediscover your country) is being promoted by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICE) - tourism board, the Cámara Nacional de Turismo (Canatur) - national tourism chamber, the Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles (hotel chamber) and the Banco Nacional (BN).

The Tourism minister said that he hopes that the program will increase tourist activity by as much as 20% by the end of the year.

The program is geared towards Ticos (Costa Ricans) to visit every corner of the country, the tourism industry spending as much as ¢200 million colones on television and newspaper advertising to promote the program.

For his part, the president of the Cámara de Hoteleros, Carlos Lachner, the national tourist is the main support of the industry and had no doubt that local tourist will maintain the industry afloat in the face of a decrease of the expected drop in US tourists, a result of the economic conditions of the US.
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Only One Bidder For the Liberia Airport Expansion
Only one company, the Houston Airport System Development Company (HASDC), has made an offer to build and operate the new passenger terminal at the Daniel Oduber Quirós airport in Liberia. The HASDC is the same firm interested in completing the work at the Juan Santamaría, San José airport.

According to Karla González, ministra de Transportes, only the HASDC has made a bid for the work although 13 firms had shown interest.

The Oduber airport is in urgent need of an expandion due to the increased number of visitor arrivals and to allow airline counters and boarding gates to handle up to 1.500 passengers from the current 600.

González did not offer any explanation as to the lack of interest by other bidders, putting a positive spin on the situation, saying that if the Houston offer is accepted, the process of awarding the project will be much faster as there will be no other bidders who could possibly appeal the decision.

However, the reality may be different, as the government may be forced to cancel the bid the and start a new one.

The decision whether to accept the Houston offer will be known in about three weeks, as officials of the Aviación Civil y del Consejo Nacional de Concesiones review the offer. If the technical aspects of the offer are accepted, the process of financial analysis then begins.

When the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) put out the bid it estimated that the new terminal would cost us$18.9 million dollars and would take 12 months to complete. The details of the Houston offer where not revealed.

The MOPT hopes to have the construction of the new terminal underway by early 2009 and have it open by 2010.

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