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    Cycling in Costa Rica - Ride Reports

    Posted this in the South America forum, but that forum doesn't get much traffic. A fun couple of days in Costa Rica!

    Recently, I had 10 days in Costa Rica, 2 of which included some cycling.

    Day 1 - Playa Flamingo - Monkey Trail Ride Report

    Day 2 - Playa Flamingo & Playa Brasilito Ride Report

    Fun off-road cycling and a spectacular environment!













    The scenery was just about impossible to beat. Good times.
    Last edited by rallison; 10-01-09 at 10:39 PM.
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    hi Rallison!, great pics, I am very glad you enjoyed my country!.... Costa Rica has great places for MTB, and all the Guanacaste area is beautiful and fun to ride... did you bring your bike with you, or you just rented /took some local tour? would you come to CR just to do some MTB??

    I am asking because I am currently exploring the possibility of making a sort of "training facility/park" club for MTB near Tamarindo, and i would love to receive some feedback, as you already have been around here!... (I have a 15 hectares land for this and want to combine it with local tours and some other adventure sports -i.e. hiking, kayaking, trail running, surf, etc-)

    your comments would be greatly appreciated! :-)

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    Do you all know Greg Miller of Seal Beach who owns Sandpiper Bike shop on Seal Beach Blvd?

    He runs a hotel in Costa Rica. He was a rider on the U.S. Olympic team when Carter boycotted the Olympics, so he never got his chance.

    Maybe you might connect with him in Costa Rica about tours and training facilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    Do you all know Greg Miller of Seal Beach who owns Sandpiper Bike shop on Seal Beach Blvd?

    He runs a hotel in Costa Rica. He was a rider on the U.S. Olympic team when Carter boycotted the Olympics, so he never got his chance.

    Maybe you might connect with him in Costa Rica about tours and training facilities.
    Hi Garfield Cat!, unfortunately I do not know him, but it would be great to meet him

    If you have any contact information, please let me know!, otherwise i will try to get a hold of him through his shop (yellow pages) or people from the area, cheers!

    Bernardo

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    that is absolutely amazing. I would love to do a tour through scenery like that. That kind of riding is so much more enjoyable, not to be a hippie, but its so much more at one with nature. You get to experience nature, and not just ride through it. What bike were you on? how long were your rides? man, reading this forum always makes me want to get out there and ride.

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    ya...more feed back please? I want to go to CR really bad and i want to ride for a few days while on the trip. did you use a service or just go out on your own? THey have some great tours from what ive read.

    Either way..id like to get down there and do some cycling......some jungle...some beach....

    my ultimate would be

    cycling
    beach
    jungle
    zip line
    id really like a helicopter ride as well.

    i hear the food is awesome as well.

    nice pictures! looks like a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awesomejack View Post
    What bike were you on? how long were your rides?
    The bike was a lower end Marin hardtail mountain bike. In Playa Flamingo (where we were staying), we rented from the Flamingo Marina Resort I think it was. The bikes were nothing special; I was just happy to find a place renting mountain bikes!

    The rides themselves were just 2-3 hours long...I would have loved to go longer but we had other activities planned those days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scale View Post
    ya...more feed back please? I want to go to CR really bad and i want to ride for a few days while on the trip. did you use a service or just go out on your own? THey have some great tours from what ive read.

    Either way..id like to get down there and do some cycling......some jungle...some beach....

    my ultimate would be

    cycling
    beach
    jungle
    zip line
    id really like a helicopter ride as well.

    i hear the food is awesome as well.

    nice pictures! looks like a blast.
    I didn't use a tour this time, but would love to do a volcano cycling tour next time. That said, there are tons of dirt roads out there, so it is easy enough on your own to find fun roads (or just ask for recommendations where you rent the bike. For the routes I did (if you happen to be in the Playa Flamingo area), just click on the Day 1 or Day 2 links in my first post and the routemap will be at the bottom of the entry.

    The beaches and the jungle can be truly stunning in CR. Definitely do both. And the food is yummy - lots of fresh, cheap seafood. The sea bass and dorado are both excellent.

    Road cycling also seems to be popular in some areas, but I would personally stick to mountain bikes due to the plethora of dirt roads.
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    How was the temperature and humidity? I know the one time I transited the Panama canal it was both warmer and more humid than I would really enjoy for cycling. One of the reasons I moved to Reno is the low humidity. As a kid the family lived in the Philippines for several years and I grew to dislike hot and humid weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tatfiend View Post
    How was the temperature and humidity? I know the one time I transited the Panama canal it was both warmer and more humid than I would really enjoy for cycling. One of the reasons I moved to Reno is the low humidity. As a kid the family lived in the Philippines for several years and I grew to dislike hot and humid weather.
    Guanacaste area is located at the north side of CR while Panama is down south... humidity is very high in Panama compared to Guanacaste... even if you have a high temperture in Guanacaste the sensation is a lot better....

    Depending on the season (we only have rainy and sunny months)... humidity will vary of course... but I would say it won't affect to much for MTB

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsandovalb View Post
    Hi Garfield Cat!, unfortunately I do not know him, but it would be great to meet him

    If you have any contact information, please let me know!, otherwise i will try to get a hold of him through his shop (yellow pages) or people from the area, cheers!

    Bernardo
    I just spoke to Greg Miller. He's in Costa Rica right now. He named the hotel after the name of his bike shop here. That hotel in Costa Rica has its own web site. I asked if he does bike tours and he said yes but occasionally. It like what Ralliston shows in her pictures. Playa Hermosa is the name of the town and the nearest big town is Jaco. The hotel is right on the beach. Greg will be back in Seal Beach in about 3 weeks.

    Try this: www.sandpipercostarica.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    It like what Ralliston shows in her pictures.
    His, not her.

    The temperature was hot but not insane and the humidity was pretty high. Coming from a dry heat you will be uncomfortable at first but you can get used to it. Also, if you are riding through jungle area, the shade helps a lot. The common afternoon thunderstorms also help cool things down.
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    im reading about the sandpiper on traveladvisor. The place looks great but some folks less than pleased with being over charged. Seems odd....

    The place looks great though.

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