Working Man's Costa Rica Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Finger Mullet, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. crash a-ron

    crash a-ron mmm...burnt steel

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    Thanks for this ride report! Had me looking at flights the day after I read it...and now I've managed a week off in January!

    Just got off the phone with Thorsten, and arranged my reservations- NX400 for a week, couple of bucks in my pocket, and a map looks good to me.

    Costa Rica here I come!:clap
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  2. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Finger Mullet just boosted the CR tourism business with a great and concise travel plan, inexpensive itinerary, and lots of excellent pictures. I have done some jeeping in Belize and I think any trip in Central America is a real eye opener.
    Way to go FM.:clap:clap
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  3. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

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    way to go, man. you're my hero, finally something suited for a working stiff, not a super trip eeeveryone seems to be doing these days, requiring consulting fees and a chase car.
    right on:clap
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  4. LaOutbackTrail

    LaOutbackTrail Certified Smartass

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    Here are a couple of my trip reports to Costa Rica...
    "Another Boring Ass trip to Costa Rica"
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=195948 Edit: pics arent on the RR???
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  5. WaywardSon

    WaywardSon Long timer

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    Very nice report! Excellent pics, but most of all a great attitude. That's the way to travel.

    Thank you for taking the time.
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  6. jimboo

    jimboo Adventurer

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    That's exactly what I liked about this report! Finger Mullet was open for every adventure on his trip and took the mishaps always with a smile! :thumb
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  7. Finger Mullet

    Finger Mullet Adventurer

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    Ha, Ha, Ha ....... you're takin my girl for a spin....have fun :D

    Only suggestions I could think of is bring your tire irons and patch kit w/pump. Also bring a compass......ya may need it. :rofl BTW Noone of the roads have signs :huh Period! lol

    As far as paths to take, consider going North on the Peninsula beyond where I went......If I had to do it over I would have never gone to Iberia and stayed in the coastal rainforest.......but if I did I would have never found Santa Rosa.....Have FUN and take a LOT of PICS :lol3
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  8. MK96xj

    MK96xj 100% Seat Time

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    Cool and Doable little trip. Thanks for sharing.
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  9. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Dirty again

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    Excellent report and pics!:thumb
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  10. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    Finger Mullet,

    I just found this report. What a great ride! Thanks for taking the time! :thumb
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  11. KMA

    KMA KicksMyAss on BDS

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    Just booked my XT600 w/ Wild Rider for 2/29-3/6/08. I may follow something similar o your route or head down to Dominical/PuntaArenas area. Thanks for the motivating TR!!:clap
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  12. amigoride

    amigoride n00b

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    Two of us rented Wild Rider's Yamaha 600 singles for ten days in Feb. '07.
    We ran up 2,000 kms. and had an absolute blast.You are coing to love this trip.Costa Rica has so much to offer. Take the best road map you can buy/order with you. I highly recommend getting off the pavement and exploring some backroads. The run along the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula from Playa Coco south to Malpais (or vise versa) is fabulous for remote pacific beaches and cool little towns.Several river crossings that are all doable in Feb.
    I highly recommend the route (trail?) from Quepos on the west coast up into the high mountain coffee region known as "Los santos". You will come onto the most amazing new two lane paved road that follows the mountain ridges at over 10,000 ft. !! When we came onto this I could not believe what I was seeing.It connects the towns of San Carlos, San Lorenzo, and San Marcos.The views are fabulous as you look down on the clouds and watch the terrain break dramatically down in both directions.The road leads east to the main calleterra (highway) at Empalme.You can do this in reverse but it is best to climb up the dirt road/trail.If the weather is dry try to get to Quepos, then east to a little town called Naranjito where you turn left at the school/soccer field. Follow this road til it comes to a shallow wide river.Cross the river and stay on the road/trail all the way up.it's a must do ride if you want dramatic views from jungle surroundings. The people in the small communities are friendly. It's only 3-4 hours from Quepos to the top where this road to heaven meets it at a fairly leisurely pace.Practice some basic Spanish.This part of the country is not visited by a lot of tourists.The communities in this coffee region are beautiful and appear prosperous.
    The country in the mountains/hills east of San Jose is very beautiful.The route through to La fortuna and the Arenal volcano is worth the ride especially if you continue through to Tilaran after driving the twisty road along Lake Arenal.Then down to Las Canas on the main highway.
    An awesome ride would be:
    San Jose ( "adios Thorsten" ) through Alajuela (the traffic and drivers in San Jose are a real experience) and San Miguel to Fortuna.Nice ride. Take in the Arenal volcano and the SkyTram zip lines if you have time(these lines are something else).
    Fortuna to Tilaran along Lake Arenal (wonderful twisties).Down through the mountains to Las Canas. North from Canas to Liberia then west out to Coco.
    South from Coco (ask directions to the monkey trail)and dwon the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula on the dirt road.From Mal Pais in the south you can get to Montezuma via Cabuya.
    Then along the bottom end of the Peninsula to Paquera where the ferry will take you across the Gulf of Nicoya to Puntarenas.Get the heck out of Putarenas and continue south along the coast of the mainland to Quepos.
    At Quepos take the trip described above into the mountains then through to the main highway and back down to San Jose.
    100% guarantee to be the best week of riding you have ever had. I've been down three times now and have seen most of Costa Rica. If I can be of any help please drop me an e-mail.
    I'm excited for anyone doing this trip.You will never regret it.
    "Buena suerte"
    Brian.
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  13. coug66

    coug66 Coug66

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    Thank You Amigoride this is exactly what I was looking for.

    When I first read this thread I was instantly inspired. I knew if it was possible that I should do this. My brother jumped on this trip immediatly. With my brother in I presented the opportunity to several friends and will be taking a group there in August.

    I can hardly wait and the thread and this last post are exactly the type of help I was looking for.

    I really am excited and am counting down the days.

    Ian
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  14. Nata Harli

    Nata Harli Accidental Tourista

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    FingerMullet,

    Thanks for the RR. :clap I´m leaving Panama tomorrow and heading through Costa Rica. You´ve got my juices flowing.

    Nata
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  15. crash a-ron

    crash a-ron mmm...burnt steel

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    FingerMullet,

    Thanks again for your excellent ride report! Also- Thanks to everyone else who has chimmed in! We are leaving Saturday for Costa Rica, and I can't wait!!!! Those little 400's will rue the day you posted this RR. Pictures later I'm sure.

    Cheers-
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  16. TwistySV650

    TwistySV650 Adventurer

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    My best friend is in the process of building a house in CR, so I'm just starting to pick up some info on the place. The summers in CR are considered the rainy season, so if you are going in August I would keep this in mind if you are planning on riding off road.
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  17. crash a-ron

    crash a-ron mmm...burnt steel

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    just dropped the bikes off with Thorston after the best week of riding I've ever had. Cervesas and contrabando :clap on the patio. Ride report once work settles out...
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  18. Finger Mullet

    Finger Mullet Adventurer

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    Pics....lol....any Howler issues.....Did ya go solo too. :D
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  19. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Outstanding report, great info and pics.
    Are you SURE that was fruit th Howlers were throwing? :lol3
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  20. Motomech

    Motomech Adventurer in Latin Amer.

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    I live at the mouth of the Monkey Trail, on the road to Coco. Any riders passing thru, feel free to E-mail or call me(670-1433)
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