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Surfers are reporting that there is a mixture of South and South West swells on beaches in the Pacific. This means knee to chest high waves in these zones. If this trend continues, you will want to head towards southern facing beaches like Playa Esterillos or even try Playa Samara in Puntarenas. For the Northern Pacific, the southern swell should diminish by Sunday and leave this zone with chest high swells for the remainder of the week.
There have also been reports that the swells are getting high on the Caribbean side. Currently they are about chest level, but starting on Tuesday, they are predicted to be one and two feet overhead.
Right now, the big fish are biting about 12 miles off the coast. Charters are reporting consistent double digit days for sailfish with a couple of tunas in this zone. At about 300 feet of water, charters are also pulling in Grouper, with about a few big fish per day. When the sailfish stop biting, crews are switching their rigs for Mahi Mahi, which fishermen are also pulling in with healthy numbers. Charters are also pulling in Snook, Roosterfish and Black Marlins in smaller number.
As is the norm, Tarpon fishing remains the buzz on the Caribbean side on Rio Colorado. Charters are jumping between 10 and 20 giant Tarpon between 85 and 100 pounds. Crews are also bringing in Amberjacks and Snapper. You might also want to have a try at fly fishing for Tarpon, where one crew reported jumping 12 big ones.
Top News Stories
Poas Volcano Is Spewing Smoke and Lava
The volcanic dome inside the crater the Poas Volcano has heated to 580 Celsius and is glowing red and spewing smoke. This also happened in May 2013 and August of 2011. Seismologists don’t feel there is a threat of eruption. However, people with respiratory problems should only spend a limited time at the observation point. The national park is just a short trip from Juan Santamaria International Airport and visit http://TipsCostaRica.com to find great deals on hotels in this area.
Presidential Candidate Luis Solis Nixes Ortega
In a gesture towards Nicaragua, Presidential candidate Luis Solis of the PAC party says he will not invite Daniel Ortega to his inauguration, if he is elected president. In a political move, he is likely forcing his opponent Johnny Arraya to take a position on this topic.
Water Shortages Increase in Heredia
Last year, thousands of people went without water in Costa Rica due to shortages during the dry months. This year, it is expected be especially bad to residents of the suburb of Heredia.
CINDE Job Fair Offers 3,000 Bi-Lingual Jobs
From February 21 to 23, the CINDE Job Fair is offering 3,000 jobs with 55 companies located in Costa Rica. The job fair is located in the Antigua Aduana in downtown San José, You should bring paper copies of your resume and a thumb drive with an electronic copy. Be sure to also bring Identification and preferably proof that you are legal to work in Costa Rica. If you are not legal, you still have some options. You can purchase a corporation for about $600 and then go to the National Registry to obtain your Cedula Juridica. This provides you the ability to work for a company as a contractor under your corporation.
Best Deals on Hotels and Tourism
San Jose Area Hotel Deals
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Jaco Beach Hotel Deals
- Save 22% at the Fuego Del Sol at $79 per night.
Guanacaste Hotel Deals
- Save 35% at the Casa Conde Beach Front Hotel at $230 per night.
- Save 47% at the Allegro Papagayo All Inclusive at $208 per night.
- Save 45% at Hotel Guanamar on Playa Carrillo at $79 per night.
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Manuel Antonio Hotel Deals
- Save 30% at the Tabulia Tree Hotel and Villas at $139 per night.
- Save 30% at the Hotel Villa Teca at $107 per night.
- Save 20% on seasonal deal at Hotel Sirena at $81 per night.
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