With two pretty beaches, and great waves for surfing, this little town attracts backpackers and families alike. But with prices on the increases, it’s starting to lose its appeal, so get down here quick while you can still afford it.
Where to surf
Nearby Playa Langosta caters to the more experienced surfers (head there at 7am to catch 5ft waves) while the local beach is more geared up for beginners. Most hostels offer surf board rental for $10 per day and you can get lessons pretty much anywhere.
Where to eat
Want to kick-start the day with a healthy breakfast? Head down to Pura Vida for delicious smoothies (1000 colones – £1.20) and if you fancy a quick snack try the empanadas at nearby Burger Beach. Be warned: they’re addictive.
Where to party
There is something different happening every night of the week from open mic events to ‘Single and Mingle’ nights. Aqua is a cool club on the beachfront with regular ladies’ nights and parties that keep backpackers flocking in their droves. If salsa and live music is more your thing head to the Crazy Monkey.