Hi, thanks for the reply. I don't have a set schedule, but think I will be in Costa Rica at least 3 more months. I find Manuel Antonio too expensive to stay much longer than that. Then maybe Panama.
As for the show, the locals know nothing. They say they saw film crews on the beach two weeks ago, but I think that was Global Extreme (is that spelled right?) being filmed. I was told it looked like a big bike race that started at 5:30am. That does not sound like a reality show, and it is way too early for me. I make it to the beach no earlier than 8am. And my spanish is almost non-existant so I didn't get more than just basic sign language details.