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Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (report date 2/22/2018)

We’re still in the Southern Hemisphere summer doldrums. This weekend into early next week we’re expecting a continuation of small to moderate SSW-SW (200-220) to continue. Long range models show more promise for around the 5th of March. Read more for details?

The overlapping mix of SSW-SW (200-220) is expected to basically maintain a fairly consistent run of knee to chest high+ waves along the exposed coast through the middle of next week. Everywhere will vary a little bit, with standouts potentially seeing some head high-head high+ sets occasionally.

The pulse that is supposed to gradually build through mid-next week could be a bit more consistent and bring a few bigger sets to standouts Thursday and Friday as well. Otherwise only small variations day to day.

Tropical Outlook

Tropics looking quiet for the time being.

Sol spot by Austin Gendron




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Here are 11 of the best beaches in Costa Rica for beginners to learn to surf.

** NEWS and EVENTS **

2/18 - Surf Forecast for Envision Festival Feb 22nd - 27th 2018 Plus Surfing, Safety & Area Travel Tips. Read more

1/30 -
CRcurf's Greg Gordon Interviews Stephen Brooks, founder of the Envision Festival. Read more

1/5 - Envision Festival 2018 has announced their final lineup. Read more

12/29 - Envision is discounting VIP 4-day tickets by 30% only for New Years. Promo Code: TREATYOURSELF2017 Get Tickets

11/25 - Read our experience traveling to Jaco to visit Vista Guapa Surf Camp.

11/11 - Check out our interview with Bodhi Surf School owner Travis Bays.

11/1 - Win a Trip to 2018 Envision Festival in Costa Rica. Read more

9/17 - Hotel La Dolce Vida 2017 Photo Contest. Submit your Entry Today. Learn more here

6/25 - Envision Festival Returns to Costa Rica on February 21-25, 2018. Read more

3/10 - ISLS Spanish, Service & Turtle Rescue Itinerary 2017. Read more

Surf Inn Hermosa has new healthy vacation package choices including Learn to Surf, Standup Paddleboard Fitness and PADI Open Water Diver Certification. Learn more at Surf Inn Hermosa website. Mention the Surf Inn Hermosa newsletter and get 20% off your stay at Surf Inn Hermosa!

Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Vacations in Costa Rica. Read more


Specialty Camp: CRsurf has partnered with Fishing Nosara to organize a surf boat charter for advanced surfers coming to Playa Guiones in 2017. This package includes seven nights in a quality rental home with laundry, breakfast, and house cleaning. Boards you can rent (or bring for a discounted rate), plus you get a deluxe four passenger golf cart, and TWO boat tours to remote big wave points or reefs that are not accessible by land. Send us a note if you are interested.

Specialty Camp: How about an exclusive Family Surf Retreat with Del Mar Surf Camp? Private accommodations for four, roundtrip transfers, daily breakfast and lunch, daily surf lessons and equipment, professional photographer, and a custom gift. Plus choose from additional activities like hiking, yoga, or horse back riding. Only $5500 for the whole family for six nights and seven days. Email us to sign up.

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NOW Fully Customizable Surf Trips to meet every budget and skill level !!

Have you been asking yourself,How do I sell my timeshare now?You’re not alone. Get your timeshare appraisal today!

Ten Ways to NOT get your stuff stolen on a surf trip - LINK

Rip Currents and how to Avoid them

Do you need a surf photographer or videographer for your trip? Check out our list of top pros in all corners of the country.

Costa Rica Travel Health Tips for Surf Trips. 10 Ways to not get sick from Montezuma's revenge, traveller's diarrhea, and other related ailments while traveling. Find out more.

Surf Travel Checklist - print and go!

The exit fee for tourists is now $29 if you pay with cash, plus a $10 transaction fee for credit cards. The amount goes for different nationwide projects in Costa Rica.


The best printable Costa Rica travel map I've yet to find on the web, from our friends at

Bus Schedules for ALL Central America. And here is a PDF showing all of the times for buses in Costa Rica.

Flights from the U.S. and Canada to Costa Rica, showing airport hubs.

Hotel Reviews for Surfers

Check out these surfer health and training tips from Amanda Mason from Del Mar Extreme in Playa Hermosa

Here's a Spanish-language link to check the status of all roads in Costa Rica.

Check out a cool aerial view of the Southwest and Northwest Pacific coastline at

Driving Directions from the airport to the San Jose/Caldera Highway. It's about time..

If you're wondering, where is that POLL?
Check here..


If you are a surf traveler, then you'll love this group of surfer girls who made a movie of their worldwide adventures. Check out - Three Killas y un Kiwi

Buena Vista Villas and Casa Buena Vista Video Tour in Nosara

Del Mar Surf Camp trains women how to surf in Jaco and Nosara on YouTube.


1/17 - Drones confirm importance of Costa Rican waters for sea turtles. Read more

1/17 - Costa Rica – Ecuador Swimway Proposed To Protect Marine Life. Read more

12/21 - Costa Rica Authorities Fight Illegal Logging. Read more

12/21 - Vacationing in Guanacaste? Take Into Account the Schedules of the Wildlife Protected Areas. Read more

12/20 - Costa Rica Among The Highest In CO2 Emissions in Central Amercia. Read more

12/2 - Costa Rica’s Constitutional Chamber Puts Temporary Stop to New Trawling Permits. Read more

10/6 - New Global Shark Regulations Require Action by Costa Rican Fisheries Institute. Read more

8/16 - Illegal shrimp trawler caught red-handed in Cabo Blanco Marine Managed Area. Read more

7/19 - Global call on Costa Rica to ban export of 8 tons of stockpiled hammerhead shark fins. Read more

6/6 - 5 Hammerhead sharks tagged during expedition to Cocos Island with Sylvia Earl of Mission Blue. Read more

6/1 - Sustainable Costa Rican Tourist Companies Can Get International Certification. Read more

Top Eco-Videos

Check out the trailer for this video showing the benefits of sustainable tourism and the pitfalls of large scale tourism in Costa Rica on YouTube - The Goose that lays the Golden Eggs

Sylvia Earle talks about protecting the oceans in Central America on YouTube.

New! Find out more about Las Tortugas and the role ecotourism plays in the conservation struggle on YouTube.

Watch and learn about how shark finning in Costa Rica and around the world are killing off shark populations..

See the Hacienda Baru Olive Ridley Turtles hatchery. Read the article about the kids' experience.

NO TUNA FARMS! - This documentary is part of Pretoma's "No Tuna Farms" campaign.





2018 Costa Rica Tide Charts

Here's the NOAA Central America Wave Model for the next 5 days (click the globe)

Central America and Caribbean Wave Model

Daily Surf Videos
from all over Costa Rica


Witches Rock Surf Camp Video
Witchs Rock now has a HD streaming webcam right in front of their surf camp in Tamarindo. Now you can check the waves 24/7 here.

Mal Pais Surf Cam Videos

This table shows when the coasts are best to surf throughout the year on a 1 to 10 scale. (10 is the best) The chart does not factor in "El Niño", just general wind conditions, swell direction, crowds, and wave size. For more info, check on the FAQs and Research pages.
NW Pacific
Central Pacific
South Pacific



Top Surf Videos

Witchs Rock Surf Tours surfing Ollie's Point, starring Luis Castro

Check out Ronald Brown and Carlos Munoz in Hawaii with Volcom's Go Surf video.

Coco Ho and Claire Bevilacqua visiting Santa Teresa to catch a few, from our friends at

Tony Roberts' newest surf/lifestyle vid of the Guanacaste Coast on YouTube - It's Wide Open

YouTube Vid of Jefferson Tacson (CRSURF rider) and friends at Playa Hermosa. Surfeando en La Chanchera con: - Hnos tascon - Lizbeth Vindas - Jeremy Segura - video por Ezequiel Avaro

Skimboarding in Costa Rica - by Justin Gillis

If you are looking for a reason to surf in Costa Rica - check out this video!

Tide Charts for Costa Rica

Tide charts for Costa Rica for 2018!

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2/4 - Carlos Muñoz and Jamie O'Brien Won The Heat in Pipeline. Read more

1/13 - Today Playa Cocles in front of 506 starts the Puerto Viejo Open Pro. Read more

1/8 - Selina Open Pro next week starting on the 20th. Read more

~ 2018

12/29 - National Circuit Kölbi 2018 Will Bring Back Live Broadcast and New Circuit Schedule. Read more

12/15 - Costa Rica Leads 100% Of Its Team To The Final Day of Competition (En Espanol) Read more

12/9 - Costa Rica National Surf Team heads out to the Central American Surfing Games (in Spanish) Read more

12/6 - Adaptive Surf Team from Costa Rica Comes Back with the Bronze Medal! (In Spanish) Read more

12/1 - Hawaiian Pro 2017 - Noe Mar Caught a Tube at Sunset Beach. Read more

11/25 - The Central American Sports Games Started Today! Read more

11/23 - Named The Rivals Of Costa Rica For The Central American. Read more

11/19 - Fedesurf and Icoder Led Jaco's First Injury Prevention Functional Workshop. Read more

11/16 - Noe Mar will face Jordy Smith in Hawaii. Read more

11/15 - Finally: Ticos Start First Prime Today in Hawaii. Read more

11/10 - Jim Hogan Entered The WQS Of Barbados And Ranked Round 2. Read more

11/9 - Triplet of Ticos in The Triple Hawaiian Crown. Read more

10/27 - Tomás, Carlos, Noé Mar and Anthony Start WQS Tomorrow in Hawaii. Read more

10/19 - Leilani leaves this Friday in Search of the Top 20 in The WQS. Read more

10/17 - Tropical Storm Nate left this awesome wave in Dominical! Read more

10/12 - Camila, Kalani And Rachel Earn International Economic Surfing Scholarship. Read more

10/9 - Surfer Leilani McGonagle Gives Costa Rica Gold at Chile WQS. Read more

10/4 - Leilania McGonagle surfs into the record books. Read more

10/1 - Leilani McGonagle Places 2nd In U-18 World Surfing Junior Championship. Read more

10/1 - Costa Rica’s Junior Surf Team Wins Fourth Place of Aloha Cup, ISA World Jr.. Read more

9/28 - Eva, Zulay And Coral Entered Repechage Rooms VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Read more

9/27 - Attention: Tomás King 2º in WQS 3.000 Of Philippines! Read more

8/31 - Tomás King Acaba De Meter Un 10.00 Perfecto en El WQS De North Carolina. Read more

8/29 - Leilani Started With Victory In Spain. Read more

8/25 - Tomás King Just Moved To Quarter Finals In Virginia. Read more

8/24 - The Great Generation Sub 12. Read more

8/23 - Carlos Muñoz And Four Ticos More Start Today WQS 3.000 Of Virginia. Read more

8/7 - Cali Muñoz advances to US Open Surfing quarterfinals. Read more

8/6 - Carlos Muñoz Brings the Costa Rica Flag to the Semifinals of the US Open of Surfing. Read more

8/5 - Costa Rican Carlos Muñoz Gets Through to Quarterfinals at US Open of Surfing. Read more

Top Contest Videos

Isaac Vega's 10 point tube ride in Playa Hermosa

Noe Mar makes the favorites again with a 9.57 ride at World Juniors Surfing event in Portugal on Youtube

Surfos Magazine created an awesome video of Noe Mar and Leilani (CRsurf team riders) in Barbados - LINK

Check out Carlos' PERFECT 10 at PIPELINE here!! and Carton Surfboards Team Rider Leilani McGonagle on You Tube






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