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Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for March 2012

By: Greg Gordon –


Caribbean Coast – The first week is going to be slammed with surf from East swells, at least overhead. Then there’s a few days of inconsistent chest high waves, followed by another heavy dose of solid overhead swell. There will be crowds in most lineups near Cocles and Puerto Viejo, but you can spread out north of Cahuita or take a boat trip to an outer reef.

Pacific Coast – Minimal surf to start the month, but there is hope. Storms are building south of Australia, and by mid March the first of them should start pumping up some foot overhead Southwest waves. With the new moon more South swell will follow, but the final days of the month end with tiny surf, lasting until Easter (April 6th). If you have a Spring Break trip planned, check our forecast the week before you go – When it is small the few top waves spots up north will be jammed so it may be better to stay in the central Pacific.

Full moon – March 8th Full Moon – March 22nd


This month is ideal for sunshine and plentiful offshore winds. Most of the popular resorts, cabinas, and camps will be full towards the second half of the month but you can still find some space for your Spring Break trip. Check out our list of over 65 camps to choose from, something for every budget and skill level here – Here are a few specialty camps taking place this month:

Del Mar Surf Camp ( is hosting a 9-day all Women's Retreat, March 11th - 19th
Bodhi Surf School ( hosts an empowered self surf retreats March 24th - 30th
Waves Costa Rica ( is hosting an all girls Roxy Costa Rica Surfari - March 6th – 13th

Best flights:
The cheap seats are gone. JetBlue has a few non-stops from Orlando to San Jose for $372.00 and up. Spirit Air is $385 (or $329 from Fort Lauderdale), plus carry on and checked bag fees. This is the time to buy tickets for your summer vacation!
Just email us to help plan your customized vacation –

The first contest on the Circuito Nacional de Surf de Costa Rica took place in Playa Hermosa on February 25th-26th. Carlos Munoz, who just returned from a great showing in the Volcom Pipe Pro, was a big favorite, but to see who won and photos from the event, you’ll have to go to since at press time we didn’t have the results. Their second date will be in Palo Seco, about 30 minutes’ drive south of Jaco, on March 25th-26th. This year there will be only six categories: Open, Open Femenino, Juniors, Boys (Sub-16), Grommet Femenino (Sub-15) y Longboard. Good luck to our team riders Noe Mar McGonagle and Leilani McGonagle from Pavones.

Also in March, The ALAS Tour Reef Classic will take place in Santa Teresa on March 8th to the 11th. There will be over $25,000 in prizes with the best surfers in Latin America competing. Visit their Facebook page for details.


The 13th Annual Robert August "Surf n Turf" Charity Challenge will take place at Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla on March 29th to the 31st. The Tamarindo Diria will be the host hotel and the Awards Ceremony takes place at Witchs Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo. Donations benefit the non-profit group CEPIA.
If you are traveling to the Osa Peninsula, check out the Envision Festival: a gathering of artists, music, sacred movement, yoga, dance, permaculture and eco-educational workshops. It’s March 1st – 4th in Bahía Ballena, just inland of Uvita’s whale’s tail beach.

On your way, don’t forget to buy your Dominical lifeguard t-shirts and stickers at Tortilla Flats right across from the beach in Dominical. The program relies solely on donations, and the group saves dozens of lives each year from drowning. Visit to learn more and you can also donate online.
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