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Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for April 2010

By: Greg Gordon –


Caribbean Coast – The wave season is wrapping up this month, but there are still periods of overhead surf. Just follow any Northeasters that head off the coast of North Carolina and wait about a week. The weather is just right, with lots of sunshine in the morning and cooling rainshowers in the afternoon. Expect locals to dominate the lineup at Salsa Brava, but plenty of open space at the Playa Cocles beach breaks.

Pacific Coast – The first major southwest swell hit the last week of March. It was a combo swell since it had plenty of sets from the west northwest, pushing the wave size to double overhead. In April, expect more swells from the south southwest, arriving about every two weeks and lasting 3-4 days with the biggest waves on day two. Hard offshore winds keep some surf off the northern Nicoya coast, so the southern coast is the place to be.
New moon – April 14th   Full Moon – April 28th

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The first week of April is crazy with Semana Santa allowing most residents to take a week off and visit the beach. Add to that Spring Break in the U.S., and that means lots of beachside traffic, mucha fiesta, and more crowded lineups. However, after the 11th it quiets down quickly.
The reason for the missing report in March was that I was doing some research and attending many ‘board’ meetings. In Puerto Viejo, I stayed at the eco-friendly Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge, in Playa Hermosa the rustic beachfront Cabinas Las Arenas, and in Santa Teresa my hosts were the beachside Blue Surf Sanctuary and way up the hill in Surf Vista Villas. All of these are great options if you planning your next trip. Reviews for these accommodations and many others are on the CRSURF website.

The next contest on the Circuito Nacional de Surf will take place on April 10-11th in Santa Teresa. CR Surf Travel Company currently sponsors five surfers that compete on the national tour: Lealani and Noe Mar McGonagle from Pavones, Elliot Bishop from Puerto Viejo, Jefferson Tacson from Jaco, and Luis Castro from Tamarindo.
Also that weekend (although unconfirmed at print time) in Boca Barranca will be the Gidget Pro Longboard Association World Championships. Boca Barranca is one of the longest lefts in the world and for year Toes on the Nose held an annual event hosted by Rabbit Kekai. Usually local beaches hold their own events so if you are a competitive surfer, check the local surf shops to sign up.


The Jaco Chamber of Commerce wants to continue to help support the Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to nesting grounds for olive ridley, green and rare hawksbill sea turtles. The refuge needs help with basic infrastructure and equipment, more park rangers and public services (electricity and telephone) and educational materials for visitors. To help with this project, contact the chamber at 2643-2853 or

If you wish to help the lifeguard program in Dominical, you can make a donation at Last Easter week they made over 40 saves!






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