Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for May 2010
Did you know the Costa Rican government wants to downgrade the Las Baulas National Park to allow more development in Playa Grande? This is one of the last nesting sites of the endangered leatherback turtle in ALL of the Americas. You can help protect the park by signing this petition created by the Natural Resource Defense Council, posted on the CRSURF Facebook page at www.facebook.com/crsurf.
By: Greg Gordon – www.crsurf.com
Caribbean Coast – Don’t expect big surf this month, but when it’s tiny and the sun is shining the snorkeling is incredible. The rainy season has started so also be prepared for an afternoon dousing. What’s best is that the hotels drop their rates and when there is surf the lineups won’t be nearly as crowded.
Pacific Coast – May is a favorite month to travel to the Pacific. First you have very consistent swells from the South and Southwest. Second, the high season is over and summer hasn’t started which mean few crowds. And third the rainy season dampens the dust and turns the landscape green again. It’s not the 12 hours a day a downpours like in October, but more likely afternoon showers that help afternoon glass off sessions.
New moon – May 13th Full Moon – May 27th
The movie release for Fe De Agua, the story of a local surfer from Guanacaste who goes pro, will take place at Aqua Disco on May 7th in Tamarindo at 7 p.m. The movie was filmed on the Nicoya Peninsula and employed local actors and directors.
I have been putting together a lot of honeymoon trips, which include a few days at Volcan Arenal, a couple of days in Tamarindo, and wrapping up the vacation in Nosara. These custom packages are priced at less than $1500 per couple for the rooms and the car rental. With summertime around the corner, I also have some great options for the family and college students who need low budget accommodations. Just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you mention the ‘Beachside Resident’ when you book a trip, you will get a free CRSURF t-shirt for every traveler coming with you.
The next contest on the Circuito Nacional de Surf will take place on May 22-23rd in Nosara. Then the grand finale occurs on June 25-26th in Playa Hermosa. Come watch the best surfers in the country compete to see who makes it on to the National team to compete in the ISA World Surfing Games.
Also save the date of July 9th as Hotel Luz de Vida in Santa Teresa hosts an international surf competition with a $10,000 purse. Check the website and Facebook page as more details become available.
How about some summer reading for the kids?? Check out All the Way to the Ocean, a book that teaches kids not to litter, because eventually it will end up in the sea and hurt marine life. Written by Joel Harper with a introduction by Laird Hamilton, it is a great way to show your kids how to take care of our oceans. You can buy it in our online store – www.crsurfshop.com.