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Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for July 2010

By: Greg Gordon –


Caribbean Coast – Since the experts are calling for an active hurricane season for the Atlantic, it’s expected to push in chest to head high surf anytime the winds pick up. Otherwise it will be hot, humid, and flat – great for snorkeling and sunbathing with a cold Imperial or coconut water.

Pacific Coast – Already two tropical systems have brushed the coastline, bringing some flooding and plenty of local wind swell. After the big South swell pushes 2-3 feet overhead through for the 4th of July weekend, it backs off to chest to head high surf for the next week. Then another Southwest swell arrives midmonth, keeping it overhead for another week, followed by waves from the South. Nothing major is showing later in the month, so the best waves are at the beginning.
New moon – July 11th   Full Moon – June 25th


A few rumbles are still being felt along the coast, and the new toll-road to the Pacific has been closed off temporarily during certain days, so be prepared for detours or take the old route. The problem was the walls cut from the mountain were too steep, and so rocks have been falling on the highway.
If you head to the Caribbean, be sure to check out a festival created in honor of Costa Rican calypso legend Walter “Mr. Gavitt” Ferguson. It will be celebrated July 5th to 18th in his hometown of Cahuita, on the southern Caribbean coast. Read more on their site, Festival del Cultura de Cahuita,
La Dolce Vita in Playa Esterillos Oeste is holding a photo contest, with a 3-night stay at the resort as the top prize. Check their site for more information and to submit your photo.
There are still plenty of great hotels that are offering special low season deals that only CRSURF promote. How about $15/night economy rooms in Playa Grande, hostels and guest houses from $12/night per person? A standard SUV is only $168.00 plus insurance. So send us your ideas for a relaxing summer vacation with great surf and we’ll put together a trip for you.
Best flights found for July: JetBlue from Orlando for $426.00, American Airlines from Miami for $340.00. The cheaper flights are later in the month and August.

Luz de Vida Resort in Santa Teresa is hosting a pro surf contest on the weekend of July 9th to the 11th. There will be $10,000 in prizes with Open, Juniors, and Womens divisions.
The Costa Rica National Surf Circuit ended on June 25th and 26th with Luis Vindas winning the National title in the Open Division. Carlos Munoz took 1st place for Juniors and Lisbeth Vindas won her 8th National title. Congratulations to Noe Mar McGonagle from Pavones, on the CRSURF team, who took 1st in Grommets and 2nd in Boys.

Help put up bridges for monkeys in Manuel Antonio. Call 2777-2592 or e-mail Or if you are in Playa Negra, get out to Azul Profundo Boutique or Luna Llena hotel to buy a souvenir T-shirt, mug, or sticker for the Salve Monos save the monkey program. They dedicate countless hours and every dollar or colon received to the areas Howler Monkeys. All profits go to planting trees for corridors, putting up bridges over streets and power lines, and doing population studies.
Thanks to Ron McLean at Dominical Photos, the lifeguard program has a new website. The lifeguards have made dozens of saves this year, and their salaries rely on donations from the community and tourists. During the last peak season professional lifeguards stayed in town to volunteer their services, too. If you would like to contribute resources to the program, visit CRSURF also supports the lifeguards in Esterillos, Tamarindo, and Playa Cocles.






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