Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for September 2013
By: Greg Gordon – www.crsurf.com
Caribbean Coast – There has been consistent swell already showing and with the tropical storm season in full swing expect continued chest to head high swell with pockets of well overhead waves when a hurricane pushes west and north. No hurricanes have ever directly hit the Costa Rica coast, but can pull lots of squalls behind it.
Pacific Coast – Two pulses of Southwest swell will push in overhead waves this month. The first arrives around the 9th with max sets 2-3 feet overhead and the second won’t show until the 23rd and that one will have bigger sets, reaching double overhead and lasting through to the 27th. Rainy season squalls may keep it onshore in the morning so it’s better to plan what breaks to surf around the tides, rather than the time.
New moon – September 5th Full Moon – September 19th
Now is the time to book your flights and hotels for your Thanksgiving or winter vacation. The nicest hotels sell out early as do the cheaper seats on the plane. However, if you can’t wait that long for a tropical surf fix, then there are plenty of reasons to go sooner. Here are a few discounts you can only find through CRsurf:
* 40% discount on rooms at Rancho Itauna. ($60 with kitchen or $50 w/o) Valid until the end of October
* 10% off boat trips to Witchs Rock and Ollies Point with the tour company H2O Go South
* 15% discount at La Dolce Vita (from 15th of April to November 30th)
* 10% off at Adventure Inn near the airport in San Jose
* 10 % off at Costa Rica Surf Institute in Tamarindo
* 20% discount at Cafe Playa Negra
* 15% discount at Pavones Riviera
Also, Atrapasuenos in Santa Teresa is having a Green Season special, 3 nights for 2 people for $290 with breakfast, taxes, and your choice of a massage, surf lesson, or ATV rental. Apartamentos Veranera in Playa Grande is having a September/October Special for a one bedroom apartment for $200/week or a two bedroom for $250 per week. We always have new events and discounts posted on the site so check back often.
Best flights*: For this month, Spirit Air has the lowest prices from Orlando or Fort Lauderdale to San Jose for $273.00 (+ $30 for checked bags each). American Airlines have a few flights for $291 roundtrip with a stop in Miami and Jet Blue has non-stops for $353. Find a seat and then email us firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 877-SURF-007. (877-787-3007) *all prices listed cannot be confirmed until a reservation is made
Team CRsurf has had another incredible year. Noe Mar McGonagle from Pavones took the Junior Mens Title and earned second in the Open division. And Leilani McGonagle earn top honors in the Junior Womens Division of the National Tour. We are proud of both team members and will continue to support them for the 2013-2014 season.
Carlos Munoz, a Volcom team rider from Jaco was featured on the cover of the latest issue of Surfing Magazine. He is the first Costa Rican to make it on the cover of a major surf publication.
The Backyard Bar in Playa Hermosa hosts a surf contest behind their hotel every Saturday with cash prizes.
There are two new webcams up so you can check the surf from anywhere in the world. The first is hosted by Witchs Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo – www.witchsrock.com. The second shows you the break at Esterillos Oeste and is hosted by Hotel La Dolce Vita - www.hotel-ladolcevita.biz.
The 5th Annual Festival of the Whales takes place in Uvita on the weekends of September 6th-8th and the 13th-15th. Come visit the Marina Ballena National Park and support efforts to save the whales and dolphins of Costa Rica. Check www.festivaldeballenasydelfines.com for details.
ArteViva takes place again in Puerto Viejo from September 28-30th and CRsurf will again help sponsor the event. It brings together the community by hosting art galleries, craft workshops, and lots of fun activities for kids in the region and the money raised helps buy materials for the kids to use for art projects.
CR Surf Travel Company is a member of the Surfrider Foundation and 1% for the Planet, donating one percent of their proceeds to environmental causes. We are also a certified Benefit Corporation, pledging sustainability in all of our business decisions.
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