Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for March 2012

By: Greg Gordon –

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Caribbean Coast – With four named storms already, it should not be a surprise to see more tropical systems form in the Caribbean. This mean more rain from hurricanes headed over south of the Yucatan, but for the ones that pump under Hispanola it can mean well overhead surf for days before they track north. When they are no waves, this time of year is best for snorkeling and diving in a turquoise sea over some thriving reef systems.

Pacific Coast – Last year the ‘Indian Summer’ landed the last week of July, right after a tropical storm off El Salvador pumped in overhead chop and some squalls from Santa Teresa to Nosara. Each year is different of course, but the standard pattern is offshores until 9:30a.m., onshore and sunny for another two hours, then storm clouds roll in with some glassing off before or after the storm, and an evening shower or two. If you wake up with storms right off the coast and a funky lineup, give it two hours and it should glass off through midday with the cooler temps. Best days for wave size are: July 5th-10th – BIG South swell backed up by some Southwest action, 2-3+ feet overhead. Another Southwest expected by July 25th, but nothing major coming in between.
Full moon – July 3rd New Moon – July 18th

Driving tip #1 – If you bring boards, drive slower than you normally would or put your boards inside of your SUV rental. The reason is that ‘la policia’ will look for cars with boards on top to pull them over. Another reason to put boards inside is that if it starts pouring, your won’t get soaked and stink up your hotel room. And better yet, why pay $50-100 each way for bringing boards on the plane and lugging them through the terminal when many beach towns now rent high quality boards for $15-20 a day? Then if it’s big, rent a step-up board, if it’s small, rent a funshape or fish. Check the site to see the most complete list of surf shops along the coast in Costa Rica.
Best flights*: For July dates, JetBlue has the best deal for $382 RT from Orlando. has been sending out specials on American Airlines for fall travel. $335 RT from Miami and $382 RT from Orlando. Plus they had flights to Liberia for $544 from Orlando. Spirit Air always has a $24 or $35 off coupon so wait for those to book a flight, the latest quoted was $200 from Fort Lauderdale. So get online, buy those tickets, and then contact us to help find the best waves for your level of surfing at any budget – or by phone 877-SURF-007. (877-787-3007) *all prices listed cannot be confirmed until a reservation is made
On July 6th the annual Dominical lifeguards benefit contest will be hosted by, a local surf camp, and is being sponsored by CRsurf. The money raised helps keep the lifeguards paid and to purchase new equipment. The next event on the National Surf tour is July 28th-29th in Santa Teresa, with the finals taking place August 25th-26th in Playa Hermosa.
This year CR Surf Travel Company has donated over $1000 to local surf contests. It is part of their benefit mission statement – To help surf communities unite by promoting surf travel as sustainable tourism option and protecting our coastal ecosystems. These contests develop not just a youth’s surfing skills, but also foster social interactions, a more worldly perspective, and a healthy lifestyle with minimal impact on the environment.
CR Surf also recently donated two nights at the Surfers Dream House in Playa Negra for a Save the Waves fundraiser held in San Francisco. This event helped the non-profit protect waves that are endangered by development or pollution around the world. Visit to learn more. Also, in the spirit of surf community, CR Surf pitched in $100 and stickers for Cocoa Beach’s Watermans Challenge held in June. This is our third year sponsoring the event.
The lifeguard program at Playa Cocles is struggling to stay afloat and need assistance from the surf travel community. Visit to see how to help.
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