Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for September 2009
CR Surf Happenings for November by Greg Gordon

By: Greg Gordon –


Caribbean Coast – October usually means rainy season. This season is a little different since El Niño is in full effect. That means more rain showers east of the Talamancan mountain range, but overall less tropical activity for the Caribbean. No consistent swells coming until mid-November.

Pacific Coast – This month is usually the rainiest of the year, but with El Niño it won’t be as plentiful, especially up in the northern Guanacaste region. This means cleaner conditions with plenty of South swells filing up from Peru. However there will still be some heavy downpours toward the end of the month so keep an eye out for lightning, flash floods, and objects floating in the lineup.

Full moon – October 4th   New Moon – October 17

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Hotel and surf camps have their cheapest rates of the year in October. You can find a room on the beach with A/C and breakfast for <$50, or get up to 30% off boat trips or all inclusive camps. Just take a look around the website, and when you see something you like, let us take care of the rest.

Don’t forget to book your tickets NOW for the holidays. There are still tickets out there for under $300 from Miami, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale but you have to start planning with your family and friends. Let CR Surf Travel Co. find a great package for you that won’t break the bank.


The Jaco Surfing Association is putting together a contest to promote student surfers and education. It will have all age groups from grade school thru University, and prizes will be donated by local businesses. The contest will be held at the Best Western Jaco Beach on October 30 – November 1. There will also be a costume party at Bar El Muelle in the Jaco Beach with great prizes as well for the best costumes! For more info contact Chuck at or Selena at

There are new dates for the Central American Surf Championship. It will take place on October 24-25 at Playa El Sunzal, La Libertad, El Salvador.


With the help of donations from Surfrider Foundation Tamarindo, development group Las Mareas and area resident Drew Smith, Tamarindo only lifeguard Jorge Zamora’s salary was paid through August. However, the lifeguard program needs help to continue. The beach stand needs more equipment as well as more lifeguards, and of course the salary of the one remaining lifeguard needs to be protected. To help, contact Cheryl at cherylmckillican or if you are in the area talk to Mike Clifford at the Surfers Sports Club in Playa Langosta.

The lifeguard program in Dominical is also having financial difficulties. In order to raise funds, calendars featuring locals tica are being sold for $20. Buy them at the hotel Tortilla Flats and go to to find out more on how to help the group.


Teams from National Geographic have been visiting Isla del Coco in submarines between September 9th and October 1st. While scientists gather data, film crews will shoot scenes for an hour-long documentary to be aired on the National Geographic Channel. Follow the trip at Scientists have uploaded daily photos, videos and reports to the website during their visit.

The leatherback turtle population has declined by 95 percent during the past two decades. Playa Grande, which was of the nesting site for more than 1,000 leatherbacks per year in the late 1980’s, now hosts only some 40 to70 of the nesting sea turtles annually. Las Baulas National Park may be reduced by new Government legislation, and we want to know what you think about it. Post your comments on the CR Surf Travel page on Facebook.

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