Costa Rica Surf Report: October 2011
Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast for February 2012

By Greg Gordon


Caribbean Coast: This month starts the wave season for the Caribbean. Late-season tropical activity in the Gulf can bring surf from the north. Then, later in the month, powerful northeasters that file down from Canada push off from the east coast and send swell to Costa Rica’s beaches with surf up to double overhead. If the center of the low pressure is off of North Carolina, pull the trigger to Salsa Brava about 10 days later.

Pacific Coast: Mid November marks the end of the rainy season and the return of offshore mornings and sunset sessions. Sandbars formed by swollen rivermouths are in good form for plentiful peaks. The only downside is that the swells from the south and southwest become fewer and less powerful, especially toward the end of the month. Best surf will be on the 12th and 13th.

Full moon: November 10 New moon: November 24 Get ALL the tide charts for 2012 on


Would you like saving 10-53% on surf camps and retreats this winter in Costa Rica? Just visit our Trips page and see which locally owned businesses are offering deals if you mention We’ve already researched each to make sure they’ll take care of you and show you a great time while you’re visiting. Plus, you don’t have to drive! If you do want to drive, we have great prices on the smaller SUVs like the Bego for only $179 per week, plus insurance.

For flights, the cheap seats have mostly sold out. The best deals look to be on Jet Blue from Orlando for around $350, plus they only charge $50 each way for boards. Or you can wait until Spirit Air runs a special from Ft. Lauderdale, but remember that they charge extra for everything — even carry-on luggage!


Craig “Tequila” Schieber from Puerto Viejo became the first Tico to win Gold in the ISA Masters World Championship held in El Salvador. His title in the Grand Kahunas division, plus a 5th place from Andrea Diaz, helped Costa Rica earn a 7th place finish overall. The next contest is the Pura Vida No Pro November 19-20 in Playa Esterillos. This event helps raise money for orphanages and brings kids from San Jose to teach them how to surf. Then December 1-4 is the Reef Latin Pro, held at Terrazas in Playa Hermosa. This event will feature the best surfers in Central America as well as host the wildly popular Reef bikini contest.


CR Surf Travel Company is a member of 1% for the Planet. This means we give 1% of our profits to an environmental group that shares our values in protecting the oceans and the creatures that live in them. This year we are donating $250 to the Costa Rican NGO – PRETOMA (Programa Restauracion de Tortugas Marinas). This group has worked tirelessly to help protect sea turtles from shrimp boats, sharks from long line fishing, and surf breaks like Pavones from experimental tuna farms. In 2011 we have donated over $1200 to local and international charities and we hope that our generosity will make a difference in the future of all surfers.


We are still far short of our goal to raise $1095to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device that would help drowning victims when their heart stops. In Costa Rica there are dozens of drownings each year, and many times the victim is brought to shore unconscious and cannot be resuscitated using CPR. Visit if you wish to help.

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CR Surf Travel Company is a member of the Surfrider Foundation and 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of its proceeds to environmental causes.

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