Pavones aerial - photo: Una Ola
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 19, Issue #940
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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 19, Issue #942

PIC OF THE WEEK: Head over heels for those Dominical sunsets- Photo: Greg Gordon

TIDES for November 19th, 2018


High Tide: 7.25 feet at: 11:25 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.72 feet at: 5:51 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - November 22nd

National Forecast

Caribbean5-6 ft.5-6 ft.4-6 ft.4-5 ft.2-3 ft.2-3 ft.2-3 ft.
North Pacific2-3 ft.2-3 ft.2-3 ft.2-3 ft.2-3 ft.3-4 ft.3-4 ft.
South Pacific3-4 ft.2-4 ft.2-3 ft.2-3 ft.2-3 ft.3-5 ft.3-5 ft.

Caribbean - A 9.8 foot ENE swell (70 degrees) with a 8.6 second period maxes Tuesday morning with 1-2 feet overhead surf and drops a foot by Wednesday. By Thursday it's gone, leaving waist to chest high waves for the weekend with another round of ENE arriving next Monday.
Pacific - Minimal SSW swell - 2 feet at 12 seconds - keeps waves in the waist to chest high range all week, with a bump from a new SSW swell (2.2 ft. at 15 seconds) arriving Saturday. This swell grows to 2.5 ft. but it won't get bigger than overhead until the 28th when a 2.8 ft at 18 second SW swell starts filling in and will push in 1-2 foot overhead waves through the 30th.

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If you looking for a environmental superhero, visit the Facebook page of Carolina Sevilla, founder of the #fiveminutebeachcleanup. 

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G-Love is coming back to Nosara on November 24th. Check here for details.

Envision Festival Debuts a Scintillating 2019 Music Lineup. See who is playing!


Brisa Hennessy becomes the first Tica to join the World Surf Tour


Another cleanup takes place on November 24th at the Cabo Blanco Reserve south of Mal Pais. Check their Facebook event for more information.

Oceans Unlimited Scuba Dive Center is hosting another 'Dive for Debris' event on December 15th in Quepos. Check their Facebook page for details.

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HALF OFF rooms at Tamarindo Vista Villas until December 10th!

10% off ALL TRIPS booked this week with Safari Surf Adventures (this week only)

5% off at Dollar Car Rental - add it as the coupon code

10% off at WOW Surf by mentioning CRSurf at checkout

10% off at Adventure Inn near the airport in San Jose

10% discount at car rentals (put 'CRSURF' in the comments section and copy your confirmation number to us to provide service during and after your trip)


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 11/18 - The head high morning surf this week has been excellent with brisk off-shores and beautiful weather.  The tide has gotten too low now for the double morning and afternoon sessions we enjoyed last week, but the great morning conditions should last well into the week. There were lots of surfers here for the weekend since Playa Grande was breaking nicely with the small swell.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 11/18 - Fun waves all over the North Coast, the 5th north winds did arrive in time to hold some of the last SW swells of the season, clean 1-2ft rides in Tamarindo, super friendly for beginers and long boarders, farily crowded line up as it is usual now in the sand bars of Tamarindo Bay, plenty waves for all!

Playa Grande and Avellanas with any more breaks, does not feel as crowded, long morning sessions because tides are in the mid mornings, perhaps want move appointments to the afternoon. Waves 2-3ft on the best sets, peaks spread all along the beach, nice north winds and warm waters make this a good start for the up coming summer.

Try Out Surfing by Seafari Costa Rica, entry level surf lesson, in one of the safest and most beautiful places for beginners to learn, Tamarindo beach.

Lil Lucha  Taqueria in Tamarindo are turning one year old and want to thank all of our amazing customers for helping make this happen!!

Birthday specials include: Chicken Mole Roja , Shrimp Campechana , Drink Specials, Free Desserts (while it lasts), Prizes , Saturday, November 17th. Lunch served from 11a-3p, Dinner served from 5p-9p. No reservations.



Surfing Nosara Chico Lopez at - 11/18 - Today we started another beautiful morning, sunny skies. The waves are fun, they size are chest high to shoulder high, and occasionally the good, clean set and offshore wind. Next to G-Love on 11/24, Charlie the Street Drummer, Nick & Jhon Jhon, also Ojo de Buey will play a special show at the Nosara Benefit Festival to support the Nosara Social Security. The event will be at the former La Banana - next to Il Basilico. Get your tickets now at the the Surfing Nosara office and we hope to see you all there next week!

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 11/19 - 3-4 feet with a dominant SSW med-period swell. Primary Swell: 2.7ft. 13.5 seconds 213 degrees (SSW) Secondary Swell: 2.2ft. 8 seconds 175 degrees (S). Southwest med-period swell steady and a secondary South windswell steady.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 11/16 - Sun coming out thru the cloud cover here in Playa Hermosa – SW swell peaking 3-5ft+ and outlook is fun thru the weekend.

 We are offering Surf & Fitness Packages: Surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), yoga, fitness, healthy food & plenty of good times included! More information.

Manuel Antonio / Dominical

Manuel Antonio

manuel-antonio-surf-school-125Luis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 11/11 - Today the waves were very small in the morning and in the afternoon around 2, we started to get some good 2ft waves.  Thanksgiving Promo - Running from November 17 - November 30. Both 4 night and 7 night all-inclusive surf camp packages are 20% off.


Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House - 11/19 - Early morning rising tide found small waves 2' - 4' with mostly closed out conditions.  Short walls dumping full length with few workable shoulders.  A lone surfer paddled out - tried to drop in two or three times, gave up and paddled in.  Otherwise nice water conditions - straight lines, strong offshore, consistent sets but...nothing to ride.  

Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito same conditions just smaller.   Check for late season specials or come by and visit Ruby's fine art and craft studio/gallery.  Be sure to ask her about her popular 'basket' class.  She teaches what she calls 'Palm Part Art' - learn the ancient crafts of basketry, weaving, twining, sewing, plaiting etc...  Also see Steve if in need of relief for sore muscles, body aches and pains.  His East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  See Steve also for surf lessons and board sales and rentals as well as private yoga instruction.

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 11/18 - 2-3’ with poor shape The swell picked up overnight and is showing decent consistency, with some shoulder high sets pushing through.  The wind is light and calm.  Good surfing conditions!  The swell seems too west, causing a lot of closed out sections on the lower tide.  Should improve with a touch more tide!

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 11/19 - 5-7 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 9.9ft. 8.6 seconds 73 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell on the way out.

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