Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 19, Issue #941
josymar-fuentes-witchs-rock photo por Augusto Figueiredo
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 19, Issue #943

PIC OF THE WEEK: A surf trip to Costa Rica can make anyone feel like a kid again. Photo: Surfing Nosara

TIDES for November 26th, 2018


Low Tide: (-.50) feet at: 10:46 a.m.
High Tide: 9.6 feet at: 5:02 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - December 7th

National Forecast

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

Caribbean - A 9.8 foot ENE swell (74 degrees) with a 8.4 second period arrives Monday morning with overhead surf and drops slowly through Tuesday. Midweek looks smaller, with waist high waves but by Friday another ENE swell arrives pushing it back to head high for the weekend.
Pacific - A new 2.3 foot SSW swell (198 degrees) with a 16.5 second period builds through Wednesday bringing overhead surf for the last days of the week, before dropping back down to chest to head for the weekend. Another SSW swell pushes in next week keeping it around head high.

Facebook and Video Favorites

ACOS Surfing will host a National Beach Cleanup covering 10 beaches throughout Costa Rica Rica on December 5th.

Cheech on the Beach creates video surf reports for Playa Hermosa. View this beautiful offshore day from a couple of months ago. 

Send in your favorite links to see it posted on the surf report!

View past links to our top lists of YouTube & Facebook videos and Facebook sites


How to Pick the Best Hiking Equipment for Your Next Excursion

The beach town of Tamarindo hosts the Glitters Festival November 30th through December 2nd in the first LGBTQ festival in the country.


Costa Rica is sending its ‘A’ Team to the Pan-American Surfing Games


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 - 11/25 - The tides are moving into the morning slot this week and the surf conditions look good for a great week as long as the swell doesn’t get too much larger than the head high surf we are enjoying now.  The current afternoon sessions have been slightly sloppy, but fun.  Because Playa Grande is one of the few surf spots in our area breaking with any power, there are a lot of surfers in the water at certain tides.  If you are concerned about the nesting turtles please avoid arriving for surfing here in a boat.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 11/24 - Small yet really fun waves in Tamarindo, 1-2ft with early north winds, best breaks within the incoming tides, River mouth and sand bars are the most crowded, also the most consistent breaks. 

Langosta beach still active with the fading SW swell, 2ft some 3ft on the best sets, not too crowded and stronger winds in the mid mornings.
Early bird bookings this Winter Seafari Costa Rica offers 3 private surfing lessons package $ 228 1 person / $400 2 people, includes round trip transportation, 2 hours board rental, rash guard, beach towel and soft drinks, also free Rae footage from a GoPro camera. Glitter 2018 festival in Tamarindo, first Gay festival for an inclusive community LGTBI+ 


Surfing Nosara Chico Lopez at - 11/25 - Beautiful morning today at Playa Guiones Nosara. Today some nice waves and a little soft offshore wind.  The waves were shoulder to head high, the sunny days continue and the mornings here are beautiful, the tide was really low this morning perfect to go out and enjoy this paradise.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 11/26 - 2-3 feet with a dominant SSW med-period swell. Primary Swell: 1.8ft. 15.4 seconds 210 degrees (SSW). Secondary Swell: 1.5ft. 12.5 seconds 214 degrees (SW). Southwest long-period swell steady and Southwest windswell on the rise.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 11/23 - Happy Thanksgiving Weekend — Hot and Sunny – 3ft+ Waist High Waves and FUN – New SSW building thru out the weekend bringing head high surf.  Outlook is good.

 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


Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House - 11/25 - Excellent dropping tide morning session.  3' - 4' and ultra clean.  Straight lines, crisp, consistent walls with plenty of open shoulders, almost glassy, mild offshore, bright sun and blue sky.  Small crowds to top it off.  

Playa Hermosa South similar but smaller as usual.  Dominicalito a little too small.  
Check for late season specials or come by and visit Ruby in her fine art studio/gallery to see her work and ask about her popular class.  Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting and sewing and other techniques.  Also see Steve for relief of body aches and pains, stiffness and soreness as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful. Check with Steve as well for surf lessons and board rentals and sales.  And ask about his private Taoist Yoga instruction.  

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 11/25 - 2’-3’ with poor to fair shape The waves were a touch smaller and less consistent this morning, but still really fun!  The dropping tide killed it, but things may improve once the tide starts filling in again.  Glassy surfing conditions early, light southwest winds at the moment.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 11/26 - 3-5 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 8.5ft. 7.9 seconds 70 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast short-period swell steady.

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