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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 19, Issue #943
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 19, Issue #945

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 19, Issue #944

PIC OF THE WEEK: Sunsets in Dominical are worth the trip. Photo: Greg Gordon

TIDES for December 10th, 2018


Low Tide: .15 feet at: 10:44 a.m.
High Tide: 8.58 feet at: 5:03 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - December 22nd

National Forecast

Caribbean 5-6 ft. 3-4 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft. 5-7 ft. 5-7 ft. 6-8 ft.
North Pacific 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft.
South Pacific 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft.

Caribbean - More ENE swell (74 degrees) with a 8 second period keeps the surf in the chest to head high range, with only a small dip Wednesday. A new ENE fills in for the weekend bringing some overhead sets. 
Pacific - Small surf for most of the week with a few chest high sets from a 2 foot SSW swell with a 14 second period. The next bigger swell 2.7 SSW at 14 seconds arrives on the 18th.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Reserva Playa Tortuga has workshops for kids to learn about the coastal ecosystem and volunteer programs to help monitor sea turtle nests. 

The Dominical Wave Cam is back up! Check it out at and check the conditions before paddling out.

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


Feature Article - What to Check when Renting a Surfboard

Seven Wonders of Sarapiqui Costa Rica

Get an enlightening perspective on how it feels to be a woman surfer in this travel story by Tara at Tarantula Surf.


Costa Rica wins Copper among the nations, Gold and Bronze in women and Silver in men in the Pan American Games. Read more.


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

--> Just mention CRSURF and get <--

3 days Surf Package: Private and progressive 2-hour lessons. Value for 3 lessons US$ 240, special deal when you mention or contact us thru CRSURF US$ 216 - SAVE 20%. 

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 - 12/9 - Conditions are perfect for the small, good surf as the surfing tides move into the morning and the wind combs the peaks until mid day.  Double sessions through the beginning of the week.  Everybody is here in the afternoon and mid morning since we are practically the only break close by big enough to work.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 12/9 - The SSW and WNW swell disipated leaving behind a small SSW 1-2ft swell in Tamarindo, perfect for all those who are not into steep, fast drops and large crowds, but rather ride the long boards on a endless line to the beach, line up is now more crowded, all schools are back to the sand bars on the north end of Tamarindo, the point breaks still active but not lit up as they were few days ago. Winds are shifty now, smooth breeze from north in the mornings and SE wind in the afternoon within the higher tide.

Langosta still has some juice 2-3ft in the morning sessions with a pretty uncrowded lineup, light breeze in the morning makes it the best time to be out there.
If you have ever wanted to get a taste for surf and try your hand at riding the waves, then this is the class for you. “Try out Surfing” is an entry level class that can be held privately, take advantage of the early bird reservation deal thru CR Surf and book  3 days Surf Package: Private and progressive 2-hour lessons. Value for 3 lessons US$ 240, special deal when you mention or contact us thru CRSURF US$ 216. 
Sundays, brunch fix on with Joe and Luiz lie music at The Shack in Potrero 11:30-1:30  


Surfing NosaraAndres at - 12/10 - Happy beginning of the week to all, Beautiful Monday morning with great conditions and fun waves. This morning waves ran chest to shoulder high with clean shapes, the south side of the beach looked more consistent and perfect.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 12/10 -  1+ feet with a dominant SSW med-period swell. Primary Swell: 1.5ft. 11.7 seconds 212 degrees (SSW). Secondary Swell: 0.7ft. 17.7 seconds 216 degrees (SW). Small Southwest med-period swell steady with background South windswell fading.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 12/5 - NEW SSW WAIST HIGH FUN AND NICE CONDITIONS WITH LOW TIDE EARLY IN THE MORNING  – SUN OUT STRONG IN Playa Hermosa –  Outlook is FUN FUN 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


Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House - 12/10 - Continued small surf; 2' - 3' waves this morning with a dropping tide and grey skies.  Good conditions overall with clean lines and smooth, clean faces.  Easy paddle-out but few crowds.  Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito smaller but also showing good conditions and few crowds.  

Hotel Roca Verde is host to live music each Thursday night featuring singer/songwriter Ken Nickel and his electric fiddle partner Nancy Buchan.  Make an evening of it; enjoy good food, good music and a fun family atmosphere.  
Tortilla Flats is now offering live music each Monday night with Nancy Buchan and Kim Carson with their popular selection of covers and originals.
Check for late season discounts and specials or come by and visit Ruby-Kim in her fine art studio/gallery and see her work and ask about her popular class which she calls 'Plant Part Art'.  Learn the ancient arts of weaving, twining, plaiting and sewing.  And for relief from stiff and sore muscles, body aches and pains check with Steve as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  See Steve also for surf lessons and board sales and rentals.  Steve also offers private lessons in 'Taoist Internal Exercises' which are a helpful addition to your regular yoga routine.  

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 12/10 - 1’ with poor shape It’s flat at the point!  Punta Banco had some waves, but it was still super small.  We need some south swell soon, and it looks like we might have a tiny pulse of medium period south swell heading our way midweek.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 12/10 - 4-6 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 8.8ft. 8.4 seconds 66 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell steady.

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