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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 19, Issue #944
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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 19, Issue #946

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

PIC OF THE WEEK: Santa Teresa is the place for blue skies, green rainforests, and big airs. Photo: Carlos Palacios -

TIDES for December 17th, 2018


High Tide: 6.91 feet at: 10:05 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.98 feet at: 4:00 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - December 22nd

National Forecast

Caribbean 4-6 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-6 ft. 7-10 ft. 6-8 ft. 5-7 ft.
North Pacific 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft.
South Pacific 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft.

Caribbean - Consistent ENE swell (7.9 feet at 63 degrees)with sets reaching head high all week, a little bigger on the reefs. A NNW arrives Saturday pushing in some surf up to double overhead and lasting for the rest of the weekend. Next week is showing more big waves, 1-3 foot overhead.  
Pacific - A new SSW swell arrives late Tuesday bringing waist to shoulder high surf through Thursday before fading out. And leftovers from the big WNW swell up north creeps in late Thursday (2 feet at 20 seconds) bringing some chest to head high waves for the Guanacaste Coast. Long term forecast holds more waist to chest high waves, but nothing bigger arriving through the new year.

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OCASO Music Festival in Tamarindo January 2nd to the 7th.


Banana Beach Club is hosting an Air Show every Monday in Santa Teresa from now until April 29th. $250 in prizes offered in three categories - tag team, best air, and best wave.


Support the kids of Dominicalito by sponsoring a Christmas Party to be held for them on December 24th. Check this Facebook post for details on how to help.

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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 - 12/16 - We are enjoying perfect morning surf conditions to match our shoulder, to just overhead, constant swell.  Tamarindo has been breaking with the westerly direction of the swell and some of our guests have been scooting down the service road to the Tamarindo Estuary to surf some great chest high waves.  The crowd comes and goes and there have been hours of uncrowded peaks every day.  We expect more of the same as the tides move into the afternoon during the week before the holiday crowds arrive the day after Christmas.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 12/17 - Off shore winds are back to the North Pacific Coast, Tamarindo's river mouth epic rights are lit with the fading mix of SSW and NW swell, 2-3ft within the change of tides, sand bars are very crowded, although there are waves for all, point breaks like Henrry's and Pico Grande are activated and consistent, giving plenty of room to the more advanced surfers. Be aware of the consistent winds, because its direction pushes people off to the rocky points. Casitas at Playa Grande, has been working with the swell direction with solid 3 ft waves, uncrowded line up and slightly sheltered from the strong gusts of wind. Totally worth the $2 round trip on the taxi boat, to avoid the river local (crocs) and have fun away from the beginners in Tamarindo.

Try out surfing and check your bucket list this winter, 2 hours entry level surf lessons in Tamarindo, ISA certified coach at Seafari Costa Rica. The classes will be carried out during the day's best tide and we do our best to meet the individual requirements and interests of each participant.
RestoPizza El Sapo celebrates 4 years, on December 20th, stop by ad enjoy the Pizza Promo and live music.


Surfing NosaraAndres at - 12/17 - Very fun conditions today guys, some Chest to Sholder high sets rolling, and looks super fun. We had light offshore wind and the morning was beautiful.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 12/17 - 1-2 feet with a dominant SSW long-period swell. Primary Swell: 1.1ft. 16.6 seconds 208 degrees (SSW) Secondary Swell: 1ft. 12.7 seconds 202 degrees (SSW). Small Southwest long-period swell on the rise and a secondary Southwest medium period swell steady.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 12/15 - Small SSW swell, waist high and high tide in the morning. Fun with light winds this morning –  The sun is 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.


Walking on Water Surf Shop Jaco Chuck at WOW Surf Shop - 12/17 - Surf yesterday was 1/3 ft in Jaco with great conditions both weather and wind. Plenty of people showing up and lots of new boards and goodies in the shop this week! Come on in and see it!

Manuel Antonio / Dominical

Manuel Antonio

manuel-antonio-surf-school-125Luis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 12/17 - Waves are waist high in Manuel Antonio and waist to shoulder high in Dominical with some overhead sets. Conditions are clean. Best place to surf is Playitas in Manuel Antonio or Dominical.

Special: Still need a gift for the holidays? Book an all-inclusive surf camp package before Dec 31 and receive 20% off. Valid for stays through December 2019.


Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House - 12/17 - Very small, very clean, mild offshore and only a handful out.  Another mellow morning in Dominical.  2' - 3' waves, some nice broad peaks with an occasional barrel here and there.  Playa Hermosa even smaller and Dominicalito smaller yet.  

Hotel Roca Verde is hosting live music each Thursday night with the G-String Cowboys and their electric fiddle sensation Nancy Buchan filling out the band.  Come early for great food, great music and a mellow family atmosphere. Check for low season specials or come by and visit Ruby in her fine arts and crafts studio/gallery. Ask about her popular class which she calls 'Plant Part Art' and learn the ancient traditional arts of weaving, twining, plaiting, sewing, etc...  For relief from sore muscles, body aches and pains check with Steve whose East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  Also see Steve for surf lessons, board rentals and sales and private lessons in Traditional Taoist Internal Excercises, a nice addition to your yoga practice.

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 12/17 - 1’ with poor  shape Tiny, messy waves with light onshore wind conditions early this morning.  It’s flat, but what else did you expect this time of year?  Hopefully we get a bump in swell soon.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 12/17 - 4-6 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 8.9ft. 8.6 seconds 72 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell slowly fading.

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