Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #947
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #949

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #948

PIC OF THE WEEK: The right place at the right time. Sunset in Dominicalito. Photo: Greg Gordon

TIDES for January 9th, 2019


Low Tide: .30 feet at: 10:59 a.m.
High Tide: 8.49 feet at: 5:21 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - January 21st

National Forecast

Caribbean 2-3 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-3 ft. 3-4 ft.
North Pacific 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft.
South Pacific 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft.

Caribbean - Smaller waves from Wednesday through the weekend, knee high until late Monday when a new ENE arrives and keeps the waves chest to head for the following week with a few overhead sets. 
Pacific - Fading South swell with surf waist to chest high through Thursday and the dropping to knee to waist with a rare chest high set for the weekend and until next Friday. Then a new South and SW combo swell pushes it back up to head high for a couple of days.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Puedo Nadar is a new group that is teaching the kids from Hatillo, Dominical, and Dominicalito how to swim. I hope that other groups get formed around Costa Rica.

Daily surf videos from Mal Pais Surf Cam are back on YouTube

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


Bamboo Bass Festival in Jaco - February 22nd to the 25th at the park in Ocean Ranch. Details on Facebook

Envision Festival is right around the corner! February 28th to March 3rd. Get your tickets now and then contact us for lodging and transportation. Mention this surf report and get a $25 credit for your stay.


2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
Dominical ~ January 26-27th
Puerto Viejo ~ February 23-24
Playa Guiones ~ March 23-24
Santa Teresa ~ April 27-28
Avellanas ~ May 18-19
Jaco ~ June 29-30
Playa Hermosa ~ July 26-27-28

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.

Backyard Surf Series in Playa Hermosa - Every Friday and Saturday behind the Backyard Bar starting at 4 p.m. 


Join the La Guardiana de la Naturaleza Benefit at Olo Alaia on January 11th at 5pm. With a silent auction, street food, craft beer, and live music, all proceeds will go towards the Guardianes de la Naturaleza children’s movement which empowers children to be guardians of our planet. 

National Beach Cleanup Day is on January 12th. Visit the Operation Rich Coast Facebook pageor Instagram. 

Book a trip through CRsurf and we will sponsor a tree in your name through our partners at

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Beginner Surf Package with Seafari CR in Tamarindo: Save 10% on early bird beginner packages. 

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 - 1/8 -The daybreak surf tides are beginning this week and the head high swell size has been perfect.  The off-shores have been turning and blowing out the afternoon surf for the last couple of days.  There are still some good Florida style waves coming through in the late afternoon.  Over all conditions look good this week for the surf in Playa Grande if it doesn’t get too big.  The crowds have quieted down and the water is warm.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 1/6 - 

This is the busiest time of the year in Tamarindo and perhaps all over Guanacaste, have fun and keep it clean. Crowds in Tamarindo are granted everyday, waves 1-2ft in the best sets, very strong off shore wind all day long blasting sand on the beach combers. We had been traveling in the search of better waves and not so crowded breaks and found them in Camaronal with fairly consintent 3ft waves and surprising sets up to 5ft every 10 minutes, not crowded at all and light winds until noon when gradually shifted from SW.
Seafari Costa Rica offers “Basics of Surfing” an entry level program with a 1 to 1 instructor/student ratio, whether 4 or 7 days; 2 hour progressive lessons and one surf trip. Perferct for families, a small group, couples or single traveler planning on check out the bucket list Learning to Surf. Contact us and mention CR Surf travel to apply a 10% off for early bird bookings, Dates available February 17th to 23rd and March 2nd to 8th 2019 


Surfing NosaraAndres at - 1/8 - Another beautiful day and fun conditions guys. The waves are a great, smolle and fun. They run waist to chest high with faster shapes and the tide was hig. Probably when tide started to change is good time for enjoy the wave. 

Join the La Guardiana de la Naturaleza Benefit at Olo Alaia on January 11th at 5pm. With a silent auction, street food, craft beer, and live music, all proceeds will go towards the Guardianes de la Naturaleza children’s movement which empowers children to be guardians of our planet. 

South Nicoya Peninsula - 1/7 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high. Offshore wind and sunny clear skies. Excellent conditions but waves were fast and closing out mostly, some barrels but fast and hollow. Tide was dropping, maybe the afternoon.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 1/8 - FUN FUN FUN shorter period SSW swell – 4-6ft and good shape –  Clean and Beautiful at the beach this morning.

 Local’s Corner: – Every Weekend don’t miss the Master’s Surf Series – 4PM on Fridays and the Saturday Surf Series on Saturdays – 4PM in front of the Backyard Bar.  

Mark your calendars for the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Fishing Tournament  - Dates:  Leg One Jan 16-19; Leg Two Feb 27- March 2; Leg Three March 27-30.  

The Bamboo Bass Festival 2019 is being held this year at the park at Ocean Ranch Feb 22-24th.  Among the artists who will perform in Costa Rica this February include Mr. Carmack, Craze, AC Slater, Stylust, Flava D, Truth, Stööki Sound and Zeke Beats.


Walking on Water Surf Shop Jaco Chuck at WOW Surf Shop - 1/1 - HAPPY NEW YEAR from Jaco Costa Rica! Waves are fun 2-4 ft clean in the mornings with high tide, plenty of people here but today the majority of the crowd goes home and then next week we should get back to normal high season tourism.

Chucks WOW SURF is your rental headquarters for your surf vacation and we have plenty of premium boards on hand so dont have to hassle dragging boards with you. We also have a network of other shops with quality products so if you want to visit a different town we will help you not get disappointed! Thanks and see yus soon, Chuck and the CREW at WOW SURF!

Manuel Antonio / Dominical


Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House - 1/8 - Summer surf conditions continue with less than head high waves, clean lines and large crowds.  Low tide sessions are offering well shaped peaks with occasional barrels and higher tides produce small but fun waves with excellent conditions under bright blue skies. Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito have had small fun waves all week with excellent summer conditions and the usual summer crowds.  

Hotel Roca Verde is home to live music each Thursday night featuring the G-String Cowboys with their electric fiddle sensation Nancy Buchan.  Come early for great food, great music and a pleasant family atmosphere.  Check for discounts and deals or come visit Ruby in her fine art studio/gallery and ask about her popular class where she teaches 'Palm Part Art' - learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting, sewing and more.  See Steve if your are needing relief from sore muscles and body aches and pains as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  See Steve also for surf lessons and board sales and rentals and private instruction in Traditional Taoist Yoga and Internal exercises.

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 1/7 - Ankle to waist high sets coming in this morning with glassy conditions. Beautiful, as always!

The Caribbean

Manuel Antonio

manuel-antonio-surf-school-125Luis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 1/1 - Small, knee to waist high in Manuel Antonio beach with slightly bigger sets in Playitas. Smooth conditions in Dominical with shoulder to head high waves. Perfect conditions.

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