Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #949
Anthony Fillingim in Dominical
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #951

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #950

PIC OF THE WEEK: One incredible surfer in Santa Teresa, meet Evie Johnstone -  Photo: GG

TIDES for January 23rd, 2019


Low Tide: (-1.25) feet at 10:18 a.m.
High Tide: 10.08 feet at 4:37 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - February 4th

National Forecast

Caribbean 7-10 ft. 9-12 ft. 6-8 ft. 5-7 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-5 ft. 6-7 ft.
North Pacific 2-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft.
South Pacific 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-5 ft. 3-4 ft.

Caribbean - The right coast is bombing for the next four days and then will calm down to chest to head by Sunday, with more ENE swell to return by next Tuesday. 
Pacific - Not much happening for the rest of the week but a bump in swell coming from the SSW pushes in some head high sets. Then the next bigger SSW arrives on the 30th at 3.4 ft at 14 seconds, meaning overhead waves for most of the coast through next Thursday and a second SW swell bringing 1-2 foot overhead surf all the way through the following weekend.

Facebook and Video Favorites

If you are headed to Santa Teresa, a great group to join is What's On in Santa Teresa on Facebook.

The latest surf report video from Cheech on Beach in Playa Hermosa. Watch it 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


Country Fest Costa Rica featuring singer Josh Gracin takes place in San Jose on February 1st and 2nd. 

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 - this weekend!
party Friday night at Tortilla Flats starting at sunset, Saturday night at Fuego Brewing Co.
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. 


Read about Costa Rica Surf Camps that are Making a Difference

More beach cleanups are taking place all throughout February so find one for your beach. Follow Operation Rich Coast to see when the next one takes place. 

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 - 1/21 - The high tides for surfing are moving into the afternoon with off-shores pretty much all day long. The tides are moving quickly at the peak surf times and causing the good wave sessions to come and go with fat high tide full of backwash.  The head high swell is the perfect size for Playa Grande and the crowds were thick over the weekend, but have backed off now.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 1/21 - Windy days in Tamarindo, plenty of people in and out of the water, waves had been fun and today arrived a new WNW swell with 2-3ft waves, sand bars and point breaks are activated, mid tides are the best bet to jump in and paddle out. Casitas at Playa Grande was really fun within the incoming tide early in the morning, winds are strong holding the wave's face for longer time, it is defenetly a good option close to town, please take the boat ride is only $1 each way, rather than find in a bad way the local wild life in the estuary.

Surf All Day organized guided surf trips in Guanacaste, explore the North pacific coast in Costa Rica, beach breaks like Grande, Avellanas, Marbella and point breaks that remain reserved to the most advanced surfer. Every day will be scheduled according to the best tide and drive distance to maximize your wave count.  Experience the finest in dining and music at El Coconut. Tonight with the Joe Hrbek on saxophone! 7-10 PM.  Contact us via CR surf travel and get 10% off the rate on full day tours.


Surfing NosaraAndres at - 1/22 - Another beautiful day and nice conditions guys, no more wind. The waves are a great and big, good size. They run shoulder high to head high with faster shapes and the tide was low.

South Nicoya Peninsula - 1/19 - This morning at 7 am waves were chest to head high with some over head sets. Offshore wind and sunny clear skies. Great waves and good conditions, right before dead low tide waves were pumping. Barrels on the good ones, and just a few surfing, very good session.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 1/18 - SMALL AND FUN – WAIST HIGH 3-4ft+ WITH LOW TIDE IN THE MORNING   –  Clean and Beautiful at the Beach This Morning -High Tide late morning – Sun is out strong in Playa Hermosa.

 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 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.

Manuel Antonio / Dominical

Manuel Antonio

manuel-antonio-surf-school-125Luis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 1/23 - Waves are small in Manuel Antonio, generally around knee to waist high with some larger sets at Playitas. Best place to surf is Dominical and Domincalito. The waves have been varying day to day with generally mellow, shoulder to head high waves. Some smaller one day swells have hit which makes Domincailto perfect with shoulder high waves. Conditions are best in the morning in Dominical as the wind is causing choppy conditions in the afternoon. Domincalito is best two hours before high tide.


Steve Fergus at Jazzys River House - 1/22 - Small surf but no summertime blues.  Small but quick...hollow low tides with clean lines but few peaks, mostly long walls dumping hard.  Higher tides mixed  but with occasional rewarding peaks.  Even a few to the sand waves.  Playa Hermosa South not as clean or peaky and a bit smaller but not without some random fun conditions.  Dominicalito, strangely isn't too small to be worthless at times.  Especially for longboarders.

Hotel Roca Verde is offering live music each Friday night currently with one version or another of the G-String Cowboys with Nancy Buchan, the electric electric fiddler all star.  Check for discounts and specials or come by and visit artist Ruby Kim in her studio/gallery.  Ask about her popular class which she calls 'Plant Part Art'.  Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, plaiting, twining, sewing etc...  Check with Steve if in need of relief from body aches and pains as his East/West Massage Therapy can be helpful. See Steve also for surf lessons, board sales and rentals and private instruction in Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises. 

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 1/22 - Minuscule surf and extreme tides.  Light winds.  It’s flat.  A good day to go fishing! Hot, sunny and dusty most of the day.  It’s dry season in Pavones, Costa Rica, and it tends to be hot and sunny most days until about April.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 1/22 - 5-7 feet. East-Northeast med-period swell in the water.

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