Dominical wave - photo by Via de Agua
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #952
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #954

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #953

PIC OF THE WEEK: 'Salsiboy' in Salsa Brava! Freddy Camacho backdooring it in Puerto Viejo -  Photo: Sean Evans at Water Works Media

TIDES for February 13th, 2019


High Tide: 6.97 feet at 8:28 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.49 feet at 2:24 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - February 18th

National Forecast

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

Caribbean - Continued run of ENE swell keeps the surf in the chest to head high range through to the weekend. Then a stronger ENE (9 second period) pushes in surf 1-2 feet overhead by Monday lasting another 48 hours.

Pacific - Combo SSW and SW swells make for fun chest to head high surf for the week. It gets a bump up to overhead on some sets from a new SSW arriving Friday afternoon (2 feet at 16 seconds). More small combo waves for next week, too.

Facebook and Video Favorites

If you are wondering what's happening around Tamarindo, check out their Chit Chat page on Facebook

CRsurf now partners with Cheech on Beach, who does daily surf videos in Playa Hermosa

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


Some amazing trips are taking place this year with the top women surfers in the country! First is a exploration trip to Pavones with Andrea Diaz in May. And second is a week long surf retreat with Frieda Zamba at Del Mar Surf Camp in Nosara at the end of March. Contact us for details!

Do you want to take a surf lesson or tour around Dominical or Uvita? See our favorite guides.

Check out our review of Adventure Inn, our favorite spot to stay near the airport

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.


Noe Mar McGonagle hosted a Monster Energy Grom Comp in his hometown of Pavones to support the upcoming surfers in the area. Photos to come.

2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
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. 


Nicola Waterkeeper and BIONIC has partnered to create a recycling collection center for the communities of Santa Teresa, Monzanillo, and Playa Hermosa. Find out more on their Facebook page.

Follow Operation Rich Coast to see when beach cleanups are taking place this month.

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 - 2/11 - The just overhead surf in Playa Grande has been spectacular this week end and should keep happening into the week with the high tides in the mornings and evenings and long sessions.  The water should warm up a little over the next few days as the off-shores die down some.  Bring a vest just in case. There have been lots of unridden waves.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 2/11 - North winds are howling into the ocean cooling down the water temperature, but not able to stop the swell combined from SSW and WNW, all locals wearing wetsuit and dropping 2ft waves in the river mouth although sessions are not too loong due our lack of body isolation. Small tides makes it perfect for everyone to paddle out, the crowd is all over the lineup on the sand bars. El Sapo at Langosta is lit within the mid low tides, 3ft not very consistent sets with just a handful of surfers. 

Seafari Costa Rica takes you to isolated beaches and plunge in with the snorkel gear on; meeting the juvenile tropical fish, underwater easy and slow progressive swim that lead us from standing  depth to a maximum depth of 12 feet, average visibility of 10-15 feet. Safety briefing previous to access in the water, around 2 hours in the water, 1 hour round trip from Tamarindo. 10% savings by booking thru CR Surf Travel. 

Saturday - Joe and Luiz bring their very special music to WAVE - Excellent Italian Food! With 20% discount for locals. 6:30-9:30pm


Surfing NosaraChico at - 2/10 - A beautiful morning to start the week with fun waves, good condition today, big fast long lines and offshore wind. The waves are head high to couple feet overhead on the larger sets. Hard offshore winds and a beautiful morning.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 2/10 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high occasionally a bigger one on the sets. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Fast and kind of closing out, still some nice open ones on the sets. Tide was dropping, and not many people were surfing.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 2/11 - Fun SW in Hermosa – 3-4ft + and clean early – wind on it by mid morning – high tide in the morning  Outlook the same next few days  – 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


Steve at Jazzys River House - 2/13 - A very mellow morning today - 2' to 4' relatively soft and slow waves (for Dominical) with nice straight lines and occasional peaks.  Far less closed out than yesterday morning with corresponding larger crowds in the water today.  Gentle, warm offshore breeze in contrast to recent cold early morning offshore conditions.  Mostly clear, bright, sunny blue sky overhead.  Excellent conditions for beginners and intermediate surfers.  

Playa Hermosa South clean and fun and smaller than Dominical as usual.  Dominicaltio maybe too mellow except for determined longboarders. Skip the Point.
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 - 2/11 - The surf picked up slightly with waist high waves on the sets.  Light glassy wind conditions early, turning steady onshore by about 10:00 am.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 2/12 - 6-8 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 12ft. 9.4 seconds 72 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell slowly fading.

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