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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #955
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #957

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #956

PIC OF THE WEEK: Friday night sunset at Envision Festival in Playa Hermosa. Photo: GG

TIDES for March 6th, 2019


Low Tide: .35 feet at 9:01 a.m.
High Tide: 8.38 feet at 3:17 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - March 20th

National Forecast

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

Caribbean - There is swell in the Caribbean, but it is not as powerful as prior weeks so the waves will be only waist to chest high. Some head high sets appear by Monday and it stays consistent through next week. 

Pacific - A SSW swell (2.1 ft. at 15 seconds) starts showing Saturday and keeps it head high for the weekend. Then a supporting SW swell (2.1 ft at 16 seconds) pushes in some overhead sets and by next weekend another SSW (2.6 feet at 18 seconds) marks the start of the Southern swell season. 

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Check out my latest article for Quepolandia - My Favorite Waves - The Quepos Rivermouth

Surf Pavones with Andrea Diaz this May and September

Surf with ROCHELLE BALLARD and YOGA TRADE. An intimate week of surf coaching, yoga, and sustainable living in Pavones, Costa Rica. March 23rd to 30th.

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.



2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
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.

Circuito Guanacaste de Surf has their final contest at Playa Negra on June 1st-2nd.

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


How to Stay Safe on the Costa Ballena written for Ballena Tales

Friday 8th at Mauna Loa Hotel a Sound Journey Concert with La Magia del Sonido therapists at 6.30pm. 

International Surf Film Festival comes to Tamarindo March 15-17th

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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Get $5 off a surf lesson with Dominical Surf School (just mention us) 

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

5% off at Dollar Car Rental add 'crsurf' as the coupon code

10% off at WOW Surf by mentioning CRsurf at checkout

10% off at Adventure Inn add 'crsurf' as the coupon code

5-20% off at Alamo, Adobe, or Vamos Car Rental. Alamo also gives a free extra driver and with collision coverage only a $500 deductible. 


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 3/6 - The wind and tides look good for the remainder of the week and into next week in spite of the tiny, but fun, swell.  Double sessions should start on Friday.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 3/3 - Small waves in Tamarindo 1-2ft within the mid tides. 

Best break at the Rivermouth with hollow and fast rights holded by offshore morning winds, switching onshore in mid morning until mid afternoon. Fairly empty line up, although inside sandbars remain crowded with local surf schools.  Avellanas river mouth is the best bet with low tide in morning, not too crowded and fun rights with offshore winds. 
Pacific Smile Holistic Dental Care presents this coming Friday 8th at Mauna Loa Hotel a Sound Journey Concert with La Magia del Sonido therapists at 6.30pm. Reservations or more info at FB Pacific Smile. 
“Basics of Surf” is a private entry level program by Seafari Costa Rica, whether 4 or 7 days; 2 hour progressive lessons and surf trip. Book thru CRSURF Travel and save up to 5%


Surfing NosaraChico at - 3/5 - Another beautiful morning, the waves are good and little, they run waist high to chest high with the tide was low. We hope you all have a great day. 

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 3/1 - This morning at 6 am waves were knee to waist high. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Low tide fast and closing out. A few ok ones on the sets, not many people surfing. Should improve as the tide fills in.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 3/4 - Small SW / SSW  – 2-3ft – 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 Three - March 27-30. 


Walking on Water Surf Shop Jaco Chuck at WOW Surf Shop - 3/5 - Jaco is 1-3' faces. Little north wind keeping conditions messy here. Best place to surf will be Esterillos Oeste, or spots that pick up some WNW swell. We are running a 20% off on Hayden Shapes until the new models arrive in June. Come get a new HYPTO KRYPTO for a great price! Thanks and have fun! PURA VIDA Chuck and the CREW at WOW SURF!

Manuel Antonio / Dominical


Greg at Jazzys River House - 3/6 - Knee to waist high with a few chest high sets. Best around 1-2 hours before high tide. All the beach breaks should be fun, but forget 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 - 3/5 - The surf was pretty flat.  Mostly knee high waves with clean, glassy conditions most of the morning.  Blowing out by 11:00am, then glassing off just before dusk. 

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 3/5 - 2-4 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 6.7ft. 7.3 seconds 60 degrees (ENE). A little bump to waist to chest high Friday, but not much after that.

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