Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #957
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #959

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #958

PIC OF THE WEEK: Jaco has a whole new feel thanks to all the artists who helped to #artifyjaco - Artwork: @dulk1

TIDES for March 13th, 2019


Low Tide: .20 feet at 7:15 a.m.
High Tide: 9.0 feet at 1:33 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - March 20th

National Forecast

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

Caribbean - Dropping ENE swell leaves waves only waist high by Wednesday and by Friday its flat and stays that way through the weekend. A slight bump to knee high Tuesday but nothing bigger expected.

Pacific - Waves from the Southwest (218 degrees, 2 feet at 16 seconds) arrive Wednesday pushing in surf 1-2 feet overhead for the main beach breaks. The Guanacaste Coast will be a foot bigger than farther south, but get on it fast as it drops quickly Friday and by Saturday it's down to waist high. Some WNW swell arrives Sunday for some chest high sets, and more SSW swell pushes in head high sets by Tuesday. A big SSW is expected for the end of the month (4.4 feet at 16 seconds by 3/30) so time to wax up those step up boards.


Facebook and Video Favorites

The Clean Wave is organizing beach cleanups around Tamarindo and are bringing in lots of volunteers. To get involved, contact them through Facebook.

Jack Robinson and friends get crazy barrels at Padang Padang and Desert Point on YouTube.


Check out some of the best waves from the recent locals surf contest held in Santa Teresa, filmed by Mal Pais Surf Cam.


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


Only 5 days until you can surf with ROCHELLE BALLARD and YOGA TRADE in Pavones! An intimate week of surf coaching, yoga, and sustainable living March 23-30th.

Surf retreat with Frieda Zamba at Del Mar Surf Camp in Nosara at the end of March. Contact us for details!

Surf Pavones with Andrea Diaz this May and September

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


Congratulations to Jorge 'Flaco' Gonzalez from Dominical for winning the Metropolitano Pro Division (and $300) of the Copa Snacks Pro hosted by Punto Surf which took place in Playa Hermosa on March 16th. 

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. 


Big beach cleanup in Tamarindo this March 23rd. Check The Clean Wave on Facebook for details. There will be a Reggae Night fundraiser for the group at Pacifico Bar on March 21st at 9p.m.

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

Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket will be playing a benefit show March 29th at Villas Alturas (just south of Dominical) to help their Wildlife Sanctuary raise money for an x-ray machine. Monetary donations accepted for entry.

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

--> CRSURF discounts <--

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 prices. 

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. 

March is ladies month for Manuel Antonio Surf School and therefore all women and girl receive 10% off of their surf lessons for the remainder of the month. Promo Code: SURFERGIRL 


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 3/18 - The surf here has been on the large size with well overhead sets.  Conditions are good and should hold for the rest of the week.  If it settles down a little there will be more open waves on the sets and could get super excellent.  


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 3/16 - Epic River Mouth activated by the delayed SSW swell, very glad to feel the off shore wind while dropping on a 3ft wave, from the consistent sets, my arms are spaghetti now. 

Busy line up so be aware and willing to paddle on a competitive level; totally worth it as the waves are fast, perfect A framing and long rides. Avellanas point breaks are ON, strong widns blow all day long from North; busy line up but you'll find your spot  along the sand bars.
Celebrate Saint Paddy's day with Guinness Beer, Green Beer, Irish Drink Specials, Corned Beef, Irish Music, and FUN!  Surf Club Sports Bar in Langosta.


Surfing NosaraChico at - 3/20 - Another beautiful morning, with a strog offshore wind guys. They waves has a run shoulder high to head high, with the tide was low, at the occasionally the big set coming a little closed, a little people at the water. Be careful with the strong wind, smile and be happy.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 3/20 - This morning at 6 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Dropping tide session with lots of good and open waves. Peaks breaking all over the beach break and not many people surfing.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 3/16 - Waist to Chest High – FUN in Hermosa with low tide in the morning.  Fresh SW to reinforce tomorrow bringing head high waves   Sun is out strong in Playa Hermosa for a beautiful day at the beach.

 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. 

Manuel Antonio / Dominical

Manuel Antonio

manuel-antonio-surf-school-125Luis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 3/20 - Waves are generally waist high in Manuel Antonio. Waves are shoulder to head high with the sets in Dominical. Best tide right now is in the early afternoon. Conditions are good, there has been little wind, keeping the waves open versus choppy. Best place to surf is Playitas, Isla Damas and Dominical.

Same special is still running: We have a special going for March. March is ladies month for us and therefore all women and girl receive 10% off of their surf lessons for the remainder of the month. Promo Code: SURFERGIRL


Steve at Jazzys River House - 3/18 - Early morning low tide session small, clean - almost glassy - but mostly closed out.  Moderate offshore, partly cloudy sky and uncrowded.  Mid-afternoon mid-tide small...3' - 4'. Steady side-shore breeze kept the water ruffled and choppy but while the waves weren't pretty they were fun.  Plenty of long bumpy rides and not many out.  

Hotel Roca Verde is Band Night each Friday... it's dinner and dancing to the sounds of the G-String Cowboys with their hot-wired, electric fiddle sensation Nancy Buchan. Music starts around seven.  Great food, beachfront ambiance, come early and stay late...
Check for specials and discounts or come by and visit Ruby's Fine Art Studio/gallery and ask about her popular class - what she calls 'Plant Part Art'.  Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting, etc...
If you're looking for relief for stress or body aches and pains see Steve as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful. Steve also offers surf lessons and board sales and rentals.  

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 3/20 - The waves picked up with chest high wave with some inconsistent overhead sets.  It was closing out a bunch on the lower tides, but cleaned up, then shut down on the extreme high tide.  Eventually, glassing off as the tide began to recede this evening.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 3/18 - 5-7 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 9.9ft. 8.8 seconds 72 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell decreasing.

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