Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #958
Surfing cutback point break
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #960

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #959

PIC OF THE WEEK: Malakai Martinez at Pipeline - Photo: Ryan Craig

TIDES for March 27th, 2019


High Tide: 7.84 feet at 7:33 a.m.
Low Tide: .95 feet at 1:31 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - April 5th

National Forecast

Caribbean 1 ft. 1 ft. 0-1 ft. 0-1 ft. 1 ft. 0-1 ft. 0-1 ft.
North Pacific 2-3 ft. 2-4 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 4-5 ft.
South Pacific 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 4-6 ft. 6-8 ft. 4-6 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-6 ft.


Caribbean - Nada this weekend and through next week. Ankle to knee at best at the beach breaks. It should be great for snorkeling and scuba-diving.

Pacific - The SSW swell is still coming Friday, growing to 3.6 feet at 15 seconds, which means sets 2-4' feet overhead for the southern beaches of Costa Rica and 1-2 feet overhead for central and Northern beaches. The swell slowly fades Sunday and by Monday overhead sets are rare as it returns to chest to head high waves through the rest of next week.


Facebook and Video Favorites

CREMA protects Costa Rica sea turtles, and they just discovered one that swam all the way from Costa Rica to Mexico, more than 4000 km. Read the story on their Facebook page.

Ian Bean, Brad Hersch, Christian Boos, Brad Ellen, Sam August and Josymar Fuentes enjoying a beautiful December day in Costa Rica. YouTube video: @tonyrobertsphoto


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


Foo Fighters and Weezer are coming to Costa Rica at the National Stadium on October 4th. Stay tuned for ticket sales information.

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 Leo Calvo from Barranca and Rubiana Brownell for winning the third event on the Circuito Nacional held at Playa Guiones on March 23rd. Read here for all the results. 

The 8th Annual Semana Santa Classic is returning to Dominical on April 19th and 20th. There are divisions for Women's, Locals, Juniors, Groms, Longboards, Masters and $1000 for 1st place in the Open group. Check the El Tubo Surf Facebook page for updates and the poster above for details.

2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
Santa Teresa ~ April 27-28
Avellanas ~ May 18-19
Jaco ~ June 29-30
Playa Hermosa ~ July 26-27-28

The National SUP Race Circuit is coming to a beach near you! Here are the dates: April 14th - Herradura. May 4th - Místico (Playa Hermosa, Jaco). June 15th - Uvita. August 24th - Herradura. November 16th - Catalinas Islands. It's expected that over 50 paddlers will enter the 10 km. races, riding boards 12'6" and longer.

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. 


A recent fundraiser at Por Que No restaurant raised over $2000 for the Costa Ballena Lifeguard program but that only gets them a month of salaries. If you feel that lifeguards are important for our beaches, then please consider a donation through their website.

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 - 3/27 -The surf is just the right size at head high plus, and both the morning and evening sessions have been excellent.  The crowd comes and goes The perfect waves this morning had only a handful of surfers on the major peaks.  The water is still chilly with all the off-shores but should warm up during the week as the wind dies down and the tides move into the morning sessions only.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 3/25 - Beautiful clean  conditions in Tamarindo 2-3ft waves, off shore breeze, all breaks are activated by the SW swell, water temperature in the low 70's, very busy sand bar and uncrowded river mouth. Every body super excited by the beginning of double sessions week. Avellanas is lit with 4ft waves at the river mouth and the point break further north, Lil Hawaii both pretty busy, but there are waves for all in each set.

Welcome intermediate and advanced surfers ( SUPsurf also) to a guided road trip to less crowded breaks, on selected locations to fit your level with the forecast.  Available  3 hours, driving time vary from 20 to 35 minutes; 5 hours driving time vary from 30 to 45 minutes. Pick up / drop off in Tamarindo and Langosta; soft drinks and fruit; board rental available by request. Early bird specials for Big Wave May bookings before April 10th.
SUNDAYS BRUNCH!! The boys are back in Potrero for Sunday Brunch at NUMU! Joe and Luiz play that special brunch music for you from 1:30-1:30  


Surfing NosaraChico at - 3/27 - Another beautiful morning, with a strong offshore wind today guys. They waves has a run chest high to shoulder high, with the tide high, at the occasionally the good set coming a little closed out, a little more people at the water. Be careful with the strong wind. 

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 3/27 - This morning at 6:30 am waves were chest to head high. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Another day with good waves and good conditions, tide was almost full and there were waves all over the beach break.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 3/24 - Knee to Waist High – FUN down the beach in Hermosa – SSW / S Mix filling in for shoulder high waves this week.

 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.  

Manuel Antonio / Dominical

Manuel Antonio

manuel-antonio-surf-school-125Luis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 3/26 - The waves are a little small in Manuel Antonio - about 3 feet with larger waves in Dominica at 4-5 feet. Morning conditions are clean with no wind but a little current. Best place to surf for beginners is Domincalito or Manuel Antonio.

This is the last week for our women surf promotion - 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 - 3/26 - Outstanding conditions the past few days with the infrequent return of peaky waves.  Morning and evening higher tide sessions especially have been gifted with fair sized A-frames - some bigger set waves overhead and peeling right and left with equal ease.  Long rides and clean, near glassy water have been common lately.  Blue skies and hot days with no rain in sight for Dominical.  Playa Hermosa South, Punta Dominical and even Dominicalito has enjoyed better than average conditions as well.   

Hotel Roca Verde is the spot for live music each Friday night featuring the 'G-String Cowboys' with Nancy Buchan adding high excitement with her electric fiddle.  Come early for great food, great live music amid the beautiful beachside venue.
Check for specials and discounts or come by and visit Ruby in her fine art studio/gallery and ask about her ever popular classes where she teaches such time honored ancient crafts as weaving, twining, plaiting, sewing etc...
If you're looking for relief from body aches and pains see Steve whose East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  Also see Steve for surf lessons and board sales and rentals.  Steve also offers classes in Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises.

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 3/26 - The surf was tiny out front of the surf camp today.  However, there were still some small waves at the rivermouth this morning.  Light Zancudo winds most of the morning.  

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 3/27 - 2-3 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 5.1 ft. at 7.4 seconds 63 degrees (ENE). Small East-Northeast short-period swell steady.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.