Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #959
Ethan Hollander Dominical
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #961

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #960

PIC OF THE WEEK: Nice cutback at the point during last weekend's big SSW swell.  - Photo: GG

TIDES for April 3, 2019


Low Tide: .88 feet at 7:51 a.m.
High Tide: 8.04 feet at 2:08 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day) 

New Moon - April 5th

National Forecast

Caribbean4-5 ft.4-6 ft.4-5 ft.4-6 ft.4-5 ft.4-6 ft.3-5 ft.
North Pacific3-4 ft.2-3 ft.1-2 ft.2-3 ft.3-4 ft.3-4 ft.4-6 ft.
South Pacific3-4 ft.2-3 ft.1-3 ft.2-4 ft.2-4 ft.3-4 ft.4-6 ft.


Caribbean - Some consistent ENE wind swell (8 second period) will keep waves chest to head high at the better beach breaks. The surf will stick around through the weekend at about the same size.

Pacific - Dropping surf to end the week, down to knee to waist for most of the coast Friday. Then there's a bump to chest high from the SSW and the big news is a 2.2 ft. at 20 seconds swell from 197 degrees (more south than usual) that will max at 5 feet at 15 seconds by next Friday. So next weekend will be optimal with the high tides in the mornings.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Andrea Diaz - Surf Life - Former national surf champion turned Costa Rica surf guide

You can watch Endless Summer 2 on YouTube and see a younger Robert August and Marco Pacheco surf Ollies Point and fly over an empty Tamarindo.

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. Buy your tickets here - LINK

Surf Pavones with Andrea Diaz this May  4th-10th and September 7th-13th

Witchs Rock is hosting Women's Surf Retreats in June, July, and August. Contact us for prices and to reserve your space!

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



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. 


Plastic Free at the Envision Festival - by Amber Hagberg

Help the Costa Ballena Lifeguard program with a donation through their website.

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

--> 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 - 4/2 - The high tides are moving into the afternoon slot this week and the wind has been unpredictable and often on-shore in the afternoon.  The head high swell is a great size and direction in case the wind cooperates.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 4/1 - Tamarindo has been a lot of fun 3-4ft waves, double session days, off shore winds until mid week, River mouth and Henrry's Point were lit with the mid tides, not so crowde line up on the point breaks, although a different story at the sand bars. Grande work its way thru this NW swell, 4ft solid waves, sets with up to 8 waves every 30 minutes, and a competitive crowd as it can be Grande on good days. 

Friday....The finest in dining at El Coconut! With Joe Hrbek providing the perfect musical ambience to complement your special evening. 7:00-10:00 Reservations suggested. 2653 0086
 “Basics of Surf” is an entry level program with a 1 to 1 instructor/student ratio, whether 4 or 7 days; 2 hour progressive lessons and one surf trip. Spring break savings, booking thru CRSURF travel.


Surfing NosaraChico at - 4/3 - Another beautiful morning guys with small waves and low tide, the are closed and little current the south. They size are waist high to chest high, at the occasionally the one set is coming and little offshore wind.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 3/27 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with constant head high sets. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Pumping waves as the tide was raising. Great conditions and good waves, and not many people out there this morning.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 4/2 - FUN Fading SSW Waist Chest High 3-5ft and sun coming out for the weekend here in Playa Hermosa  – reinforcing SSW to fill in for the weekend.

 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 - 4/1 - The swell has hit. It slowed down a bit today but there are still remnants and we expect a little tomorrow as well. The conditions today were very choppy due to wind.  In Manuel Antonio the waves were 3-4 feet.  Dominical they were a bit bigger but very choppy. Best place to surf for learning in these conditions was Dominicalito. Best time is 1-2 hours before high tide or after. It was choppy but not as choppy as Dominical and the sets still produced some solid shoulder to head high waves.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 4/3 - Early morning low tide session was small and thick with long walls dumping hard and fast.  4' - 5' with regular barrels; clean conditions but mostly long wall close-outs.  Small crowd under blue sky.   Afternoon higher tide somewhat blown out with overhead hard driving walls buffeted by strong side-shore winds.  Not the prettiest of conditions.  Hermosa South smaller but just as scrappy and The Point emptyhanded and Dominicalito with a few fun waves at higher tides.  

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 - 4/3 - The swell has faded away for the most part, and was pretty flat!  Wind was on it early and never backed off.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 4/3 - 3-4 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 6.9ft. 7.5 seconds 73 degrees (ENE).

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