Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #962
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #964

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #963

PIC OF THE WEEK: The women of the waves - Playa Dominical - Photo: GG

TIDES for May 2, 2019


Low Tide: 1.25 feet at 7:07 a.m.
High Tide: 8.16 feet at 1:26 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - May 4th

National Forecast

Caribbean1-2 ft.1 ft.1 ft.1 ft.1-2 ft.1-2 ft.1-3 ft.
North Pacific3-5 ft.3-4 ft.2-4 ft.2-3 ft.3-4 ft.4-5 ft.5-7 ft.
South Pacific4-5 ft.3-5 ft.3-4 ft.2-3 ft.3-5 ft.4-5 ft.4-6 ft.


Caribbean - It's another small week of surf on the Caribe side with maybe a few knee high waves at the beach breaks, but otherwise flat until next Tuesday when a small ENE swell pushes in some waist high waves.

Pacific - The current SSW (197 degrees ) is fading out with only a background SW swell keeping it waist to chest high for the weekend. Then a new SSW arrives (215 degrees - 2.3 ft at 15 seconds) that will fill in next week, providing some overhead sets for the rest of the week. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

This Saturday - May 4th! The San Jose Symphony plays the best of Iron Maiden! Check the event on Facebook.

I used to teach this kid! Beyrick de Vries and Friends Tour Africa (Surfer Magazine) on YouTube

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


Surf and Yoga Retreat - Disconnect to Reconnect - August 3rd to 9th in Dominical

Surf Pavones with Andrea Diaz - 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!


If you are looking for cheap flights, Spirit Air is flying from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose for $214 roundtrip, and Los Angeles to San Jose is only $284 on Volaris for select dates.

Bodhi Surf School is hosting a SERVICE and SURF event on May 11th at the Marina Ballena Parque Nacional. The event is free and welcome for all ages and levels of surfing experience.

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


Jair Perez wins the Reef Classic in Santa Teresa - Read more and see all the results

2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
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! THIS WEEKEND! 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.

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.


Jaco Beach Cleanup - May 4th - 9 to 10 a.m. on Calle Alice, Dive Against Debris in Puerto Quepos on May 19th. Check Operation Rich Coast's event page for details.

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

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 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 - 5/1 - Conditions are excellent for the head high swell with the morning high tides and steady off-shores till nearly noon.  The high tides will move into the afternoon slot after the weekend and the off-shores might not be holding through the tide. There is some humid weather now in spite of the drought conditions and the sea breeze in the afternoon really cools things down a bit.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 4/30 - SSW swell in the close future, looking for 2-3ft waves in Tamarindo, amazing North winds until noon, then switch from SW. Crowded sand bars, surf schools remain busy after the holidays. Langosta beach is looking fun for the upcoming swell, mid tides are the best option for better waves. 

It will be the last Sunday's w/Joe for low season! Come out one last time for a saxy Sunday brunch at Numu!


Surfing NosaraChico at - 5/1 - Very good morning guys, a nice day, after the rich rain last night. Beautiful clean ocean today, the wave so good and fun, the same size as yesterday, they run shoulder high to head high with the tide was high, and occasionally a good set coming and little offshore wind. 

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 5/1 - 4-6 feet with a dominant SSW med-period swell. Primary Swell: 3.7ft. 15 seconds 213 degrees (SSW). Southwest long-period swell decreasing and a secondary South windswell decreasing.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 4/30 - HOT HOT HOT – SW / SSW 3-5fT and building.  Outlook is good the next few days.

 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 - 4/30 - There was a lot of wind today and there were about 3ft waves. The best times to surf without rip current is in the afternoon this week.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 5/1 - This morning's lower tide period was a surf desert.  No one out.  Nothing to ride.  Short 3'-4' walls with no decent shoulders.  Nice clean conditions however; straight lines, offshore breeze, which might mean things will improve as the tide rolls in.  Onshore winds have plagued the midday sessions lately so maybe the late session will be the best.

The Point has had at least one window recently with upbeat medium sized surf.  Dominicalito too has had some short windows of small but fun waves.  Playa Hermosa South has had it's usual small 3'-4' useful waves with sparse crowds.

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 - 4/30 - The surf was pretty fun this morning with chest high waves to about shoulder high on the sets.  It was glassy early, and the winds remained calm all afternoon.  Should be good for a glass off session later this evening.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 4/30 - 5-6 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 9.5ft. 8.9 seconds 69 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell steady.

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