Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #963
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #965

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #964

PIC OF THE WEEK: The dreamscape lineup at Witchs Rock - Photo: Esteban Delgado - Gallo Pinto TV

TIDES for May 9, 2019


Low Tide: .46 feet at 11:45 a.m.
High Tide: 8.86 feet at 6:03 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - May 18th

National Forecast

Caribbean1-2 ft.1 ft.1 ft.1 ft.1 ft.1 ft.1-2 ft.
North Pacific4-5 ft.3-4 ft.5-7 ft.6-8 ft.6-8 ft.7-9 ft.5-7 ft.
South Pacific5-6 ft.4-5 ft.6-8 ft.7-9 ft.6-8 ft.8-10 ft.7-8 ft.


Caribbean - The small surf is going to get smaller towards the end of the week. Down to micro-size through next Wednesday when a minor ENE swell pushes in a few knee to waist high waves by next Thursday.

Pacific - A powerful 4.9 ft at 15 seconds SSW swell arrives late Thursday (207 degrees ) and will push in surf 2-4 feet overhead through the weekend. It's backed up by another SSW arriving Tuesday (212 degrees - 4.2 ft at 16 seconds) that will keep it way overhead (to double overhead) through to next weekend.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Check out the Facebook page of an amazing surf instructor - Andrea Diaz - on Facebook, and then book a trip to Pavones with her. Email us for details.

Want to see gigantic Puerto Escondido hosted by Tony Roberts? Check out Real Surf Stories 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.


Rip Curl International Grom Search finals take place in Playa Hermosa on May 16th-18th. Check the details on their Facebook event page

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

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

The National SUP Race Circuit is coming to a beach near you! 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.

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


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 CommunityCarbonTrees.org

--> 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 - 5/7 -The “El Nino” off-shores are still blowing and we have had some good afternoon sessions this week in the just overhead range.  In a day or two the morning tides should have enough water for early morning off-shore surf with the windows getting bigger as we approach the weekend..   The conditions are a little tricky now because of the cloudy conditions and the possibility of rain and unpredictable wind directions.  Check out our live Surf Line camera.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 5/7 - Tamarindo has been pretty flat until a glance of the SW swell arrived this morning, then the River Mouth got it all and everyone paddle out while the tide still go out. 2ft solid and not very frequent sets, gave the adrenaline rush needed  to start the day. Not very busy line up out there, although the sand bar was packed with the local surf schools and beginners; glassy and wind less conditions, a rest from the sun with overcast sky. Langosta should be fun the rest of the week within the changing tides. Only one way to find out... be there!

Tuesday Nights are Sax nights with Joe Hrbek at Rumors Tamarindo, come over at 7pm and enjoy!
Summer vacay with Seafari Costa Rica; early bird special to save up to 15% on bookings prior to May 15th will apply special deals for June and July Surf programs or Premium Vacation plans.Use codes Summer19 and PremiumPlans19 or metion CR Surf Travel


Surfing NosaraChico at SurfingNosara.com - 5/8 - Another beautiful morning with fun and good waves guys, great conditions today the size are shoulder high to head high, with the tide was high low, at the occasionally the good set coming and little offshore wind.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 5/8 - 2-3 feet with a dominant SSW med-period swell. Primary Swell: 2.2ft. 12.2 seconds 213 degrees (SSW). Secondary Swell: 1.7ft. 15.5 seconds 217 degrees (SW). Small Southwest med-period swell holding plus Southwest long-period swell steady.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 5/7 - FUN FUN FUN – EASING SW / SSW  3-5ft AND good shape – LONGER PERIOD SWELL ON THE HORIZON-  Low Tide Coming Mid Morning.

 Local’s Corner: – RIP CURL GROM SEARCH MAY 16th -19th here in Hermosa at the Backyard – Come Check out some of the up and coming young talent — Also – it is waiting period for Roca Loca Pro único INVITACIONAL DE OLA GRANDE DE COSTA RICA — 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 - 5/8 - The waves are 3ft right now. There is some wind from the southeast in the afternoon. The best time to surf right ow is in the afternoon for high tide. There is a normal amount of rip currents.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 5/8 - Unruly surf today due to inclement weather.  The lineup was a sloppy mess much of the day.  3' - 4' mostly closed out but there were a few diehards taking short drops that went nowhere.  A 'ruffles have ridges' day at Dominical.  Playa Hermosa, Dominicalito and the point fared no better today meaning for surfing it was a good day to watch Endless Summer for the twentieth time.  

Hotel Roca Verde and Tortilla Flats are both taking a break from offering live music but the food is still good and the atmosphere is still pleasant so stop in for a quiet evening of fine dining.Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com for low season specials and discounts or come by and visit Ruby in her fine art studio/gallery and ask about her popular class which she calls 'Plant Part Art'.   Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, plaiting, twining, sewing, etc...  If you're looking for relief from sore muscles, aches and pains see Steve as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.   Steve also teaches surfing and has board sales and rentals.  Steve also offers private instruction in Traditional Taoist Internal exercises.  

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 5/8 - The surf was weak, warbled and super crowded for what was on offer.  The wall is full of anxious visitors searching for the first signs of a new swell.  High tide at first light, dropping all morning.  The winds were on it early, but are glassing off as I type this surf report.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 5/8 - 4-5 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 8.1ft. 8.3 seconds 73 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast short-period swell slowly fading.

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