Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #964
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #966

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #965

PIC OF THE WEEK: Some see perfect waves for long boarding, some see a tropical empty lineup, I wonder what's around the corner? Pavones - Photo: Colin Brier, Una Ola Surf Camp

TIDES for May 17, 2019


Low Tide: .23 feet at 7:15 a.m.
High Tide: 9.57 feet at 1:36 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - May 18th

National Forecast

Caribbean2-3 ft.2-3 ft.3-4 ft.3-4 ft.2-3 ft.1-2 ft.1-2 ft.
North Pacific2-4 ft.3-4 ft.4-6 ft.5-7 ft.3-5 ft.2-4 ft.2-4 ft.
South Pacific3-5 ft.4-6 ft.5-7 ft.6-8 ft.4-6 ft.3-4 ft.3-5 ft.


Caribbean - Not quite micro, but mostly waist high waves for the weekend and in to next week from a medium sized ENE swell. Then it drops back to knee high by next Tuesday.

Pacific - 2.5 feet at 20 seconds from 200 degrees. This means a big SSW swell is headed in this Saturday afternoon with well overhead waves. The swell peaks Sunday and then drops a foot each day through next Tuesday. After that is another bump back to overhead from another SSW swell. Head high plus waves are expected through the end of the month.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Summer time beach cleanup calendar with Operation Rich Coast on Facebook

Check out Costa Rica's Brisa Hennessy rip on one of the best waves on the planet - Keramas in Bali - 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


$318 for a roundtrip midweek flight from San Francisco to San Jose! $372 roundtrip for La Guardia to Liberia! Both deals on Delta Airlines. Contact us to set up your flights.

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


The Best Under-16 Surfers on the Planet Surfed at the 'National Stadium' today for the Rip Curl International Grom Search.. Read more

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.


Jaco Beach cleanup, starting a 9 a.m. on Calle Alice in the south part of town - Saturday May 18th.

Endangered Hawksbill sea turtle is freed after 4 months of rehabilitation - read more from CREMA

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


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!

--> 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 - 5/15 -We have been tucking into the bay to find smoother, smaller waves.  Out front is definitely too big and disorganised.  The off-shores are still holding for the early morning but the tides will be moving into the afternoon this week.  It is raining a little almost every day but there is almost nobody here so you can take your chances.  Check out the main break on our Surf Line camera.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 5/15 - Fun times in May, Tamarindo got lit up with the now fading SW swell, all point breaks during mid tides, and the epic sand bar at the rivermouth within the lower tides made this area THE playground; long lefts of 3-4ft solid and consistent sets, either no wind or light on shore, making it a bit mushy but still strong and rideable; busy line ups despites the time of the year and over cast days which is a relief from the sunny days. Langosta and its semi-secret breaks where on, 4ft solid & steep drops within the mid tides at cave town; crowded with old school locals, there were waves for all.

Get out tonight and check out Dust off that song you ahve been waiting to share with the world, Jam with Joe & Luis at Pasatiempo Hotel. 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Early bird specials Basics of surfing is a private entry level program, whether 4 or 7 days; accommodation, progressive lessons, surf seminars, surf trips and yoga. Fun for families, in private groups or on an individual basis and introduces you to all aspects related to surf, both in and out of the water. Book your vacation plan before June 15th and save up to 15% according to customized service level. Contact us thru CR surf travel and mention code Summer19 


Surfing NosaraChico at SurfingNosara.com - 5/16 - Another amaizing morning guys, a little cloudy with good waves, better than yesterday and cleaner. They size are shoulder high to head high, at the occasionally the big good set coming, and offshore wind. If you are in Playa Guiones today visit El Local stylish Farm to Table Restaurant serving Craft Beer & Cocktails. All Meat, Fish and Produced Sourced Locally.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 5/17 - 4-5 feet with a dominant SSW med-period swell. Primary Swell: 3.6ft. 14.6 seconds 213 degrees (SSW). Southwest long-period swell holding with background Southwest windswell on the way out.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 5/14 - STRONG SSW SWELL 5-7ft++ Look to local area standout breaks.

 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 - 5/17 - For Manuel Antonio: Waves are about 2 feet. There is some wind from the south. The rip currents are normal. Best time to surf is high tide. Larger and more consistent waves found in Dominical.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 5/17 - Small and scruffy surf around here lately.  2' - 4' and dumping and often windblown and choppy.  Occasional calm windows allow for a clearing of chop and crossed lines and bumps.  Unsettled weather usually makes for a restless sea.  Thunder, lightning, wind and rain squalls are upon us.  We had little or no rain to speak of from Thanksgiving to Easter, a long dry spell.  We need the rain.  Playa Hermosa South has been even smaller and less consistent than Dominical and Dominicalito has been the little guy as usual.

Hotel Roca Verde is still on break from their Friday night live music pattern but the kitchen is open and it's still on a beautiful stretch of beach and the pizza is still the best around.
Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com for discounts and deals or stop by and visit Ruby in her fine art studio/gallery and ask about her popular class which she calls 'Palm Part Art'.  Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting, sewing and others.  If you're looking for relief from stiff and sore muscles check with Steve whose East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  Steve also offers surf lessons and buys and rents boards.  Steve also is available for private lessons in 'Taoist Internal Exercises'.

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.

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 5/16 - The surf was looking super fun again, with some overhead sets still rolling through, from time to time.  The wind conditions were really clean, and glassy, early this morning, but a light breeze is starting to pick up, as I write this report.  I’m heading out now to get some before the tide gets too high, and the wind gets on it.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 5/17 - 2-3 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 5.2ft. 7.6 seconds 66 degrees (ENE)

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