Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #966
May 22, 2019
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #968
June 10, 2019

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #967

PIC OF THE WEEK: Who says the waves don't get that big in Costa Rica. Diego Naranjo flying down the face at Roca Boca during the Big Wave Invitational Contest hosted by ACOS.  Photo: Jorge Russell

TIDES for May 31, 2019


Low Tide: 1.66 feet at 6:17 a.m.
High Tide: 8.27 feet at 12:41 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

New Moon - June 3rd

National Forecast

Caribbean 0-1 ft. 0-1 ft. 0-1 ft. 0-1 ft.  1 ft. 0-1 ft. 1 ft.
North Pacific 3-5 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft. 6-8 ft. 5-7 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-5 ft.
South Pacific 2-3 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 4-7 ft. 6-8 ft. 4-6 ft. 5-6 ft.


Caribbean - It is flat as a pancake right now. Amazing snorkeling if that is what you are looking for. Not expected to grow at all for the next week. 

Pacific - Sunday is the smallest day with chest to head high surf, but then it slowly grows from overhead to 3 feet overhead by Tuesday (up north) and Wednesday (farther south). This is from a SSW swell, maxing at 4.8 feet at 15 seconds from 211 degrees. Another SSW pulse (from 207 degrees) keeps it week overhead through next weekend. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

Helping to protect Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica, this Facebook group has some great photos!

Check out this interview of Jack Johnson by Occy from Billabong 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


Orlando to San Jose for $214 roundtrip on Copa Airlines for certain dates in September. Contact us to set up your flights.

Read about our adventure with Jungle ATV in Uvita, where we visited the mountains, a coffee farm, and swam in waterfalls. The photos don't do it justice. 

LATEST SURFBOARD BAG FEES - Including information about American Airlines recent move to LOWER rates to $30 per board bag, if checked as baggage (under 126 inches total and <50 pounds). 

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


Darsharn Antequera wins the Roca Loca Pro único INVITACIONAL DE OLA GRANDE DE COSTA RICA, held Friday 5/30. Check the photos on the ACOS Facebook page.

2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
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.


Summer time beach cleanup calendar with Operation Rich Coast on Facebook

There's going to be a big Reggae show 6/29 and 30th at Patrons in Dominical. Junior Dread from Brazil and Un Rojo from Costa Rica are among the many acts performing. One day tickets are $30, two day tickets at $50. The money raised goes to support the Costa Ballena Lifeguards. Check the flyer  here.


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 up to 15% 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.


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 5/31 - The overhead surf in Playa Grande has been mostly sloppy with the rainy weather of the last week even though the tides have been high in the morning.  The off-shores are still trying to break through and as soon as this typically seasonal weather gives us a break, we should start seeing some good conditions again.  Bring a rain coat. Don't forget to check the LIVE web cam from the roof of our hotel on Surfline.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 5/31 - Weather in Costa Rica just got better, a tropical storm was around for 10 days that felt like 3 weeks. That was good amount of water for the soil and the humans. Wave conditions are quite stormy, a combo swell amongst 185 to 227 degress SWS with th shortes  period of 4 seconds to the higher of 13 seconds, those show up more often along the higher tides, that at noon, by then the wind is shifting from south, 2ft, 3ft some 4ft far out on the reefs, murky water and a surprising inside crowd, May and June are usually not this busy. Langosta within the lower tide over the pole 8 at the National Park, has been really fun waves, mostly steep, A-framed choppy ride but no crowd and that makes it the best sessions.

Tonight at Playa Grande, Las Olas Brewing presents the Margaret River Pro on the big screen at Las Olas Beach Club. Pregame with $2 Beach Beers from 4-6 PM and stay for the surf contest! Tonight's menu will be Pork or Portabella Bahn Mi!!!  Book your package before June 15th and save up to 10% on a minimum of 2 people in private surf programs or 15% on Kid surf programs. Contact CR Surf Travel and use coded TOS06 for surf lessons, PV07 Premium Vacations or SAD08 for surf trips.


Surfing Nosara Eli at SurfingNosara.com - 5/31 - Another sunny morning with good and fun waves. The size is chest high to shoulder high and a little offshore wind.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf CamMalpaisurfCam.com - 5/30 - This morning at 7 am waves were head high with constant over head sets. Light off shore wind and overcast skies. Some bombs on the sets, lots of open peaks at the beach break. Just a couple of guys out there, good conditions and constant waves.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 5/27 - MIX SW / SSW SWELL EASING  4-6ft – Shorter period SW filling in — MIXED CONDITIONS DUE TO RAINS IN THE AREA.  Low Tide in the morning.

Local’s Corner: – The Roca Loca Pro - INVITACIONAL DE OLA GRANDE DE COSTA RICA is happening on 5/30 — 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.


Walking on Water Surf Shop Jaco Chuck at WOW Surf Shop - 5/31 - I know it’s been stormy this week in CR with onshore flow but I’ll bet the surfs been big enough to be challenging! Roca Loca anual event is on right now  some chargin going on there for sure! I don’t know how Carlos did down south in Chile but I hope he passed his heat he’s a great representative of CR ! I’m thinking about a mini surf expo for August for shop owners to see all our new product offerings. Pura Vida from the WOW Surf Shop crew!

Manuel Antonio / Dominical

Manuel Antonio

manuel-antonio-surf-school-125Luis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 5/31 - In Dominicalito the waves were 4ft and about 7ft in Dominical. It was a bit windy/choppy. Best time to surf is AM.


Greg at Jazzys River House - 5/31 - (filling in for Steve this week) It's been clean in the mornings, but the winds have been switching often due to offshore tropical activity. Waves are chest to head high, but every 10 minutes there is a 2 foot overhead set of 4-5 waves. Dominicalito is knee to waist with some occasional head high sets. It will drop by Monday a couple of feet, and then will get big again Wednesday through the weekend - good for point breaks and road trips.

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'.

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 5/30 - The swell is still holding head high + surf today, but the conditions were messy all day.  We had strong onshore flow, though the wind isn’t blowing very hard.  Hopefully, things clean up tomorrow, as this seems like a waste of a good swell.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 5/31 - 1+ feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 2.2ft. 6.2 seconds 66 degrees (ENE). Small East-Northeast short-period swell holding.

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