Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #967
May 31, 2019
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #969
June 19, 2019

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #968

PIC OF THE WEEK: Groms took over the lineup at Playa Negra last week. Here is the next generation throwing buckets. Photo: GG

TIDES for June 10, 2019


High Tide: 8.78 feet at 8:19 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.00 feet at 2:27 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - June 17th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - There is a new ENE swell arriving Friday with a 9 second period and sending head high surf by Saturday. Sunday and Monday it will grow to overhead and then drop back to chest high by Wednesday.

Pacific - Currently there is a nice SSW swell pushing in 1-2 foot overhead sets (3.5 feet at 13 seconds) That is going to change drastically by Thursday afternoon as it drops to knee to waist and stays small  through Monday. Then a new SW swell arrives (3 feet at 15 seconds) pushing it back 1-2 feet overhead and has a reinforcing swell to keep it big through next weekend.

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San Francisco to San Jose on Delta Airlines for select dates in August for $344 roundtrip. Los Angeles to San Jose for $362 on Internet in December. Miami to San Jose for $259 roundtrip on American Airlines for certain dates in October. Contact us to set up your flights.

The 10th Annual Envision Festival is arriving February 20-24th. Follow the details on their Facebook event page.

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.


Malakai Martinez is the new Champion of the Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf after winning in Playa Negra. Read more.

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.


International Surfing Say is June 15th and The Clean Wave is having a massive beach cleanup in Tamarindo on June 15th. See the details on Facebook.

Playa Hermosa gets 73 million colones for Lifeguards in 2019

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


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 - 6/8 - The overhead and a half surf is still pretty messy for most of the sessions although some surfers are catching good windows especially now that the high tide is in the early morning. The off-shore patterns are holding and we should have some good morning wave conditions this week as we move toward the off-shore “Little Summer” part of the season next week.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 6/7 - Fun  long board sessions in Tamarindo, double session days made it even better. 2ft solid and consistent, got to wait for the best sets and was worth it; fairly crowd line up on the sand bars, but no so many people by the river mouth. Winds had been funky but not really messing with the wave's shape. Langosta has been fun and bit cleaner than Tamarindo, 2ft waves, some sets would bring 3ft waves, slow conditions, made it really fun to practice some drills out there.

 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 - 6/9 - This is Wentyn Arguedas with your Sanday surf report from Playa Guiones Nosara. A morning with good and fun waves. The size is chest high. We hope you all have a great day! 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 Surf - 6/8 - This morning at 7 am waves were chest high with sine head high sets. Light off shore wind and partially clear skies. High tide session with constant a framing waves showing. Clean and really fun, just a couple of guys in the water.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 6/5 - June 5th – FUN AND GOOD SHAPE – SLOW EASING SW/SSW 3-6ft — Outlook is for good waves all weekend long — Sun out and awesome days here in Playa Hermosa.

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


Steve at Jazzys River House - This morning's high tide session wasn't great but an improvement over the past few days.  4' to 5' foot average with a few overhead waves, clean lines fairly consistent spacing and a brisk offshore were the features but the addition of some modest peaks were the major improvement over the long dumping flat walls we've been seeing.  Small crowd under mostly clear blue skies topped things off today.  Punta Dominical, Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito also had better than average conditions today - a little smaller than Dominical but with some of the same features.

Hotel Roca Verde is back to hosting Friday night live music with Ken Nickel and Nancy Buchan and Friends providing the tunes. Come early for great food in a delightful beachside atmosphere; music starts around 7.  Check for low season discounts and specials or stop by and visit Ruby in her Fine Art Studio/Gallery and ask about her popular class which she calls 'Plant Part Art'.  Learn the secrets to the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting, sewing, etc...  And if you're having trouble with stiff and sore muscles, body aches and pains see Steve whose East/West massage therapy can be helpful.  Steve also gives surf lessons and buys, rents and sells boards.  See Steve also for instruction in Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises.  

Southern Zone


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 6/7 - The surf changed a lot throughout the day.  It was small and disorganized this morning, with waist high waves.   The tide was high early, adding a bit of a warble to the lineup.  The wind was also coming from an unfavorable direction, which didn’t help.  It looked like a good day to take the day off from surfing.  However, the winds turned more favorable on the dropping tide, cleaning things up.  As the tide began to turn, the swell seemed to pick up significantly with head high + sets rolling through.  It was a really fun session on the rising tide with rainy, glassy, surf conditions.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 6/10 - 5-6 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 9.2ft. 8.4 seconds 74 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell fading.

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