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TIDES for July 6, 2019


Low Tide: .06 feet at 11:22 a.m.
High Tide: 9.71 feet at 5:31 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - July 16th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - More overhead surf returns this Sunday but stays only through Monday (12 feet at 9 seconds). After that it's a quick drop back to knee to waist high through to next weekend when another ENE swell returns.

Pacific - This weekend will see a dropping swell, from overhead down to waist to chest high sets by Sunday. It's a short break as for Monday morning a decent sized SW swell arrives (3.5 feet at 16 seconds from 215 degrees) pushing in sets 2 feet overhead for Tuesday before dropping a foot Wednesday. Then it stays around head high to overhead until the 13th,  as a new massive SSW swell (4.3 ft at 18 seconds from 207 deg.) arrives bringing 3-4 foot overhead surf.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Maybe the best surfing done in a contest on the best wave on the planet - ever! Felipe Toledo at J-Bay.

For the latest news on the Papagayo Coast, check out the Coco Chit Chat Facebook group.

Send in your favorite links to see it posted on the surf report!

View past links to our top lists of YouTube videos and Facebook sites


San Francisco to Liberia for $441 roundtrip on Alaska Airlines for dates in September. American Airlines has flights for $231 roundtrip from Miami to San Jose.  Contact us to set up your flights.

We now have customized vacation packages to offer you the best possible surfing experience in Costa Rica.
This weekend is CARNIVAL in Jaco! Bull rides, horse parades, night surfing, and lots of fiestas around town. Check the calendar here - LINK.

Envision Festival to Become a Full 7-Day Experience for its 10th Anniversary

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.


Surf Contest Playa Hermosa

2019 Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf Calendar:
Playa Hermosa - FINALS - July 19-21st

Grand finale of the Punto SURF circuit at the Backyard Bar this next 13th and 14th of July. Reggae / ladies night, open of BJJ and $ 1500 to distribute between the champions of the date and the circuit. Categories: Metro, open and sup-Surf.

Kids Day and Junior Surf Competition in Playa Cienguita on the Caribbean coast - July 13th-14th.

The National SUP Race Circuit event dates:
August 15th - Herradura
November 16th - Catalinas Islands

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


Watch our video interview with Rich Burnam from Surfing Nosara on YouTube. I talk about my favorite waves in Costa Rica and the environmental issues affecting them.

Taste of Papagayo fundraiser on July 13th, 3-10 p.m. at La Puerta del Sol Hotel. 20 restaurants featuring dishes for $30, live music and prizes.

Listen to my interview with Joe and the boys on the Get Out and Surf Podcast on I-Tunes

Summer time beach cleanup calendar with Operation Rich Coast on Facebook

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


Only 1 spot left! 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 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 - 7/3 - The wind is holding off-shore for most days and the somewhat ragged just overhead swell has provided some great waves for each session.  On Friday we should be able to surf the short window at daybreak as the swell settles down and smooths out.  Starting next week the morning sessions should have great conditions with the possibility of afternoon go outs if the wind holds.  Check out the live camera of the main break out in front of the hotel at Surfline.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 7/3 -

Fun waves in Tamarindo, 2ft solid sets, low tide sessions at the River mouth will guarantee a fast and hollow ride over the shallow sand bars. Not extremely crowded, funky winds switching along the day. Avellanas point breaks are lit up within mid tides, still waiting for the crowd to show up during the weekend, as is the midterm vacations for Costa Rica.
Come out tonight and Jam with us! At Hotel Pasatiempo with Joe Hrbek and Luiz Paes Leme! Great food, great music, great drinks and great times! 7:30-9:30
We at Seafari Costa Rica, welcome intermediate and advanced surfers ( SUPsurf also) to a guided road trip to less crowded breaks, on selected locations to fit your level with the forecast.


Surfing NosaraEli at SurfingNosara.com - 7/4 - Beautiful morning with good and fun waves.The size is chest high to shoulder high and little offshore wind. Treat yourself with a visit to the Native Gallery. This intimate and inviting store is located right beside Robin's. It is filled with all kinds of colorful jewels that are made with love! 

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf CamMalpaisurfCam.com - 7/2 - This morning at 7 am waves were chest high. Side shore wind and sunny clear skies. Tide dropping, kind of windy but constant sets showing with nice and open waves. Looked really fun, should be ok with the tide push.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 7/2 - MIX SSW / S Swells — 3-5ft+ and filling in — good conditions – overcast makes for a great day in the water. Outlook is good the next few days.

Local’s Corner: – This weekend continues the Jaco Carnival on Saturday July 6th Tope Horseback Parade. 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.  Mark your calendars for the Circuito Nacional Kolbi in Playa Hermosa July 19, 20 & 21 and then the Circuito SUP Race in Herradura August 15th.

Southern Zone


Steve at Jazzys River House - 7/4 - Continued small waves - 3' to 4' with poor shape due mostly to rough weather.  Stormy conditions, hard rains, thunder and lightning and forceful winds have had their impact on the surf scene here. There have been short windows of respite but still mostly closed out and dumping hard.  

Playa Hermosa South, Punta Dominical and Dominicalito share the same conditions as Playa Dominical but on a smaller scale.   

Check www.jazzysriverhouse.com 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.  


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 7/3 - The swell picked up overnight with some head high sets coming through the corner.  It was best early, because the tide was dropping fast, all morning, making the waves just a bit too fast as it got too low.  The winds were light and we have glassy conditions.  Hopefully, these conditions hold up all day, as the incoming tide has started firing.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 7/5 - 6-8 feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 11.4ft. 9 seconds 78 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell on the way out.

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