Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #971
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PIC OF THE WEEK: Kenny Cox came from Atlanta to surf some of the best waves of his life in Pavones. This could be you! Book a trip today Photo: GG

TIDES for July 17, 2019


Low Tide: 1.24 feet at 9:04 a.m.
High Tide: 8.97 feet at 3:17 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - July 16th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Consistent ENE swell, 7.7 feet at 9 seconds, will keep the waves chest to head high with overhead sets arriving Saturday and staying that size through Monday. 

Pacific - Combo SSW swells keep the surf 2-3 feet overhead through Thursday, then drops off fast, leaving waist to head high waves for the weekend. A new swell with more South in it (198 degrees, 4.1 feet at 16 seconds) arrives late Monday and pushes it back to 1-2 feet overhead until next Thursday. It hits the far southern beaches and north of Nosara best. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

Matt Wilkinson and Leilani McGonagle (from Pavones) Explore the Great Ocean Road on YouTube.

Congratulations to The Clean Wave, celebrating two years organizing beach cleanups and recycling programs in Tamarindo. Visit their Facebook page for their latest events.

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


Los Angeles to San Jose for $328 roundtrip on Internet for dates in September. Delta has flights for $438 from Oakland to San Jose, also in September.  Contact us to set up your flights.

How about a dream trip to Pavones or an overnight boat trip to Ollie's Point? See our customized vacation packages to offer you the best possible surfing experience in Costa Rica.

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

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.


The Turtle Tour is Back in Playa Hermosa — Based out of Bowie’s — Support Vecinos de Playa Hermosa and Book Your Tour To See The Turtles in Playa Hermosa -call 8988-3030 or 8858-5232

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.

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


Surf Pavones with Andrea Diaz - September 7th-13th

Witchs Rock is hosting Women's Surf Retreats in 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 - 7/12 - We have been having some great surf in spite of the tricky weather conditions.  Lots of off-shores and glassy conditions.  There is some rain here and there, often accompanied by thunder storms.  The swell is head high now and appears to be picking up slightly.  Hopefully we will see some afternoon off-shores for the weekend as the surf tides move into afternoon and evening slots.  Check out the live camera of the main break out in front of the hotel at Surfline.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 7/15 - Cold and rainy morning to start the week, with fun waves, perfect to learn to surf! The size is chest high to shoulder head high and a little offshore wind. Surf, coffee, beers, or all the above? You should without a doubt stop by Olo Alaia. They have the finest range of quality boards, accessories, and brands for all your surfing needs. You can enjoy your cup of coffee or one of their handcrafted beers on the tap while strolling through the store or on the outside terrace.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 7/13 - This morning at 7 am waves were head high with constant over head sets. Light offshore wind and mostly sunny clear skies. Pumping waves as the tide was starting to raise. Good conditions and not many persons in the water.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 7/13 -FUN EARLY BEFORE MEDIUM WINDS MID MORNING  — New SSW filling in with onshore winds 4-6ft+ and building for overhead surf tomorrow – Look to other area standout breaks.

Local’s Corner: The Turtle Tour is Back in Playa Hermosa — Based out of Bowie’s — Support Vecinos de Playa Hermosa and Book Your Tour To See The Turtles in Playa Hermosa -call 8988-3030 or 8858-5232. 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

Manuel Antonio


manuel-antonio-surf-school-125Luis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 7/12 - In Manuel Antonio waves are 3 feet at most. Conditions are good as rip currents are normal and wind is minimal. Best time to surf is high tide and best place is Playitas.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 7/13 - Continued stormy weather has reduced the short windows of decent surf which has been small and inconsistent at best lately.  Some exceptions lately have seen dramatic well overhead barrels at lower tides and a few clean sessions between storms.  Mostly closed out at all tides and few crowds have left the surf community waiting for improved conditions.

Neighboring beaches have been highly inconsistent as well with Dominicalito and Playa Hermosa South offering few fun sessions and Punta Dominical fewer yet.

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.  


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 7/15 - The swell dropped off a bit today, with waist to head high waves, but the cleaned up a lot this morning.  There is still some residual wind swell breaking up the primary swell into lots of shorter sections, but it’s still a lot of fun.  Torrential downpours last night created a huge sandbar at the rivermouth, that was producing some short barrel sections on high tide.

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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