Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #973
July 27, 2019
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #975
August 16, 2019

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #974

PIC OF THE WEEK: Brisa Hennessy makes the Quarterfinals of the Super Girl Pro in Huntington Beach. She is the first Costa Rican on the World Surf Tour. Photo: Kevin Kielty

TIDES for August 4, 2019


Low Tide: (-.53) feet at 11:06 a.m.
High Tide: 10.03 feet at 5:20 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - August 15th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - It's a quiet week on the right coast with waves only getting to chest high Tuesday and then fading back to knee to waist for the rest of the week. 

Pacific - Surf will be chest to head high all week, coming from a SSW swell 2.7 ft at 14 feet, getting a little less consistent on the sets by Friday. Saturday will see a few overhead sets form a new SSW swell (197 degrees) that grows to 4.2 feet by Sunday, sending 1-2 feet overhead waves to southern facing beaches for the following three days. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

The community of Siargao, Philippines, is facing many of the same growth issues as many surf towns in Costa Rica. Watch how they deal with it in this Off the Grid video on YouTube.

Costa Rica is for the birds! Check out the most beautiful ones on the Association Ornitologica de Costa Rica group on Facebook 

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, CA (SFO) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) for $385 on American in January 2020. New York City, NY (LGA) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) for $386 in September.  Contact us to set up your flights.

Watch Out for Other Surfers! Read our tips for avoiding injuries.
Overnight boat trip to Witches Rock and Ollies Point? See our customized vacation packages to offer you the best possible surfing experience in Costa Rica.


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


See the final rankings on the National Surf Circuit

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 owner of the Vegan Hot Sauce - Spicy Life - has been organizing monthly beach cleanup with the help of kids from the small town of Dominicalito. Check out the video from our last trip to Uvita on Facebook

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.

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


We just got back from visiting Surf Expedition in Pavones and came back inspired to write this piece: Five Things Every Surf Camp Should Have for Beginners

Witchs Rock is hosting Women's Surf Retreats in August. They also have dates sets for the high season in 2020 with surf pro Andrea Diaz. 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 - 8/2 - After a week of perfect head high, blue sky conditions, the surf moved into the afternoon tides and got slightly too big to work with the variable wind conditions.  The tides will begin to move into the daybreak window this weekend, and if it drops a little, should be on track for some good surf conditions.  The crowds have been unpredictable during the week with the surf schools causing some congestion around the great conditions at casitas down the beach.  We are starting to see some transition weather as we head for the rainy season in September.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 8/1 - Promising 2-3ft solid sets every 5 minutes, large tides due New Moon and on shore winds from mid morning until mid afternoon; just arrived today the change is radical as for yesterday e had 1ft waves every other time. Tamarindo's line up on the sand bars are crowded, summer vacationers in town having fun either swimming of surfing; therfore is important the fact that the surf instructors are emphasizing surfing safe tips and surf etiquette, understanding how to play along the water dynamics and other surf students out there. Glad to announce that Seafari CR is moving for 10 days to Long Island to keep up the learning process with the students in the area from August 20th to the 31st; reservations code CRNY019 apply for early bird disccounts. Langosta will be a good spot to go early morning within the out going tide, light breeze and usually not too crowded. Didnt have time to prepare your lunch today? Don't worry order Sushi for lunch! Free delivery Tamarindo and Langosta, 1 roll c3000 or 2 rolls c5000 call us 83450248 If there is a roll not here ask us we make it for you. Have a wonderful week!


Surfing NosaraEli at - 8/4 - A beautiful morning,  the size waves are shoulder high. If you are in Nosara today, Whether you love 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.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 8/3 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets Light offshore wind and overcast skies. Dropping tide session with constant sets showing, kind of bumpy but waves were pretty good.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 8/4 - Leftover swell and fair conditions – 3ft+ overcast makes for a great day in the water – outlook for some longer period SW/SSW swell filling in for some more size.

Local’s Corner: Support Vecinos de Playa Hermosa. 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 SUP Race in Herradura August 15th.

Southern Zone


Greg at Jazzys River House - 8/4 - Waves have been awesome! Chest to head with an occasional overhead set. Super clean in the morning and right before dark. Best time to surf will be early morning coinciding with the high tides. Also check Playa Hermosa and Playa Chaman for more beginner friendly surf.

Check for low season specials and discounts or come by and visit artist Ruby Kim in her home studio/gallery and ask about her popular class which she calls 'Palm Part Art'.  Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting and sewing.  If you are troubled with stiff and sore muscles and body aches and pains see Steve as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  See Steve also for surf lessons and board rentals and sales and private instruction in 'Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises'


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 8/3 - The swell dropped significantly overnight, making it pretty flat around the corner with knee high waves in stormy conditions, most of the day.

The Caribbean

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