Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #974
August 4, 2019
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #976
August 29, 2019

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #975

PIC OF THE WEEK: This week was Mother's Day in Costa Rica. After a trip to Pavones and Punta Banco, I was devastated by the amount of micro plastics I saw there and thought we have to protect Mother Nature first. Photo: GG

TIDES for August 17, 2019


Low Tide: .89 feet at 10:04 a.m.
High Tide: 8.79 feet at 4:14 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - August 30th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - A small pulse of ENE swell fills in midweek next week with a few head high sets but otherwise it's mostly knee to waist for this weekend and next.

Pacific - Dropping South swell with a mix of SSW means waist to chest high surf starting Sunday and running through Tuesday. The SSW swell sticks around at 3 feet and 12 seconds, so some head high waves can be found through Thursday. Then a stronger SW swell (2.8 ft at 18 seconds) arrives late Friday pushing it up to 1-2 feet overhead for next weekend.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Check out the latest clip of Salty Fit - Episode 3 - by Surfing Republica on YouTube.

Our friends at Dominical Waverider help out the local girls to learn to surf with the group Chicas con Proposito. Check their progress 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


Interjet has flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) for $264 in February 2020. San Diego (SAN) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) for $369 in late September on Delta Airlines.  Contact us to set up your flights.

Watch Out for Other Surfers! Read our tips for avoiding injuries.
We have been doing extra recon to find you the best waves around Pavones. 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.


Costa Rican Team Selected for the ISA World Cup in Japan

BomberFest September 20-21 -More Details To Be Announced. 

The National SUP Race Circuit Final event: 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.


Beach cleanup in Dominical - August 17th at 9 a.m. - meet at the lifeguard tower.

If you live or want to live in Nosara - Learn about the new proposed building regulations.

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

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 - 8/13 - We just completed a week of morning high tides with some blue sky, head high plus surf.  The surf tides have moved into the afternoon slot now and the wind conditions are unpredictable.  There are sunny days and some rain.  The crowds are mostly light with the surf schools hanging down at casitas closer to Tamarindo.  Tuesday had good variable wind conditions up until about 2 PM when it finally blew out.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 8/16 - New SW swell is arriving, waves in Tamarindo are fun, glassy and soft, perfect for beginners to intermediate surfers, weather is typical for August, random showers along the day, light off shore or no wind. Busy lineup in the afternoons, but the morning birds are rewarded with fun and fast shallow rides at the River Mouth. Avellanas has been consistent 3-4ft, long wait among sets and basically all of the breaks are active with the swell direction. Not too crowded.

After last night's great show at Marijuana in Liberia doing the Alejandra Guzman Tribute with Fatiniza and her boys, it's time to rock at Margaritaville Hotel in Flamingo with my boys!
Tonight 8 pm.
Feat.: Adrien Brannigan and Olman Ovares


Surfing NosaraEli at - 8/16 - A little dark and cloudy morning with fun waves. The size is waist-high to chest high, and sometimes a good set coming. Monkey Mafia - A LIFESTYLE BRAND, BUILT FROM THE CORE. FOR EVERYONE WITH A DEEP PASSION 4 LIFE. IF YOU LOVE IT. BLEED IT, NO EXCUSES!

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 8/6 - This morning at 7 am waves were head high with some over head sets. Light offshore wind and partially clear skies. Pumping waves as the tide was starting to drop, looked kind of bumpy and a bit messy but constant sets showing with some nice waves, should clean out through the morning.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 8/13 - Beautiful day this morning – sun out – head high ++ waves with a mix of SSW/S joining in with a longer period S & SW swell.  Fair conditions.

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. BomberFest September 20-21 -More Details To Be Announced. 

Southern Zone


Steve at Jazzys River House - 8/14 - October comes to August in Dominical!  Morning rains, nights rains, all day all night rains are usually reserved for late September and October but here they are in the middle of August.  The surf is small - 3' to 4', with mostly poor conditions thanks to the stormy weather.  Too much wind, too much rain means choppy water and erratic wave action.  There have been short windows of decent surf but inconsistent timing makes it hard to predict.  Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito and Punta Dominical have had their moments of improved conditions but the small size has reduced the fun ratio.  

Hotel Roca Verde continues to host Ken Nickel and Nancy Buchan for Friday night live music so come early for an evening of fine dining and live music in a handsome beach front atmosphere.
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 - 8/15 - The surf was small and fun early, but became almost unsurfable once tide completely receded, and the Zancudo winds began to blow out the lineup. We were hoping that as started to fill in again, the winds would die down. However, a storm came through, from the west, turning the seas to storm chop. It was highly doubtful, but the conditions actually cleaned up for an evening session, after a large rainstorm passed through.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 8/16 - 3+ feet with a dominant ENE med-period swell. Primary Swell: 5.2ft. 8 seconds 65 degrees (ENE). East-Northeast med-period swell steady.

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