Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #975
August 16, 2019
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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #977
September 7, 2019

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #976

PIC OF THE WEEK: Tony is back in the water in Dominical and he captured 'Longboard Greg' smacking the lip on his custom ColoTico surfboard. Photo: Via de Agua

TIDES for August 29, 2019


Low Tide: .64 feet at 7:21 a.m.
High Tide: 9.22 feet at 1:41 p.m.

Full Moon - August 30th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Microsurf this weekend and through next week. The only knee to waist high waves will show Monday and last the morning so instead enjoy the great diving conditions.

Pacific - Smaller surf in the waist to head high range for the weekend. Then Monday starts some SSW combo swell at 3 ft and 14 seconds, pushing in foot overhead sets through Wednesday morning when it drops through the next weekend. Look for a larger 3.6 ft at 16 second SSW swell the following Sunday.

Facebook and Video Favorites

If you want to know what the surf is like in Manuel Antonio, check out this well produced Salt Fit video by Surfing Republica on YouTube.

Check out the Vista Guapa Surf Camp Facebook page to see how fun it is to join them in Jaco.

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


Looking to get out of Florida in front on Hurricane Dorian? JetBlue has non-stop flights from Orlando to San Jose for $428, leaving Friday and returning Tuesday. And if you can wait until mid-September, Spirit Airlines has non-stops from MCO to SJO for $182 roundtrip!  Contact us to set up your flights.

Envision Festival Unveils First Four Artists Headlining its 10th Anniversary

Do you want to experience #vanlife? How about a customized surf van available to drive around Costa Rica, with a complete kitchen and sleeping quarters? Read more about our new partners at Roam to be Wild
Already planning your Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa vacation? Get some expert help. 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.


It's Official - Costa Rica will have a National Surfing Day on October 19th

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.


Community Carbon Trees is working to replicate their sustainable reforestation using fairly paid labor to the Amazon Rainforest, which is suffering from deliberate fires set by farmers and ranchers. Support them by sponsoring a tree. 

 With so many new developments in Playa Guiones, it is great that Rich Burnam is doing video interviews with locals and special guests to bring together the community. Check out his videos on YouTube.


students from UNA Coto Campus

At a recent Dominical Beach cleanup, we were asked to weigh and count the items we collected as a team. Volunteers came from University N.A. in Coto near the Panama border. Our group of 5 went to a quiet section of the beach, but still collected over 460 bottle tops, 9 toothbrushes, 4 syringes, plus a lot of smaller plastic pieces. When we weighed just our group's trash, it was over 30 kilograms. See our photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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

Pura Vida Adventures in Santa Teresa is world famous for their luxury surf/yoga experiences. They have co-ed camps from 11/25 to 12/1 and the New Year's week is epic! 

Witchs Rock is hosting Women's Surf Retreats and 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 - 8/27 - Small conditions for Tamarindo, 1-2ft waves within incoming large tides, typical morning off shore winds and light on shore during the afternoon; perfect for beginners to practice their new skills. Line up is set with long boarders and SUP at the river mouth.

Further down the coast, Marbella is lit up with the 225 SSW swell, 3-4ft fast and hollow rides, best time to be there, early morning as the wind line is more suceptible than up north. Line up is pretty busy, but all sand bars are active and within the lower tide the point break throw some barrels.
Temptation's options for lunch are Shimp Tempura, Caterpillar, Boston, New York, 2 options of Vegetarian. 1 roll c3000 or 2 for c5000. Remember we delivery it for free Tamarindo and Langosta área. Free delivery, 83450248

"Basics of Surfing" Program for beginners who have no previous surf experience, yet are willing to commit to private instruction and immersion. In addition, we teach the mechanics of surf as a science, the proper use of gear, ocean safety, the unspoken rules of surfing,  and expose you to the components of a lifestye that compliments surfing, such as yoga and massage.

Tamarindo, Playa Grande or Avellanas are perfect locations to learn how to surf and to experience Costa Rica. Program is planned for four or seven days and includes private surf lessons, surf clinics, surf trip, surf boards, photo sessions, yoga sessions, massage and a day tour of your choice.
We can adjust your program any program to accommodate your desires.
Conveniently we operate in Tamarindo, Playa Grande and Avellanas. These are among the best beaches for beginner to learn surfing. Advanced surfers will also find these breaks challenging and fun.These locations are close to Lberia airport and to national parks, as well as other activities.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 8/27 - Clean water, good waves and a beautiful sunny morning, with a little onshore wind.  The size is chest high to shoulder high and sometimes a good set coming. If you are in Playa Pelada today visit El Chivo created a great ambiance for the people of Nosara, and her visitors, to hang out and enjoy good music, funky art, delicious tequilas and casual Mexican.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa


Kina Surf Shop - Santa TeresaEric at Kina Surf Shop - 8/27 - Waves chest to head high SW swell. fairly clean conditions with a few fun waves coming up off the early morning low tide. Best spot - beach breaks before the high tide buries it.

Mal Pais Surf - 8/27 - This morning at 8 am waves were waist to chest high with an occasionally head high set showing. Light onshore wind and mostly sunny clear skies. Wind came on early today, still waves looked pretty fun. Tide was raising, there were some peaky long rides at the beach.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 8/24 - Leftover SSW Swell – Waist High and FUN  3-4ft and outlook is for new longer period swell for the weekend.  Sun out strong in Playa Hermosa.

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 - 8/27 -

Coming off a recent moderate swell we are back to less than head high waves and inconsistent conditions. Near daily storms have put limits on the surf scene, mornings being the exception with regular patches of blue sky and offshore winds. This mornings rising tide was somewhat peaky with the occasional long clean rides in the 4' range. Mostly long walls, dumping fairly hard with a few scattered small barrels. Only a handful out doing a lot of paddling and waiting.

The point had some good moments recently thanks to the swell which came and went and Dominicalito got a jolt as well. Hermosa has enjoyed some better than average surf lately giving a rosy hue to the past weeks surf scene.

Hotel Roca Verde is filling the void left by the disappearing G-String Cowboys, the house band these days who are on sabbatical leave, giving the stage to other local musicians as they become available. The food is excellent as always and the beach front family scene is most welcoming. Music starts around seven.

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 - 8/27 - The surf was small and clean this morning.  The corner looked really fun for longboarding at high tide, but the top of the point still had some fun chest high waves still coming through.  The wind was calm and glassy until the afternoon started to blow onshore.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 8/29 - 2-3 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell.. Primary Swell: 4.4ft. 6.9 seconds 63 degrees (ENE). Secondary Swell: 0.5ft. 9.8 seconds 81 degrees (E).

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