Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #976
August 29, 2019
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #978
September 16, 2019

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #977

PIC OF THE WEEK: First win for Costa Rica in the ISA World Surfing Games, held in Japan. We hope Leilani McGonagle goes far in this event. Photo: Jimenez - ISA

TIDES for September 7th, 2019


High Tide: 8.25 feet at 9:02 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.34 feet at 3:21 p.m.

Full Moon - September 13th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Small ENE swell expected to arrive Wednesday with waist high surf through Friday morning with a rare chest high set. On the weekends expect knee high surf, clean early with onshore by 11 a.m.

Pacific - Two SSW swells keep the surf head high all week, with a few overhead sets. The first one is from 201 degrees (5 ft at 10 seconds by Thursday) and the second is 225 degrees (2.4 ft at 15 seconds). Both drop off by Saturday leaving waist to chest high waves to start next week. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

Salty Fit created by Surfing Republica continues its excellent coverage of Costa Rica's beaches with an episode on Playa Jaco on YouTube

Do you need to BUY or SELL a surfboard in Costa Rica? There is a Facebook group for that!

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 on Internet airlines for $297 roundtrip (Feb 12th-19th)!  Orlando to Liberia on Copa Airlines for $364 roundtrip (October 9th-13th). Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

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.


Are you headed to Tamarindo for the holidays? Be sure to book your tours early to save your space. Find some great adventures in Guanacaste HERE.


Leilani and Brisa solid at the start of the World Cup

Costa Rica meets its first rivals for the ISA World Cup starting at dawn in Japan

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

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.


Connecting to the Rainforest with a Hike to La Ceiba Waterfall

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. 

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 - 9/6 - The waves have been small but good with unseasonable off-shores and great conditions, especially in the morning.  Check the weather reports.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 9/6 - A funny weather in Tamarindo, some overcast days and some sunny mornings, small conditions as south swells are fading away, 1-2ft within the incoming tides, perfect for beginners to work their new skills. Usually for the green season we do not have many tourists, giving us room to play with long boards or SUP along the sand bars. 

Better surf conditions 2-3ft on the best sets, on more exposed places like Marbella. Winds do switch from south along the afternoons.
Enjoy sunset sessions with Joe Hrbeck at El Chiringuito, every day from 5pm to 7pm, they offer happy hour on local beers until 6pm! We at Seafari Costa Rica, welcome intermediate and advanced surfers ( SUP surf also) to a guided road trip to less crowded breaks, on selected locations to fit your level with the forecast.  Available: 3 hours , 5 hours , Full day  


Surfing NosaraEli at - 9/7 - Beautiful sunny morning, with good waves and a little offshore wind. The size is chest high to shoulder high and sometimes a good set coming. The low tide is at 3:19 p.m and the High tide is at 9:00 a.m. Stop by Surfing Nosara office and ask for Brayan, Wentyn, or Eli, if you would like to book a private photo session or by any of our pictures. Pura Vida!

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa


Kina Surf Shop - Santa TeresaEric at Kina Surf Shop - 9/6 - Eric from Kina surf, Friday morning. Waves- very small, clean SW/SSW swell combo. Glassy peaks, still rideable but pretty small. Should improve at the beachies  once the morning high tide drops out. 

Mal Pais Surf - 9/6 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high. Light offshore wind and overcast skies. Right after the rain, with the tide almost high, clean conditions and small but fun waves, just a few in the water, guess party was good last night, should be fun all morning.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 9/7 - New longer period SW swell filling in 3-5ft – Low tide mid afternoon – Overcast makes for a great day at the beach here 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 - 9/7 -

Surf consensus this morning was 'pretty fun'. Small: 3' – 4', mostly peaks, mild offshore and quite clean and orderly. Long time between sets but overall good conditions and not very crowded. That was the higher tide session this morning. Too small for the Point or Dominicalito but Playa Hermosa South was reportedly small and fun as well.

Hotel Roca Verde is taking low season breaks from their usual Friday night live music depending on who is available. The food, however, is always good and the beach-front family atmosphere is always a treat.

Check for discounts and bargains or stop by and visit Ruby-Kim in her studio gallery and be sure to ask about her popular class which she calls 'Palm Part Art'. Learn the ancient skills of weaving, twining, plaiting, joining and sewing and make yourself an artistic masterpiece and go home with a new life skill. Also see Steve if you're suffering from muscular aches and pains as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful. Steve also offers surf lessons and board sales and rentals and private instruction in 'Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises'.   


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 9/5 - We had another super small day at the point with knee high dribblers making it tough to get motivated, especially with the wonky conditions.  If you needed a fix, it was something, but not what anyone wanted to be part of.

The Caribbean

Salsa Brava

Solspot Surf Forecast

Solspot - 9/7 - 1-2 feet with a dominant ENE short-period swell. Primary Swell: 4ft. 6.5 seconds 66 degrees (ENE). Small East-Northeast short-period swell steady.

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