Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #982
October 15, 2019
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue #984
November 1, 2019

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #983

PIC OF THE WEEK: OLD GUYS RULE! Unknown Kahuna throwing chunks in Dominical  PHOTO: GG

TIDES for October 25th, 2019


Low Tide: .91 feet at 5:48 a.m.
High Tide: 8.31 feet at 12:07 p.m.

New Moon - October 27th

National Forecast

10/25 to 10/31 FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU
Caribbean 0-1 ft. 1 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft.  2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft.
North Pacific 3-5 ft. 4-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-5 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft.
South Pacific 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-5 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft.


Caribbean - It's flat over the weekend but there will be a few knee to waist high waves by Sunday from the ENE and will stick around through Tuesday.

Pacific - Currently a SSW swell (2.8 ft. at 14 seconds from 203 degrees) brings head high waves, and it should be clean as there is not much other swell in the water. A new SSW backs it up on Monday, keeping it head high, but nothing bigger in the works.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Congratulations to Fundacion Green Heart, a Costa Rican non-profit that helps clean the beaches and forests, who just celebrated their 1 year anniversary.
Jack Johnson and The Cigarette Surfboard. Find out how it rode in this YouTube video.

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


Strategic Strike? Los Angeles to Liberia on Alaska Airlines for only $400 roundtrip (Nov 8th-11th)! Miami to San Jose for only $226 (3/3 to 3/10), on American. Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.


We are very excited to be partnering with Green Airways - a Costa Rica family run airline with flights from San Jose to both Tambor and Quepos. They transport surfboards in bags up to 7'6" so it's time to fly. They also allow the greatest amount of checked luggage weight at no additional charge. All tickets include the option to bring one short board as well as one pet at no additional cost. For the second board a fee of $25.00 applies.

Halloween Parties this week!

Fuego Brewery in Dominical wit trick or treating through town
Hotel Pasatiempo in Tamarindo on 10/31 with the Leatherbacks at 9 p.m.
The Backyard in Playa Hermosa on 10/31 with a costume contest!

Jack Johnson is November 10th at the Parque Viva. Tickets can be purchased HERE (starting at 40,250 colones)

See our customized vacation packages to offer you the best possible surfing experience in Costa Rica.


The National SUP Race Circuit Final event: November 16th - Catalinas Islands - Guanacaste.


Beach cleanup in Montezuma sponsored by Fundacion Green Heart on 11/2. Details here.

Raising Coral Costa Rica is hosting a beach cleanup in Quepos on 11/2 and have a prize of 3 sets of tickets to see Jack Johnson. Details here

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. They also have reforestation projects in Kenya and Costa Rica, paying fair labor rates and fostering community leadership and business skills for women.  Book a trip through CRsurf and we will sponsor a tree in your name.


Yogi Amber Hagberg has created a Live Your Yoga Mentorship Program that you can sign up for online! Read about it and mention CRSURF for a special unique gift.

Do you want to surf with a Costa Rican Surf Champion? We know the best instructors in the country and one of them - Andrea Diaz - is available to show you her favorite waves in Costa Rica. From beginners to advanced surfers, she can guide you to better surfing and have a fun time doing it.  Contact us for prices and to reserve your space!

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! 

--> 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 - 10/21 - It is actually raining more this week than before.   The swell has been constant (head high to just overhead) and coming from a variety of directions.  Surprisedly there are occasional good and uncrowded surf sessions, especially now with high tides in the morning and late afternoon.  The off-shore wind patterns have still not straightened out but are showing signs of the dry season. If I had to guess, I would look for good, consistent, surf conditions beginning on Wednesday of next week.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 10/21 - Rainy season is almost gone, but mean while the overcast days and shifting winds still here. 

Tamarindo did get some of the south swell with 2ft waves, better morning sessions than the sunset sessions; water has been very murky due the strong rains at night, for this reason we do suggest to skip surfing if it rained really hard for long time, but is the waves are that good, then rinse off your ears with hot water and rinse your eyes off with plenty of fresh water to avoid some bacteria to affect you. Marbella has been working good in the early mornings, 3ft solid, despite the choppy conditions, few good barrels took care of us.
Halloween party will be all around Tamarindo and surrounding areas, we would recommend to check out the legendary party at Pasatiempo Hotel, with the band The Leatherbacks; music starts at 9pm.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 10/24 - A little sunny morning and clean waves. The size is shoulder high to head high.

Beach Dog - Step off the beach and walk a few steps to enjoy great food in a casual, laid back atmosphere. Enjoy our fresh and creative menu which has options for everyone(including vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free.)

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 10/24 - 1.5 ft swell from the SSW at 13 seconds producing 3-4 foot waves. Best day is the 26th and 28th with a foot overhead surf. Early morning low tide means check Santa Teresa first.  

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 10/24 - Fading SSW Swell - 3 ft and Low Tide This Morning  -New SSW set to fill in for the weekend.

Now offering Surf & Fitness Packages: Surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), yoga, Crossfit , healthy food & plenty of good times included! More information.

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.  Mark your calendars for Halloween at the Backyard on October 31st.

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 10/21 - We are peakless again.  The long walls are back, dumping hard as ever.  One lonely surfer out this morning under clearing skies not having much luck with the strange conditions.  Almost dead calm - barely a breeze, making wave faces glassy but the overall conditions were messy, the current was strong as usual and the water brown and dirty from daily rains.  Wave height was 3'-4' and their direction was scattered.  Dominicalito and Playa Hermosa South were smaller but not quite as messy.  Far too small for Punta Dominical.  

Hotel Roca Verde is still hosting live music on Friday nights with Ken Nickell and Nancy providing the tunes.  Music starts at 6:30 so come early for a tasty meal and an evening of music and dance.

Check for specials and discounts or visit Ruby-Kim in her fine arts studio/gallery and ask about her popular class which she calls 'Palm Part Art'. Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting, sewing etc...

See Steve for relief from body aches and pains as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful. Steve also offers surf lessons and board sales and rentals as well as private instruction in 'Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises'.   


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 10/24 - The surf was pretty much flat today with only some tiny waves to be found at the rivermouth.  Not much else to report. It’s another beautiful rainy season day here in Pavones, Costa Rica.  It was cloudy early morning, but cleared up for a while.  The winds were calm early this morning, turning onshore this afternoon.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 10/24 - 2.3 ft swell from the ENE at 8 seconds producing 1 foot waves. Should get a little bigger by Monday but not about waist high. 

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