Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue 987
November 28, 2019
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue 989
December 14, 2019

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 20, Issue #988

PIC OF THE WEEK: Playa Grande has some of the cleanest waves in the country, a canvas to do some serious turns.  PHOTO: Jim Gomez

TIDES for December 6th, 2019


High Tide: 6.87 feet at 10:21 p.m.
Low Tide: 2.1 feet at 4:19 p.m.

Full Moon - December 12th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Consistent waist to chest high surf with a little drop by Sunday, 4.3 feet at 8 seconds from the ENE. Then a bigger ENE swell arrives Wednesday pushing it up to head high with a few bigger sets (6.9 feet at 8 seconds)

Pacific - Smaller surf for the next week with mostly waist to chest high waves, only knee high in the more protected spots. Swell is 1.4 to 1.7 feet at 14 seconds from the SW (214 degrees). A few chest to head high sets may be on tap for the weekend, but not much afterward.

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Oakland to Liberia on American Airlines for only $589 roundtrip (April 21st - 28th)! Miami to San Jose for only $241 (June 2nd - 9th), on Copa Airlines. Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

TRAVEL ADVISORY! Southwest Airlines has an EMBARGO on luggage over 62", and this includes surfboards. From now until January 6th. 

The OCASO Underground Music Festival takes place in Tamarindo from January 9th-13th. Get more details on their Facebook page.

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. 

Do you need a Car Rental for the 2020 Envision Festival? Find the best options here.

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


Night time surf contest at Bowie's Point on December 14th. $500 in prizes! The fun starts at 2:30 for Roger's birthday and the contest starts at 6 p.m. 


Banana Beach Club in Santa Teresa has restarted its Monday surf contests. It starts at 4 p.m. and has great prizes for contestants.

Robert August Surf and Turf now will include a Surf Film Festival - March 13th-14th
Friday 3/13: Golf at Hacienda Pinilla
Friday night: Surf film festival at Multicines Tamarindo
Saturday 3/14: Surf contest powered by Che boards
Saturday night: Surf film festival at Multicines Tamarindo and Awards ceremony
Proceeds benefit the Children's non-profit CEPIA

The Circuito Guanacaste de Surf has three dates set in 2020:
Tamarindo - April 25th-26th
Avellanas - May 16-17th
Playa Negra - May 30th-31st

Here are the dates for the 2020 Costa Rica National Surf Circuit:


Sign this petition to stop the Costa Rican government from approving bottom trawl shrimping on

The 9th Annual Costa Rica Blues Festival takes place February 22nd-24th. Check out their event page for details

Spicy Life Vegan Hot Sauce is hosting a Christmas Party for the kids of Dominicalito on December 24th at 8:30 a.m. Santa will be there with ice cream, games, and gifts. To support this event, visit their Facebook Event Page.

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.


Bodhi Surf School is offering a Two Week Bodysurfing and Surfing Retreat at their beautiful location in Uvita. Learn more about body surfing and save your space here. Mention CRSURF for $50 off!

Are you ready to discover the life transforming shift of developing a daily yoga practice, on and off your mat? New Years Yoga Retreat (with surfing of course) hosted by Amber Hagberg for 12/26 to 1/4. $1600 per person. Contact us to reserve your space.

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!

--> CRSURF discounts <--

Get $5 off a surf lesson with Dominical Surf School (just mention us)

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. Vamos offers a free extra driver. Adobe offers free drop off for rentals over three days.

With Seafari CR in Tamarindo: Reserve any of our services prior to December 25th and get up to $10 off for all bookings for January and February. Discount Code CRSURF20 

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


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 12/4 - The wind is off-shore and the surf tides are in the morning for some great sessions in a consistent head high swell.  The water is warm and the cloudy conditions are easy on the eyes.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica -12/4 - Fun times in Tamarindo, 2-3ft waves, almost over with double session days, early morning temperatures are very comfortable and winds are not here yet, glassy and long rides on the sand bars and a river mouth active within mid tides. Morning sessions are not so crowded, compared to the afternoon sessions at the sand bars, local schools are busy, therefore if you have more experience, try the point breaks or near breaks.

Langota has been really fun and not so crowded, 3ft solid rights within the last south swells of the season. Everybody is welcome to join and participate in the Mega Marathon Beach Clean Up in Tamarindo, December 5th, from 9am until 12md, organize by @ACOS Surfing 
January and February are usually very cold months in the northern hemisphere, that is why at Seafari Costa Rica we offer the early bird specials, reserve any of our services prior to December 25th and get up to $10 off for all bookings for January and February. Discount Code CRSURF20 


Surfing NosaraEli at - 12/4 - Nice warm sunny morning with good waves and a little offshore wind. The size is chest high to shoulder high and sometimes a good set coming.

Community business of the week - 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.)  Fresh fruit or green smoothies, all-day breakfast, AMAZING TACOS, burritos, sandwiches & salads and a creative fusion of flavors for dinner.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 12/3 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with an occasionally head high set. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Fun high tide session with constant peaks all over the beach break, should be good all morning, good conditions.

Santa Teresa


Kina Surf Shop - Santa TeresaEric at Kina Surf Shop - 12/4 - Waves- dawn patrol had waves chest to head hi with moderate offshore winds. Fun early but died out a bit with the tide getting kinda fat. Some nice peaks on the right sandbar at the beachies.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 12/5 - Lingering SW swell -Waist High and FUN 3-4 ft and FUN  – Beautiful Day Here in Playa Hermosa

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 Restaurant - call 8988-3030 or 8858-5232.

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 12/5 - Peaks again!  Still small; nothing overhead but nice shape, clean conditions and consistent.  Beautiful morning sessions with higher tides, mild offshore, blue skies and small crowds.  Even later-in-the day lower tides have been fun and productive with only mild sideshore breeze disruption.  Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito have enjoyed good conditions only smaller than Dominical as always.  No Point action -  too small.  

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



Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 11/30 - The surf was small today with mostly waist to chest high waves, with some larger sets breaking further up the point.  The tide was high at first light this morning, making it a bit backwashed a warbled.  The wind conditions are light and glassy at the moment.  And it looks to be cleaning up.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 12/5 - Surf is waist to chest high with a ENE swell hitting with a 8 to 9 second period. It is drop a foot by the weekend but a new swell arrives Tuesday, pushing in more chest high surf.

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