Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue 989
December 14, 2019
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PIC OF THE WEEK: Even when it's small, you can still find some shade. Unknown surfing Playa Dominical.  PHOTO: GG

TIDES for December 23rd, 2019


Low Tide: .62 feet at 6:10 a.m.
High Tide: 8.12 feet at 12:25 p.m.

New Moon - December 26th

National Forecast

12/23 to 12/29 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Caribbean 5-7 ft. 3-5 ft. 2-4 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft.
North Pacific 1-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft.
South Pacific 2-3 ft. 1-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft.


Caribbean - The swell is making right now, up to 2 feet overhead at Salsa and even the points are working. But by Tuesday it's back to chest high and by Thursday down to knee to waist with continued small surf through next weekend.

Pacific - Background SSW and SW swells bring only knee to waist high surf with a few chest high sets Monday before going back to small. Some swell is coming though, on New Years Day there are a couple of longer period swells, only 1.5-2 feet, but enough to push in some overhead sets to start 2020 off right.

Facebook and Video Favorites

The reggae artist BUSY SIGNAL is coming to the Frat House in San Jose on December 30th. Here's a favorite song to wind up your waist on YouTube.
My favorite place to score organic fruit, fresh vegetables, locally crafted gifts, and live music - the Eco Feria in Dominical.

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

--> CRSURF discounts - Holiday shopping specials <--

10% off at WOW Surf by mentioning CRsurf at checkout

Need a new board sock? Check out Pura Vida Board Gear! Enjoy 30% off on selected boardsocks, our two logo tees and our Sol y Mar SportyweaSet. Until 12/15.

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 Adventure Inn add 'crsurf' as the coupon code


Miami to San Jose on American Airlines for only $292 roundtrip (January 18th-21st)! Los Angeles to San Jose for only $325 (June 9th - 14th), on Internet 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. 

From the Surf Inn Hermosa - Annual Holiday Concert in Marina Village - Los Suenos - Saturday Dec 28th, from 6PM-9PM. Open to the public • FREE ENTRANCE • Restaurant Reservations Suggested: 2630-4050

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

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

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.


Every Weekend don’t miss the Master’s Surf Series – 4PM on Fridays and the 4PM Saturday Surf Series.

Mark your calendars for 2020 Signature Triple Crown Fishing in Los Suenos : LEG I Jan 15-15; LEG II Feb 26-29; LEG III March 25-28

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:


Thank you to Rosie Skinner for booking a surf trip with us. We are sponsoring a tree planted by Community Carbon Trees  in her honor!

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.


Real Surf Trips is hosting Lisa Andersen in 2020! Come surf with a WORLD CHAMP and take your surfing to a new level. All inclusive packages with photography by Tony Roberts. Let us get you hooked up.

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!


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 12/19 - The off-shores are consistent and light.  Playa Grande is enjoying small ( head high sets) and perfect shape with twin sessions in the morning and again in the afternoon.  Next week looks good for small waves and lots of party.  If it comes up a foot or two, it could get all time with blue sky conditions and crystal clear, warm water.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica -12/19 - Small conditions in Tamarindo 2ft solid and consistent, been a NW we are on a great spot to surf early within the incoming tides, light off shore breeze that has been switching around noon and stays thru the end of the day. Very busy sand bars with local surf schools and beginners, point breaks are lit, be patient and keep up the surfing etiquette.

Avellanas point breaks are ON and every one is happy, sand bars remain for beginners, long boarders and some swimmers, keep an eye on the inside breaks. Nice breeze from north in the mornings, changing conditions during the day.

Come and start the festive time here Libelula Lounge and Lodgings this Sunday 22nd December 2019. We will have happy hour on selected cocktails. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Potrero!

Seafari Costa Rica wishes you all the best and a Merry Christmas full of good will, health and waves!

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 - 12/22 - Sunny morning, with clean water, good waves and offshore wind. Tide chart , the size is chest high to shoulder high and sometimes a good set coming.

Community business of the week - Nativa - Treat yourself with a visit to the Native Gallery. This intimate and inviting store is located right beside Robin's. 

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 12/21 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist high with constant chest high sets. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Really fun waves on the raising tide, good conditions and constant sets coming thru. Waves all over the beach break.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 12/22 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS  Small SSW swell – 2ft  – Get your longboards out – Sunny and HOT 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: Every Weekend don’t miss the Master’s Surf Series – 4PM on Fridays and the 4PM Saturday Surf Series  – Annual Holiday Concert in Marina Village Los Suenos Saturday Dec 28th 6PM-9PM =. Mark your calendars for 2020 Signature Triple Crown Fishing in Los Suenos : LEG I Jan 15-15; LEG II Feb 26-29; LEG III March 25-28 The Turtle Tour is Back in Playa Hermosa — Based out of Bowie’s Restaurant - call 8988-3030 or 8858-5232.


WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 12/12 - Surfs small but fun really clean little crackers at Bejuco! Weather is great and there’s people in town! Got clearance sales going on for the 2019 models to make room for 2018! Trucks quit running one week from today so if you are a school or shop and need boards better order them and ship now not later! Congratulations to Joe Walsh at Witches Rock Surf Camp on the opening of the new program across the street, great boards there by NSP and Steve Walden! Gonna push some Hayden’s there too !! Take care go surfing have fun! Living Pura Vida !!

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 12/21 - Summer surf is here! Small, semi-peaky, kinda slow, almost too mellow at times. Thick, heavy, crunchy waves have faded and the lineup is getting crowded. The skies are blue, haven't had a storm for a while so we're calling it the beginning of summer. Morning high tide sessions have seen clean conditions and gentle surf even glassy at times.

Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito have followed suit as usual with their normal downsize. As expected no action at Punta Dominical at all.

Hotel Roca Verde is back to hosting live music with Ben Jammin' and a new version of the Howlers but super fiddler Nancy Buchan will also be adding to the mix once again. Music starts around seven on Friday nights.

Check for discounts and specials or come by and visit fine artist Ruby-Kim in her home studio/gallery and ask about her popular class. Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting and sewing, make yourself a work of art and gain a new skill.

See Steve if you are troubled with body aches and pains as his East/West massage therapy can be quite helpful. Steve also offers surf lessons and board sales and rentals as well as private instruction in Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises. 

Check for low season discounts and specials.  Or come by and visit fine artist Ruby in her home studio/gallery and ask about her popular class which she calls 'Plant Part Art'.  Learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting and sewing.  See Steve if you're troubled with back pains, sore muscles and stiffness.  His East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  Steve also teaches surfing and buys, rents and sells boards.  Steve also offers private instruction in 'Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises'.  


Quepos/Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio Surf SchoolLuis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 12/19 - The wind will stay 6 to 8 kilometers per hour during the day. The height of the wave is 0.6 meters. Same for Dominicalito.


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 12/12 - The surf was flat today with ankle high waves making it around the corner.  When it’s this small you really need to time the tides to catch anything.  The best bet was at the top of the point, but bring a longboard if you want to take advantage of the tiny surf.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 12/22 - Maxing ENE swell 8.3 feet at 10 seconds sending head high to overhead surf to the Caribbean, bigger at Salsa. Expected to drop to waist to chest high by Tuesday and nearly flat for the weekend.

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