Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 999
March 30, 2020
Playa Cocles Caribbean
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1001
April 18, 2020

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #1000

PIC OF THE WEEK: Abraham Healer from Dominical wasn't even born when the first surf report came out in 1998, but he sure surfs beyond his year. Here he is finding shade on the Caribbean coast in Playa Cocles.  Photo by: GG

I am extremely proud to be sending out my 1000th surf report. Almost every week since 1998 I have been sharing the latest Costa Rica news, events, surf forecasts, and contest results, plus amazing photography and art from local and international contributors that exemplify the essence of Pura Vida. Thank you for supporting our website. I hope we can see each other soon out in the lineup.

TIDES for April 8th, 2020


Low Tide: -1.01 feet at 8:43 a.m.
High Tide: 10.26 feet at 3:02 p.m.

New Moon - April 22nd

National Forecast

Caribbean 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft.
North Pacific 6-8 ft. 5-7 ft. 4-6 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 2-4 ft. 4-6 ft.
South Pacific 6-8 ft. 5-7 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-6 ft.


Caribbean - Dropping ENE swell (5 ft at 8 seconds) with surf chest to head high Tuesday, but only knee high by Friday. It stays small through Sunday, and on Monday  a new ENE swell arrives, but only with waist to chest high waves.

Pacific -  More SSW swell bringing 1-2 feet overhead surf to the beachbreaks (3.5 feet at 16 seconds). It drops a little each day through Saturday where surf will be chest to head, but a new SSW arrives Sunday (2 ft. at 18 seconds) pushing it back up to overhead. *Remember that right now the beaches are CLOSED! This forecast is for research only.

Facebook and Video Favorites

If you are looking to stay in shape while stuck at home check out this full body workout by Hawaiian Ace surfer, Koa Rothman.

And to stay flexible for the next fortnight, check out our favorite Yoga Instructor Amber Hagberg's Facebook group

Check the Costa Rica Health Department Facebook page for daily updates on the Covid-19 virus. 

View past links to our top lists of YouTube videos and Facebook sites


Send in your favorite links to see it posted on the surf report!


Flights are super cheap right now!  Miami to Liberia for only $302 roundtrip on Delta Airlines (September 21st - 28th). Or Oakland to San Jose for only $343 (August 21st - 25th) on Spirit Airlines.
Contact us to set up your flights.
CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

Four Ways to Budget in Costa Rica, by guest author Michael Dehoyos

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


We will repost the surf competition events as soon as the country re-opens their beaches.


These Groups are Helping Families in Costa Rica Get Food - Even if you cannot make it to Costa Rica to visit, you can still assist the communities who make it such a friendly place.

Bodhi Surf School in Uvita has put out a COOKBOOK of their favorite local recipes. Download one today and support a surf school that gives back to their community and protects the environment. (A $20 donation is suggested - LINK)

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 AWAKEN RETREAT - Learn more about body surfing and save your space here. Mention CRSURF for $50 off!  June 20 - July 4, August 8 - August 22

The Next DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT Surf and Yoga Retreat in Dominical will take place this June 13th to 19th - hosted by Amber Hagberg and Jeanine Haddad from Dominical Wave Rider. Contact us for details. 

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.

--> CRSURF discounts <--

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.

5% off at Dollar Car Rental add 'crsurf' as the coupon code

20% off of surf lessons and trips at Caribbean Experience Surf School with the promo code: experience20

10% off at WOW Surf by mentioning CRsurf at checkout

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

10% off at Adventure Inn add 'crsurf' as the coupon code


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 4/6 - Great conditions and perfect swell. Uncrowded. The police are fining people so don’t break the rules unless money is not an issue.  


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 4/6 - Hope for the best and prepare for the worst, that why Im working out to skip the surfing gap when we all can head back out.

I have been at home from March 16th, can't tell waves size as the beach is closed and I do not have ocean view from my house, although its possible to hear the waves crumbling within the incoming tides and early south winds from 10am along the day. Wish you all the best and to stay healthy.

Thank you all for your all for your generous donations today. Hero Academy will be open and accepting donations Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We are looking at expanding our capacity and addressing families we currently have on our waiting list. Our food and supplies are going out as quickly as we are getting them. We are pivoting to do as much as we can with are limited resources but think we can help more families than we already are. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for our supporters and this community, it’s beautiful to see everyone come together for the greater good ❤️

Every little bit helps. If you are able please donate.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 4/7 - We will suspend the daily video due to the recomendation of staying home as preventive meassure from the covid-19. If you are in town, I encourage you to help local restarurants by ordering takeaway and delivery. By doing this you help them take care of their staff and provide meals and financial support to the locals who work day in and day out to make this town the beautiful place it is. A site has been put together with the information of some of the restaruants that are still open offering delivery and take out.

If you are in town, I encourage you to help these local restaurants by ordering takeaway and delivery. By doing this you help them take care of their staff and provide meals and financial support to the locals who work day in and day out to make this town the beautiful place it is.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa


WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 4/7 - I’m hiding out in the mountains outside of Atenas. Safe cool sparsely populares and I’m close enough to everything when I take 1 hour run into town I get it all done. We are really doing a great job to keep the contagion under control here with stay at home recommendations and traffic control measures along with forcing of different business that are inessential to remain closed. Our growth rate is under 5% per day and that’s great stuff! Ticos are of course taking it hard and the economic part ya going to be tough but keep it under control too! Go Pura Vida! Hey - want to plan a next CR adventure I know that some of the hotel owners are starting to offer some prebook discounts for next December-January. Buy now - pay now - help them stay alive and in business and get a great deal! Talk to your favorite operators (CR SURF)! Thanks and stay safe, stay home! Chuck and the gang at Chucks WOW SURF 

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 4/4 - SSW FILLING IN AND BUILDING THRU OUT THE DAY 3-4ft+ BEACHES ARE CLOSED FOR Semana Santa  – Costa Rica has closed borders via land, air & sea – to foreigners and non – residents until April 12th.  Sitting, waiting, wishing, praying for the world.

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

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 4/6 - Low tide this morning featured nothing.  2' - 3' waves, long closed out dumping walls with no usable shoulders.  Weak offshore breeze doing little to clean up the inside.  As the tide was rising so was the sideshore wind so conditions remained poor.  Continued hot weather (92 degrees in the shade) makes for increased frustration over closed beaches.  This too shall pass.  Keep the faith.  

Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito showing same poor conditions.  No Point action of course.  
Beaches closed, town deserted - strange times.  


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 4/7 - ENE swell running 5 feet at 8 seconds and bringing chest to head high surf. The swell will drop down to knee high by Friday and stay small for the weekend, but more chest high waves are expected by Monday.

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