Playa Cocles Caribbean
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1001
April 18, 2020
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May 12, 2020

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #1002

PIC OF THE WEEK: The perfect wave is just down the beach. Playa Cocles - Caribbean Coast.  Photo by: GG

Even though no one is currently allowed on the beaches, we want to continue our surf reports to highlight what is happening in Costa Rica's beachside communities. 

TIDES for May 1st, 2020


High Tide: 7.26 feet at 8:51 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.75 feet at 2:53 p.m.

Full Moon - May 7th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - No major swells this week, it is ENE swell (3.5 to 4.5 ft at 8 seconds) which means waist high surf with an occasional chest high set. It will be less consistent over the weekend, but it won't be flat all through next week. 

Pacific -  There are combo SSW and SW swells in the water, but neither are that big (1.5 ft at 13 seconds and 2.5 ft at 12 seconds) so that means chest to head high waves Friday and then dropping a foot through the weekend. A new batch of combo swells arrive Tuesday that push it back up to head high with overhead sets (2.5 ft. at 16 seconds). The next BIG swell comes on the 10th from the Southwest (5 ft. at 15 seconds) = 2-3 feet overhead if the forecast sticks.

REMINDER - The beaches of Costa Rica are currently closed for ALL activities, including surfing. Please respect the laws until the ban is lifted.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Tamarindo One Month After the Coronavirus Lockdown - shared by Witchs Rock Surf Camp

The biggest donation at the Tamarindo Food Bank will get a custom carved piece by wood artist Mainor (ends Saturday, May 2nd, 11:59pm, Costa Rica Time)

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 still inexpensive and many you can cancel/change with no fees!  Miami to San Jose for only $174 roundtrip on American Airlines (October 14th to 20th). Or San Francisco to Liberia for only $424 (July 25th - August 1st) on Alaska Airlines.
Contact us to set up your flights.
CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.


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


There are over 700 signatures "For The Legalization Of Surfing While Practicing Social Distancing In Costa Rica". If you feel that surfing should be allowed, even while the beaches are closed, then sign this petition.

I am stoked for this movie to get released in May - PANDEMIA - featuring the hottest surfers in Central America

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


This is the Environmental Advice I Would Offer in Every Surf Lesson

The Save the Waves Film Festival features short movies created to highlight the joy of surfing and how important it is to protect surf breaks around the world. Watch through May 6th.

These Groups are Helping Families in Costa Rica Get Food - UPDATED to include Cahuita - 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.


Safari Surf School is offering $500 per person discounts on their Tortuga Packages and $400 on their Azul Packages for a limited time. Contact us for details.

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 - 4/28 - The weather patterns are holding with perfect off-shores and conditions in the morning.  The surf is jumping up and down at mostly an ideal size and we are painfully enjoying watching the seemingly majestic ocean pump hours of perfect unridden barrels through the breaks.  They are trying to open the beaches now to regulated activities.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 4/28 - This week's art pledge is from wood artist Mainor, which most of you living in the Tamarindo/Langosta area have seen carrying a log or a piece of wood around. The biggest donor on our GoFundMe will receive this special collection.

Mainor has a special talent, he sees shapes in wood, and brings the natural beauty trapped in the dead wood he finds and gives it a second life by polishing with a steel brush and carving it with a knife.

I've been in Tamarindo for 5 years now, and I've personally started a personal collection of his art. I'm proud to support a local artist, who works extremely hard to live an extremely simple life.

Mainor is a regular patron of our Tamarindo (Sergio's) kitchen. Without tourism, he's struggling to sell his art in the streets. I told him about our program and he immediately wanted to help, by donating the best pieces he had in his outdoors gallery. I got him a pint of varnish and a brush so he could perfect his pieces, and asked Fanny Stövander to kindly take pictures of the pledges he donates.

The biggest donor this week (ends Saturday, May 2nd, 11:59pm, Costa Rica Time) will receive this collection, a great touch to give a second life to your home. Notice how one of the pieces would make an amazing base for a table lamp, and others will add a pura vida touch to your living room, kitchen or hallway!


South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 4/30 - 3 feet at 12 seconds from the South means chest to head high waves, dropping down to waist to chest for the weekend. The next swell arrives Tuesday from the SW and by Wednesday will be overhead. This should continue to increase through the rest of next week.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 4/29 - South swell  3-4ft+ waist high – beautiful waves this morning    BEACHES CONTINUE TO BE CLOSED – Costa Rica has extended closed borders via land, air & sea – to foreigners and non – residents until May 15th and this is expected to be extended – stay tuned for more notice.    For those in the country on a tourist visa – extension has been granted to July 17th.  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 - 4/29 - Higher tide session this morning we had 3'-4' mellow, clean surf with a strong offshore breeze.  Consistent good shape under a partly cloudy blue sky.  Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito smaller but same overall conditions.  Too small for the Point.

Probably due to the quarantine making Dominical somewhat a 'ghost' town we are seeing wildlife that we haven't ever seen before.  First time ever for white-faced (Capuchin) monkeys to be seen in town as well as Kinkajous and Dwarf Porcupines.  A pleasant side benefit to the lockdown.  Beaches will remain closed indefinitely.  Dominical's natural food store 'Mama Toucan's' is sponsoring a local 'Food & Funds' campaign for needy families delivering food, clothing and household items.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 4/30 - ENE swell 4 feet at 8 seconds means waist high surf with a few chest high sets. Swell is expected to drop a foot for the weekend and then come back to waist to chest high for next week. 

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