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PIC OF THE WEEK: Could this be the future Costa Rica CNS Open Champion? Sam Reidy from Dominical thinks so.  Photo by: GG

TIDES for May 12th, 2020


High Tide: 8.66 feet at 6:26 a.m.
Low Tide: .71 feet at 12:25 p.m.

New Moon - May 22nd

We now have 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Fading ENE swell (4.5 ft at 9 seconds) which means chest high waves through Wednesday. Then it drops to knee to waist for the rest of the week and through the weekend.

Pacific -  Dropping Southwest swell, from a foot overhead down to chest to head by Wednesday. A new swell from the SSW (3 ft. at 16 seconds) pushes it back up to overhead, and then Saturday a SW (2.5 ft at 18 seconds) will bump it to 2 feet overhead through next weekend. 

REMINDER - The beaches of Costa Rica will be open for surfing on May 18th, for Mondays - Fridays, only from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. Some beaches that are also national parks will remain closed. The rules will be revised on May 31st. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

Here is the story behind the making of The Bodhi Cookbook on YouTube. You can download their book  here.

ACOS Surfing is offering CASH prizes for the best short surfing video this May. Look for details on their Facebook page.


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!  Orlando to San Jose for only $225 roundtrip on Copa Airlines (November 1st to 7th). Or San Francisco to San Jose for only $2633 (July 2nd - 9th) on Avianca Airlines.
Contact us to set up your flights.
CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

Avianca has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, however they have pledged to honor all flight and will continue to offer specials for the remainder of 2020. 

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


Costa Rica announces beaches will be open starting on May 18th. You can only surf from 5 to 8 a.m. from Monday to Friday. Also, some beaches that are national parks are not yet open (Playa Pelada, Ostional, Guiones up north and Playa Ballena down south). A new notice will be created on May 31st to update status.

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.


Walking on Water Surf Shop is working with ACOS on getting some food packages to unemployed people here in Jaco through a raffle of a new Hypto Krypto! $20 for 2 of 100 numbers. Here is the link -

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.

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 - 5/10 - If all goes well, on Monday, Playa Grande will allow exercising and surfing from 7 till 9 AM with certain distancing restrictions.  Be careful, if you break the rules, you could end up with a huge fine.  Please help the police and rangers do their job and we will move forward with the opening up of the recreational areas.  A lot of people have successfully worked for this logical approach which to some government and medical officials appear risky since we don’t have confirmation of the virus in this part of the province.  Check the news for the exact day.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 5/8 -

Meanwhile, in Ostional there's a local organization collecting food for the community and the one's that are most in need. Hoping that humans can make the turn to a more sustainable and more united world.
Their information:Banco de Costa Rica. 001-404355-3

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 5/11 - Southwest swell (4 ft at 15 seconds) with surf 1-2 feet overhead. Waves drop a foot on Tuesday and another foot Wednesday, but new swells from the SSW and SW bring more overhead surf for the weekend. 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa


WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 5/9 - Shop is going virtual! I’ve got a friend working with me on designing a simple easy to navigate virtually la surf shop and warehouse for distribution! I’m also working with ACOS on getting some food packages to unemployed people here in our area through a raffle of a new Hypto Krypto! Here’s the info, make sure this gets to everybody ! 20$ for 2 of 100 numbers. Thanks and Pura vida ! 

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 5/10 - SW / SSW swell 4-6ft – Slow fade thru Tuesday.  BEACHES CLOSED –  Tomorrow’s Health Department Press Conference mid day will outline lifting of restrictions.   BORDERS CLOSED to foreigners and non – residents until June 15th.    For those in the country on a tourist visa – extension 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 - 5/11 - Two days of swell building approaching overhead.  Low grey sky this morning, light offshore breeze, distant rain storms at sea.  Solid 5' but messy, choppy, heavy waves, long closed out walls.  Inclement weather closed beach blues.  Stay home.

Community action continues in our area with food drives, deliveries of essentials, restaurant take outs and more.  Beaches remain closed in our area with lifeguards and local police actively enforcing the ban.  Pura Vida from Dominical.  


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 5/11 - Nice ENE swell with surf chest to head high (5 feet at 9 seconds). It's expected to drop a foot each day, leaving knee high surf for the weekend. 

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