Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1003
May 12, 2020
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June 3, 2020

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #1004

PIC OF THE WEEK: We are all smiles now that the beaches are back open. And no tourists!  Photo by: GG

TIDES for May 23rd, 2020


Low Tide: .98 feet at 9:09 a.m.
High Tide: 8.98 feet at 3:25 p.m.

Full Moon - June 5th

We now have 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Consistent ENE swell (3.5 ft at 8 seconds) keeping the surf waist to chest through the weekend and most of next week. It slowly drops to knee high going in to next weekend.

Pacific -  Dropping SSW swell leaving waist to chest surf through next Monday. On Tuesday a long period SW swell arrives (1.5 ft at 18 seconds) that will fill in over the following three days, maxing in surf 2-3 foot overhead by Friday and continuing through next weekend. Another SW swell (2.5 ft at 17 seconds) and background short period West swell arriving Sunday will add to the wave count. 

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

Cedric McCracken and friends are back, downhill skating and surfing Playa Cocles in the second Zalty Boyz Vlog on YouTube.

CREMA (Centro de Rescate de Especias Marinas Amenazadas) is the group we support each year as 1% for the Planet members. Read more about them on Facebook.

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


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It's time to book for the holidays!  Currently you can cancel/change with no fees!  Los Angeles to San Jose for only $229 roundtrip on Interjet Airlines (October 9th to 16th). Or Orlando to San Jose for only $223 (June 29 - July 5th) on Copa Airlines.
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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.

You can now watch the full version of the movie - 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. They are posting new videos each week. 

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.


Witchs Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo is offering to give away a CUSTOM MADE ROBERT AUGUST SURFBOARD to one lucky guest who books a trip before June 30th. Contact us to sign up!
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.

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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 - 5/22 - The beach should be open by the end of May for at least a part of the day in the morning.  Our guys have been going down the beach to Tamarindo or over to Avellanes which are open.  The swell has been good, but a tropical wave is heading our way now, and the off shore wind patterns could get tricky.  There is also the possibility of rain and lightning.  Watching perfect unridden surf has been a majestic experience.  We hope to be fully back in action in July and are hoping to continue our good fortune as a virus free area.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 5/22 - The opening of most beaches on weekdays in Costa Rica was effective from May18th to the 31st, when the government will announce the new steps to follow by our communities.

Neptune has been merciful with all surfers on the pacific coast, outgoing tide during the beach opening times (5am to 8am), very different conditions along the week; from glassy, fast, heavy and hollow waves on the sand bars to stormy mornings with choppy peaks all over, anyhow we all had the most positive spirit to paddle out with the first day light, enjoy the warm north breeze and being out and in the water. Average 2-3ft early in the week and slowing down towards the weekend. 
Avellanas  river mouth and little hawaii has been EPIC 3-4ft solid waves,mid low tides worked the best for these point breaks, luring plenty of people, but there were waves for all if you were patient.
With the current circumstances we all appreciate everything everybody has being doing to help and assist the most affected families, in the country. If you have the possibility to donate, these are few links to different Foundations/ONG that operates in Guanacaste and/or along the country:
At Seafari CR we are updating all procedures and the way we used to operate, learning from world wide feedback and forums, the main concern is to stay on top every single day we are with you  having fun in the water or exploring a national park. 
Sending the most positive thoughts to all and yours, stay mentally and strong and look up for the opportunity to bring out your best skills to make this a better world. 

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 5/22 - Dropping surf, from chest to head high down to waist to chest by Sunday. Then a new swell arrives late Tuesday pushing in 1-2 feet overhead waves from the SSW (3 feet at 18 seconds). 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa


WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 5/21 - I was in town yesterday a.m., surf was really good and improving as the morning went on, but yes everyone got out of the water at 8 am and politely got in their cars and did their socially responsible thing! I met with a couple clients who made appointments and had a chance to do my thing in the shop, wish we could get back quickly to the high point we had back in February but here’s looking forward to things to come!

I am more than happy to do virtual board shows and show you the newest of the new including the Hypto Krypto Step Up for pumping waves! Just got them in stock but only a couple. Send me an email at to ask for info on boards and other inventory or just to say hello! Pray for our friends in Nicaragua ok, it’s getting ugly there and the government is. Or helping its people ( as usual ) thanks Happy Surfing !! (details on the raffle to win the Hypto Krypto)

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 5/19 - Low Tide in the morning – Beaches Open 5AM to 8AM MONDAY THRU FRIDAY  –  Borders Remain Closed Til June 16th –  Tourist Visas Extended til August 18th.

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 - 5/21 - 5am - 8am we are free to slip under the yellow tape and hit the water! Two months of just looking at the beach from a distance.  The surf has been good for the past two days, 4'-5' dumping barrels at morning low tide, fast and fairly clean with some near perfect in and out tubes with of course big crowds who've been waiting impatiently since mid-March.  Allotted only three hours per day means the beaches are packed - open all day would allow people to come and go and not bunch up but the theory is this short early morning opening keeps it to locals only.  Low tide is nice for swimmers and families with kids but next week with early morning high tides will be a different story with no sandy beach for runners and beach walkers.  Luckily we've had sunny mornings so it's back to the beach for fun in the limited as it may be for now.  We'll take it!


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 5/22 - Mostly waist high surf for the weekend and through the start of next week. A small bump is expected Tuesday but by Thursday it drops to knee high for the end of the week. 

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