Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1006
June 15, 2020
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1008
July 16, 2020

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #1007

PIC OF THE WEEK: The locals are getting all the barrels these days in Dominical. This is Simon Brinkoff in a drainer.  Photo by:  Forest Harris - DJ Bosque

TIDES for July 3rd, 2020


Low Tide: .96 feet at 6:43 a.m.
High Tide: 9.41 feet at 1:06 p.m.

Full Moon - July 4th

We now have 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Building ENE swell with a 9 second period which will push in overhead surf for the weekend. This fades a foot Monday and by Tuesday it's back to chest high sets. It will stay that way until next weekend.  

Pacific -  A big SW arrives late Friday (4 feet at 16 seconds) and by Saturday is 1-3 feet overhead. Sunday it drops a foot and  Monday it's back to overhead sets. After this the waves get small until the 15th, showing only waist to chest high sets.

REMINDER - Most beaches of Costa Rica are open for surfing from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Some National Marine Refuges stay open all day. A new schedule will be posted on July 12th.

INSTAGRAM and Video Favorites

*We are mixing it up and showcasing some of our Instagram favorites.

Our favorite female surfer in Pavones - Leilani McGonagle - on Instagram

Check out the Costa Rica Surfing Documentary - SEEKING SWELLS - on YouTube

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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Costa Rica plans to open their borders on August 1st, but not all foreigners will be allowed to enter. As soon as the government publishes a list we will post it on the site and Facebook pages. 

Three Times Falling in Love in Costa Rica - written for Ballena Tales

Feature Article - How One Wave in Costa Rica Changed My Life

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


Beaches are open from 5 a.m. to 9: 30 a.m. all week, with a complete opening by July 12th. 

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


Working to Be One Percent Better in Costa Rica - CR Surf Travel Company's commitment to the environment

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.

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.



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Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 7/2 - We are surfing all day and have had some great sessions in spite the variable weather and occasionally packed conditions on the weekend since we are the only surf spot open for the visitors from other beaches. 


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 6/29 - Waves in Tamarindo had been fun, 2ft consistent, glassy and pretty much with no wind in the morning sessions, local crowd and few new faces trying surfing out with the local instructors. Weather patterns typical for the transition of Veranillo de San Juan with high levels of humidity, patches of clouds passing by and wind turns from south most  afternoons.

I have been surfing on a paddle board giving me access to some reefs in Langosta that are away from the usual breaks, 2-3ft waves, slow rollers but plenty of water moving in. Surfing breaks are throwing hollow and fast shore breaks, 2-3ft waves  and fairly consistent sets, giving a good ride to everyone in the line up.
Seafari Costa Rica is already open for business with the authorized health protocols published 1 month ago by ICT. 
According to the Health Minister the spikes are rising as predicted for the second wave, there is a glance of 3rd phase towards reopening and by now borders and international flights are planned to reopen in August. 
Meanwhile an approximation of  6000 + people are currently assisted by local ONG's your donation, if you can help will be highly appreciated; these are some local ONG's you can get in touch with:


Surfing NosaraEli at - 7/1 - A little dark morning, with good and big waves with onshore wind. The size is Head High to a Couple Feet Overhead.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 7/2 - New SW swell arriving Friday 3 feet at 17 seconds so 1-2 feet overhead with some bigger sets over the weekend. This drops off quickly Tuesday leaving chest to head high waves for the rest of the week.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa


WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 6/29 - This morning it was glassy with the swell changing from South to having more West in it and closing out, except at high tide. Size was 2-3 feet with a few 4 foot sets. Hermosa was on fire! 

We’ve got a Friday special closed door sale going on this Friday, tried it last Friday seemed to work so do it again! Let me know if there is anything you need, we are able to ship almost anywhere in Costa Rica! Thanks - Pura Vida and Happy Surfing! 

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 7/1 - FUN & GOOD SHAPE SW fading 3-5 ft. AIRPORTS CLOSED TIL AUG 1ST  For Reservations in Playa Hermosa - WHATSAPP 8899-1520. Local’s Corner: Saturday Surf Series on hold For now.

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 - 6/29 - Excellent conditions the past two days: overhead at higher tides, mostly double-sided peaks well spaced and following fairly clean lines.  Plenty of long rides for the small crowds.  Morning high tides this week a boon to surfers but a bust for beach walkers - no sand.  The extra ninety minutes of open beach time much appreciated.  

Jazzy's RiverHouse is looking for a long term renter for their fully furnished and equipped two bedroom rental house.  Terms negotiable. Contact Steve at: or 506-8420-4406 or 2787-0310.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 7/2 - Waves are chest to head high from an ENE swell (4.5 feet at 8 seconds). This will pick up a foot by Sunday and stay overhead through Monday before dropping back to chest high Tuesday with onshore winds later in the week.

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