Witchs Rock dream wave by Jim Gomez
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1007
July 2, 2020
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1009
July 29, 2020

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #1008

PIC OF THE WEEK: This is the wave dreams are made of - Witchs Rock.  Photo by:  Jim Gomez

TIDES for July 16th, 2020


High Tide: 7.81 feet at 11:20 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.91 feet at 5:40 p.m.

New Moon - July 20th

We now have 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Dropping ENE swell (4.5 feet with a 9 second period) pushing in chest high surf for the weekend. It fades Monday to waist to chest and then waist high for the rest of the week. A little bump shows next weekend back to chest high.

Pacific -  Smaller surf for the weekend, mostly chest high with a few head high sets. A new SSW swell arrives Tuesday (2.8 feet at 14 seconds) but it won't get bigger than a rare overhead set until Thursday. No big swells expected for another week after.

REMINDER - Costa Rica beaches are only open for surfing from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

INSTAGRAM and Video Favorites

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

Anthony Fillingim from Santa Teresa has been enjoying some epic peak in the Mentawais. Here is a clip from his rights at Bank Vaults on YouTube. And his amazing left at Kandui Resort.

Our new surf report, Cedric McCracken is from Puerto Viejo and has a cool Instagram page showing some of the best parts of the Caribbean Coast. 

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!


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Currently the country is seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases in the San Jose metro area, and therefore the government has issued an orange alert. That means increased driving restrictions all week and a mandatory mask wearing order for all government and commercial employees.

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. 

What to Pack for a Costa Rica Surf Trip

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

Our friend and expert surf instructor Andrea Diaz was arrested last week for peacefully protesting beach closures in Costa Rica. She was not charged with a crime, but her legal fees are still thousands of dollars so a GoFundMe page has been created to help. Please consider donating. Any extra will help her family with food and necessities until the borders re-open.


Jaco Impact is hosting a beach cleanup, starting at Restaurante El Point at 8 a.m. Check their Facebook page for details. Bring your mask and a bottle of water, bags and gloves will be provided.

Another beach cleanup is taking place in Santa Teresa on Friday starting at the lifeguard tower in front of Banana Beach at 8 a.m.

A petition has been started to get Costa Rica to permanently ban oil drilling off both coasts. Dozens of environmental non-profits are supporting this effort. Check SueltenLaLey.com to sign!

No oil drilling in Costa Rica

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 - 7/15 - The beach is officially open every day in the morning (til 9:30 a.m.) for the light off-shore light off-shore wind and the head high sets.  As the tides move into the afternoon this week the situation will get trickier for the currently ecstatic locals, especially if it gets any bigger and starts closing out at the lower tides.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 7/15 - Amazed by the morning colors blended and reflected on the clouds and the ocean, glass water surface and clear visibility let us watch the jacks, sting rays and some needlefish passing underneath while we wait for waves... There is a lack of swell energy, besides that the 1-2ft waves in the morning sessions are really fun to play with, fairly crowded sand bars and point breaks, but we all can only surf at the same time. No wind in the morning and perhaps some Veranillo is around, cloudy afternoons are the cherry for sunset pictures.

Langosta has some little fun waves, between tides, 2 ft a bit more power than Tamarindo and a lot less crowded, just long waits among sets.
Local ONG's  do appreciate your donation, if you can help; these are some local ONG's you can get in touch with:


Surfing NosaraEli at SurfingNosara.com - 7/12 - We have had a great morning, with good and small waves perfect for longboard. The size is Waist high to Chest high. Check out www.surfingnosara.com for additional photos, further information about activities and upcoming events here in Playa Guiones.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa

Caribbean surf forecastSurf Forecast.com - 7/15 - Chest to head high tomorrow from a 2 ft at 13 second SW swell. Small surf in the chest high range for the weekend with nothing on the horizon through next week. 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa


WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 7/14 - WOW what a INVIERNO BRAVO this has been, I feel really sorry for the people who lost all they had in their homes and its so hard here with no work available so I don’t know how they will recover really! Surfs been small but fun in Jaco, little trouble with crocs in the lineup but that’s the big tides and big rains! Jaco's on shutdown due to covid so biz is poor but I really do appreciate everybody that has come to town and spent some money with us here in Jaco. Shops closed but if you need something I'll try to help as best I can. Hit us up and give us a like FB-  Chucks WOW SURF , I'll keep posting discounts and shop closed door days! Thanks again! All of us here in Jaco!

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 7/14 - FADING SWELL 2ft. LONGER PERIOD SWELL FILLING IN MANANA LATE FOR WAVES –  AIRPORT CLOSED TIL AUG 1ST. Reservations in Hermosa - WHATSAPP 8899-1520

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



esterillos-surf-reportEsterillos Oeste Surf Report - 7/14 - This mornings waves were fun longboard waves only 1-2 ft but very clean and glassy making for some long reforms on the reef toward the estuary. It seemed even smaller and barely rideable looks like tomorrow is going to be very small again and best bet for a little more size is going to be Esterillos Este or Bejuco.

Looking like Thursday might have a little more energy but with being low tide in the morning Este and bejuco probably a little better conditions. Most of the businesses in town are open the allowed time but the community is planning a festival to welcome back visitors once the restrictions have eased up.

Southern Pacific

Quepos/Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio Surf SchoolLuis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 7/15 - With a little bit of clouds for today. The conditions for surf are good, with the high tide at 10:15 am and the low tide at 4:40pm. We have a wave height of 1m during the day. The wind will be from 2kp to 6kp today. Also same conditions Dominicalito is having today and like always, the best time to surf there is in the high tide.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 7/15 - Stormy weather is becoming an old story but it's still with us trashing the surf and keeping locals indoors.  Between storms however we've had some nice sunny days and some windows of excellent conditions.  Mostly mornings with some head high sets at higher tides.  When it's good it's good and fair sized crowds have jumped at the chance to take advantage of the peaky, speedy waves on nice days.  Beaches now open 5am to 9:30 am all week.  

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: jazzysriverhouse@hotmail.com or 506-8420-4406 or 2787-0310.


Salsa Brava

caribbean surf costa ricaCedric at Zalty Boyz - 7/15 - Today I went looking for waves all over and the best place to surf was Playa Cocles. It was 4 to 5 feet glassy. At Cocles the sand bars are a little shallow so it makes the waves really fast and closing out for past couple of weeks. The best place to surf this weekend I think will be Playa Grande. It is a little ways from town and some times gets a little less crowded than other waves. It is forecasted to be like 5 and half foot with a good direction, the waves in Grande are generaly a lot more longer then Cocles. Local news is that it is probably a good idea to rent a bike to get around because you're only allowed to drive a car once a week, and everywhere is pretty close to ride around on a bike.

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