Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1008
July 16, 2020
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1010
August 13, 2020

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #1009

PIC OF THE WEEK: Marvelous Marbella!  Photo by:  Esteban Delgado

TIDES for July 30th, 2020


High Tide: 8.74 feet at 10:48 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.09 feet at 5:10 p.m.

Full Moon - August 3rd

We now have 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Dropping ENE swell (4.1 feet with a 8 second period) means chest high surf dropping to knee high by the 3rd. The swell returns next Friday August 7th to head high (5 ft. at 10 seconds from the ENE)

Pacific -  Small surf expected for the next week with only a miny SSW swell pushing in waist to chest high waves (1.5 ft at 12 seconds). It grows to head high by the 5th, but the next real swell doesn't arrive until the 9th when it picks up to 1-2 feet overhead. 

REMINDER - Costa Rica beaches are only open for surfing from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. until August 2nd when they stay open until 2:30 p.m.

INSTAGRAM and Video Favorites

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

To see a powerful voice for women and sustainable development, check out the Instagram page for Tara at Tarantula Surf.

Our favorite Pavones wahine ripper, Leilani McGonagle, laying down some snaps at her home break 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


Send in your favorite links to see it posted on the surf report!


Airlines Specials! Miami to San Jose non-stop for only $169 roundtrip on American Airlines (October 20th to 27th). Or Los Angeles to Liberia for only $392 (October 12th - 19th) on Delta Airlines.
Contact us to set up your flights.
Book your holiday trip now, before the popular hotels and rentals sell out!
CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

Costa Rica plans to open their borders on August 1st, and beaches plan to be open from 5 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Read all the details in our special report

What to Pack for a Costa Rica Surf Trip

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


Chuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco is offering 50% Bomber Eyewear this Friday. Check the report each week for a new special. 

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.


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 to sign!

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 a Costa Rica non-profit whose mission is to plant trees in Costa Rica and maintain them for four years using fairly paid local labor. They hire women to help make composted soil and host educational 'Tree Days' teaching kids about the rainforest and how to protect it. Book a trip through CRsurf and we will sponsor a tree in your name.


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 <--

Witchs Rock Surf Camp is offering a 35% off FLASH SALE valid until the end of the month. If you book a trip and can't make it because of COVID, they will apply your full deposit to a new trip so nothing is lost. Contact us to sign up.

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

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 - 7/29 - This week’s high tide mornings have brought beautiful head high, light off-shore, surf to the handful of surfers hanging out in Playa Grande.  We expect more of the same through the week with the open beaches.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 7/28 - Tamarindo had mellow waves last days,  although water is glass and morning sessions had been really fun for longboarders and kids playing in the shore breaks; beach itinerary will be extended until 2:30pm from August 1st, also Juan Santamaria international airport will be open for selected flights from some EU countries, it is planned to receive 5 flights per week, to test the industry's response to the established health protocols.

Langosta and Avellanas had fairly small waves 1-2 ft, glass conditions and light breeze from north in the mornings, weather conditions are the usual for a rainy season, random showers in the afternoons and the usual lightning storms every other day.
Local ONG's (non-profits) remain assisting as many as 10.000 people in Guanacaste, your donation if you can will be greatly appreciated. Below are some of the ONG's links you can contact or to donate.
Stay healthy and take care of yours.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 7/29 - Beautiful morning, with some good and big waves and a little offshore wind. The tide chart, the size is shoulder high to head high. Check out for additional photos, further information about activities and upcoming events here in Playa Guiones.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 7/29 - 1.5 feet at 15 seconds equates to chest high waves that slowly drop off for the weekend. The waves stay small through next week. 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa


WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 7/29 - Surf is normal rainy season conditions, 2-5 ft and light variable winds. As of Saturday you can surf longer here, until 2:30 pm. Covid 19 continues to be a factor and air travel is going to be pretty weird and expensive for awhile. U.S. is not an approved destination right now. If you're here you're stoked crowds are non existent in most places and some of the business are trying to Open back up. As for Chucks WOW SURF I’m going to keep doing crazy Friday’s for a while. This Friday I’m going to do 50% off Bombers sunglasses and some other nice in store cash discounts. Need some surf gear? It’s never been a better time to buy! Have a single fishing Kayak right now with all it’s accessories for 700$ cash only. Chair paddle rod holders ready to fish!! Come on in on Friday 10-3 ! See ya! Stay safe and healthy!

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 7/28 - NEW SW 4-5ft FUN GOOD SHAPE EARLY.  AIRPORT SLOW OPENING AUG 1ST TO EUROPEAN UNION. Reservations in Hermosa - WHATSAPP +506-8899-1520

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 - 7/27 - In Esterillos Oeste the waves today were about 2-3 (waist to chest high) and the next couple days look to be the same. The conditions this morning were kinda stormy but the rain moved on early and a small window of sunny weather and glassy waves and the waves at this time of year are dependent on local weather conditions. With lots of rain in forecast this weekend looks to be smaller but still may find some fun waves more towards the estuary.... Esterillos is just starting to open up more, so please stop by one of the restaurants or at least the super and supports our local businesses.

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 7/29 - Nice high tide morning surf.  A few head high sets, lots of peaks, strong offshore, a little messy inside but overall excellent conditions.  Medium sized crowd the past few mornings with sunny skies but cool rainy season breeze.  Looking forward to extended open beach hours beginning the first of August.    

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 costa ricaCedric at Zalty Boyz - 7/29 - Area is Puerto Viejo, at Playa Grande the waves today were really good. The size was five foot and half with really glassy conditions all day long. The best place to surf this weekend would probably be Cocles because it is going to drop a lot and generally its the best place to surf 3 foot waves. News: They are going to open the beach from 5 am to 2:30 pm starting on the first of August. If anyone is looking for surf lessons for this weekend they can call me at 85634224 (cedric) I will be giving a 20% discount.


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