Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1009
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PIC OF THE WEEK: Please help us protect the Rio Baru in Dominical from a mining concession @protejamoselriobaru . Photo by: GG

TIDES for August 13th, 2020


High Tide: 7.53 feet at 9:33 a.m.
Low Tide: 2.15 feet at 3:52 p.m.

New Moon - August 18th

We now have 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Solid ENE through Saturday (6 feet at 9 seconds) with chest to head high surf and a few overhead sets hitting the reefs. It drops quickly Sunday down to waist high and then for most of next week is knee high dribble.

Pacific -  A tropical system forming off the coast of Panama will be pushing in short period swell for the weekend, reaching 1-2 feet overhead, but also expect strong winds and some rain. After it passes there is only some background SSW keeping it in the chest to head high range for most of next week. More tropical development is expected next weekend, too. 

REMINDER - Costa Rica beaches are only open for surfing from 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. unless they are under an ORANGE alert, which closes them at 9:30 a.m. Check our Facebook page for consistent updates.

INSTAGRAM and Video Favorites

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

Right now the Rio Baru in Dominical is under threat by a rock mining concession. The locals have been protesting this action and have created an Instagram page to document their efforts - @ProtejamoselRioBaru

Check out the surf documentary The Bodhi Wave on Vimeo, and learn how a local surf camp is help their community.

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! Chicago to San Jose non-stop for only $313 roundtrip on Delta Airlines (October 13th to 19th). Or Orlando to Liberia for only $564 (September 17th - 22nd) on United 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.

Read our interview for the Surfpreneurs, a group of like-minded surf related businesses focusing on improving products and services to surfers around the world.

Costa Rica is now accepting travelers from more countries, including Australia and China! Read all the details in our special report (updated 8/13/20)

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


Diego Naranjo is hosting surf training classes for Adults starting this month. $20 for two classes. Contact him through his Facebook page to sign up. 

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


CR Surf Travel Company has been featured as an ECO LEADER by 1% for the Planet. Check out what we did to earn that recognition HERE.

How is a small surf and yoga camp located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica inspiring its guests to fall in love more deeply in love with the greatest to the source of human life — nature? How is that love translating to behavior changes once guests go back home? How is a vacation experience inspiring guests to awaken their own purpose? Check out the documentary of Bodhi Surf School, coming out August 28th on YouTube. Read more here. 

Beach cleanup this Saturday in front of the Roca Verde Hotel south of Dominical at 8 a.m. Help protect our Mother Earth!

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 - 8/10 - The wind has been light off shore for the small (shoulder/head high) high tide, morning surf and everybody is having a ball in spite of the pandemic.  For the most part we are respecting the social distancing here and haven’t had any cases in our area.  Everybody is spreading out in the breaks and enjoying themselves with so few surfers in the water.  There is a particularly good vibe and an apparent tacit understanding that the beach is a healthy place for all of us as long as everybody is careful.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 8/12 -

Tamarindo waves had been 1-2ft, glassy conditions, not very consistent sets, crowded line up with longboarders at the sand  bars, some foil surfers at the point break and SUP surfers at the river mouth all giving a nice show for the families who are visiting from the city. Extra long days with amazing sunsets at 6pm. Langosta and Avellanas had better conditions with solid 2 ft waves, a bit more consistent sets and similar kind of crowd.
Local ONG's 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 - 8/11 - 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. Stop by Surfing Nosara office and ask for Brayan or Eli, if you would like to book a private photo session or by any of our pictures.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 8/12 - Small surf in the waist to chest high range from a SSW swell (1 foot at 12 seconds). There is a big push from a short period storm swell late Friday that extends through Monday, but the overhead waves will be super choppy and rainy. 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 8/10 - AUGUST 10th SSW 4-6ft GOOD CONDITIONS. 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 - 8/9 - The swell came in after 3 weeks plus of really small surf. The surf today was 2-4 ft plus chest to head high with some overhead sets glassy in the morning but with storm passing in the ocean was a little jumbled. Tomorrow's high tide is at like 7 am so should be fun till around 9-10. Tomorrow is supposed to be a bit smaller we are expecting 2-4 ft chest to shoulder high with maybe some headhigh sets hoping the storms clear out tonite and swell straightens out a bit should be fun size for rest of the week out front and along the reef seemed to be working the best today.

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 8/11 - Much improved surf conditions the past few days with head high peaks dominating the lineup during the morning high tide session.  Fairly strong offshore and a favorable swell direction have made for good shape and consistently clean conditions overall.  Meaty peaks with both sides working has accommodated large off season crowds.  Afternoons typically stormy and blown out.  

Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito reportedly offering above average good conditions.  No point action lately. Jazzy's Riverhouse has a two bedroom fully furnished cabina for rent; terms negotiable.  Contact Steve at: or 506-8420-4406 or 2787-0310.



caribbean-experience-surf-schoolCahuita Experience - 8/12 - Surf has been pretty small lately but today finally picked up quite a bit. Maximum height around 2 metres with glassy conditions throughout the day and light showers as well. I hears salsa was going off.  2 for 1 surf lessons with Cahuita Experience Surf School. For all of August with 'experience2020' promo code.

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