Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1010
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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #1011

PIC OF THE WEEK: Fins free snap in Playa Hermosa by the stylist Beto Munoz. Photo by: @jonathanagu_photos

TIDES for August 28th, 2020


High Tide: 8.21 feet at 10:31 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.33 feet at 4:54 p.m.

Full Moon - September 1st

We now have 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Get ready for a quick run of ENE swell (5 feet at 9 seconds) that hits Saturday, maxes Sunday morning and then fades back to waist high by Monday. The rest of next week calls for small waves, knee high at best through the weekend.

Pacific -  Two swells in the water going in to the weekend. The first is 3.5 feet at 9 seconds from the WSW, and the second is a bigger SSW swell maxing Sunday at 5.4 feet at 14 seconds (195 degrees). That means lot of sets in the 1-3' overhead range until Monday when it drops a foot. Then Tuesday a new South swell fills in (2.8 feet at 18 seconds at 183 degrees by sunset) so expect more 2'+ overhead waves through to next Friday, with background West swell included. More SW expected for the following weekend.

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.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Check out the Zalty Boyz surfing Isla Uvita in their newest YouTube release.

Innoceana is an organization of ocean lovers that apply innovation and technology to protect our ocean. Visit their Facebook page to learn more. 

Visit 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!


Starting September 1, Costa Rica will allow tourists from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. These two states and the capital are added to the following, previously announced states: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut. As of September 15, the list will be further expanded with Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado. Read all the details in our special report (updated 8/27/20)

Airlines Specials! Miami to San Jose non-stop for only $218 roundtrip on Delta Airlines (October 31st to November 7th). Or New York JFK to San Jose for only $251 (October 11th - 18th) on JetBlue 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. 

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. 

According to the Costa Rican Federation of Surf, there may be a chance that surf competitions will take place before the end of the year. Read more.


Protejamos el Rio Baru is a new group created to prevent the river next to Dominical from being excavated by a Costa Rican rock mining company. Check their Facebook page for details on how to donate to their cause. They are raising funds to hire a lawyer for the 'denuncia'.

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. 

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.

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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

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 - 8/27 - The surf has been particularly crumby this week with all the on-shore and rain in spite of the morning high tides. The weather looks more favourable starting tomorrow but could turn on us again at any minute.  If you don’t mind crappy surf and love surfing by yourself or a few friends, you’re in the right spot.  We haven’t seen the virus here yet.  Be sure and dodge the logs and debris.  The flights start next week for some US states just in time for the rainy season.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 8/27 - Several days of rain, got the ocean very stormy and choppy, plenty of undertows and debris keep us out of the water for about 7 days already, several roads and towns are affected by the constant rains, it required Tamarindo Lifeguards and other volunteers to assist the Red Cross in Guanacaste.

Costa Rica’s reopening process continues to be gradual. In September, Juan Santamaría International Airport near San José can expect to receive just four additional flights per week, all from the New York area.

Meanwhile, LIR will receive “one or two” flights each week, according to Tourism Director Gustavo Segura. 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 - 8/24 - Today's morning was a little dark and cloudy, with onshore wind and small waves with chopped water. The size is chest high to shoulder 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 - 8/27 - Short period West swell (4 feet at 9 seconds) along with a longer period SSW swell (3 feet at 16 seconds from 195 degrees) means big choppy waves with rain and wind. The SSW should increase in size through the weekend, maxing with 2-3 foot overhead sets and then drop by Monday to a foot overhead. More South swell backs that up to keep it overhead for all of next week. 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 8/26 - SW SWELL 4-6ft. STRONG WINDS AND RAIN IN AREA - BEACH OPEN 5AM-2:30PM. 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 - 8/26 - Yesterday the wind blew side-shore and onshore with hard gusts at times, but this morning was cleaner than expected. This morn the waves are about 2-4' with some bigger sets (waist to shoulder with some head high sets) semi clean and straightening up as the day goes on. The tide was high at 9:15. We are expecting for size to increase throughout the day and a longer period swell to move in and peak this weekend with the size a lot of the beach breaks will be closing out and the reef in Esterillos may clean it up a bit making for some fun overhead surf.

Southern Pacific

Quepos/Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio Surf SchoolLuis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 8/31 -

The waves this week look big around 3 to 5 feet will get bigger as the week goes on, the conditions are choppy and little messy with a lot of riptides, we have super good prices and promotions fo this week and childs day this are the discounts....
Opción #1 - Hospedaje 1 noche 2 dias
₡25.000 ocupación sencilla= 1 persona
Incluye: Desayuno, almuerzo y una actividad en Manuel Antonio o Quepos a escoger ya sea entre clase de Surf, Paddleboard o Tour de Manglar.

Opción #2 - Hospedaje 1 noche 2 dias
₡40.000 ocupación doble= 2 personas
Incluye: Desayuno, almuerzo y una actividad en Manuel Antonio o Quepos a escoger ya sea entre clase de Surf, Paddleboard o Tour de Manglar.
Opción #3 - Hospedaje 1 noche 2 dias
₡40.000 ocupación sencilla= 1 persona
Incluye: Desayuno, almuerzo y una actividad en Dominical a escoger ya sea entre clase de Surf o Tour de Cascadas.

Opción #4 - Hospedaje 1 noche 2 dias
₡55.000 ocupación doble = 2 personas
Incluye: Desayuno, almuerzo y una actividad en Dominical a escoger ya sea entre clase de Surf o Tour de Cascadas.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 8/26 - October came early this year.  Frequent heavy rains started in July and have continued to buffet our South Coast.  Yesterday's light rain continued throughout the night and is still falling this morning with no breaks.  The surf is trashed, the winds are high and the rain pours down. Yesterday the early morning high tide session offered head high peaks with poor shape due to strong sideshore winds but the waves were fun and manageable, the rides short and the paddle out was fairly easy.  There were few takers due to grey threatening skies.  Yesterday's morning window closed early when the skies started dumping.  

Playa Hermosa and Dominicalito had smaller waves sans peaks and even fewer crowds. 

 Jazzy's Riverhouse has a two bedroom fully furnished cabina for rent; terms negotiable.  Contact Steve at: or 506-8420-4406 or 2787-0310.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 8/27 - Surf is knee to waist high (2.5 ft at 7 seconds from the ENE). It will grow to chest high with a few head high sets by Saturday and stick around Sunday morning before dropping off quickly. The rest of next week will stay around knee to waist max from more short period swell. No tropical systems expected.

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