Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1011
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PIC OF THE WEEK: As good as it gets in Playa Hermosa. Big clean barrels. Photo by: Jalil El Harrar

TIDES for September 11th, 2020


High Tide: 7.32 feet at 8:46 a.m.
Low Tide: 2.07 feet at 3:04 p.m.

New Moon - September 17th

We now have 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Pretty flat now, but some longer period swell (2 feet at 11 seconds) from a tropical storm brings some waist high waves by late Monday through Tuesday before dropping back to knee high. Then another pulse of tropical swell arrives Saturday for some chest high sets.  

Pacific -  Southwest and SSW swells are pushing in overhead surf for the beachbreaks (3 feet at 14 seconds). This swell holds up through next Tuesday when it drops a foot and then is back to chest to head high Wednesday. A new SSW swell (197 degrees) arrives early Thursday bringing more 1 foot overhead waves and increasing a foot Friday before backing down again for next 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

Kelly Slater Interviewing astronaut Christina Koch on board the International Space Station

My favorite beachside bar/restaurant in Costa Rica - Tortilla Flats in Dominical on Instagram

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 15th, Costa Rica will allow tourists from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico, Michigan and Rhode Island. And on October 1st, tourists from California will be allowed to enter. Read all the details in our special report (updated 9/10/20)

Airlines Specials! Washington DC to San Jose for only $322 roundtrip on Avianca Airlines (November 9th to 17th). Or Los Angeles to San Jose for $385 (October 15th - 23rd) on Avianca Airlines.
Contact us to set up your flights. I am noticing flight prices are increasing as demand outweighs supply.
Book your holiday trip now, before the popular hotels and rentals sell out!
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FEATURE ARTICLE - Why Surfers Would Make Great Astronauts

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


According to Randall Chaves of the Costa Rican Federation of Surf, surf competitions have been approved to restart this year. We will post the schedule as soon as possible, but for now check the Backyard Bar for contests on Friday afternoons.


Tonight is the last night to watch The Bodhi Wave on Vimeo. (The password is Bodhi123)


Beach Cleanup at Esterillos Oeste on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:30 a.m. Meet at Super Sol. Gloves, bags, and water will be provided. 

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. And 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. 

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.

Book a trip through CRsurf and we will sponsor a tree in your name. 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. 


Safari Surf School is having a SALE! $500 off their Tortuga Package and $300 all Women's Retreat Programs. Contact us to help plan the best time to come. 

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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Seafari Surf School is offering 50% off group lessons! Sign up today and mention CRsurf

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 - 9/11 - The weather here has been in transition toward the wet season.  There have been some good glassy surf sessions in the morning and around the rainy moments.  Yesterday the mid morning, head high, surf looked like A Street on a good afternoon session in St Augustine, Florida.  The handful of surfers out were having a ball.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 9/9 - Fun little waves in Tamarindo, 1-2 ft, short period of time among lines and fairly crowded line up on the sand bars, 99% locals and residents and 1% travelers from the city or some that haven't traveled back to their home land. Weather conditions are the usual for a good rainy season, overcast skies, shifty winds and rains during the night.

Avellanas has been quite more stormy water, but with rewarding and faster waves, swell direction for sure hits better over there and the local crowd knows that, all sandbars are active and the northern point breaks are the best option to ride some bombs in the mid tides.
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.
Seafari Costa Rica offers 50% off in group surf lessons and the SUP tours, contact us and reserve your spot.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 9/9 - Beautiful morning we have this day with good waves and a little onshore wind. 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 - 9/11 - 1-2' overhead surf is the call for this weekend with a 3.5 ft swell at 15 seconds from the SSW. It drops a foot Monday and another Tuesday before a new round of SSW pushes it back overhead again for the rest of the week. 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 9/9 - FUN FUN FUN  SW/SSW SWELL 4-6ft.  BEACH OPEN 5AM-2:30PM - 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 - 9/10 - The waves today are about 2-4 ft (waist to head high) Kinda disorganized but a couple spots along the reef that have a couple fun waves. The waves are supposed to have about this same size moving into the weekend and first part of next week. The conditions are dependent on the local storm action lots of tropical waves passing by causing for lots of rain and winds at night and early hours of the morning (causing the disorganized conditions) but with incoming tide in the morning still plenty of fun waves to be had. Best bet for the weekend is early morning beach and estuary Zone and as tide fills in find a spot along the reef that’s breaking the best. All along these areas beaches they’re installing tsunami alert alarms so don’t be suprised to hear them testing them today and tomorrow (as I was 😂🤣) Have a great day and weekend and keep safe/healthy.

Southern Pacific

Quepos/Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio Surf SchoolLuis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 9/9 - Greetings from Manuel Antonio Surf School we are glad to hear the good news, about the surfing waves are good these days the wave height is around 3 to 4 feet, and the conditions got better this week with fewer riptides and also with less wind, the best spot to surf this weekend in Manuel Antonio is Playitas beach.

Events and promotions: Opción #1 -  ₡25.000 ocupación sencilla= 1 persona
Incluye: Desayuno, almuerzo y una actividad en Manuel Antonio o Quepos ya sea clase de Surf, Paddleboard o Tour de Manglar.

Opción #2 - ₡40.000 ocupación doble= 2 personas
Incluye: Desayuno, almuerzo y una actividad en Manuel Antonio o Quepos ya sea clase de Surf, Paddleboard o Tour de Manglar.

Opción #3 - ₡40.000 ocupación sencilla= 1 persona
Incluye: Desayuno, almuerzo y una actividad en Dominical ya sea clase de Surf, Tour de Cascadas.

Opción #4 - ₡55.000 ocupación doble = 2 personas
Incluye Desayuno y almuerzo y una actividad en Dominical = Clase de Surf, Tour de Cascadas.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 9/11 - Rained out all morning, waves 3'-4' but wind and rain had it churning.  Dismal surf conditions.  Partial clearing about the time the beaches closed this afternoon.  Past 3 mornings have been very productive; overhead, some peaks, fairly consistent sets, strong currents and vigorous paddle outs.  Peak morning crowds reached maybe 40 surfers.  Afternoons mostly blown out and stormy.  Dominicalito as good as it ever gets recently.  Epic peaky days, head high or more...some long rides and steep drops for 'Lito'.  No serious action at the point lately.  Hermosa South has seen excellent mornings as well.  Harsh weather spell but full of short windows of choice conditions locally.  

 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 - 9/11 - Micro-surf on the Caribbean side with no swell until Monday, and then only 1.5 feet at 12 seconds from a tropical system that pushes in waist high waves through Tuesday. Another waist to chest high tropical bump comes next weekend. 

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