Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1012
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PIC OF THE WEEK: One of our favorite places to check the waves in Playa Hermosa (home of the newest World Surfing Reserve) - Bowies Point Restaurant. Photo by: GG

TIDES for September 26th, 2020


High Tide: 7.72 feet at 10:15 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.49 feet at 4:36 p.m.

Full Moon - October 1st

Check out the 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

Caribbean 1 ft. 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft.
North Pacific 4-5 ft. 4-5 ft. 4-6 ft. 5-7 ft. 6-8 ft. 5-7 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 - Minor short period swell brings some knee to waist high waves Monday, but otherwise it's nearly flat until next Friday when it picks up to chest high for the weekend. 

Pacific -  Head high to overhead surf for the weekend, with a bigger swell from the Southwest arriving Tuesday (3.5 feet at 16 seconds) which sends 2-3 feet overhead waves through Wednesday and then drops a foot each day through next Friday. It stays chest to head high through 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

The Shark Guardians of Cocos Island, created by Fins Attached on YouTube

Kate from Pura Vida Board Gear designs some awesome board bags and surf accessories. Check out her work 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 October 1st, Costa Rica allow tourists from tourists from California and Ohio will be allowed to enter, as well as the countries Mexico and Jamaica. Find out all the states and countries permitted to enter in our special report (updated 9/25/20)

Airlines Specials! Washington DC to San Jose for only $345 roundtrip on United Airlines (December 5th to 12th). Or Toronto to San Jose for $377 (November 21st - December 1st) on Copa 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!
CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

Check out our interview on the Saltwater High Podcast, which will be up on October 1st. I talk about what life is like in Costa Rica, the best places to visit, and how I got started doing surf reports.

Air Canada airline will provide free travel insurance to its customers for reservations made between September 17th and October 31st. 2020. This is for flights that have Canada as their origin and go abroad, until next April 12, 2021. The insurance will be provided by the Manulife company and covers care for Covid-19 and a possible quarantine in the destination country. More info on Air Canada's website.

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


Costa Rica will host the first World Surfing Reserve in Central America. Read how Save The Waves chose to protect Playa Hermosa and who will lead the efforts to preserve it. 


It's World Cleanup Day and we are celebrating it for a whole week! From Monday the 21st through Sunday the 27th, we're inviting everyone in Costa Rica and in then to do a lil' cleanup and take action. Hashtag your #LOCALCLEANUP and #5MINUTEBEACHEANUP  at the park in the street at the beach or wherever you are.

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.

--> CRSURF discounts <--

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 - 9/24 - Playa Grande is having typical rainy season surf.  Yesterday there was a great glassy head to overhead session with just a handful of surfers in the water.  Lots of grinning faces afterward.  The good sessions are mostly a surprise between rain and sun.  Surfers are flying into Liberia now.  Be sure and get out of the water if there is lightning.  Bring bug repellant.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 9/24 - Fun south swell passing by Tamarindo, 2ft waves with better morning sessions, double sessions week as well! Weather has been the usual for a rainy season, some days are cloudy some are partially sunny.  Langosta and Grande got the best from the swell direction and reported up to 3ft waves, glassy morning sessions, local crowd mainly and some winds shifting during the low 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 - 9/25 - Today we have a little dark and cloudy morning, with chopped water and some good waves. 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 - 9/25 - Chest to head high surf for the weekend from a 2.5 ft. swell with an 16 second period from the Southwest. Expect it to increase on Monday to 1-2 feet overhead and then drop off fast late Wednesday back to waist to chest high. 

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 9/23 - FADING SW/SSW 4ft. Reservations in Hermosa - WHATSAPP +506-8899-1520. Local Corner: Save The Waves has selected Playa Hermosa as the next World Surfing Reserve, the first one in Central America.

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 - 9/25 - We have had some fun waves this past week with morning high tides and swell moving around. Last couple of days backed down today the smallest about 2-3 waist to chest high kinda glassy but definitely leftovers . This weekend they’re calling for smaller conditions with lots of rain and storm action. Monday and thru the beginning of next week should pick up with a good size swell hitting Monday with longer periods. The problem is it will be morning low tides and not really working here until about mid tide coming in so weather permitting higher tide on the reef could produce some fun good sized surf. Keep an eye on the surf report page I’ll post some pics Monday as swell fills in. 

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 9/24 - High tide morning session featured some head high sets, mild offshore, some fairly clean well shaped peaks and offered plenty of short fun rides.  Nothing to shout about but a welcome break from the frequent local storms.  A small crowd in the lineup today with clearing blue skies above and no rain in sight.  Dominicalito and Hermosa South were equally fun and uncrowded but smaller as usual.  Dominical continues to be a quiet almost sleepy little town with very little tourist traffic during the country-wide lockdown.  

 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 - 9/25 - Tiny surf (1.5 ft at 8 seconds from the ENE) for the weekend with a few knee high waves for Monday. The next increase in size won't be until next Friday when it picks up to waist to chest high. 

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