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TIDES for October 12th, 2020


High Tide: 7.20 feet at 10:27 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.75 feet at 4:39 p.m.

New Moon - October 16th

Check out the 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

10/12 to 10/18 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Caribbean 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1 ft. 1 ft. 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft.
North Pacific 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-6 ft.
South Pacific 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-5 ft. 5-6 ft.


Caribbean - Dropping ENE swell (4 ft. at 7 seconds) leaves waist high surf until Tuesday and then only ankle to knee high waves through til Sunday. Then another short period swell from the NE brings some more waist high sets.

Pacific -  Chest high surf with a few head high sets are on call to start the week and continue through Thursday. Then a slowly building SW swell (3.4 feet at 14 seconds) will fill in pushing in overhead waves with bigger sets by Sunday. That swell lasts through the 23rd with another long period SSW swell right behind it.

REMINDER - Currently 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. On October 15th, they plan to keep them open until 10 p.m., and 8 p.m. on the weekends. Check our Facebook page for consistent updates.

Facebook and Video Favorites

One of the 'coolest' new surf lifestyle vids out - UNNUR - by photo wizard Chris Burkard

Connecting Lives to the Ocean - check out @ONESEAORG Foundation on Instagram

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 November 1st, Costa Rica allow tourists from tourists from all states in the U.S. Find out all the  countries permitted to enter plus Covid-19 test and insurance requirements in our special report (updated 10/11/20)

Airlines Specials! Orlando to San Jose non-stop for only $323 roundtrip on JetBlue Airlines (December 11th to 18th). Or Los Angeles to Liberia for $383 (November 11th-15th) on American 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.

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 Surfer Paulina Summers Interview

Pura Vida Board Gear Interviews local Dominical surfer - Zero Carbon Footprint Athlete Sam Reidy Looks Forward To CNS Action


Yogi Amber Hagberg has written a book and is looking for backers on Kickstarter. My Living Yoga Journal - A step-by-step guide for practicing yoga in the modern world will be available in print and makes a great holiday gift. 

Whale Shark Migrating from Galapagos Island to Cocos Island Documented for First Time, written by the Turtle Island Restoration Network

You can help protect their migration route by signing this petition - Save Sea Turtles, Sharks, and Whales by Creating the Cocos-Galapagos Swimway

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. 

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. 

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. 


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 - 10/9 - The rainy season in Playa Grande is almost over and there are occasssional good sessions with glassy and uncrowded surf.  The south end of the beach and Tamarindo saw some excellent surf last week with over head sets.  Most of the States and Canada will be open for travel by the end of the week.  The hotel and apartments are accepting guests now.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 10/09 - After a stormy week, today we all went out to surf and it felt good to  see  familiar and smiling faces again. Waves average 1-2ft, high tide at 7am gave us all a chance to enjoy a long morning surf session. Plenty of people in the line up, some schools already received foreign tourists who were giving their best try on the whitewash and were successful at it. Weather patterns are the usual for the rainy season, overcast and random sunny moments during the day.

River mouth has been fun for a group of foil sup-surfers, away from large crowds gives them the chance to enjoy themselves and the recently formed sand bar; waves remain up to 2 ft on the best set, with best conditions within the incoming tide.
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.


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 - 10/11 - Waves are waist to chest high with an occasional bigger set and high tide in the midmorning. Winds have stayed light and the swell will stay small (under head high) through to the 18th when a bigger Southwest arrives pushing it 1-2 feet overhead.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 10/11 - FUN FUN FUN 3-5ft SSW HOLDING. 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 - 10/10 - Waves were kinda fun today about 3-4 ft not a very high tide this morning at 7:58 so the higher the tide the better it got. A little disorganized but pretty much typical October conditions. Tomorrow looking for about the same maybe a bit smaller and and again not a very high tide at 9:03 so hoping for it to line up a bit more ... looking into next week looks like the size will be around the same give or take a foot and with high tides going into late morns and midday but should make for a fun week of surf.

Southern Pacific

Quepos/Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio Surf SchoolLuis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 10/11 - 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 2 to 4 feet, and the conditions this week we have almost no riptides and also fewer winds in the mornings and afternoons, the best spot to surf this weekend in Manuel Antonio is Playitas beach.

Events and promotions:  ₡25.000 ocupación sencilla= 1 persona (₡40.000 por dos)
Incluye: Desayuno, almuerzo y una actividad en Manuel Antonio o Quepos ya sea clase de Surf, Paddleboard o Tour de Manglar.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 10/10 - October storm surf continues.  A few overhead waves this morning during high tide session.  Some peaks but mostly closed out walls amid messy, choppy conditions including cold, muddy water from high river outflow.  Not the greatest of conditions, few out, but an occasional decent ride got pulled off.  No Point action but both Dominicalito and Hermosa South had smaller but cleaner conditions minus the cooler temp and mud.  

Jazzy's RiverHouse rental cabina is available for short term/long term rental.  Fully furnished and equipped - on the river - short walk to the beach.  Contact Steve at: or 506-8420-4406 or 2787-0310.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 10/11 - Dropping swell from a 4 foot ENE swell at 7 seconds bringing waist high waves for one more day. Then it's nearly flat, some ankle slappers through the weekend.

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