Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1015
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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #1016

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TIDES for November 13th, 2020


Low Tide: .19 feet at 6:43 a.m.
High Tide: 8.7 feet at 12:58 p.m.

New Moon - November 14th

Check out the 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

11/13 to 11/19 FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU
Caribbean 1 ft. 1-2 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1 ft.
North Pacific 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 3-5 ft. 5-7 ft.
South Pacific 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 4-6 ft. 6-8 ft.


Caribbean - Knee high surf is expected through late Saturday and then Sunday a ENE swell arrives (3 feet at 9 seconds) which pushes in waist to chest high surf. It will stick around through Tuesday, but afterward leaves more knee high waves.  

Pacific -  Currently there is a SSW swell (3 feet at 14 seconds) pushing in chest to head high surf with a rare overhead set. It drops slowly through the weekend down to waist to chest. Then on Tuesday a new SSW swell arrives that reaches 4.8 feet at 14 seconds by Thursday so expect overhead surf with sets 2 feet overhead.

Facebook and Video Favorites

Mal Pais Surf Cam is back and posting daily YouTube surf reports from Santa Teresa and local beaches.

Do you need some help with Social Media? Then talk to Tamsin at Salty Water Media. She specializes in dive and surf related businesses.

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 countries, including all states in the U.S.  No PCR-RT test required to enter! Find out the rules for travel insurance in our special report (updated 11/12/20)

Airlines Specials! Los Angeles to San Jose for only $330 roundtrip on Alaska Airlines (January 22th-31st). Or Miami to San Jose non-stop for $174 (March 23rd-30th) on American Airlines.
Contact us to set up your flights and book your holiday trip now, before the popular hotels and rentals sell out!
CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

We are now partners with COSTA RICA BREW PASS - a spectacular way to sample all the tasty breweries in Costa Rica and get a FREE welcome beer at each one! Type in code - CRSURF - and get 10% off.

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


The Costa Rica Surf Federation decided to cancel the rest of the 2020 contest circuit and will restart in 2021. Read more here.


If you are planning to visit Costa Rica, why not support some great Women-Owned businesses. Here are eight surf camps that provide amazing surf experiences. 

Did you know that there was some major flooding in Nosara? Or that the road from Playa Garza to Nosara is now paved? Rich Burnham from Surfing Nosara has been creating some great video podcasts focusing on these issues and highlighting local businesses.

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

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. 


Bodhi Surf and Yoga is offering week-long packages based in Playa Uvita with a focus on community participation and using a wholistic approach to teaching you to surf. Mention us for a special discount.

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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10% off with code - CRSURF - for a Costa Rica Brew Pass

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

Seafari Costa Rica is welcoming early bookings for Thanksgiving holidays for family or groups with a 10% discount from all our services. Use the code SFCR2020


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 11/6 - The sun is out here in Playa Grande along with the occasional showers.  The high tides are moving into the morning sessions and there might be some good waves this week with this nice swell running.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 11/6 - Ready to get back in the water, has been a week with no swell and then close to 7 days of  rain by Eta the hurricane that hit Nicaragua's northern caribbean side, it  left a trace all across several countries. 

Some people just jumped in the water today, and nailed fast and hollow 3ft waves, sort of stormy and murky water on mid tides, winds had been shifty due the weather patterns that are typical for what is left of the rainy season. 
Langosta was holding on better over the point breaks, up to 4ft waves on the best sets and a fairly empty line up.
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 is welcoming early bookings for Thanksgiving holidays for family or groups with a 10% discount from all our services. Use the code SFCR2020 
Special and among the last season dive trips to the Bat islands on the Santa Rosa National park, november 14th, departure from Coco beach, although transportation from Tamarindo is available, this is an invitation to certified divers only. Sign up soon, there are just a few seats available. 


Surfing NosaraEli at - 11/10 - Today we wake up with a beautiful sunny morning and some fun waves. The size is shoulder high to overhead.

 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

Mal Pais Surf - 11/11 - This morning at 9 am waves were waist to chest high. Light on shore wind and overcast skies. Smaller than the last few days, but still some fun ones on the set, tide was raising, almost high and conditions were good. daily surf report from Mal Pais neighborhood in Costa Rica, Central America.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 11/11 - 3-5ft SSW SWELL- GOOD CONDITIONS CLEANING UP AS TIDE FILLS IN.

 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.

Southern Pacific

Quepos/Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio Surf SchoolLuis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 11/9 - Greetings from Manuel Antonio Surf School,  the waves in Manuel Antonio have been great these days wave height is around 4 to 6 feet and the conditions are good this week with almost no riptides, high tides and rains make Manuel Antonio Beach a little choppy but we still have some good waves coming down, the best spot to surf this weekend in Manuel Antonio is Playitas beach.

Events and promotions: **Paquete Manuel Antonio** Surf lesson or SUP tour with breakfast and lunch included. $75 for one person, $110 for two people


Steve at Jazzys River House - 11/7 - Five straight days of steady rain left us with some pretty ragged surf.  High tide morning session today featured 5-6' peaks with an occasional overhead bomb.  Muddy, debris filled water was discouraging and no one has paddled out for nearly a week.  Inside was a whirlpool of crosswaves, mud and logs.  Interesting but not inviting.  First partial clearing today with some welcome blue sky and bright sun.  Afternoon session yesterday at Playa Hermosa South was 4-5' with decent post-storm conditions and a small crowd.  Dominicalito was smaller but also decent.  No Point action worth noting.

Jazzy's RiverHouse vacation rental cabina is available - check with Airbnb Dominical for photos and details. Email Steve at:


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 11/12 - Waves are knee high at best, with light winds. Swell expected to show Sunday (3 feet at 9 seconds) so some waist high waves come in with a rare bigger set through Tuesday. 

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