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PIC OF THE WEEK: Giving thanks for this view - Playa Dominical. Photo: Malcolm Goodman

TIDES for November 26th, 2020


Low Tide: 1.71 feet at 6:12 a.m.
High Tide: 7.3 feet at 12:20 p.m.

Full Moon - November 30th

Check out the 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Mostly waist to chest high surf for Thursday and Friday (4 ft. at 8 seconds) with a dropoff for the weekend. Then it picks back up to start next week with more chest high sets and cleaner conditions by midweek.

Pacific -  Slowly building SSW swell (1.6 ft at 16 seconds from 194 degrees by Saturday) that maxes at 4 feet at 14 seconds, pushing in surf 1-2 feet overhead. That dies out by next Wednesday leaving chest to head high waves through the end of next week. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

Cedric McCracken postseda new YouTube video - Surfing the perfect lefts of Boca Barranca | ZALTY BOYZ VLOG #8

He is one of our favorite photographers - Jonathan Aguero - 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 allows 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 11/25/20)

Airlines Specials! Los Angeles to San Jose for only $363 roundtrip on Delta Airlines (January 20th-27th). Or Miami to San Jose non-stop for $375 (January 3rd - 10th) on American Airlines, and even cheaper during the week.
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.


A few weeks ago we were interviewed for the Saltwater High podcast hosted by Wave Tribe Eco-Surf Product. You can listen. how I got started on the web site and my favorite spots in Costa Rica.

You can also listen to our podcast with World Nomads where I discuss how business has been during the Covid-19 pandemic and where I expect it to change in 2021.


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 has reopened and now is offering Women's Only Surf Retreats plus a special camp in Playa Venao, Panama.

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.

--> CRSURF discounts <--

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 - 11/24 - We are beginning to have off-shore days now as the dry season sets in.  Currently the swell has been small (shoulder high) but lots of fun for the early morning sessions.  There are plenty of surfers showing up for the weekends especially since it is too small for most of the other breaks. The tides are moving into the afternoon this week end and the off-shores could cooperate if the trades can finally get going.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 11/23 - Happy Thanksgiving! Weather has not been like this since 22-25 years ago, now is a transition to the dry season and the NW or NWN swells, first of the season brought low sea temperatures and few more sunny days now. Waves in Tamarindo are 1-2ft on the best sets within mid tides along the morning, light breeze from north and a fairly busy line up with surf schools and locals as well. Langosta sand bar, down south, has been a fun shore break for dawn patrol low tide sessions in short boards, not so crowded (at 5am) then the river mouth in front of the resort, mid tides can give some good 2ft of fun...

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 for family or group holiday's early bookings with a 10% discount from all our services. 


Surfing NosaraEli at - 11/24 - Today we have a beautiful sunny morning with a little Offshore wind, and we continue with small/ fun waves. The tide chart, the size is waist high to chest 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

Mal Pais Surf - 11/24 - This morning at 8 am waves were knee to waist high. Light onshore wind and mostly sunny skies. 1 to 2 feet waves on the incoming tide, some sets showing, looked really fun for a longboard.  

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 11/23 - 3ft FADING SW/SSW with shorter period S – winds on it mid day – High Tide in morning. Fun as tide backs out. Locals 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 - 11/25 - The waves in Manuel Antonio have been small these days. Wave height is around 1 to 3 feet but the conditions got nicer with glassy waters and lower tides perfect for beginners and intermediate surfers. The best spot to surf this weekend in Manuel Antonio is Playitas beach.

Events and promotions: Campaign giving smiles

We have created this campaign to provide relief to the families of the Quepos community that were highly affected this year due to unemployment during this pandemic.
We want to fill those families with smiles by giving their little ones a gift and a food basket for Christmas night so they can spend a night of peace and hope in their hearts. Let's collaborate on this beautiful cause !! Either with a toy or food to put in the basket. What comes from the heart is more than welcome. Collection of gifts on December 13 at the beach station of MASS in Playa Manuel Antonio from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We also have other ways to donate you can call +506-2777-4842 or Whatsapp +506-6297-6489 for more information.
**STAY WITH US** Lodging for two people - including breakfast - plus a SUP tour or surf lessons for only 50.000 colones per person plus IVA. Add a waterfall tour with lunch included for 35.000.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 11/25 - Stormy weather continues resulting in a wide variety of surf conditions.  Wind has been a chief factor; trashing otherwise nice surf while windows of calm have given us excellent form with peaks and tubes, long rides and relatively easy paddle-outs.  Severely and rapidly changing sandbars have added to the suspense.  

Dominicalito has been a savior on many occasions, offering an alternative to a closed out Dominical with smaller and mellower conditions.  Same for Playa Hermosa South.  Very little action seen at Punta Dominical lately.  
Jazzy's RiverHouse welcomes visitors to tour Ruby's Fine Art Gallery and book classes to learn the ancient traditional crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting and painting.  Our vacation rental cabina is also available - check with Airbnb Dominical for photos and details. Email Steve at:


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 11/25 - Waves are waist to chest high from a 4 foot swell at 8 seconds from the ENE. This swell ebbs a foot on Saturday and Sunday, but then picks back up to start next week. Winds improve later in the week.

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