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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1018
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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #1019

PIC OF THE WEEK: We hope you get to enjoy your choice of lefts and rights in 2021. Photo: Esterillos Oeste Surf Report

TIDES for January 1st, 2021


Low Tide: .11 feet at 10:21 a.m.
High Tide: 8.57 feet at 4:41 p.m.

New Moon - January 12th

Check out the 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

Caribbean 4-6 ft. 6-8 ft. 8-10 ft. 8-9 ft. 6-8 ft. 4-6 ft. 3-5 ft.
North Pacific 2-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft.
South Pacific 3-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft. 2-3 ft.


Caribbean - Major ENE swell hitting the Caribbean this weekend (10 feet at 10 seconds). This mean surf in the 3 foot overhead to double head range, with the reefs throwing barrels and the beach breaks closing out. The swell drops quickly after Monday, returning to chest high by next Thursday. 

Pacific -  Small surf expected to start the year, with a couple of long period WNW swells keeping things interesting. Waist will drop from head high Friday down to waist to chest by Monday with little relief through to the following weekend. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

If you are looking for a quality used vehicles and a guarantee to buy back your purchase if you want, check out the Price Automotive Group facebook page for some of his latest deals. 

The Zalty Boyz on the Caribbean coast compete in a local surf contest. Check them out on YouTube.

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!


Costa Rica beaches will close after 2:30 p.m. daily for the month of January. Find out the latest Covid-19 information including rules for travel insurance in our special report (updated 12/31/20)

Airlines Specials! Fort Lauderdale to San Jose for only $173 roundtrip on JetBlue Airlines (February 19th-26th). Or San Francisco to San Jose non-stop for $235 (February 13th - 20th) 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.

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


Carlos Munoz wins the ALAS Latin Pro held in El Salvador. Check out the highlights on YouTube


The Costa Ballena Lifeguard Association hires five lifeguards to protect the beaches of Playa Hermosa de Uvita and Playa Dominical. Please consider making a donation to help keep this group afloat!

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. 


If you are looking to score some waves in Pavones, Surf Expedition has week long all-inclusive retreats with yoga, video analysis, and three delicious meals a day.

Vista Guapa will get you up and riding quickly with their expert instructors and high quality boards. They are the best place to relax just outside of Jaco. 

--> 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 offering a 10% discount from all services. Use the code SFCR2020


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 12/30 - The solstice tides are moving a lot of water around, and combined with a fickle wind in the afternoon at high tide, Playa Grande is not the classic perfect form we are used to with this well overhead swell.  Next week should be better if the swells keep coming and the paddle out will start at daybreak.



Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 12/31 - North winds are the typical conditions this time of the year and some fun waves from the NW swells. Tamarindo was really nice to surf, 2-3ft waves on the best sets, some days windier than others, large crowds with the surf schools on the sand bars, but all point breaks were active and fairly consistent. 

Langosta reef's were active and spread away the line up, breaks all along the coast, really good for paddle surfers, taking their chance on the reefs further north.
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 by December 20th with 10% discount from all our services. 


Surfing NosaraEli at - 12/30 - Today we have a cloudy and dark morning, with chopped water, and small waves. 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 - 12/24 - This morning at 7 am waves waist to chest high with head high sets. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. 2-4 feet waves, new swell building up, it was fun all morning. Feliz noche buena y navidad. Swell hitting Santa Teresa and Mal Pais - Primary Swell: 1.9 ft at 14 secs Direction: SW 221'. Secondary Swell: 1.6 ft at 20 secs Direction: SW 217'

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 12/27 - Reinforcing SSW swell- 3-5ft+ and FUN – Sun out strong. Locals Corner: Save The Waves has selected Playa Hermosa as the next World Surfing Reserve.   

 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 - 12/31 - The past 4-5 days have been kinda sloppy with short period stormy style surf. This morn was no exception, with 2-3' occasionally bigger but stormy with a little rain and a system passing by in the ocean. High tide this morn was about 3:20 and with this evenings high tide being right before 4 pm hoping for some fun surf this eve in the 2-3 ft (waist to shoulder) range hoping for swell to straighten out a bit and offer up some fun waves for the last session of 2020. For the next few days looks like we are in for some smaller, longer period swell and with high tide in morning and evening we should get some fun surf on the reef and beaches in town, depending on local weather.

Southern Pacific

Quepos/Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio Surf SchoolLuis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 12/29 - Greetings from Manuel Antonio Surf school, and we do agree with you that this year has been chaotic for everyone, but we are grateful that we are still working and we hope 2021 is going to be a better year.  This is the report for this week: the waves in Manuel Antonio have been small these days. Wave height is around 1 to 2 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.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 12/30 - Summer surf has settled in with a few exceptions.  The past week has seen winter style waves on occasion and a return of winter type storms.  On good days recently we have had 3'-5' waves with consistent hollow low tide sessions and clean fun conditions at higher tides.  The better days have been quite crowded and offshore winds have combined with friendly swell directions to generate excellent conditions overall.  Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito have as usual been similar but smaller and mellower.  It's been too small to activate the Point.

Come visit resident artist Ruby-Kim at Jazzy's RiverHouse and tour her fine art gallery and ask about her ever popular class to learn the traditional arts of weaving, plaiting, sewing and twining.  See Steve if you're looking for surf instruction, board sales and rentals, private yoga instruction or guitar lessons.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 12/31 - Major swell coming this weekend. 10 feet at 10 seconds from the ENE push in double overhead sets by Sunday and stay big Monday. Then it drops slowly through the week, back to chest high by Friday. 

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