Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 20, Issue 990
December 22, 2019
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January 11, 2020

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PIC OF THE WEEK: The softer side of Salsa Brava. (Yea, right!) Alvaro Solano gazing into the pit. PHOTO: Fabian Sanchez

TIDES for January 2nd, 2020


High Tide: 7.43 feet at 7:39 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.44 feet at 1:42 p.m.

Full Moon - January 10th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Chest high surf for the rest of the week with a slight drop Saturday. Then Sunday some more ENE swell arrives pushing back up to head high with a few overhead sets on the reefs. The swell drops back to waist to chest high Tuesday and changes to a more Northerly direction. A solid ENE swell (9 feet at 8 seconds) arrives next Thursday and maxes that weekend so it is time for a 'strategic strike' for advanced surfers.

Pacific - Finally some waves! Chest to head high at most beach breaks through the weekend with the drop coming Tuesday, leaving Thursday and all the way through the next weekend at knee to waist with maybe a chest high set. Next minor SSW comes in the 15th. 

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Thank you for the community love given by Cafe Mono Congo in Dominical. They provide food for the lifeguards and the kids do beach cleanups every month, plus sponsor the dance program and many other programs. 

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Miami to San Jose on American Airlines for only $303 roundtrip (March 12th - 15th)! Denver to San Jose for only $303 (February 12th - 19th) on Spirit Airlines. Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

The OCASO Underground Music Festival takes place in Tamarindo from January 9th-13th. Get more details on their Facebook page.

The 9th Annual Costa Rica Blues Festival takes place February 22nd-24th. Check out their event page for details

We are very excited to be partnering with Green Airways - a Costa Rica family run airline with flights from San Jose to both Tambor and Quepos. 

Do you need a Car Rental for the 2020 Envision Festival? Find the best options here.

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



From Hermosa Surf Inn in Playa Hermosa: Every Weekend don’t miss the Master’s Surf Series behind the Backyard Bar – 4PM on Fridays and the 4PM Saturday Open Pro Surf Series.

Mark your calendars for 2020 Signature Triple Crown Fishing in Los Suenos : LEG I Jan 15-18; LEG II Feb 26-29; LEG III March 25-28

Banana Beach Club in Santa Teresa has restarted its Monday surf contests. It starts at 4 p.m. and has great prizes for contestants.

Robert August Surf and Turf now will include a Surf Film Festival - March 13th-14th
Friday 3/13: Golf at Hacienda Pinilla
Friday night: Surf film festival at Multicines Tamarindo
Saturday 3/14: Surf contest powered by Che boards
Saturday night: Surf film festival at Multicines Tamarindo and Awards ceremony
Proceeds benefit the Children's non-profit CEPIA

The Circuito Guanacaste de Surf has three dates set in 2020:
Tamarindo - April 25th-26th
Avellanas - May 16-17th
Playa Negra - May 30th-31st

Here are the dates for the 2020 Costa Rica National Surf Circuit:


NATIONAL BEACH CLEANUP DAY in Costa Rica on January 11th! Check the Operation Rich Coast Facebook page for which beaches are participating.


Thank you to Tamra and Pat Coker for booking a surf trip with us. We are sponsoring a tree planted by Community Carbon Trees  in their honor! 

Community Carbon Trees is working to replicate their sustainable reforestation using fairly paid labor to the Amazon Rainforest which is suffering from deliberate fires set by farmers and ranchers. They also have reforestation projects in Kenya and Costa Rica, paying fair labor rates and fostering community leadership and business skills for women.  Book a trip through CRsurf and we will sponsor a tree in your name.


Real Surf Trips is hosting Lisa Andersen in 2020! Come surf with a WORLD CHAMP and take your surfing to a new level. All inclusive packages with photography by Tony Roberts. Let us get you hooked up.

Bodhi Surf School is offering a Two Week Bodysurfing and Surfing Retreat at their beautiful location in Uvita. Learn more about body surfing and save your space here. Mention CRSURF for $50 off!

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.

Do you want to surf with a Costa Rican Surf Champion? We know the best instructors in the country and one of them - Andrea Diaz - is available to show you her favorite waves in Costa Rica. From beginners to advanced surfers, she can guide you to better surfing and have a fun time doing it.  Contact us for prices and to reserve your space!

You want more? Well how about surf training with ex-World Champ Frieda Zamba in Costa Rica? We can get you set up to step up your big wave game.

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10% off at WOW Surf by mentioning CRsurf at checkout

Get $5 off a surf lesson with Dominical Surf School (just mention us)

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 Adventure Inn add 'crsurf' as the coupon code


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 12/29 - The surf conditions are excellent with the typical small (shoulder to head high), perfect waves.  The high tide surfing tides are now in the morning and afternoon and the crowds are spreading out a bit during the Christmas vacations.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica -12/29 -

Happy New Year! 
Small yet fun waves in Tamarindo, line up on the sand bars is crowded with the local schools, wave average 1-2ft on random sets, nice north winds not too strong yet, guess that the warm winter in the northern hemi, is holding on the Papagayo winds.  Playa grande 2ft and more consistent waves, main peak very crowded and not so busy the alternative breaks yet as fun. Avellanas 2 ft but time among sets is longer and winds are switching every other day.
Supporting a local business and personal friend want to promote El Estero the NEW Costa Rican food buffet style restaurant in Tamarindo, on the main road next to El Tesoro residences, Open for break fast and late lunch 3pm, fresh made from scratch, every day real healthy local food.
Tamarindo has been packed for 2 weeks already and the summer in Costa Rica just begins, music festivals, international artists performances on huge stages. 

Please make sure your instructor review safety and etiquette prior water entry. 


Surfing NosaraEli at - 1/1 - Today we have a nice and sunny morning, with good and consistent waves. Tide chart , the size is chest high. 

Community Featured Business: Beach Dog

Step off the beach and walk a few steps to enjoy great food in a casual, laid back atmosphere. Enjoy our fresh and creative menu which has options for everyone(including vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free.) 

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 1/1 - 3 ft swell from the SSW at 13 seconds producing chest to head high waves. Best day is the 2nd and 3rd with a few overhead sets. Morning high tide means check Playa Carmen and Playa Hermosa first.  

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 12/31 - HAPPY NEW YEAR  – OVERCAST DAY MAKES FOR A GREAT DAY TO BE IN THE WATER –  Small SSW swell – 2ft  – Swell picking up late in the day and filling in for some size to start the new year off.

Now offering Surf & Fitness Packages: Surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), yoga, Crossfit , healthy food & plenty of good times included! More information.

Local’s Corner: Every Weekend don’t miss the Master’s Surf Series – 4PM on Fridays and the 4PM Saturday Surf Series  – Annual Holiday Concert in Marina Village Los Suenos Saturday Dec 28th 6PM-9PM =. Mark your calendars for 2020 Signature Triple Crown Fishing in Los Suenos : LEG I Jan 15-15; LEG II Feb 26-29; LEG III March 25-28 The Turtle Tour is Back in Playa Hermosa — Based out of Bowie’s Restaurant - call 8988-3030 or 8858-5232.


WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 12/29 - Hey yep it’s closing another year here! Been a bit stormy this 2019 , lots of interesting exciting things have gone on for sure. Surf today is small at 2-4 ft faces Max but there a bump on the horizon so maybe Bejuco and playa Palma could be the call? Less crowds too! Business is good I have some great deals on 2019 boards right now. We are going on a new operating schedule as if next week. Friday thru Tuesday 10am to 6:30 Pm and Wednesday open until 1 pm. We are placing orders for 2020 performance boards by Hayden, Steve Walden and James Cheal so if you need a new stick for upcoming spring swells let me know! Thanks and have a great New Year! Pura Vida!! Chuck and the crew at WOW SURF! 

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 12/30 - Strange as it may seem while we are saying Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays it's full on summertime here in Dominical.  Winter weather, storms and big swells are behind us for another year.  Summer surf has fully arrived along with high season crowds.  This morning's mid-tide session was tiny; 2'-3', it was also peaky and glassy and very slow and mellow.  Longboards were everywhere, noserides were common and the price was the wait.  Guess you could call it social surfing - sitting on your board catching up on gossip and telling stories, killing time waiting for the next set.  Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito the same just smaller as usual.  Punta Dominical may not see another surfer in the water till the rainy season begins.  

Hotel Roca Verde is the live music spot on Friday nights with the latest version of the G-String Cowboys and Girls with Ken Nickell and Nancy fronting the show so come early for dinner and stay late for dancing in this beautiful open air venue on the beach. 
Check for specials and discounts or come by and visit artist Ruby-Kim in her home studio/gallery and ask about her popular class - learn the ancient arts of weaving, twining, plaiting and sewing.  See Steve if you need help with body aches and pains and stiffness as his East/West massage therapy can be most rewarding.  Steve also offers surf lessons and board rentals and sales as well as private instruction in 'Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises'.  

Quepos/Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio Surf SchoolLuis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 12/29 - Hola and happy new year! The waves in Manuel Antonio are very small right now. About waist high at most. Some slightly bigger sets were coming in a little bit midday. There looks to be a swell coming on Tuesday. The best place to surf is Playitas.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 1/1 - Four feet at 8 seconds ENE swell continues through Saturday and then picks up to 5 feet for Sunday til Tuesday. Expect surf in the chest to head high range with a few bigger sets on the reefs.

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