Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 991
January 1, 2020
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 993
January 23, 2020

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #992

PIC OF THE WEEK: Misty mornings in Dominical. PHOTO: Tony @ Via de Agua

TIDES for January 12th, 2020


Low Tide: (-.49) feet at 9:52 a.m.
High Tide: 9.20 feet at 4:11 p.m.

New Moon - January 24th

National Forecast

Caribbean 8-10 ft. 8-10 ft. 7-9 ft. 6-8 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-5 ft. 4-6 ft.
North Pacific 2-3 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft.
South Pacific 2-3 ft. 4-5 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-6 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft.


Caribbean - A powerful ENE swell keeps the waves overhead to double overhead through Wednesday morning (10.5 feet at 12 seconds). It drops down to head high to a foot overhead Thursday, but more ENE swell follows up leading into next weekend.

Pacific - New SSW arrives late Sunday starting at 1.7 feet at 18 seconds and maxing at 3.5 feet at 14 seconds by late Tuesday. This means overhead sets at the better beach breaks. The swell turns more southerly and drops back to waist to chest high by next weekend. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

This video of Oscar Urbina surfing Salsa Brava in Puerto Viejo should get you excited about surfing on the Caribbean coast.
We are getting close - the Envision 10 year Anniversary is February 17-24th. Visit the community group on Facebook.

Send in your favorite links to see it posted on the surf report!

View past links to our top lists of YouTube videos and Facebook sites


Los Angeles to San Jose on Internet Airlines for only $377 roundtrip (June 19th - 24th) San Francisco to San Jose for only $445 (March 13th - 20th) on Avianca Airlines. Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

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

Do you need a flight to Quepos or Tambor? Fly with our partners at Green Airways - a Costa Rica family run airline.

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:


Dominical Art Walk this Wednesday from 4 to 7. Check out local artists present their work inside of local businesses around town. Opening party at Hona Wellness Center.


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.



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! Updating dates include:
January 25 - February 8
March 14 - March 28
May 2 - May 16
June 20 - July 4
August 8 - August 22

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.

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.

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.

--> CRSURF discounts <--

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 - 1/9 - The moderate off-shores are blowing all day now, and as the surf jumps up and down from shoulder to head high, the waves have been small but super fun.  The vacation crowd is spread out and everybody is getting barrel rides during the long morning weak tide windows.  The stronger tides are now moving into the afternoon and the surf should be good in the morning again by next week.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 1/11 - Small yet gassy conditions in Tamarindo, 1-2ft waves on the best sets, a SW swell stays around for a day or two and we look to a storm in the northern Hemi to send some good waves thru the mid January. Winds are typical for the season, so watch out for boards or other heavy objects flying around the beach or in the water. Busy sand bars with the local schools, point breaks and river mouth farly active within the mid tides.

Langosta had some more power and less amount of people, 2ft solid waves within the mid tides and fighting the strong winds.
TODAY!! Saturday--Joe Hrbek and his very special sax sound at El Be Club!! 4:45-6:45  


Surfing NosaraEli at - 1/11 -Nice sunny morning with a little offshore wind and small and fun waves. The size is waist high to chest high.

Surfing Nosara thanks the people who cleaned our beach this morning in this third national beach cleanup.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa


Kina Surf Shop - Santa TeresaEric at Kina Surf Shop - 1/9 - Very small leftover NW swell. This past weeks NW groundswell has finally faded. Waist to chest high peaks remain with clean conditions early.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 1/11 - SMALL SSW SWELL – 2ft Sun out strong in Playa Hermosa  –  New swell set to fill in late tomorrow.

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  – Mark your calendars for 2020 Signature Triple Crown Fishing in Los Suenos : LEG I Jan 15-16; 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.

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 1/10 - Record breaking small surf yesterday.  South end of Dominical at low tide measured one foot for largest set waves.  Otherwise great conditions.  One foot glassy, spitting barrels.  Mildly peaky with a crisp offshore.  No one out but the lineup was full of dolphins for nearly half an hour.  Today the size bumped up and featured some two foot barrels at lower tides.  Still great conditions.  Late season rain squalls have been consistent.  Playa Hermosa and Dominicalito are pushing their limits for small size since they are both consistently smaller than Dominical.  The point is a pond.  

Hotel Roca Verde is the Friday night spot for live music regularly featuring the G-String Cowboys and Girls with Ken Nickell on guitar and Nancy Buchan on ecstatic electric violin.  Come for dinner stay for dancing.
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'.  


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 1/11 - The surf was flat again today with double-under ankle high waves, and low tides all morning.  It was glassy early, turning light but steady onshore winds by noon.  Hopefully, the surf picks up again soon.  It appears we might be getting a small pulse of south swell in the next day or so.  Either way, it’s got to be better than what’s out front now.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 1/11 - A major ENE swell - 11 feet at 12 seconds is sending well overhead surf to Salsa Brava and the beach breaks. Expect this run to continue through Wednesday morning and then only to drop a couple of feet but stay overhead.

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