Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 992
January 11, 2020
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PIC OF THE WEEK: Noe Mar on a bomb off the coast of Limon. PHOTO: Agustin Munoz

TIDES for January 23rd, 2020


Low Tide: .54 feet at 7:46 a.m.
High Tide: 8.04 feet at 2:02 p.m.

New Moon - January 24th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - It is quieting down from a massive swell and by Saturday it will ankle slappers going through next Saturday. This is possibility of a new swell the following Monday, 2/3. 

Pacific - Consistent background swell from the SSW and SW will kept it chest to head high for the beach breaks. The next SSW swell (3.1 feet at 18 seconds - 207 degrees) arrives next Thursday pushing in some well overhead sets. This swell may have some blockage from the Galapagos, too. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

I got to hang out with Cheech on Beach last week by the Tree in Playa Hermosa. Here is his latest local report video.
OK. South Florida does get waves a couple of days a year. Check out today's sandy tubes on the DadeCoSurf Facebook page. Photos by Lou Lozada and Robert Lyons. 

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


Orlando to San Jose on Jetblue Airlines for only $221 roundtrip (May 5th - 12th) Los Angeles to San Jose for only $355 (February 28th - March 5th) on Interjet Airlines. Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

The 10th Annual Envision Festival in Uvita is only one month away! Get your tickets here and let us help you find transportation and accommodations.

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

Why are Surfers so Chill? Read the post from our guest blogger from Walk/Jog/Run.

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.


Dominical Opens this Weekend – Season 20 of the Scotiabank National Circuit, Read more.

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:
JANUARY 25 AND 26 - DOMINICAL - this weekend!


Spicy Life is hosting a beach cleanup this Saturday in Dominicalito at 8:00. Help the local kids and the fishermen's group and protect our oceans.

Bill Presented to Protect Sharks in Costa Rica

The first Dominical Art Walk took place last Wednesday and was a smashing success. Check out our photos on Instagram

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.

THANK YOU to Chris and Steve Coker, Tim Coker and Rosy for letting CRsurf plan your trip. We are sponsoring a tree for each couple in your names. 


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

The Next DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT Surf and Yoga Retreat in Dominical will take place this June 13th to 19th - hosted by Amber Hagberg and Jeanine Haddad from Dominical Wave Rider. Contact us for details. 

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.

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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 - 1/20 - Perfect warm, clear, glassy conditions, but small, small, small.  Really fun shoulder high sets.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 1/22 - Fun waves in Tamarindo, long 2ft rides and random 3ft every other hour, busy as usual as this time of the year, although the river mouth sand bar and casitas where not so crowded and sure there were no foamies as those waves within the mid tides are fast and hollow. Strong gusts of winds during the first half of the day, now with the moon past the last quarter satage, we may have changes on the atmosphere pressure and let the south wind get by the norther pacific during the afternoons.

Langosta, has work great, this is another intermediate to advanced level of surfing, as we take off on top of shallow volcanic reef, also the winds are shoot thru the marsh into the ocean, taking boards out of your feet on the air. 3ft waves, mid tides was the best, faily crowded, mostly expats/residents, nice water temps! 

The party continues in Tamarindo, as we ticos say, its about December 51st, BPM just finished on Sunday and prior to it we had Ocaso festival and prior to that all the usual Holidays concerts and parties. We all  want to have fun, just do not forget manners and that you are sharing someone's else social area and public area;  let's keep it clean and safe for all of us. To slow down that beat, check out  l Chiringuito Tamarindo at 5pm Sunset Sessions.

Also would like to put the word out about a Lost Dog in Junquillal, named FLIPP, its a boy with orange collar,  Cristina is looking for him, contact info 7050-7298  


Surfing NosaraEli at - 1/22 - Windy and cloudy morning with good and big waves. The size is shoulder high to head high.

Community Pick - Robins - If you are in Playa Guiones today visit Robins cafe and Ice Cream selected as 'Our Pick' by Lonely Planet. Known for fresh, top quality produce, from-scratch, great tasting food.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 1/22 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with constant head high sets. Off shore wind and partially clear skies. Really fun surf as the tide was just starting to raise. Constant sets showing with fast and hollow peaks, not many people surfing. Good waves all morning.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa


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 - 1/22 - nconsistent is the current byword.  Strange off-season storms and unsettled weather are spoiling some nice conditions but when it's good it's excellent.  Low tide morning session small 4'-5' with lots of peaks and barrels and clean conditions thanks to partial clearing of the sky and a steady offshore breeze.  Very few out.  Higher tide sessions - bigger waves and bigger crowds.  Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito similar and smaller as usual.  No Point action.

Hotel Roca Verde is live music capitol each Friday night hosting the G-String Cowboys with Nancy Buchan and her electrifying electric fiddle!  Come early for dinner, stay late for dancing...great food, great beachfront atmosphere!
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 - 1/21 - The surf was flat again today.  Weak and gutless knee high surf at the top of the point.  Nothing really making it around the corner today, though there was a small pulse that showed up then disappeared, going flat again.  The winds were light onshore most of the morning, but glassed off later in the day.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 1/22 - Quickly fading NNW swell, dropping from waist high down to flat. It stays that way through next Tuesday.

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