Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 993
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TIDES for February 2nd, 2020


High Tide: 6.78 feet at 8:31 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.84 feet at 2:24 p.m.

Full Moon - February 9th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Slowly building ENE swell that maxes Wednesday at 5 ft at 10 seconds. This means chest to head high waves with a rare overhead set. It get less consistent going into the weekend. A much larger swell arrives the following weekend - 10 feet at 10 seconds.

Pacific - Dropping SSW swell from head high back down to knee high by Tuesday. The flat spell doesn't stick around though as Thursday a new SSW arrives with a backup SSW pushing surf 1-2 feet overhead by Saturday. Those swells stick around through the following week. 

Facebook and Video Favorites

Check out this interview with surfer/shaper/legend of Tamarindo - MARCO PACHECO - by Tony Roberts on his YouTube channel - Real Surf Stories
Let's welcome our new surf reporter from the Caribbean side, the Cahuita Experience Surf School.  

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 $243 roundtrip (April 17th - 19th - strategic strike!) San Francisco to San Jose for only $512 (March 11th-19th) on Alaska Airlines. Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

Savoring Costa Rica, Sip by Sip, from the NY Times Travel Section

The 10th Annual Envision Festival in Uvita is only three weeks 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

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.


Oscar Urbina Wins the Open Division of Inaugural Surf Contest in Dominical

The CR Skimboarding Circuit starts this February with the first contest February 16th in Playa de Coco

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.

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:


The 10th Annual Ruta de Paz Marathon returns to Playa Potrero

The next beach cleanup in Dominical will be Saturday, February 29th. It will be a special day as Monkey Surf School will be giving lessons to the kids. Breakfast for the participants will be hosted by Cafe Mongo Congo. 

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 AWAKEN RETREAT is  excited to be offering a last minute discount on our newest retreat, the 14 Night Bodysurfing, Ocean Awareness, Surf + Yoga Retreat called "Bodhi Awaken", which will be running between March 14-28, 2020. Book now, as there are only two spots left! We are offering this discount from now until this retreat sells out (not combinable with other discounts). What's available: Room Amistad $2,995 USD NOW ONLY $2,395 USD. In the first week, guests will experience the "bodysurfing and ocean awareness" portion of the camp. In week two, they will go through the Bodhi Sessions surf and yoga camp curriculum (with the huge advantage of having spent the previous week in the ocean, dipping their proverbial toes in the water)!. Learn more about body surfing and save your space here. Mention CRSURF for $50 off! Updating dates include:

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.

--> CRSURF discounts <--

15% off of surf lessons and trips at Caribbean Experience Surf School with the promo code: experience15

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 - 1/30 - The morning surf tides have begun with unseasonably cloudy weather and perfect glassy, off-shore, warm water surf.  The afternoon sessions have been blown out for the last few days , but ridable, with smooth shoulders in the head high range on the sets.  This week’s morning cycle should be good since the tides are getting weaker and there isn’t much water moving.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 1/30 - Really good time to live in Tamarindo, North swells arrived!! 4-5ft solid and up to 5 waves per set every 3  minutes, that we had to paddle on the current to stay on close to the river mouth sand bars, long waves open and glass conditions in the mornings; winds would switch in every other afternoon making it very mushy, but remains fun for longboards or paddle boards on the point breaks. Double sessions are in the horizon for another 5 days, eat well, rest well and surf twice a day!

We would like to remind beginners and swimmers to when in the ocean, stay within hip depth, a step too far out will have you on the wave breaking zone, this days with the swell facing into Tamarindo and the tides higher than usual due the change of moon, the undertow becomes stronger when tides are changing. Keep an eye and stay close to your kids. 
Langosta and Grande had been really fun with this North swell, Grande's main break as usual very crowded in the morning sessions and very competitive energy, if you are not comfortable with that, there are plenty of other sand bars for mortals, just south from that spot.
Master Pilates Mat Class with Page Sieffert of Pilates Nosara Mermaids Movement Studio is honored to host Page in our newly renovated studio space. Please join us for this extraordinary Pilates Mat class ~ $15 ~ Limited space - this class will sell out!
Seafari Costa Rica just opened the books for you to register on the Premium Surf Vacation plan for #BigWaveMay, private and personalized surf vacation  with local guide, accommodation, transportation, unlimited use of boards, timeless surf sessions, Secret sport or Legendary breaks. This private plans operate in Playa Grande, Tamarindo, Avellanas, Nosara, and Santa Teresa. Booking before April 1st and refer to code BWM20 exclusive for and get 10% off for Premium Surf Vacation of your preference starting on April 25th to June 10th, 2020.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 2/1 - A little cloudy morning with some good and fun waves. The size is chest high to shoulder high.

Community Pick - Coconut Harry's is the one-stop-shop for all of your vacation and surf needs! From clothing of the top surf brands to surfboards for sale and rent. Stop by to say Hola and let them help to get you all the items you need. 

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 1/24 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with a head high set now and then. Off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Dropping tide session with lots of fast waves. Good conditions and good waves.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 1/30 - FUN FUN FUN Longer Period SSW. WAIST TO HEAD HIGH  3-5ft+  Sun out strong today in 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

Quepos/Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio Surf SchoolLuis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 1/31 - The best time to surf right now is very early in the morning or late afternoon. Conditions in the AM were fairly clean with small, shoulder high waves but with good form. As the rain moved in this AM and tide moved out conditions were choppy. Look to surf first thing in the morning.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 2/1 - At dead high tide in Dominical there are some clean peaks, smaller than yesterday but only 4 people out. Mostly long dumping walls. It looks good, but... is isn't. Check the beachbreaks in the morning as the swell drops. 

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 - 1/31 - The surf was consistently pumping fun, chest high waves all day.  Lots of waves going unridden.  It was fast, and difficult to position oneself on the rapidly changing waves.  A little bit of local wave knowledge was very helpful in scoring good waves today.  The wind was clean and glassy early, before light Zancudo winds started to chop it up, turning quickly to light but steady, southwest winds.



caribbean-experience-surf-schoolCahuita Experience - 2/1 - Knee to waist hight peaks all over black beach in cahuita. glassy from dawn to around 930am, then the wind kicked in as usual till around 4pm. Salsa brava (advanced reef break) may have some small to medium conditions this weekend (ussually good ) If not cocles beach (good for beginners to advanced surfers)will be pumping anyway for sure! 

15% off activities with promo code: experience15

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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