Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 994
February 1, 2020
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February 26, 2020

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PIC OF THE WEEK: Look at the stoke on this kid's face! Austin Bren - Dominical.  PHOTO: Tony at Via de Agua

TIDES for February 16th, 2020


High Tide: 8.0 feet at 8:22 a.m.
Low Tide: .64 feet at 2:22 p.m.

New Moon - February 23rd

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Another big swell is starting to show with surf 2-4 feet overhead by Tuesday and double overhead Wednesday and Thursday (10/4 ft at 10 seconds). The swell drops off fast Friday and by Monday it's back to knee to waist.

Pacific - There is still SSW swell hitting, but a little less hard this week (2.4 feet at 12 seconds on average). It is the smallest Tuesday and gets a head high bump Wednesday. The best time will be an hour before high tide. 

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San Francisco to San Jose on Delta Airlines for only $428 roundtrip (May 11th-21st) Los Angeles to San Jose for only $371 (May 1st-8th) on Alaska Airlines. Contact us to set up your flights. CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

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.


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

Costa Rican Surf Federation presents the SUP 2020 Racing Circuit

The Santa Teresa Surf Classic takes place March 7th-8th with $3000 in prizes. Divisions include: Open (Men's/Women's), Juniors, Grommets, Masters, Bodyboard, Longboard (see the flyer)


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:
FEBRUARY 22 AND 23 - PUERTO VIEJO - Next weekend!


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.

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20% off of surf lessons and trips at Caribbean Experience Surf School with the promo code: experience20

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 - 2/9 - This week finished with beautiful just overhead waves with brisk off-shores, warm water, and fast barrels. The tides will be moving into the early morning window this week and should bring good surf conditions. 


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 2/10 - Fun waves last weekend, the last couple days had been strong NE winds all day, pushing white caps from the shore into deep ocean, that means no surf time, but yog time or else.

The forecast looks like fun, Tamarindo's rivermouth should be active within a day or two and after 2 days of sand being blasted into the water, the sand bars shall be a fun break for the upcoming double session week!
Last night went to Marbella, not affected by the wind, offered solid 5-6ft steep and hollow barrels for every single person in the line up, super fun session, all sand bars and point breaks were active and pumping. Not too crowded, the sets could have 2 more waves to suit the line up, but it was consistent enough to keep us busy.
Valentines day, party wave special by Seafari Costa Rica, 2 people on private lesson with 50% off, online bookings only, for lessons from February 12th to the 17th. Use code SV20
Jaguarundi band plays on Sundays at Wil-Mart in Playa Grande, music starts at 7pm, enjoy some tacos and beer.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 2/15 - Beautiful day, with small and fun waves perfect for learning to surf. The size is waist high to chest high.

Community Pick - Olo Alaia - If you are in Nosara today, Whether you love surf, coffee, beers, or all the above you should without a doubt stop by Olo Alaia. They have the finest range of quality boards, accessories, and brands for all you surfing needs. You can enjoy your cup of coffee or one of their handcrafted beers on the tap while strolling through the store or on the outside terrace.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 2/15 - This morning at 8am waves were waist to chest high. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Good conditions, fun waves and not many people surfing as the tide was full. off shore wind picking up so it should be a morning. Swell hitting Santa Teresa and Mal Pais - Primary Swell: 2.5 ft at 13 secs Direction: SSW 204' - Secondary Swell: 0.7 ft at 18 secs Direction: SW 217'.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 2/14 - Happy Valentines Day from Playa Hermosa   – Sun out strong and FUN FUN FUN as the tide backs out  –  SSW  Small and Glassy this morning 3-4ft and good shape – Outlook is Fading SSW the next few days

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 - 2/11 - Size is the prize this week as the waves have bumped up to well overhead on bigger sets and even lower tide sessions have seen some 5' to 6' hard dumping barrels.  Largely closed out but some decent waves rolled through occasionally with clean lines and conditions prevailing due to clearing weather patterns and strong offshore winds.  Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito have followed suit with lots of fun action at all tides and even the Point has produced some nice waves  at all tides.

Hotel Roca Verde leads the live music scene with the G-String Cowboys each Friday night.  Music starts around 7pm so come early for dinner and stay for the dancing and foot tapping in the beachside, family friendly 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 - 2/15 - The surf was a bit smaller and less consistent than yesterday, but still really fun on the higher tide.  The waves were mostly waist to chest high around the corner, with some bigger sets up top.  The wind was clean and glassy early, but as the tide began dropping out, a combination of light onshore flow, and a bunch of current ripping through the lineup, made the waves weird and warbled.



caribbean-experience-surf-schoolCahuita Experience - 2/10 - Over head waves all over the Caribbean, good throughout the morning then slight onshore winds but still totally ripable, glasses off aroumd 3-4. Salsa brava is safe bet this weekend.

20% off activities with promo code experience2020!

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