Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 995
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PIC OF THE WEEK: The Caribbean coast offers waves for every sized surfer - even the groms.  PHOTO: GG

TIDES for February 27h, 2020


Low Tide: .20 feet at 11:15 a.m.
High Tide: 8.7 feet at 5:34 p.m.

Full Moon - March 9th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Tiny waves through Saturday but a 5 ft at 8 second North swell sends some chest to head high waves for Sunday. It drops back to waist to chest for the next two days and then Wednesday a new ENE swell at 10 seconds pushes it back to overhead conditions that get bigger going towards next weekend.

Pacific - The surf isn't going away, but it's not getting bigger either. Slowly dropping surf with a bump Saturday from a 1.7 ft swell at 16 seconds, that gives the SW facing beaches head high waves. Then a newer SSW arrives Tuesday for more consistent head high surf. It gets back to overhead by next Sunday. 

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Do you want to surf like a champion? Watch Paulina Summer's training video - she just won the Womens Division on the National Surf Circuit.

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Los Angeles to San Jose on Copa Airlines for only $236 roundtrip (May 8th-15th) Miami to San Jose for only $303 (April 6th - 12th) on American Airlines. Contact us to set up your flights.
CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

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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

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.


Noe Mar McGonagle and Paulina Summers win the Almonds & Corals Cup in Playa Cocles. See the results here.

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)

The SEMANA SANTA CLASSIC to help the Costa Ballena Lifeguard program takes place in Dominical April 10th and 11th. $1000 for first place Open and over $2500 in cash and additional prizes. 

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.

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.  Meet at Cafe Mono Congo at 8 a.m. 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" 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 - 2/26 - Tamarindo has been one of the best options to surf, the 3 direction combo swell disturbed plenty of breaks exposed to south and west. Morning winds are slowing down and switching during the afternoon. 

Fun double session week ahead and warm waters makes it easier to wake up for dawn patrol sessions. Point breaks in town are fairly active withing the mid tides with large the amount of water for nexti few days.
Playa Grande to the northern has been fun and not too crowded, main break with typical competitive crowd, but its really nice  to see the local and visitors talents on the water.
Spring break early bird special 3 private and progessive surfing lessons in Tamarindo, book using code TC20 get 10% off 
Ladies night at Las Brisas in Potrero, DJ, Ladies open bar 10pm, shots and dance... Wednesdays every week, all year!


Surfing NosaraEli at - 2/25 - Very windy this morning, with good and fun waves. The size is chest high to shoulder high.

Community Pick - 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

Mal Pais Surf - 2/25 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Dropping tide fun session, good conditions and constant sets showing. Fast waves, some nice and open with a nice tube section.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 2/23 - FADING SW / S Blend – with more S filling in late today – 3ft+ and nice shape – Sun out strong and tide low in the morning.

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 - 2/25 - The waves this week have been on the smaller side. Manuel Antonio saw some very small but surfable waves at El Bajo. Dominical has been shoulder high or so but for the most part it has been quite windy making the surf conditions tough. Early in the morning or later in the day has been better with breaks in the wind and has made for some cleaner conditions. 


Steve at Jazzys River House - 2/26 - Picture perfect morning with some head high sets but forever between sets so have patience.  Not a great direction so mostly closed out and yet occasional corners were open with firewall punch ala Dominical.  Blue sky, bright sun, clean straight lines and very few out.  

Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito similar, smaller but plenty of fun at all tides.
Hotel Roca Verde is on a short break from Live Music Fridays' but will return soon.  Still great food and ambiance so come in for quiet dining any night of the week but Sunday and Monday.  
Check for deals and specials or come by and visit fine artist Ruby-Kim in her home studio/gallery and ask about her popular class - learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting and sewing - all with natural local plant parts.  See Steve if you are troubled with sore muscles, stiffness or other related problems as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  Steve also offers surf lessons and board sales and rentals and also private instruction in Traditional Taoist Internal Exercises.  


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 2/24 - The surf was flat again today, nothing but weak ass ankle high waves at the top of the point.  There hasn’t been enough swell to make it around the corner for more than a few days, which is fairly standard for this time of year, regardless of the early season swells we’ve been lucky to receive so far.  The wind was calm and glassy this morning until about 11:00am, when it started to blow onshore.



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.

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