Santa Teresa Surf Classic Will have 2 Million Colones in Prizes this Weekend
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PIC OF THE WEEK: Wave season has started on the Pacific Coast. Who needs sunscreen when you can find shade like this?  PHOTO: Esteban Delgado

TIDES for March 8th, 2020


Low Tide: .14 feet at 7:32 a.m.
High Tide: 8.57 feet at 1:52 p.m.

Full Moon - March 9th

National Forecast

Caribbean 3-4 ft. 4-6 ft. 4-7 ft. 4-5 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft.
North Pacific 4-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 5-7 ft. 6-8 ft. 5-8 ft. 5-7 ft.
South Pacific 4-6 ft. 4-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 6-8 ft. 6-8 ft. 6-8 ft. 5-8 ft.


Caribbean - The best days this week will be Tuesday and Wednesday, when a 6.5 foot at 10 second swell pushes in from the ENE. By Thursday it fades back to chest high and by the weekend it's almost flat again.

Pacific - The week starts with dropping swell from the SSW, down to chest to head high by Tuesday morning. By the afternoon a new SSW swell fills in, growing to 3.4 feet at 15 seconds be Wednesday and staying that size through the weekend and in to next week. Then right as that swell fades, a new bigger one sends almost double overhead surf by the 17th. 

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Watch how this BLIND SURFER still catches waves. It shows to never give up on what you love. 

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Take a Surf Trip to Esterillos Oeste - Learn more about this amazing surf break.

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.


Santa Teresa Surf Classic Will have 2 Million Colones in Prizes this Weekend. Divisions include: Open (Men's/Women's), Juniors, Grommets, Masters, Bodyboard, Longboard

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 Green Team – Interview with the Founder Andres Araya

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

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 - 3/4 - We are enjoying a remarkable year of excellent surf, good weather, and warm water.  The wind is becoming less consistent in the afternoon as our dry season begins to head for some transition weather and rain in May.  The tides are moving into the afternoon this week.  Today the wind held until high tide and everyone enjoyed just overhead, blue sky surf.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 3/4 - In Tamarindo, we are having fun with the lobgo boards out, waves are 1-2ft on the best sets, its working better within the incoming tide, around 11am the wind switch and satys until late afternoon, making mushy conditions. Sand bars and small waves are the best combo for beginners, they all look like having fun with the local schools.

Marbella, got us surprised with the left over of the south and south west swell that is fading out, we found 3 ft solid waves, perfect barrels and great shoulders to snap and close a fun ride. We had to wait a bit for the sets, there were waves for all in all the breaks in that beautiful beach.

Counting days before the Surf Film Festival in Tamarindo March 13th and 14th.

Spring break deals at Seafari Costa Rica, online bookings using Code Spring20 will apply 5% to 10% off on group activities, like surf lessons, kayaking, sorkeling.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 3/6 - Today we have good and big waves with offshore wind. The size is shoulder high to head high.

Community Pick - Nativa - Treat yourself with a visit to the Native Gallery. This intimate and inviting store is located right beside Robin's. It is filled with all kinds of colorful jewels that are made with love!

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 3/4 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Raising tide, some fast waves on the sets, kind of closing out, but still lots of fun ones breaking all over the beach. Good conditions, should be fun all morning.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 3/6 - FUN FUN FUN  – Filling in SW/ SSW 4-6ft+ and good shape – Holding thru the weekend – Low tide early 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 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 - 3/5 - The wind will stay in 5 kilometers per hour during the day.
The height of the wave will remain between 2 - 3 ft. Same for Dominicalito. 
For beginners, the best spot to surf green waves is here in Manuel Antonio. It's really sunny and a beautiful day. In Dominicalito best time to surf is in the morning, not good for the afternoon. Also dominical is good in the afternoon but only for white water waves because of the low tide.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 3/5 - Odd combo lately: mostly smaller waves - occasionally a little overhead at higher tides but odd because while small the waves are thick and crunchy at lower tides - more winter style than mellow summer style.  Moderate crowd this morning for lower tide session.  A few short barrels came through, some grabbed, most missed.  Pretty well closed out but some decent longer rides  amid the clean lines.  Overall good conditions, blue sky, mild offshore.  

Playa Hermosa and Dominicalito similar.  Smaller and less crowded than Dominical.  No point in going to the 'Point'.  

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 - 3/6 - It was another day of small, but fun, surf in the waist to chest high range at the point, with some inconsistent set waves making it around the corner, with some super fast sections.  The wind was calm and glassy until about noon, when the winds began to blow onshore, making a mess of the waves this afternoon, before glassing off late this evening.



caribbean-experience-surf-schoolCahuita Experience - 3/4 - Great conditions at the moment, head high to over head, clean waves throughout the day... great weather and swell. Wind has been minimal the last few days, I'm hopeful that it will continue this way into the weekend... most beachbreaks are gonna be hollow for sure it it keeps up.

20% discount on group surf lessons with discount code :Experience1

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