Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 997
March 7, 2020
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 999
March 30, 2020

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #998

PIC OF THE WEEK: What a view of Pavones! And not too many surfers out either.  PHOTO: Colin at Una Ola Surf Camp

TIDES for March 18th, 2020


High Tide: 6.96 feet at 10:18 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.88 feet at 4:20 p.m.

Full Moon - March 24th

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - Building ENE swell (5.5 feet at 8 seconds) growing to 6.5 feet at 9 seconds by Thursday. That means waves that are chest to head high with a few overhead sets. It stays that size through the weekend and to start the next week. 

Pacific -  The SSW swell run continues as 1-2 feet overhead surf hit the beach breaks and points (3.3 ft at 15 seconds from 205 degrees). It drops two feet by the 21st, when a new SSW arrives to push it back up to 2-3 feet on the sets (3.5 ft at 15 second from 201 degrees). The BIG swell looks to run on the 27th-30th (4.5 ft at 18 seconds)

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Flights are super cheap right now! Just do not try to come to Costa Rica until AFTER April 12th. And don't come if you feel any symptoms of the Coronavirus. Washington DC to San Jose on Copa Airlines for only $337 roundtrip (May 27th - June 3rd) Orlando to San Jose for only $237 (May 8th - 11th) on Jetblue Airlines.
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Take a Surf Trip to Esterillos Oeste - Learn more about this amazing surf break.

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.


All contests have been postponed until the government lifts the sanctions avoiding large groups.

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:
Postponed - MARCH 21 AND 22 - PLAYA GUIONES


The Green Team – Interview with the Founder Andres Araya

Check out the OSA Community Initiative started by Pepe Lopez on Ballena Tales

Did you know that we write for Ballena Tales? Check out some of our recent articles - 
Three Times Falling in Love in Costa Rica
What to Look for when Selecting a Surf Instructor

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 - Learn more about body surfing and save your space here. Mention CRSURF for $50 off! Updating dates include: 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.

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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

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)

10% off at Adventure Inn add 'crsurf' as the coupon code


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 3/15 - We had a couple of epic days this last week in the head and a half range.  The swell has dropped down now to a perfectly shaped head high size. The tides are moving into the morning window and the great conditions are holding for the morning session.  On many days the wind is switching to off-shore in the late afternoon for some good afternoon sessions, as a bonus, with very few surfers out.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 3/16 - Tamarindo has been fun sessions lately, 1-2 ft waves, North winds blasting along the day. Unfortunately reporting an important amount of people on the sand bars (beginners zone) it's time to stay away from crowds and social distancing is crucial to overcome these obstacles.

No events are on the agenda until new updates from official sources.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 3/16 - Another beautiful morning, today we have amazing waves with a little offshore wind. The size is head high to a couple feet overhead.

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 - 3/17 - This morning at 7 am waves were head high with some overhead sets. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Pumping at the beach break as the tide was raising, nice and clean conditions, and not many people surfing.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 3/17 - GOOD SIZED SSW PEAKING 5-7ft+ and good shape – St.Patrick’s Day in Costa Rica – Costa Rica has closed borders vi land, air & sea – to foreigners and non – residents until April 12th.

Now offering Surf & Fitness Packages: Surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), yoga, Crossfit , healthy food & plenty of good times included! More information.

Southern Pacific


Steve at Jazzys River House - 3/16 - Nice swell currently gracing our shores.  Overhead peaks during higher tides with mostly clean lines and small crowds.  Consistent great shape making for long rides.  Blue skies with strong offshore winds in the morning and mid-day heat holding at 92 in the shade.  

Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito featuring similar conditions on a smaller scale and the Point less consistent but offering some decent sessions.  Careful of the rocks at lower tides!
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 - 3/16 - The swells picked up overnight, and the surf was firing with overhead waves all day.  The swell angle was really good and there were lots of super long rides to be found.  It was working on all tides today, and although there was a crowd in the lineup.  There were plenty of waves to go around.  The winds have been calm all day, and it’s glassing off right now for the evening session.  Great day of waves!


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 3/17 - 4.5 feet at 8 seconds swell means chest high surf with a few bigger sets. The swell picks up to 6 feet at 9 seconds by the weekend and the start of next week before dropping.

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