Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 998
March 17, 2020
Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 21, Issue 1000
April 7, 2020

Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 21, Issue #999

PIC OF THE WEEK: Never quit dreaming about tropical waves.  Artwork by Hassan Patterson

TIDES for March 31st, 2020


High Tide: 7.03 feet at 7:17 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.50 feet at 1:11 p.m.

Full Moon - April 7th

National Forecast

Caribbean 4-6 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-4 ft. 2-3 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft. 1-2 ft.
North Pacific 6-8 ft. 6-8 ft. 4-6 ft. 2-4 ft. 2-4 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft.
South Pacific 7-9 ft. 7-9 ft. 5-7 ft. 3-4 ft. 3-5 ft. 3-5 ft. 4-6 ft.


Caribbean - Medium sized ENE swell (6.8 feet at 9 seconds) maxes out Tuesday with 1 foot overhead surf and then fades to knee high by Thursday. It stays small through the weekend but next week offers more overhead surf by next Wednesday.

Pacific -  Solid 4.3 feet at 15 seconds SSW swell peaking Wednesday and then dropping fast through Friday back down to waist to chest. It doesn't stay small for long as a new SSW pushes it back up to overhead by Sunday and back up to almost double overhead by the 8th (4.6 ft at 15 seconds at 205 degrees).

Facebook and Video Favorites

This is one of my favorite folk singers and song writers of all time - Mr. John Prine - Live on You Tube
He is in critical condition from the coronavirus so let's all pray for his recovery.

Check the Costa Rica Health Department Facebook page for daily updates on the Covid-19 virus. 

View past links to our top lists of YouTube videos and Facebook sites


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Flights are super cheap right now!  San Francisco to Liberia for only $234 roundtrip on Delta Airlines (August 10th - 17th) Orlando to San Jose for only $101 (June 5th - 8th) on Jetblue Airlines.
Contact us to set up your flights.
CR Surf Travel Company is a licensed and insured travel agency.

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.


The Miracle of 2020 AmpSurf ISA Para Surfing Championship by Pura Vida Board Gear

We will repost the surf competition events as soon as the country re-opens their beaches


These groups are helping families in Costa Rica get food and need your help:

Tamarindo Food Bank on Facebook
CEPIA serving kids in the communities around Tamarindo
Nosara Food Bank on Facebook
Family Support Center of Ojochal on Facebook
United Esterillos on Facebook

Hammerhead Sharks Swimming between Cocos Island and Las Gemelas Seamount

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.

--> CRSURF discounts <--

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 - 3/27 - The surf tides have been mostly in the afternoon this week and blown out on many days.  The early morning sessions begin this week and although the wind and hefty overhead sets are looking good, the rangers are calling people out of the water as a park rule.  We haven’t seen much of the virus here but nobody wants to jinx it.


Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 3/31 -

Tamarindo like most or all the beaches have been closed for a while, sneak peek on it few days ago, 3ft waves, nice off shore breeze in the mornings, no crowd.
Two fundraisers are currently in place to help those in need in our community during these challenging times.
Please take the time to have a look at these awesome projects and help if you can !
Also we would like to thank these two amazing humans for putting this together:
( in order )
- Benoit Desjardins
- Ben Ziegler


Surfing NosaraEli at - 3/19 - Small and fun waves with a nice sunny morning.  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 - 3/19 - This morning at 7 am waves were waist to chest high with some head high sets. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. Fast and kind of closing out, tide was low, nice ones on the sets. Should be better as the tide raises. 

If you are in town, I encourage you to help these local restaurants by ordering takeaway and delivery. By doing this you help them take care of their staff and provide meals and financial support to the locals who work day in and day out to make this town the beautiful place it is.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa


WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 3/26 - I would like to tell everyone find a way to stay home , look for enjoyment in staying home! That’s how China, South Korea and Japan did it, the people listened and acted accordingly! Stay home, don’t go shopping or visiting! Please for your family and friends sake Stay Home !!! Thanks.

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 3/26 - SSW/ S Peaking 4-6ft+  Stay home - Costa Rica has closed borders by 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 - 3/26 - Long walls, near double overhead tubes are pounding hard up and down the beach which is taped off and closed.  Motorcycle police are enforcing the ban on beach entry.  Don't go past the yellow tape!  Mid-tide conditions this morning were big, clean and judging from a distance, extremely powerful and thick waves.  An early winter-like swell under a bright summer sun and clear blue sky.  Oh well.  

Nothing else to report except to say Dominical is eerily quiet and nothing could be stranger for an international surf destination than to have the beaches closed. So stay home everybody - time for serious ding repair.  


Una Ola Pavones Surf CampColin at Una Ola Surf Camp - 3/22 - The surf looked fun this morning, once the tide started to come in, with waves in the waist high to chest high range. The winds were calm and glassy most of the morning, but came onshore this afternoon, then glassing of before sunset.  The beach in Pavones is currently closed to surfing due to the Coronavirus coved-19 safety measures implemented by the government of Costa Rica.  Please do not come down here until this issue has been resolved!  There is no clinic in town, and we the community would not be able to handle an outbreak.  Please help keep the Pavones community safe!



caribbean-experience-surf-schoolCahuita Experience - 3/29 - Waves been pretty good, 3-5ft but pretty glassy. Im sure it will pick up throughout the beginning of next week.

20% discount on group surf lessons with discount code :Experience20

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