Costa Rica Surf Travel Report – Volume 22, Issue 1021
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Costa Rica Surf Travel Report | Volume 22, Issue #1022

PIC OF THE WEEK: Dreaming of the Caribbean? Pietro Garroux making his dreams come true.  Photo: Diaz Carvs

TIDES for March 8th, 2021


High Tide: 7.06 feet at 10:35 a.m.
Low Tide: 1.65 feet at 4:34 p.m.

New Moon - March 13th

Check out the 2021 Costa Rica tide charts!

National Forecast

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


Caribbean - A solid ENE swell (7 feet at 10 seconds) maxes on Tuesday afternoon with surf 1-2 feet overhead. Then it slowly drops back down to chest high for the weekend and stays small through next week. In general, this time of year gets less consistent.  

Pacific -  All week shows background SSW (1.4 ft at 11 seconds) and WNW swell (1 foot at 15 seconds) so that keeps waves around from waist to head high. Then a new SSW arrives Saturday (3 feet at 15 seconds) which will push in some 1-2 feet overhead sets by Sunday through Wednesday before that drops back to head high. However, the swell will stick around for another week. 

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Diaz Carvs captures some of the best clips of local surfers from the Central Pacific coast on YouTube.

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Find out the latest Covid-19 information including rules for travel insurance and places in Costa Rica to get tested in our special report (updated 3/7/21) *more locations available for antigen testing!

Airlines Specials! Toronto to San Jose non-stop for only $386 roundtrip on Copa Airlines (June 1st-10th). Or Chicago to Liberia for $577 (April 10th-15th) on Delta Airlines.


Where to Surf Around Manuel Antonio and Quepos




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Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas - 3/5 - The surfing has returned to Playa Grande with great conditions and plenty of international surfers.  The conditions this week have been excellent with twin, head high plus, sessions in the morning and evening. The water has been nippy when the off shores have been blowing hard but a vest should be enough rubber for most people.  This weekend and next week have the potential for an epic session or two.  There are a variety of uncrowded peaks for the adventurer.



Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica - 3/4 - There's a handful of people in Tamarindo although plenty more come by sunset time. Local and city tourists are regular during the weekend and adding up the foreigners in small numbers.

Waves are fun in town, 2 ft solid southwest swell had activated the Casitas, river mouth and pico grande. Having a more mellow ride at the sand bars, perfect for local surfing schools. 
Booking now your surf vacation for spring will  save you up to 10% on surf lessons or surf trips, just mention the add from
Local ONG's remain assisting as many as 10.000 people in Guanacaste, your donation if you can will be greatly appreciated. Below are some of the ONG's links you can contact or to donate.


Surfing NosaraEli at - 3/6 - Nice sunny morning with some good and big waves with offshore wind. The size is Chest high to Head high.

Check out for additional photos, further information about activities and upcoming events here in Playa Guiones. Stop by Surfing Nosara office and ask for Brayan or Eli, if you would like to book a private photo session or by any of our pictures.

South Nicoya Peninsula

Mal Pais Surf - 2/8 - This morning at 7 am waves were knee to waist high, occasionally a chest high set. Light off shore wind and sunny clear skies. 1-2 feet waves, dead low, looked clean long wait but fun ones on the set, not many people surfing. Swell hitting Santa Teresa and Mal Pais - Primary Swell: 1 ft at 12 secs Direction: SW 218'. Secondary Swell: 1.3 ft at 9 secs Direction: S 180'.

Jaco / Playa Hermosa


WOW Surf Shop JacoChuck at Wow Surf Shop in Jaco - 3/4 - Surf in Jaco- Esterillos is small and beautiful but Oeste is picking up a bit of a north west bump along with The corner heading south at Hermosa!

Playa Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa - 3/7 - FUN FUN FUN Smaller today 3ft and good conditions.

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


esterillos-surf-reportEsterillos Oeste Surf Report - 3/5 - The waves this morn were pretty fun. It bumped up a bit and was about 2-3 with a few 4 ft sets basically chest high with some solid head high sets. Looking like this swell should peak in the morning with waves about the same size hoping for more consistent sets. Then backing off into the first part of the week until another fun size swell coming in the second half of next week. With incoming tide all morning this weekend should deliver some fun size waves with good conditions.

Southern Pacific

Quepos/Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio Surf SchoolLuis at Manuel Antonio Surf School - 3/5 - Greetings from Manuel Antonio Surf school, we are glad to announce that we are starting to get some tourists here at Manuel Antonio and we hope Dominical gets some visitors soon!!.

This is the report for this week: this week the ocean has been pretty flat these days, wave height is around 1 to  2 feet condition got nicer with glassy waters and lower tides perfect for beginners and intermedium surfers,  the best spot to surf this weekend in Manuel Antonio is Playitas beach.


Steve at Jazzys River House - 3/5 - Epic blue sky morning!  Mild offshore holding up solid eight foot surf.  Clean, consistent, uncrowded; about as good as Dominical gets.  Playa Hermosa South and Dominicalito slightly smaller but same good qualities and Punta Dominical may be working nicely as well.

Looking for local art?  Visit artist Ruby in her home studio/gallery.  Ask about her popular class; learn the ancient crafts of weaving, twining, plaiting and sewing.  Make your own 'Plant Part Art' and take home something you made with your own hands and make use of your new found skills wherever you go.  
See Steve for relief of body aches and pains as his East/West massage therapy can be most helpful.  Steve also offers surf lessons, board sales & rentals as well as private yoga instruction and he teaches guitar.


Salsa Brava

Caribbean surf forecastSurf - 3/7 - Building ENE swell (7 feet at 9 to 10 seconds) that sends 1-2 foot overhead surf to the beach breaks and reefs through Wednesday. Then it slowly drops back to chest to head by the weekend (4.5 feet at 8 seconds)

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