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Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (below published on 8/16th):


A blend of overlapping SSW (195-215) continues to increase to a peak as new energy arrives today and tomorrow. Thursday looks like the peak day, with solid moderate to plus sized surf. Size will slowly ease through the upcoming weekend and into early next week. Long-range models are showing a couple SW pulses arriving around the end of next week… maybe.

New SSW-SW (190-215) should be starting to bring more consistent chest to overhead+ surf to the exposed coast today. Standouts are looking at head high to well overhead surf, with potential for some double overhead or bigger waves at magnets and deepwater breaks Thursday as the swell mix peaks. A couple more reinforcing pulses will arrive Friday and Saturday to help maintain moderate to plus sized surf through the weekend. It doesn’t look like there’s much else to back it up though through next week.

Tropical Outlook

No tropical systems in the works right now, although there is an area of low pressure that is expected to develop over the next few days, and could show a little bit of development over the next several days as it moves WNW-NW. I’ll have more info for you Friday.

These forecasts are from Solspot




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** NEWS and EVENTS **

8/22 - The 2016 Ocean Guardian Contest opens October 1st! Get your video submissions ready and come back to this page between October 1st and October 10th to enter this year’s contest.

6/25 - Costa Rica Fruit Festival, this Sep. 2016, will awaken your senses and nourish your body & soul! Read more

6/24 - Surf Rider is have a International Surfing Day Fundraising Event in Tamarindo tonight. Get Details

6/15 - Tamarindo Art Wave - 3 day Art and Music Festival. Read more

6/13 - LIMITED TIME Surf Camp Special offered by Pura Vida Adventures, located in Mal Pais, starts NOW! Read more

- It's Official! Surfer Legend Bruce Iron's will be Competing in Costa Rica this July. Read more

5/9 - Reggae to the Rescue Concert in Dominical on July 16th featuring REBELUTION and Ojo De Buey. Get Details

4/15 - Bodhi Surf School makes a pledge to become plastic-free and sets a goal to help others in Uvita to do the same. Read more

- Endless Olas Surf Camp and Manuel Antonio Surf School have decided to host their first contest for Endless Olas Surf Camp! It’s a SURF PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST and the prizes are unbeatable. Get Details here

2/19 - The Line-Up for Envision 2016 has been published! Wahoo! Get in the Know here

2/18 - Envision Festival Special Announcement - The 2017 Festival Tickets and Dates are available! Read more

2/16 - ENVISION 2016 FESTIVAL starts in just a few more days. Learn more about the area the festival will be hosted to make the most of your time here.


12/2 - Bluetrailz SurfCamp Special: The perfect time to get away from it all and to learn to surf. With our 5 night Package at only $249, there is no reason not to go. With lessons to get you started and board rental to keep you going this package includes everything you need to ride your first waves. Book now! (link Book now! Valid until December 12, 2015.

11/14 - Real Surf Trips just announced an amazing retreat for all those who would like to become a Standup Paddle Yoga instructors. Learn more here

11/3 - "Playa Esterillos Photo Contest 2015" – 6° Edition - Hotel La Dolce Vita is a photo award competition open to photographers anywhere in the world who love Esterillos and Costa Rica. Application period: From the 17th of September to 15th of November 2015. Get details here

10/23 - Witch's Rock Surf Camp has put together an amazing Girl's Surf Retreat. Find out the details here. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT!

10/22 - CONTEST ends Oct 22nd. 4 Days stay at their new location near Tamarindo beach. Click here to Enter

--> Debbie Zec, owner of Dominical Surf Lessons, has created a new, fun, challenge called SURF FITNESS CHALLENGE  which is a tropical surf vacation for active people who want to keep up with their workouts and stick to healthy habits while learning how to surf and explore Costa Rica's beautiful Pacific Coast.

-->Unadvertised SURF TRIP SPECIAL by Real Surf Trips - 40% off of all-inclusive trips by Real Surf Trips till June 4th of this year.

-->The 2nd annual Nandamojo Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, July 11, co-hosted by the Nandamojo Valley Chamber of Commerce at Pura Aventura. This year there will also be a course for runners - distance will be between 5 and 10 km. Tell your friends, and remember: participants in last year's event can join this year's event for free if you get three friends to sign up! Sign-up Here!


-->From Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa: Mark your calendars for Jungle Jam in the Central Pacific Coast March 19th - March 22nd being held out at Doce Lunas.

-->The 5th annual Robert August Surf and Turf Fundraiser for the non-profit kids group CEPIA in Tamarindo, April 17th-19th. Find out more here.

-->Safari Surf School is offering a summer discount on their standard Tortuga package in Nosara, Costa Rica! Flight costs are at an all time low and the summer months in Nosara are peaceful. with lush green jungle, waterfalls and the always fabulous surf! This sale will end August 15th. This summer rates will be discounted up to 40% so contact us to set up a trip.

12/4 - Spirit Airlines to fly San José-Houston four times per week starting May 28th, 2015. Southwest to begin flights to San Jose on March 7th.

10/23 - The Puntarenas-Paquera ferry, TB 3, will be undergoing repairs starting October 29th, leaving only one ferry running. Be sure to get in line early to secure a space! See all times on the Mal Pais page.

We are now working with two of the most luxurious surf retreats in the country! Premier Surf Club operates out of Playa Langosta, taking you by 4x4 or boat to the best breaks along the Guanacaste Coast. And Kalon Surf Camp offers to pamper you with 5-star cuisine in their oceanview mansion, while providing private surf instruction at a number of empty beaches from Dominical to the Rio Terraba.


Specialty Camp: CRsurf has partnered with Fishing Nosara to organize a surf boat charter for advanced surfers coming to Playa Guiones in 2015. This package includes seven nights in a quality rental home with laundry, breakfast, and house cleaning. Boards you can rent (or bring for a discounted rate), plus you get a deluxe four passenger golf cart, and TWO boat tours to remote big wave points or reefs that are not accessible by land. Send us a note if you are interested.

Specialty Camp: How about an exclusive Family Surf Retreat with Del Mar Surf Camp? Private accommodations for four, roundtrip transfers, daily breakfast and lunch, daily surf lessons and equipment, professional photographer, and a custom gift. Plus choose from additional activities like hiking, yoga, or horse back riding. Only $5500 for the whole family for six nights and seven days. Email us to sign up.

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NOW Fully Customizable Surf Trips to meet every budget and skill level !!

Buy, sell or rent resales timeshares at Existing timeshare owner? Exchange into a Costa Rican resort with RCI, or sell RCI timeshare for extra cash.

Ten Ways to NOT get your stuff stolen on a surf trip - LINK

Rip Currents and how to Avoid them

Do you need a surf photographer or videographer for your trip? Check out our list of top pros in all corners of the country.

Costa Rica Travel Health Tips for Surf Trips. 10 Ways to not get sick from Montezuma's revenge, traveller's diarrhea, and other related ailments while traveling. Find out more.

Surf Travel Checklist - print and go!

The exit fee for tourists is now $29 if you pay with cash, plus a $10 transaction fee for credit cards. The amount goes for different nationwide projects in Costa Rica.


The best printable Costa Rica travel map I've yet to find on the web, from our friends at

Bus Schedules for ALL Central America. And here is a PDF showing all of the times for buses in Costa Rica.

Flights from the U.S. and Canada to Costa Rica, showing airport hubs.

Hotel Reviews for Surfers

Check out these surfer health and training tips from Amanda Mason from Del Mar Extreme in Playa Hermosa

Here's a Spanish-language link to check the status of all roads in Costa Rica.

Check out a cool aerial view of the Southwest and Northwest Pacific coastline at

Driving Directions from the airport to the San Jose/Caldera Highway. It's about time..

If you're wondering, where is that POLL?
Check here..


If you are a surf traveler, then you'll love this group of surfer girls who made a movie of their worldwide adventures. Check out - Three Killas y un Kiwi

Buena Vista Villas and Casa Buena Vista Video Tour in Nosara

Del Mar Surf Camp trains women how to surf in Jaco and Nosara on YouTube.

Bikini Show by Camelo Bikinis during the 2009 World Surfing Games

Marisa Miller in Costa Rica

6/6 - Study Shows Shark Meat in Costa Rican Markets Has High Levels of Toxic Mercury. Read more

5/26 - The Plastic Pollution Coalition was started by Bodhi Surf Camp to inspire others to become plastic-free. Their organization is already seeing a positive affect in Uvita. They have created guides to help provide idea on how we all can strive to become plastic free. Read more

5/10 - The Creation of a Plastic-Free Tourism Destination. Read more

3/11 - Great News: Controversial shrimp trawl bill withdrawn from Costa Rican Congress Read more

2/16 -
Victory for Threatened Sharks and Rays at Memordum of Undestanding (MoU) of Migratory Sharks! Read more


- Costa Rican NGOs denounce Government’s irresponsible attitude towards marine conservation. Read more

8/24 - Conservationists want you to help crowd-patrol illegal fishing around Cocos Island - Now you can REMOTELY FROM HOME! Read more


Please join the facebook group END WILDLIFE ELECTROCUTIONS IN COSTA RICA, and sign the petition here.

Top Eco-Videos

Check out the trailer for this video showing the benefits of sustainable tourism and the pitfalls of large scale tourism in Costa Rica on YouTube - The Goose that lays the Golden Eggs

Sylvia Earle talks about protecting the oceans in Central America on YouTube.

New! Find out more about Las Tortugas and the role ecotourism plays in the conservation struggle on YouTube.

Watch and learn about how shark finning in Costa Rica and around the world are killing off shark populations..

See the Hacienda Baru Olive Ridley Turtles hatchery. Read the article about the kids' experience.

NO TUNA FARMS! - This documentary is part of Pretoma's "No Tuna Farms" campaign.





2016 Costa Rica Tide Charts

Here's the NOAA Central America Wave Model for the next 5 days (click the globe)

Central America and Caribbean Wave Model

Daily Surf Videos
from all over Costa Rica


Witches Rock Surf Camp Video
Witchs Rock now has a HD streaming webcam right in front of their surf camp in Tamarindo. Now you can check the waves 24/7 here.

Hermosa Surf Videos

Hermosa Surf Videos

This table shows when the coasts are best to surf throughout the year on a 1 to 10 scale. (10 is the best) The chart does not factor in "El Niño", just general wind conditions, swell direction, crowds, and wave size. For more info, check on the FAQs and Research pages.
NW Pacific
Central Pacific
South Pacific



Top Surf Videos

Witchs Rock Surf Tours surfing Ollie's Point, starring Luis Castro

Check out Ronald Brown and Carlos Munoz in Hawaii with Volcom's Go Surf video.

Coco Ho and Claire Bevilacqua visiting Santa Teresa to catch a few, from our friends at

Tony Roberts' newest surf/lifestyle vid of the Guanacaste Coast on YouTube - It's Wide Open

YouTube Vid of Jefferson Tacson (CRSURF rider) and friends at Playa Hermosa. Surfeando en La Chanchera con: - Hnos tascon - Lizbeth Vindas - Jeremy Segura - video por Ezequiel Avaro

Skimboarding in Costa Rica - by Justin Gillis

If you are looking for a reason to surf in Costa Rica - check out this video!

Tide Charts for Costa Rica

Tide charts for Costa Rica for 2016!

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8/18 - Costa Rica Confirmed to Host Men's and Women's QS3,000. Read more

8/18 - World Junior ISA 2016: The Junior National Team has been picked and are traveling to Portugal in 22 days. Read more

8/15 - Among the 26 nations competing in the World Surf Games 2016, Costa Rica took fifth place! Read more

8/12 - Costa Rica's surfers maintain control nearing finals of World Surfing Games. Read more

8/9 - Emily Gussoni passes to the quarterfinals in INS ISA World Surfing Games. Read more

7/27 - Jacó to Host World Surf Competition Next Week. Read more

7/21 - Heads up, the Puerto Viejo Open Pro is this July 30th 2016, should be a great time. Get details

7/20 - Costa Rica announced it team for the World Surfing Games this August! Read more

7/19 - Leilani McGonagle wins national surf championship! Read more

- Emily Gussoni and Leilani McGonagle Could Receive Their First National Title in the Final REEF Surf Competition. Read more

7/12 - Tristan Thompson won the first edition of Airborn Huck & Hack Tour in Costa Rica. Read more

7/8 - Legend Christian Fletcher will Narrate the Playa Hermosa Airborn Huck & Hack Tour this weekend. Read more

6/30 - Jaco Beach Best estern Hotel to Host World of Surf Contest in August 2016. Read more

6/24 - FIRST CUT: 33 Nations Just Announced to Compete in the ISA World Surfing Games. Read more

6/21 - Making History is Anthony Fillingim, the New National Surfing Champion! Read more

6/17 - This weekend in Santa Teresa will be the sixth date of Kölbi National Tour. Read more

6/16 - The Champions of the First National Master Longboard and SUP Announced. Read more

6/3 - The final National Tour Masters & Longboard & SUP contest. Read more

6/2 - It's Official! Surfer Legend Bruce Iron's will be Competing in Costa Rica this July. Read more

5/23 - Fillingim Happened to Make National Circuit Kölbi History. Read more

- The Best of the National Surfing Circuit, the Beach Club Cup, Closed with a Real Show. Read more

5/21 - Copa Beach Club Opens The Final Stretch of the Kölbi National Circuit. Read more

5/20 -
Named are the Pre-Selected Surfers to Represent Costa Rica in the World Games in August. Read more

- Circuito Guanacasteco de Surf - Contest Location:Hotel Playa Negra - Date: 14-15 de Mayo. Read more

5/7 - Final Results of the 2016 Rip Curl Grom Internation Final, ala Moana Bowls, Hawaii. Read more

4/26 - Alvaro Solano Defended his Championship and Returned to Victory. Read more

4/23 - Nosara Receives Tour Masters & SUP & Longboard This Weekend. Read more

4/18 - Anthony Fillingim Wins Bejuco and is the Favorite for the National Title. Read more

- PAPIOLAS SURFING CHALLENGE II could have incredible waves this weekend. Read more

4/8 -
Costa Rica will be hosting the ISA World Surfing 2016 Read more

- National Circuit Kölbi 2016, presented byAdrenaline Rush CR. Location: Playa Bejuco Parita - Date- 16 and 17 April, in front of the Hotel Playa Bejuco. Read more

3/23 - 6th Annual Semana Santa Classic Surf Contest 2016 in Dominical, Costa Rica this Friday. Read more

3/2 - The 1st Masters & SUP & Longboard closed with waves to remember in Santa Teresa. Read more

2/26 - Santa Teresa will host the 1st National Circuit Masters & Longboard & SUP. Read more

2/22 - Champion Jason Torres Wins the Arenas-Marley Cup. Read more

2/19 -
Jaco to Host the Arena-Marley Cup 2nd Annual 2016 National Circuit Kölbi Surf Contest on 2/20 to 2/21st. Read more

2/2 - Costa Rica Surfers earn "Award for Excellence" & 21 athletes received the Hummingbird Trophy. Read more

1/26 - Anthony Fillingim Wins the First of Seven Surf Contest in the Kölbi National Tour Circuit. Read more

- The National Surf Circuit starts today in Puerto Viejo, Limón. This circuit will crown the best surfer at year end in Costa Rica. This circuit consists of seven rounds on contest throughout Costa Rica testing surfers on a varity of different waves. Get Detailed Map and Schedule (en Español)

1/17 - The 16th Year of the National Circuit Kölbi 2016 is Ready Start (2016 Contest Schedule)

1/9 - 2016 Ericeira World Junior Championships 1/4th to 1/13th - As of today, Costa Rica's Noe Mar McGonagle has advanced to Round 3. Watch Live


Top Contest Videos

Isaac Vega's 10 point tube ride in Playa Hermosa

Noe Mar makes the favorites again with a 9.57 ride at World Juniors Surfing event in Portugal on Youtube

Surfos Magazine created an awesome video of Noe Mar and Leilani (CRsurf team riders) in Barbados - LINK

Check out Carlos' PERFECT 10 at PIPELINE here!! and Carton Surfboards Team Rider Leilani McGonagle on You Tube






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