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Costa Rica's Weekly Surf Report ~ Volume 15, Issue #753 ~ October 27th, 2014

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National Forecast
Travel - Contests - Environment - Specials
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Best Places to Surf this Weekend

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Vista Guapa Surf Camp in Jaco

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Salsa Brava, Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast. photo: Brittany Castillo
Why go surf the Caribbean Coast? This is why.. photo: Brittany Castillo


TIDES for October 28th, 2014

(add ~50 min. each day) Month View

Low Tide: (-.02) feet at 11:32 a.m.
High Tide: 8.60 feet at 5:50 p.m.
(add ~50 min. each day)

Full Moon - November 6th



Oct 28 - Nov 3






knee high
knee high
knee to waist
knee to waist
ankle to knee
ankle to knee

waist high

North Pacific
head high
head high
chest high
chest high
chest high
chest to head
South Pacific
1 foot overhead


chest to head
chest to head
chest to head
head high

1 foot overhead


Caribbean Coast - Another week of weak surf through the weekend. There's a bump from the Northeast set to arrive late next Monday that will push it up to chest high by Tuesday but not last more than a day.

Pacific Coast - Leftover SSW swell keeps the waves fun with mostly chest to head surf for the rest of the week and into the weekend. Next Monday sees a new South swell push in some overhead surf, but nothing major.

The Long Shot - Some West swell adds to the set count by next Thursday with more head high waves, and a new Southwest swell adds overhead conditions for next weekend.

* The forecast is made using 15 years of wave model and report analysis, but can't be accurate 100% of the time. To do your own, use our links.


Support Our LOCAL Surf Community
Kevins Transfers - Private Service
Adventure Inn
Premiere Surf Club in Tamarindo

Facebook Likes and YouTube Favorites

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

If you need to go on a fun, relaxing, surf filled trip to Santa Teresa, check out Pura Vida Adventures Facebook page for inspiration.

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


CR Surf Travel Company has donated $400 to Community Carbon Trees to help plant trees in Costa Rica!
Thank you to those clients who reserved a vehicle through our website.


We want your reviews on our Facebook page. If you've booked a trip or worked with us, let others know about it!

--> 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.

--> October 29th, 2014 Tamarindo runway will be re-opened and Nature Air will start flying there its regular and charter flights.  The schedule will remain the same.

--> Upcoming Event: "Circus of Horrors" Halloween Party at the Backyard Bar - October 31st at 8 p.m. NO COVER before 9:30 p.m. Los Chupacabras from 8-10 p.m. Costume Contest with $500 cash prizes.

--> Hotel La Doce Vita in Esterillos is holding their 5th Annual Photo Contest. Find details on our Jaco page.

--> Real Surf Trips and International Surf Services would like to invite you to their upcoming international training camps. This is for elite surfers from 11-18 years old, taking place in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Contact us for details.

--> Marbella Surf Inn has new owners and will be opening the hotel/bar/restaurant on November 5th. On November 7th they are having a big party, so more details to come.

--> Many hotels and surf camps are already sold out for Christmas and New Years so if you are planning a holiday trip the time to make reservations is NOW!

--> Spirit Air has flights from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose for as low as $205 roundtrip. Contact us to help you find out when other sales are taking place.

--> Exchange Rate (28-August-2014): BUY = 534 colones for $1 : SELL = 545 colones for $1


--> Costa Rica Open of Surfing to take place in Playa Hermosa on December 6th-7th with $15000 cash prizes. Follow the event on their Facebook event page.

--> Playitas in Manuel Antonio will be hosting a contest on November 28-29th with $2000 for the Open category. Find out more on the ASUQUE Facebook page.

--> The next Puerto Viejo Open Pro is in November 15th in Playa Hermosa behind the Backyard Bar. Check out their Facebook page for details.

--> Yes, there is a surf contest for DOGS coming up in Jaco on December 5th, organized by ACOS. Check the flyer here.

--> The Costa Rica Surfing Awards take place December 17th at the Belle Lounge and Gallery in Paseo Colon. Sign up to go and get more details on their Facebook event page.

--> Saturday Surf Series at the Backyard Bar held every Saturday at 4PM.


--> Seafari Costa Rica and Hang10 Distribution are organizing Lifeguarding classes certified by ILS (International Life Saving) association in Tamarindo. Contact Alejandro Aguilar to get involved or give support.

--> Urge Costa Rica to support silky shark conservation. Read more and sign the petition here.

--> October is Rise Above Plastics month, so get involved with your local Surfrider Foundation Chapter. One BIG way to help is to ask your local bar/restaurant to ask their guests if they want a straw in their drink.

--> Pick up your Dominical lifeguard t-shirts and stickers at Tortilla Flats right across from the beach in Dominical. You can help keep their program going by donating here - LINK.


--> Ranchos Itauna in Santa Teresa is offering rooms for $60 with kitchen and $50 without, for 2 people.

--> Harbor Reef in Playa Guiones is offering 25% off their rooms until the end of October.

--> Real Surf Trips is offering the following specials when you book a surf trip with them in October: 1-2 people: 10% off, 3-4 people: 15% off, 5 or more: 20% off!

--> Las Tortugas Hotel in Playa Grande is offering doubles for as low as $25 per night

--> Mention CRSURF at these local businesses and get:
10% off at Adventure Inn near the airport in San Jose
10 % off at Costa Rica Surf Institute in Tamarindo
15% discount at Pavones Riviera
10% discount at Vamos4x4.com car rentals (put 'CRSURF' in the comments section and copy your confirmation number to us to provide service during and after your trip)

For more top news stories, check here.


Northern Nicoya Peninsula

Rip Jack Inn - Playa Grande
Harbor Reef Resort - Nosara
WB Surf Camp in Tamarindo
WAYRA - Surf and Spanish School - Tamarindo
Avellanas Surf Photos
Cabinas Las Olas - Avellanas
La Bruja Surf Trips
Real Surf Trips
Tamarindo Vista Villas
Safari Surf School - Playa Nosara
Buena Vista Villas - Nosara
Costa Rica Surf Institute - Tamarindo
CR Surf Adventures - Tamarindo and Nosara
Playa Negra Realty
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Playa Grande

Hotel Las Tortugas

Louis at Hotel Las Tortugas

10/22 - The last couple of days have really had a rainy season look with a full bumpy ocean and surprisingly little rain mixed in with the sunshine. The ocean is still clear and warm without “chocolate milk” conditions in our area. Our morning sessions start next week, and the possibility of off-shores and good surf are excellent. Check the weather reports for the wind direction and catch some great overcast days before the clear weather sets in.


Seafari Costa Rica

Alejandro at Seafari Costa Rica

10/21 - Swell conditions were minimum plus the stormy days kept is blown by the on shore winds, now looking forward for clean small conditions.

Tamarindo’s River Mouth is sharing some 2-3 ft sets. Playa Grande gets most of this small swell with some 3-4ft by Thursday, clean conditions in the mornings with a friendly crowd.

Bingo and raffle, October 21st, from 7 to 9pm, at Doña Lee’s Restaurant. Proceeds to “Homeless and Helpless” animal shelter.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra Realty

Larry at Playa Negra Realty

10/22 - ​As you may know, this is without a doubt the slowest, rainiest, and onshore ridden time of year. We need it! It brings the rain that you will shower with later. This weekend we are looking at another nice 3' @ 15 second SW bump that will light up the area reefs. Could be overhead on the best tides.​ Friday, Monday, and Tuesday are looking to have the best condition morning windows for surf this upcoming week. Get on it early!​​ Don't forget to pick up a monkey T, sticker, or mug to help the areas Howler Monkey's. These souvenir purchases have helped to place over 400 monkey bridges in the area that traverse roads and power lines. Find them at Azul Profundo Boutique or Luna Llena Hotel in Tamarindo. Thank you and be safe!​​


Andrew at



10/27 - The surf this morning was in the head plus range, a bit mixed up with several run-outs pumping through the lineup. The rights seemed better than the lefts for sure. We'll expect the swell to slowly fade over the week. Thought we were switching over into the summer mode, but apparently we aren't quite there yet. Friday and Saturday had us feeling some good offshore winds, but it slowly crept back around the other way, and the rains also came back yesterday.

Southern Nicoya Peninsula

Atrapasuenos Dreamcatcher Hotel - Santa Teresa
Pura Vida Adventures - Surf Camp and Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa
Don Jons Cabinas and Restaurant in Santa Teresa
Blue Surf Sanctuary - Santa Teresa
Rancho Itauna - Mal Pais
Hotel Esencia - Santa Teresa
Surf Vista Villas - Santa Teresa
Vista de Olas Hotel and Spa - Mal Pais

Santa Teresa

Kina Surf Shop Santa Teresa

Eric from Kina Surf

10/22 - Small, jumbled up WSW windswell. Very stormy last night, hoping maybe it'll go offshore for the afternoon. Beach breaks. Good luck to Anthony Fillingim and the rest of the Costa Rican team at the World Surfing Games!

Santa Teresa

Mal Pais Surf Cam

10/25 - This morning at 7am waves were waist to chest high, light off shore wind and mostly clear skies. Low tide session with lots of open peaks breaking at the beach break.  

Central Pacific

Hotel Poseidon - Jaco
School of the World - Jaco
Vista Guapa Surf Camp - Jaco
Hotel La Dolce Vita - Esterillos

Playa Hermosa

Surf Inn Hermosa

Christina at Surf Inn Hermosa

10/27 - MORE SW/ SSW SWELL MOVING IN 5-8ft SUN OUT STRONG HERE IN PLAYA HERMOSA. Outlook is GOOD for some FUN WAVES FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK. Every Friday - it is the MASTERS Surf Series at the BACKYARD BAR  and Saturday- it is the SATURDAY SURF SERIES -Both are grassroots local surf contests being held in front of the Backyard around 4PM followed by live music and always a good time! Mark your calendars for Backyard's Halloween Party - "THE PARTY OF THE YEAR" HALLOWEEN AT THE BACKYARD BAR. 8 TIL10 PM "LOS CHUPACABRAS LIVE" NO COVER BEFORE 9:30 $500 CASH PRIZES COSTUME CONTEST 1AM. DON'T WAIT IN LINE- PRE VENTAS CALL 8827-2722 . VIP TABLE SERVICE. ENTER THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS FRIDAY OCT 31, 2014

South Pacific

Villas Rio Mar - Dominical
Bodhi Surf School - Uvita
Costa Paraiso - Dominical
Pavones Rental home
Cabinas La Ponderosa - Pavones
ISLS Teen Spanish Surf Camp - Dominical and Tamarindo
La Palapa Resort in Playa Matapalo de Quepos
Monkey Ride Shuttle Transportation
Support the Dominical Lifeguards here - www.dominicallifeguards.org


Steve at Jazzys River House

Jazzys River House - Dominical

10/25 - Good waves - good weather. We've been having enough rain to set up some nice sandbars for peaky waves and enough sun and blue sky to enjoy the good surf. Mostly small - occasional head high sets have come through and the morning sessions have been very clean and shapely. Mid-day breezes have been a minor problem and while afternoon storms have pushed through they have left windows of glassy calm after moving on. Playa Hermosa South has been fairly clean and on the small side but not too crowded. Playa Dominicalito has had some nice fun high tide sessions but the point has been quiet. 'Trip the light fantastic' is an old expression and who knows where it comes from or what it means but it seems to apply to Friday night live music, dancing and excellent food and drink in a cheerful atmosphere. Ben Jammin' & the Howlers with 'Electric Nancy and her plugged in fiddle' make for exciting after hours entertainment. Check Jazzy's River House for deals and discounts on lodging and arts & crafts activities as well as therapeutic body work, intense surf lessons and rejuvenating yoga sessions.


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