When visiting Costa Rica, it is important to look at the tide chart to know the best time to go surfing, fishing, paddle boarding or to do any type of activities on the beach. Even if it is just to lay on the sand, if the tide is high you won’t find a dry place. View/Print Tide Chart Costa Rica – January

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Surfing barrels at Playa Dominical

Dominical Waverider surf camp plans all the surf lessons and surf tours around the tides to make sure our clients get the best out of their time surfing with us.

If you are not taking a surf lesson and is going to surf for the first time or you are a beginner surfer, you should learn to surf in the white water first. The ideal time for you would be during mid tide. A good place for beginners surfing in the “white water only” is Playa Dominical, Playa Hermosa or Playa Chaman in Uvita. Be aware of the rip current and void it. If you do not know how to identify a rip current, ask the Costa Ballena Lifeguards on the beach. If there are no lifeguards on duty, ask an experienced surfer on the beach. Practice for few days until you are ready to move up to the next level and go surf the outside, the green waves.

The ideal time for an beginner-intermediate surf session would be around high tide and you should go surf Playa Dominicalito. The wave is very friendly and perfect for beginners to intermediate surfers. You must know that there are rocks in the water and you should never dive head first, be careful. Further you go south on the line up from the main entrance, less rocks there are.

Group surf lesson, Dominical

Beginner surf lesson, Dominical

Costa Rica tide chart time changes about forty five minutes daily and can get extremely high or low during the full moon and new moon phases. This are also a important fact to take in consideration. It is essential for a surfer to know the tides before hitting the water, we encourage everyone to check the tide charts and also the surf forecast for your surf spot. now if the wave size is up for your level.

So go grab your surfboard, go surf, have fun and be safe!