• Costa Rica Real Estate

Big waves expected to hit Costa Rica’s southern Pacific beaches over the weekend

May 3, 2015

An intense storm currently affecting Pacific waters in the Southern Hemisphere will cause big swells along Costa Rica’s coastline starting Saturday.

The weather phenomenon will generate powerful waves up to 3.3 meters (11 feet) high that will hit beaches mostly in the southern Pacific region.

Omar Lizano Rodríguez, an oceanographer with the University of Costa Rica’s Center for Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology (CIMAR), said beaches in the central and northern Pacific regions will also see substantial waves — up to 2 meters (6.7 ft) high.

The National Emergency Commission is urging residents and beachgoers to be cautious.

“Waves off the coast of [the city of] Puntarenas will reach up to 2 meters height but likely will grow to 2.4 meters (8 feet) by the time they reach the coast,” Lizano said.

The waves are also likely to generate rip currents, which are very dangerous for bathers along the shores, CIMAR’s report adds.

Waves at Cocos Island will reach 2.1 meters (7 feet) both Saturday and Sunday, with stronger breaks at Wafer Bay.

Experts say the increased swells will not substantially affect tides, but they advise caution for swimmers and small boats during high tides, expected from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Waves are expected to start dying down starting Tuesday, according to CIMAR’s forecast.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Google recognizes Independence Day with Costa Rican flag
Independence Day
1722 views
Independence Day
1722 views

Google recognizes Independence Day with Costa Rican flag

The Tico Times - September 15, 2019

The search engine giant is recognizing Costa Rica with a Google doodle honoring today's holiday. Today, in honor of Independence…

Costa Rica celebrates Independence Day
Costa Rica
49 views
Costa Rica
49 views

Costa Rica celebrates Independence Day

The Tico Times - September 15, 2019

Happy Independence Day from all of us at The Tico Times! Today, Costa Rica celebrates 198 years of independence. It's…

Watch: Keylor Navas makes big save, posts clean sheet in PSG debut
Keylor Navas
152 views
Keylor Navas
152 views

Watch: Keylor Navas makes big save, posts clean sheet in PSG debut

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 14, 2019

Keylor Navas posted a clean sheet as part of an impressive debut with PSG on Saturday. The Costa Rican goalkeeper…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!