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Costa Rica Beach Safety: Beware of Rip Currents

Rip currents – more commonly known as rip tides or undertows – are among the most dangerous and ubiquitous members of Costa Rica’s beach...

Red Cross responded to 10,000 incidents during Semana Santa

The Costa Rican Red Cross attended to 10,058 incidents during Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week), the organization said in a statement.

Big waves, rip currents hit Pacific beaches

Waves of up to 3.20 meters (10.5 feet) are hitting Puntarenas beaches this week. Beachgoers and coastal residents are urged to exercise caution and prepare for potential flooding.

Beach and Ocean Safety: ‘Vacation brain’ in Costa Rica can be Deadly

Costa Rica has a high number of beach drownings for its size. That's due, in part, to the lack of lifeguards and vacationers letting their guard down at the beach, experts say. Here we provide tips for staying safe and a downloadable fact sheet on rip currents.

Big waves expected at Costa Rica’s northern Pacific, Caribbean beaches

Waves could reach 4.1 meters (13.7 feet) on Sunday at Guanacaste beaches and along the Nicoya Peninsula.

Body of missing surfer found off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast

The body of missing surfer Ricardo Andrés González, 22, was found by relatives and authorities on Tuesday after he disappeared off the coast of Caldera in Costa Rica last weekend.

Big waves expected at Costa Rica’s central Pacific beaches this weekend

Powerful waves and rip currents started hitting beaches in the Pacific province of Puntarenas on Friday and will continue throughout the weekend. Oceanographers forecast a new stronger swell likely will bring even bigger waves to Puntarenas starting next Thursday.

New app offers updates on Costa Rica tides, wind conditions

The app displays animated graphics and maps showing wave height, direction and duration, and data on average wind speed, gust strength and direction.

Body of drowned U.S. man found near Jacó, says Red Cross

The missing U.S. man was swimming on Jacó’s main beach Sunday when a riptide pulled him out to sea, according to Red Cross spokesman Freddy Roman. The body was spotted more than 2 miles out to sea by a Aerial Vigilance Service search-and-rescue flight Friday morning.

Oceanographers forecast strong waves, rip tides along Costa Rica’s Pacific shores starting Thursday

Experts are warning beachgoers to be aware of strong wave breaks and rip tides, mostly along Costa Rica's northern Pacific beaches.

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