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Backwash ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 2.8

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Backwash Spot ID

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Type: point

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell S | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 28.9 °C

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Friday, 27 November 2015, 18:28 Local time
Friday 27Sat
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
SW 10
WSW 10
WNW 10
Wind State cross cross-
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Backwash in Golfo Dulce is a quite exposed point break that has very consistent surf The best wind direction is from the northwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for rips and rocks.

Costa Rica wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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Backwash Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At David/Enrique Malek International Airport, 93 km from Backwash.

light winds from the SW

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Current weather near Backwash

Overall Backwash Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in November

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Backwash Location Maps

Backwash Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Backwash:

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Wave buoys nearest to Backwash:

Tide stations nearest to Backwash:

  • Closest tide station
    17 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Puerto Armuelles
    31 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    58 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    86 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Bocas del Toro, Almirante Bay
    96 mi
snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Backwash:

  • Closest ski area
    Huascaran (Peru)
    1273 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Cloudmont (United States)
    1807 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Sky Valley (United States)
    1838 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    Scaly Mountain (United States)
    1841 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    Sapphire Valley (United States)
    1846 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Backwash:

  • Closest city location
    David (Panama)
    58 mi
  • Second closest city location
    San Isidro (Costa Rica)
    73 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Paraiso (Costa Rica)
    106 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Turrialba (Costa Rica)
    106 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Cartago (Costa Rica)
    110 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Backwash is Golfito Airport (GLF) in Costa Rica, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Backwash is Coto 47 Airport (OTR), also in Costa Rica, 40 km (25 miles) away.
  • Third is Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ) in Costa Rica, 63 km (39 miles) away.
  • Enrique Malek International (David) Airport (DAV) in Panama is 93 km (58 miles) away.
  • Cap Manuel Nino International (Changuinola) Airport (CHX), also in Panama is the fifth nearest airport to Backwash and is 143 km (89 miles) away.
Backwash break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Backwash, Golfo Dulce. Use the tab navigation above to view Backwash sea temperature, Backwash photographs, Backwash detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Backwash webcams, current wind from Golfo Dulce live weather stations and Backwash tide predictions. The Costa Rica swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Costa Rica and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Costa Rica wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Backwash.