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El Carmen ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.0

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El Carmen Spot ID

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell WNW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 28.3 °C

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Thursday, 18 October 2018, 10:01 Local time
Thursday 18
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 17 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
NW 15
WNW 20
W 20
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

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El Carmen in Golfo de Nicoya is an exposed beach and reef break that has dependable surf The best wind direction is from the northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. It's sometimes crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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El Carmen Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At samara Nicoya wx, 51 km from El Carmen.


Air temperature
25.9 °C

Current weather near El Carmen

Overall El Carmen Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October

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  • The closest passenger airport to El Carmen is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, 68 km (42 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to El Carmen is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), also in Costa Rica, 111 km (69 miles) away.
  • Third is Quepos Managua Airport (XQP) in Costa Rica, 113 km (70 miles) away.
  • Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica is 117 km (73 miles) away.
  • Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ), also in Costa Rica is the fifth nearest airport to El Carmen and is 199 km (124 miles) away.
El Carmen break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for El Carmen, Golfo de Nicoya. Use the tab navigation above to view El Carmen sea temperature, El Carmen photographs, El Carmen detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, El Carmen webcams, current wind from Golfo de Nicoya live weather stations and El Carmen 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 El Carmen.