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El Faro ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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El Faro Spot ID

La serena surf spot, El Faro photo

El Faro

Photo credit: Javier Salas

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SSW | Wind ENE

Sea Temperature Today is: 19.0 °C

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Thursday, 22 March 2018, 17:06 Local time
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 14 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 10
SW 5
W 5
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El Faro in Tarapaca is an exposed beach and reef break that has unreliable waves. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the east northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. A choice of left and right reefs. Best around low tide. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for rocks.

Chile wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Iquique, Chile, 3 km from El Faro.

IS AT (local time)

El Faro Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Iquique/Diego Aracena Airport, 31 km from El Faro.

moderate winds from the SW

Air temperature
22 °C

Current weather near El Faro

Overall El Faro Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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El Faro Location Maps

El Faro Location Map

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Wave buoys nearest to El Faro:

Tide stations nearest to El Faro:

  • Closest tide station
    2 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    123 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    128 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    193 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    199 mi
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Ski Resorts closest to El Faro:

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Town and city forecasts close to El Faro:

  • Closest city location
    2 mi
  • Second closest city location
    121 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Tacna (Peru)
    155 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    173 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Ilo (Peru)
    193 mi


  • The nearest passenger airport to El Faro is Diego Aracena International (Iquique) Airport (IQQ) in Chile, which is 33 km (20 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to El Faro is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI), also in Chile, 211 km (131 miles) away.
El Faro break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for El Faro, Tarapaca. Use the tab navigation above to view El Faro sea temperature, El Faro photographs, El Faro detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, El Faro webcams, current wind from Tarapaca live weather stations and El Faro tide predictions. The Chile swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Chile 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 Chile 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 Faro.