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El Transito ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.1

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El Transito Spot ID

Jon at Pistols, El Transito photo

El Transito

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Looking into the barrel, El Transito photo

El Transito

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Mike in the barrel!, El Transito photo

El Transito

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Pistols Barrel, El Transito photo

El Transito

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View from the kitchen, El Transito photo

El Transito

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Jon & the Dalmation, El Transito photo

El Transito

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jon tucking in, El Transito photo

El Transito

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Type: beach and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 27.4 °C

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 06:04 Local time
Tuesday 22
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 35
ENE 35
ENE 30
ENE 40
Wind State off off off cross-

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The best swell direction is SW or SSW, 180 to 215 degrees is great. It's also good on W swells too and accepts some NW as long as its under 290 degrees. Best periods are anything 16 seconds or under. Over 16 seconds it tends to shut down as the main beach is a fairly small crescent shaped coast line. There are other breaks within walking distance that work great on the larger, longer period swells though. The best time of year is the off season though, November to March when it is rarely under waist high. Predominant offshore winds are best from the NE/E. The break is a beach break in the main beach. There is a small point on the south side of the beach (similar to Machete Point at Playa Maderas) with a rock/sand bottom that works on medium period S/SW swells. There are a couple other secret spots nearby known by the guys at Green Surf Nicaragua. The wave in the main beach (sand bottom) is typically mellow with mellower barrel sections and medium length waves. Its great for all levels of surfers. Its best from waist to 1 ft overhead on an incoming tide, however, breaks on most tides. The offshores never get too strong here (hardly ever upwelling) and the water typically stays warm year round. You may need a 1mm top from Jan to March.

Nicaragua wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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El Transito Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Managua/Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport, 60 km from El Transito.

moderate winds from the E

Dry and partly cloudy
Air temperature
24 °C

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  • The nearest passenger airport to El Transito is Managua International Airport (MGA) in Nicaragua, which is 59 km (37 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to El Transito is Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica, 206 km (128 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for El Transito, Leon Province. Use the tab navigation above to view El Transito sea temperature, El Transito photographs, El Transito detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, El Transito webcams, current wind from Leon Province live weather stations and El Transito tide predictions. The Nicaragua swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua 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 Transito.