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Type: reef

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 28.2 °C

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Friday, 19 January 2018, 01:57 Local time
Friday 19
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h) 5
NE 5
ENE 10
Wind State glass off glass cross-

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Mal Pais in Golfo de Nicoya is an exposed reef break that has very consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

Costa Rica wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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For El Carmen, 3 km from Mal Pais.

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Mal Pais Tide Times and Tide Chart

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At San Francisco de Coyote wx, 18 km from Mal Pais.

light winds from the SSE

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Overall Mal Pais Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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  • The closest passenger airport to Mal Pais is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, 65 km (40 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Mal Pais is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), also in Costa Rica, 112 km (70 miles) away.
  • Third is Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica, 113 km (70 miles) away.
  • Quepos Managua Airport (XQP) in Costa Rica is 116 km (72 miles) away.
  • Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ), also in Costa Rica is the fifth nearest airport to Mal Pais and is 202 km (125 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Mal Pais, Golfo de Nicoya. Use the tab navigation above to view Mal Pais sea temperature, Mal Pais photographs, Mal Pais detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Mal Pais webcams, current wind from Golfo de Nicoya live weather stations and Mal Pais 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 Mal Pais.