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Playa Brava ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Playa Brava Spot ID

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Playa Brava

Photo credit: Jorge Pizarro

Type: beach

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SSW | Wind ENE

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.8 °C

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 04:13 Local time
Wednesday 18
Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 11 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 5
SW 0
SSW 10
WSW 15
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Playa Brava in Tarapaca is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the east northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach breaks favour rights. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

Chile wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Iquique, Chile, 5 km from Playa Brava.

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Playa Brava Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Iquique/Diego Aracena Airport, 30 km from Playa Brava.

light winds from the SW

Dry and cloudy
Air temperature
16 °C

Current weather near Playa Brava

Overall Playa Brava Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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Also see Playa Brava surf quality by season and Playa Brava surf quality by month.

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Playa Brava Location Maps

Playa Brava Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Playa Brava:

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Wave buoys nearest to Playa Brava:

Tide stations nearest to Playa Brava:

  • Closest tide station
    3 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    124 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    127 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    194 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    200 mi
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Ski Resorts closest to Playa Brava:

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Town and city forecasts close to Playa Brava:

  • Closest city location
    1 mi
  • Second closest city location
    121 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Tacna (Peru)
    155 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    172 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Ilo (Peru)
    194 mi


  • The nearest passenger airport to Playa Brava is Diego Aracena International (Iquique) Airport (IQQ) in Chile, which is 32 km (20 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Playa Brava is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI), also in Chile, 212 km (132 miles) away.
Playa Brava break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Playa Brava, Tarapaca. Use the tab navigation above to view Playa Brava sea temperature, Playa Brava photographs, Playa Brava detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Playa Brava webcams, current wind from Tarapaca live weather stations and Playa Brava 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 Playa Brava.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.