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

Overall: 2.7

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Playa Herradura Spot ID

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Playa Herradura

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Playa Herradura

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Type: reef and point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind ENE

Sea Temperature Today is: 29.2 °C

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 08:02 Local time
Tuesday 18
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 16 16 15 15
Wind (km/h) 0
N 15
SW 15
SSW 10
Wind State glass on cross-

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Playa Herradura in Golfo de Nicoya is a fairly exposed reef and point break that has unreliable waves Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. A left hand reef break. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Watch out for rips, rocks and private access.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Agujas, 10 km from Playa Herradura.

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Playa Herradura Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Punta Leona Garabito wx, 8 km from Playa Herradura.


Partly Cloudy
Air temperature
25.3 °C

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Overall Playa Herradura Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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  • The closest passenger airport to Playa Herradura is Quepos Managua Airport (XQP) in Costa Rica, 62 km (39 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Playa Herradura is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), also in Costa Rica, 64 km (40 miles) away.
  • Third is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, 115 km (71 miles) away.
  • Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica is 144 km (89 miles) away.
  • Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ), also in Costa Rica is the fifth nearest airport to Playa Herradura and is 151 km (94 miles) away.
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