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Playa Jaco ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.7
Crowds: 2.9

Overall: 3.7

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Playa Jaco Spot ID

Nice day, Playa Jaco photo

Playa Jaco

Photo credit: Carlos Corrales

Out Front, Playa Jaco photo

Playa Jaco

Photo credit: Mario Ruta

Frente al Bohio (3/8/14) aprox. 3-3.5 ft, Playa Jaco photo

Playa Jaco

Photo credit: Francisco Montero Benavides

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 28.2 °C

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Saturday, 20 July 2019, 08:07 Local time
Saturday 20
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 5
SW 10
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Playa Jaco in Golfo de Nicoya is a fairly exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf Offshore winds are from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for sea-lice etc.

Costa Rica wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Gully's, 7 km from Playa Jaco.

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Playa Jaco Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Juan Santamaria Airport, 62 km from Playa Jaco.

light winds from the NNE.(Wind varies from 350 to 080 degs)

Air temperature
23 °C

Current weather near Playa Jaco

Overall Playa Jaco Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Playa Jaco is Quepos Managua Airport (XQP) in Costa Rica, 58 km (36 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Playa Jaco is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), also in Costa Rica, 63 km (39 miles) away.
  • Third is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, 120 km (75 miles) away.
  • Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ) in Costa Rica is 147 km (91 miles) away.
  • Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR), also in Costa Rica is the fifth nearest airport to Playa Jaco and is 149 km (93 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Playa Jaco, Golfo de Nicoya. Use the tab navigation above to view Playa Jaco sea temperature, Playa Jaco photographs, Playa Jaco detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Playa Jaco webcams, current wind from Golfo de Nicoya live weather stations and Playa Jaco 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 Playa Jaco.