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Playa Negra water temperature
Playa Negra ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.4
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 4.1
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.1
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.3

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Playa Negra Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

Today's Playa Negra sea temperature is 28.9 °C.

Statistics for 16 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 28.3 °C, range: 27.3 °C to 29.3 °C

Hot air temperatures, feeling like 30 °C once we account for wind, and very warm water temperature (28 °C) at Playa Negra. Clouds should reduce UV so boardshorts and a rash vest should be ok.

Costa Rica Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Costa Rica
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Costa Rica Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Costa Rica
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Playa Negra. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Playa Negra Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Playa Negra water temperatures peak in the range 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F) on around the 12th of May and are at their coldest on about the 25th of January, in the range 25 to 29°C (77 to 84°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Playa Negra mean that a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Playa Negra can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Playa Negra. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

 

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.