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Playa Samara

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSW | Wind N

Sea Temperature Today is: 28.9 °C

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Thursday, 24 January 2019, 04:37 Local time
Thursday 24
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 14 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 15
NNE 15
ENE 10
Wind State cross-

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Playa Samara in Golfo de Nicoya is an exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the north. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves and in addition there are both left and right reef breaks. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for Rips, shallow outside reefs.

Costa Rica wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Camaronal, 9 km from Playa Samara.

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Playa Samara Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At SHIP6100, 110 km from Playa Samara.

light winds from the NW

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Air temperature
27.4 °C

Current weather near Playa Samara

Overall Playa Samara Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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  • The closest passenger airport to Playa Samara is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, 17 km (11 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Playa Samara is Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR), also in Costa Rica, 79 km (49 miles) away.
  • Third is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica, 145 km (90 miles) away.
  • Quepos Managua Airport (XQP) in Costa Rica is 161 km (100 miles) away.
  • Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ), also in Costa Rica is the fifth nearest airport to Playa Samara and is 248 km (154 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Playa Samara, Golfo de Nicoya. Use the tab navigation above to view Playa Samara sea temperature, Playa Samara photographs, Playa Samara detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Playa Samara webcams, current wind from Golfo de Nicoya live weather stations and Playa Samara 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 Samara.