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Type: beach

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 22.8 °C

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Thursday, 20 September 2018, 13:24 Local time
Thursday 20
Wave (m) 0.3
Period (s) 7 7 12 12
Wind (km/h) 10
NE 10
NE 10
NE 15
Wind State off off off off

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Praia Formosa in Madeira is an exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Autumn and winter are the optimum times of year for waves. The best wind direction is from the northeast with some shelter here from southeast winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for rocks.

Azores Portugal wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Camara de Lobos, 2 km from Praia Formosa.

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Praia Formosa Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Quebradas Funchal wx, 1 km from Praia Formosa.


Air temperature
25.7 °C

Current weather near Praia Formosa

Buoy Data:

At Bóia de Caniçal, 14 miles from Praia Formosa.

  8AM 9AM 10AM 11AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 0.4
Dominant period (s) 7.8 10.9 10.9 8.6

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Overall Praia Formosa Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in September

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  • The nearest passenger airport to Praia Formosa is Porto Santo Airport (PXO) in Madeira, which is 74 km (46 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Praia Formosa is La Palma (Santa Cruz De La Palma) Airport (SPC) in Spain, 453 km (281 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Praia Formosa, Madeira. Use the tab navigation above to view Praia Formosa sea temperature, Praia Formosa photographs, Praia Formosa detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Praia Formosa webcams, current wind from Madeira live weather stations and Praia Formosa tide predictions. The Portugal swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Portugal 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 Portugal 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 Praia Formosa.