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Atacames ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Atacames Surf Guide

Atacames in Esmiraldas is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter and spring are the best times of year to visit. Offshore winds are from the southeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here.

Atacames Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
27.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Atacames:

The best conditions reported for surf at Atacames occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Atacames (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Atacames with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 38% of the time in February while 42% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 20% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
38%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
42%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
20%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Atacames Location Map

Interactive Atacames surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Atacames is La Florida (Tumaco) Airport (TCO) in Colombia, which is 162 km (101 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Atacames is Mariscal Sucre International (Quito) Airport (UIO) in Ecuador, 188 km (117 miles) away.

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Atacames Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 10 May 2021, 14:33 Local Time
Monday 10Tue
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 0.2
WSW
0.3
WSW
0.3
WSW
0.3
WSW
Period (s) 18 17 16 16
Wind (km/h) 20
WSW 15
SW 15
SW 15
SW
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at Atacames

Surf stats for Atacames, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Atacames

Wind stats for Atacames, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
    30km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: consistent
    44km away

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