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Bluff break guidePhoto by: sasha radomiselskaya

Bluff Surf Guide

Bluff in Bocas del Torro is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf The best wind direction is from the southwest. Waves more likely to be from local windswells than distant groundswells and the ideal wave direction is from the northeast. 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 rips etc.

Bluff Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
30.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Bluff:

The best conditions reported for surf at Bluff occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Bluff with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 55% of the time in March while 45% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 0% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Bluff Location Map

Interactive Bluff 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 closest passenger airport to Bluff is Bocas Del Toro Airport (BOC) in Panama, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Bluff is Cap Manuel Nino International (Changuinola) Airport (CHX), also in Panama, 30 km (19 miles) away.

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Bluff Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 8 June 2023, 13:58 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Bluff

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

Wind History at Bluff

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

Bluff Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Mars from Netherlands
“We went to Bluff beach where surfing was ok, but we went most days to Paunch.
We stayed at Playa Bluff Lodge direct at the beach. The owner will bring you to other surf spots like Paunch and Dumpers.
This is a great place beautiful location.”

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