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Playa Colorado Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Tola Province, Nicaragua)

Today's Playa Colorado sea temperature is 27.7 °C.

Statistics for 29 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 27.3 °C, range: 25.7 °C to 28.4 °C

Very warm air temperatures and very warm water(27 °C) too at Playa Colorado, warm enough for wearing board shorts and a rash vest in the surf. Cloudy, but feeling very pleasant in and out of the water.

Nicaragua Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Nicaragua
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

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

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Playa Colorado. 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 Colorado Water Temperature Graph

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

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Playa Colorado 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 Colorado. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.