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Drakes Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Drakes Bay Surf Guide

Drakes Bay in Golfo Dulce is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf Works best in offshore winds from the north northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest.. Rarely crowded here. Beware of rips, rocks and isolation.

Drakes Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
29.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Drakes Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Drakes Bay occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Drakes Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 71% of the time in April while 29% 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.
clean
71%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
29%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
0%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Drakes Bay Location Map

Interactive Drakes Bay 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 Drakes Bay is Golfito Airport (GLF) in Costa Rica, 49 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Drakes Bay is Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ), also in Costa Rica, 58 km (36 miles) away.

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Drakes Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 12:00 Local Time
Sunday 16
9AM12PM3PM6PM
Wave (m) 1.1
SSW
1.2
SSW
1.2
SSW
1.0
SSW
Period (s) 16 16 15 15
Wind (km/h) 0
SSE 10
S 10
SSW 5
SSW
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Swell History at Drakes Bay

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

Wind History at Drakes Bay

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Drakes Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: very consistent
    24km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: very consistent
    33km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: very consistent
    33km away
    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: very consistent
    33km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Drakes Bay: