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El Anclote break guide

El Anclote Surf Guide

El Anclote in Nayarit is a fairly exposed reef break that has very consistent waves and works all around the year. Works best in offshore winds from the north northwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Beware of - Urchins - Rocks - Private beach - Localism.

El Anclote Spot Info

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

Surfing El Anclote:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Anclote occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing El Anclote 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 62% of the time in April while 3% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 35% 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 El Anclote Location Map

Interactive El Anclote 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 El Anclote is Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International (Puerto Vallarta) Airport (PVR) in Mexico, which is 29 km (18 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Anclote is Tepic Airport (TPQ), also in Mexico, 101 km (63 miles) away.

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El Anclote Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 1 October 2022, 07:11 Local Time
Saturday 01
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on cross cross cross-

Swell History at El Anclote

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

Wind History at El Anclote

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

El Anclote Reviews:

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Based on 9 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.6
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.3
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Will from United States
“El anclote 1967- 3 hours from hwy 1 to the point -- villages had never seen many gringos -- surf good -- road unbelievable -- nothing on point except grass and cows -- abandoned thashed shacks on the beach -- now world class hotels and homes.”

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near El Anclote. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: very consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: very consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: very consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: consistent
    7km away

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