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El Carmen ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.0

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El Carmen Surf Guide

El Carmen in Golfo de Nicoya is an exposed beach and reef break that has dependable surf The best wind direction is from the northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. It's sometimes crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

El Carmen Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
28.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Carmen:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Carmen occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing El Carmen with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in January while 3% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 91% 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 Carmen Location Map

Interactive El Carmen 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 El Carmen is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, 68 km (42 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to El Carmen is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), also in Costa Rica, 111 km (69 miles) away.

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El Carmen Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 12:49 Local Time
Saturday 08
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 14 14 14 12
Wind (km/h) 10
ENE 10
SE 15
SSE 10
Wind State off cross cross-

Swell History at El Carmen

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

Wind History at El Carmen

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

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