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El Estero ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.8

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El Estero break guidePhoto by: Costa Rica Surf Club

El Estero Surf Guide

El Estero in Guanacaste is an exposed river break that has consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the east. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west northwest. The river break favours right handers. Best around mid tide. Often Crowded. Watch out for sharks.

El Estero Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon river  redRiverIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
29.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Estero:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing El Estero 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 8% of the time in January while 2% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 90% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
8%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
2%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
90%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Estero Location Map

Interactive El Estero 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 Estero is Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica, which is 44 km (27 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to El Estero is Nosara Airport (NOB), also in Costa Rica, 44 km (27 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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El Estero Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 06:24 Local Time
Saturday 08
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m) 0.7
SSW
0.5
SW
0.4
SW
0.4
SW
Period (s) 11 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 10
E 10
ENE 15
ENE 0
NE
Wind State off off off glass

What does El Estero look like?

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Swell History at El Estero

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

Wind History at El Estero

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

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    Reliability: consistent
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    Reliability: consistent
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    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: very consistent
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    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: consistent
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