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El Faro ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.4

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El Faro Surf Guide

El Faro in Nayarit is an exposed reef and point break that is usually a safe bet. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the north. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west northwest. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for rocks.

El Faro Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reefReef and pointIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
23.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Faro:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Faro 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 Faro (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing El Faro 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 52% of the time in January while 18% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 30% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
52%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
18%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
30%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Faro Location Map

Interactive El Faro 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 Faro is Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International (Puerto Vallarta) Airport (PVR) in Mexico, which is 30 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Faro is Tepic Airport (TPQ), also in Mexico, 103 km (64 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
El Faro Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 6 March 2021, 21:23 Local Time
SatSunday 07
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 0.8
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 0
NNE 10
E 5
ENE 10
ENE
Wind State glass cross-
off
off cross-
off

Swell History at El Faro

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

Wind History at El Faro

Wind stats for El Faro, 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 El Faro. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: very consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: very consistent
    2km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: very consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: consistent
    8km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To El Faro: