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El Murcielago break guidePhoto by: Raul Muentes

El Murcielago Surf Guide

El Murcielago in Manabi is an exposed beach break that has very consistent waves. Spring and Summer provide the optimum conditions. Ideal winds are from the southeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Beware of rocks and sharks.

El Murcielago Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
23.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Murcielago:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Murcielago occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing El Murcielago with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 31% of the time in February while 21% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 48% 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 Murcielago Location Map

Interactive El Murcielago 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 Murcielago is Eloy Alfaro International (Manta) Airport (MEC) in Ecuador, 6 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to El Murcielago is Reales Tamarindos (Portoviejo) Airport (PVO), also in Ecuador, 31 km (19 miles) away.

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El Murcielago Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 8 August 2022, 11:16 Local Time
Monday 08
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 13 13 15
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at El Murcielago

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

Wind History at El Murcielago

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

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