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El Transito ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.1

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El Transito break guidePhoto by: greensurfnicaragua

El Transito Surf Guide

The best swell direction is SW or SSW, 180 to 215 degrees is great. It's also good on W swells too and accepts some NW as long as its under 290 degrees. Best periods are anything 16 seconds or under. Over 16 seconds it tends to shut down as the main beach is a fairly small crescent shaped coast line. There are other breaks within walking distance that work great on the larger, longer period swells though. The best time of year is the off season though, November to March when it is rarely under waist high. Predominant offshore winds are best from the NE/E. The break is a beach break in the main beach. There is a small point on the south side of the beach (similar to Machete Point at Playa Maderas) with a rock/sand bottom that works on medium period S/SW swells. There are a couple other secret spots nearby known by the guys at Green Surf Nicaragua. The wave in the main beach (sand bottom) is typically mellow with mellower barrel sections and medium length waves. Its great for all levels of surfers. Its best from waist to 1 ft overhead on an incoming tide, however, breaks on most tides. The offshores never get too strong here (hardly ever upwelling) and the water typically stays warm year round. You may need a 1mm top from Jan to March.

El Transito Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and pointIcon  s33.1
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
29.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Transito:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Transito occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing El Transito with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 61% of the time in July while 8% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 31% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
61%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
8%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
31%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive El Transito 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 Transito is Managua International Airport (MGA) in Nicaragua, which is 59 km (37 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to El Transito is Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica, 206 km (128 miles) away.

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El Transito Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 21 June 2021, 03:26 Local Time
Monday 21
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m) 1.7
SW
1.9
SW
1.7
SW
1.7
SW
Period (s) 18 18 18 17
Wind (km/h)
15
15
20
10
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
off off

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Swell History at El Transito

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Wind History at El Transito

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El Transito Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.1
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s54.5
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Review
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Dave from Nicaragua
“Extremely consistent beach break. Best in off season smaller swells of waste to 1' overhead with offshores most every day and all day. Good in the high season as long as it is under 2' overhead. Rarely gets below waste high. Surfable at most tides, best tide...mid incoming our mid outgoing. 1 to 1.5 hour from Managua, no crowd factor whatsoever, predominant offshore winds. World class surf within walking distance and/or a short boat ride. Daily bus transport from Managua. The upside is also the downside. Not many places to stay, eat, nightlife. There is one great place though. GreenSurf Nicaragua has a nice facility there, clean private rooms / private bath, AC, cheap rates (start at $35 / night), best cook in the village and a great menu at about $5 / plate.”

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