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Esmeralda ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.2

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Esmeralda Surf Guide

Esmeralda in Golfo de Panama is a fairly exposed reef break that does not work very often The best wind direction is from the northwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The reef provides both left and right breaks. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Rocks are a hazard.

Esmeralda Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
26.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Esmeralda:

The best conditions reported for surf at Esmeralda occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Esmeralda 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 0% of the time in January while 0% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 100% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
0%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
0%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
100%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Esmeralda Location Map

Interactive Esmeralda 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 Esmeralda is Howard Afb Airport (HOW) in Panama, which is 60 km (37 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Esmeralda is Marcos A Gelabert International (Panama) Airport (PAC), also in Panama, 68 km (42 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
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.
Esmeralda Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 13:59 Local Time
Sunday 11
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m) 0.2
SSE
0.3
SSE
0.2
SSE
0.2
SSE
Period (s) 18 18 18 17
Wind (km/h) 5
SE 10
SE 10
ESE 5
ESE
Wind State on on on cross-
on

Swell History at Esmeralda

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

Wind History at Esmeralda

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

    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Esmeralda:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.