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Estero del Plátano ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Estero del Plátano Surf Guide

Estero del Platano in Esmiraldas is an exposed beach and reef break that has pretty consitent surf. Winter and spring are the favoured times of year to visit. The best wind direction is from the east southeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Hazards include rocks and sharks.

Estero del Plátano Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
27.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Estero del Plátano:

The best conditions reported for surf at Estero del Plátano occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Estero del Plátano with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 33% of the time in February while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 16% 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 Estero del Plátano Location Map

Interactive Estero del Plátano 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 Estero del Plátano is La Florida (Tumaco) Airport (TCO) in Colombia, which is 190 km (118 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Estero del Plátano is Eloy Alfaro International (Manta) Airport (MEC) in Ecuador, 201 km (125 miles) away.

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Estero del Plátano Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 04:34 Local Time
Sunday 16
Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 16 16 15 15
Wind (km/h) 15
WSW 15
SW 20
SW 20
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Estero del Plátano

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

Wind History at Estero del Plátano

Wind stats for Estero del Plátano, 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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