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La Puntilla ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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La Puntilla Surf Guide

La Puntilla in Atacama is a fairly exposed point break that only works when conditions are just right. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest.Surfers ride left hand point. Best around low tide. Sometimes crowded. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

La Puntilla Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing La Puntilla:

The best conditions reported for surf at La Puntilla occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing La Puntilla 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 53% of the time in February while 41% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% 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 La Puntilla Location Map

Interactive La Puntilla 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 La Puntilla is Chacalluta (Arica) Airport (ARI) in Chile, which is 13 km (8 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to La Puntilla is Coronel Fap Carlos Ciriani Santa Rosa (Tacna) Airport (TCQ) in Peru, 46 km (29 miles) away.

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La Puntilla Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 03:34 Local Time
Tuesday 26
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 18 17 16
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at La Puntilla

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

Wind History at La Puntilla

Wind stats for La Puntilla, 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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    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
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    Reliability: inconsistent
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    • Icon point  redPoint
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To La Puntilla: