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Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) Surf Guide

Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) in Nayarit is a quite exposed point/jetties break. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south. Rarely crowded here. Hazards include rips, sharks and rocks.

Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
29.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay):

The best conditions reported for surf at Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) (for consistent clean waves)?

septemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 9% of the time in September while 8% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 83% 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 Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) Location Map

Interactive Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) 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 Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) is Tepic Airport (TPQ) in Mexico, which is 43 km (27 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) is Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International (Puerto Vallarta) Airport (PVR), also in Mexico, 93 km (58 miles) away.

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Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 28 May 2023, 19:31 Local Time
SunMonday 29
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay)

Surf stats for Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay)

Wind stats for Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay), 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 Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay). Click below to view there surf guides.

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
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    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    4km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: consistent
    6km away
    • Icon point  redPoint/rivermouth
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    18km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Las Islitas (Matanchen Bay):

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