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Manuel Antonio ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.7

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Manuel Antonio Surf Guide

Manuel Antonio in Golfo de Nicoya is an exposed beach and point break that has quite reliable surf Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the south. Waves at the beach break both left and right Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

Manuel Antonio Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and pointIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
29.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Manuel Antonio:

The best conditions reported for surf at Manuel Antonio occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Manuel Antonio with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 68% of the time in November while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
68%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
31%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
1%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Manuel Antonio Location Map

Interactive Manuel Antonio 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 Manuel Antonio is Quepos Managua Airport (XQP) in Costa Rica, 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Manuel Antonio is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), also in Costa Rica, 67 km (42 miles) away.

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Manuel Antonio Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 15 May 2021, 09:14 Local Time
Saturday 15
9AM12PM3PM6PM
Wave (m) 1.3
SSW
1.5
SSW
1.3
SSW
1.2
SSW
Period (s) 18 18 18 18
Wind (km/h) 10
SSE 10
SSE 10
SSW 5
SSE
Wind State cross cross cross-
on
glass

Swell History at Manuel Antonio

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

Wind History at Manuel Antonio

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

    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    4km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: inconsistent
    8km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    20km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    21km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Manuel Antonio: