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Papagayo Surf Guide

Papagayo in Santiago is an exposed point break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest.The break here is a left hand point. Often Crowded. Watch out for rocks.

Papagayo Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon pointPointIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Papagayo:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Papagayo with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 36% of the time in May while 63% 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
36%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
63%
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 Papagayo Location Map

Interactive Papagayo 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 Papagayo is Arturo Merino Benitez International (Santiago) Airport (SCL) in Chile, which is 98 km (61 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Papagayo is Los Cerrillos (Santiago) Airport (ULC), also in Chile, 111 km (69 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Papagayo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 4 December 2021, 23:15 Local Time
Sunday 05
0AM3AM6AM9AM
Wave (m)
2.3
SW
2.3
SW
2.2
SW
2.3
SW
Period (s) 13 13 13 12
Wind (km/h)
5
5
5
15
Wind State glass glass glass cross

Swell History at Papagayo

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

Wind History at Papagayo

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

    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s33.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    13km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    14km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    15km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Papagayo: