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Pico Alto ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Pico Alto Surf Guide

Pico Alto in Lima is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Pico Alto Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
19.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Pico Alto:

The best conditions reported for surf at Pico Alto occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Pico Alto 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 22% of the time in February while 77% 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
22%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
77%
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 Pico Alto Location Map

Interactive Pico Alto 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 Pico Alto is Jorge Chavez International (Lima) Airport (LIM) in Peru, which is 46 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Pico Alto is Pisco Airport (PIO), also in Peru, 170 km (106 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Pico Alto Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 13:35 Local Time
Saturday 10
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m) 0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.9
SSW
1.0
SSW
Period (s) 15 15 14 14
Wind (km/h) 10
SW 10
SW 10
SSW 10
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Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross

Swell History at Pico Alto

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

Wind History at Pico Alto

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

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    • Icon  s33.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Pico Alto:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.