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Playa Bonita ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.0

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Playa Bonita Surf Guide

Playa Bonita in Limon is an exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf The best wind direction is from the south southwest. Most of the surf comes fis in the form of windswells and the best wave direction is from the northeast. A left hand reef break. Sometimes crowded. Take care of rips,jellyfish and coral.

Playa Bonita Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
27.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Bonita:

The best conditions reported for surf at Playa Bonita occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa Bonita with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 83% of the time in February while 16% 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
83%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
16%
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 Playa Bonita Location Map

Interactive Playa Bonita 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 Playa Bonita is Limon International Airport (LIO) in Costa Rica, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa Bonita is Cap Manuel Nino International (Changuinola) Airport (CHX) in Panama, 86 km (53 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.
Playa Bonita Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 12 April 2021, 23:33 Local Time
MonTuesday 13
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 1.1
ENE
1.1
ENE
1.0
ENE
1.0
ENE
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 5
ESE 10
SSW 5
SSE 5
SW
Wind State glass off glass glass

Swell History at Playa Bonita

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

Wind History at Playa Bonita

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

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: consistent
    6km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s11.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    11km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    12km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Playa Bonita:

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.