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Playa El Rey ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Playa El Rey Surf Guide

Playa El Rey in Golfo de Nicoya is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf The best wind direction is from the east northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the south. The beach break provides left and right handers. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Rocks are a hazard.

Playa El Rey Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
29.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa El Rey:

The best conditions reported for surf at Playa El Rey 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 Playa El Rey (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Playa El Rey with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 55% of the time in May while 45% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 0% 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 Playa El Rey Location Map

Interactive Playa El Rey 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 El Rey is Quepos Managua Airport (XQP) in Costa Rica, 19 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa El Rey is Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ), also in Costa Rica, 72 km (45 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 El Rey Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 15 May 2021, 08:19 Local Time
Saturday 15
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 16 18 18 18
Wind (km/h) 10
SSE 10
S 10
Wind State cross cross-

Swell History at Playa El Rey

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

Wind History at Playa El Rey

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

    • Icon point  redPoint
    Reliability: rarely breaks
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    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    20km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: very consistent
    21km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    21km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: inconsistent
    27km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Playa El Rey: