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

Overall: 3.2

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Playa Gigante Surf Guide

Playa Gigante in Tola Province is an exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights and there are also left and right hand reef breaks on offer.. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for rips and rocks.

Playa Gigante Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Gigante:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Playa Gigante with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 91% of the time in July while 7% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
91%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
7%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
2%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Playa Gigante Location Map

Interactive Playa Gigante 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 Gigante is Managua International Airport (MGA) in Nicaragua, which is 85 km (53 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa Gigante is Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica, 103 km (64 miles) away.

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Playa Gigante Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 02:28 Local Time
Tuesday 21
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m)
0.7
SW
0.6
SW
0.6
SW
0.6
SW
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h)
20
20
30
25
Wind State cross-
off
off cross-
off
off

Swell History at Playa Gigante

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

Wind History at Playa Gigante

Wind stats for Playa Gigante, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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