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

Overall: 2.7

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Playa Herradura Surf Guide

Playa Herradura in Golfo de Nicoya is a fairly exposed reef and point break that has unreliable waves Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. A left hand reef break. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Watch out for rips, rocks and private access.

Playa Herradura Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
29.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Herradura:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Playa Herradura 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 44% of the time in July while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 23% 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 Herradura Location Map

Interactive Playa Herradura 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 Herradura is Quepos Managua Airport (XQP) in Costa Rica, 62 km (39 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa Herradura is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), also in Costa Rica, 64 km (40 miles) away.

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Playa Herradura Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 16 April 2021, 18:26 Local Time
Friday 16Sat
Wave (m) 1.2
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 15
SSW 10
S 15
SSE 15
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Playa Herradura

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

Wind History at Playa Herradura

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

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