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Playa Jaco ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.6
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.7
Crowds: 2.9

Overall: 3.7

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Playa Jaco break guidePhoto by: nycksw

Playa Jaco Surf Guide

Playa Jaco in Golfo de Nicoya is a fairly exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf Offshore winds are from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for sea-lice etc.

Playa Jaco Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
29.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Jaco:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Playa Jaco 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.
clean
44%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
33%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
23%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Playa Jaco Location Map

Interactive Playa Jaco 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 Jaco is Quepos Managua Airport (XQP) in Costa Rica, 58 km (36 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa Jaco is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), also in Costa Rica, 63 km (39 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Playa Jaco Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 12 April 2021, 23:00 Local Time
MonTuesday 13
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 0.5
SW
0.5
SW
0.8
SSW
0.5
SW
Period (s) 22 21 10 21
Wind (km/h) 5
SSW 5
NW 0
N 5
ENE
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Swell History at Playa Jaco

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

Wind History at Playa Jaco

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Playa Jaco:

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.