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

Overall: 2.8

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Playa Manzanillo Surf Guide

Playa Manzanillo in Golfo de Nicoya is an exposed beach and reef break that has unreliable waves Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Sometimes crowded. Hazards include rips and rocks.

Playa Manzanillo Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
29.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Manzanillo:

The best conditions reported for surf at Playa Manzanillo occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa Manzanillo with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in January while 3% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 91% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
6%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
3%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
91%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Playa Manzanillo Location Map

Interactive Playa Manzanillo 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 Manzanillo is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, 55 km (34 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa Manzanillo is Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR), also in Costa Rica, 104 km (65 miles) away.

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Playa Manzanillo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 13:28 Local Time
Saturday 10
9AM12PM3PM6PM
Wave (m) 0.5
SSW
0.5
SSW
0.5
SSW
0.6
SSW
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 10
SSE 15
SSW 15
SW 5
SSW
Wind State cross cross-
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Swell History at Playa Manzanillo

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

Wind History at Playa Manzanillo

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

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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.