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Playa Negra Surf Guide

Playa Negra in Guanacaste is an exposed beach and point break that has consistent surf Offshore winds are from the east. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west northwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves Best around mid tide. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Watch out for urchins and rocks.

Playa Negra Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
28.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Negra:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa Negra 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 15% of the time in January while 4% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 81% 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).

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Interactive Playa Negra 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 Negra is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, which is 29 km (18 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa Negra is Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR), also in Costa Rica, 55 km (34 miles) away.

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Playa Negra Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 January 2023, 14:25 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Playa Negra

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

Wind History at Playa Negra

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

Playa Negra Reviews:

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Based on 11 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.2
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.6
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s21.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Siamak Hefazi from United States
“Playa Negra is a really fun Right point! Be careful not to let the current pull you too far over to the left, you'll get caught inside before you know it... great channel for paddling out makes it easy to manage when it gets big. Don't get caught inside the break will push you into sharp rocks.”

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    • Icon beach  redBeach
    Reliability: very consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: very consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    7km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon beachBeach,reef and rivermouth
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: consistent
    10km away

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