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Playa Samara Surf Guide

Playa Samara in Golfo de Nicoya is an exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the north. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers and in addition there are both left and right reef breaks. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Watch out for Rips, shallow outside reefs.

Playa Samara Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
29.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Samara:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa Samara with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 69% of the time in December while 28% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 3% 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 Samara Location Map

Interactive Playa Samara 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 Samara is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, 17 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa Samara is Daniel Oduber Quiros International (Liberia) Airport (LIR), also in Costa Rica, 79 km (49 miles) away.

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Playa Samara Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 15 May 2021, 08:54 Local Time
Saturday 15
Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 17 18 18 18
Wind (km/h) 10
NE 10
SSE 15
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Playa Samara

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

Wind History at Playa Samara

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

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    Reliability: very consistent
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    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: consistent
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    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    18km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: inconsistent
    19km away

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