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Playa Santa Catalina ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.9

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Playa Santa Catalina Surf Guide

PlayaSanta Catalina in Golfo de Chiriqui is an exposed point break that has very consistent surf Works best in offshore winds from the north. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. Sometimes crowded. Hazards include urchins and rocks.

Playa Santa Catalina Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
28.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Santa Catalina:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa Santa Catalina 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 78% of the time in January while 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% 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 Santa Catalina Location Map

Interactive Playa Santa Catalina 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 nearest passenger airport to Playa Santa Catalina is Enrique Malek International (David) Airport (DAV) in Panama, which is 158 km (98 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Playa Santa Catalina is Coto 47 Airport (OTR) in Costa Rica, 220 km (137 miles) away.

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Playa Santa Catalina Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 15 May 2021, 10:21 Local Time
Saturday 15
Wave (m) 1.1
Period (s) 16 17 18 18
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 10
Wind State cross-
glass off

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Swell History at Playa Santa Catalina

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Wind History at Playa Santa Catalina

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