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Playa Santa Teresa break guide

Playa Santa Teresa Surf Guide

Playa Santa Teresa in Golfo de Nicoya is an exposed beach break that usually has waves and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around low tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of the strong rips here.

Playa Santa Teresa Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
28.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa Santa Teresa:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa Santa Teresa 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.
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 Teresa Location Map

Interactive Playa Santa Teresa 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 Santa Teresa is Nosara Airport (NOB) in Costa Rica, 66 km (41 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa Santa Teresa is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), also in Costa Rica, 112 km (70 miles) away.

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Playa Santa Teresa Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 6 October 2022, 08:35 Local Time
Thursday 06
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 16 16 15
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Playa Santa Teresa

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

Wind History at Playa Santa Teresa

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

Playa Santa Teresa Reviews:

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Based on 13 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.2
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.4
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s21.8
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Jeremy from Costa Rica
“Fun little break and very consistent. I’ve been here twice and this last trip I’ve seen a big change from 2014 to 2018 and not for the good. Localism is much more hostile and aggro is the norm in the water from Israelis to Argentinians to Costa Ricans. It’s a shame but I’ve witnessed six yelling fits in the line up. Like absolute children. You’d never know people were there to actually have fun. I was not involved in any of them as I do my best to avoid all confrontation. This was during off season on a very average days. Can’t imagine on a good day. This was once a small sleepy surf town with few surfers and now it’s on its way to becoming another Tamirindo which I grew up surfing in the 90’s and watched the progression/regression. It is what it is.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: inconsistent
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Wave Buoys Nearest To Playa Santa Teresa: