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Playa de los Barcos ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.7

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Playa de los Barcos Surf Guide

Playa de los Barcos in Cantabria is a fairly exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around low tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Crowds may reach hazard levels at this break - consider wearing a lid.

Playa de los Barcos Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s32.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
12.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Playa de los Barcos:

The best conditions reported for surf at Playa de los Barcos occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Playa de los Barcos 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 50% of the time in January while 26% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 24% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
50%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
26%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
24%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Playa de los Barcos Location Map

Interactive Playa de los Barcos 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 de los Barcos is Santander Airport (SDR) in Spain, 24 km (15 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Playa de los Barcos is Bilbao Airport (BIO), also in Spain, 55 km (34 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Playa de los Barcos Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 07:33 Local Time
Tuesday 13
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m) 0.6
NNW
0.9
ENE
1.0
ENE
1.3
ENE
Period (s) 7 6 6 6
Wind (km/h) 20
ESE 20
ESE 25
E 30
E
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Playa de los Barcos

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

Wind History at Playa de los Barcos

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Playa de los Barcos:

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.