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Rio Papagayo ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.7

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Rio Papagayo Surf Guide

Rio Papagayo in West Guerrero is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the north northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

Rio Papagayo Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s32.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
27.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Rio Papagayo:

The best conditions reported for surf at Rio Papagayo occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Rio Papagayo 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 61% of the time in December while 38% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
61%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
38%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
1%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Rio Papagayo Location Map

Interactive Rio Papagayo 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 Rio Papagayo is General Juan N Alvarez International (Acapulco) Airport (ACA) in Mexico, which is 17 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Rio Papagayo is Ixtapa Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH), also in Mexico, 222 km (138 miles) away.

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Rio Papagayo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 6 March 2021, 05:50 Local Time
Saturday 06
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m) 1.1
SSW
1.1
SSW
1.1
SSW
1.0
SSW
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 5
NNE 5
NNE 5
NE 10
SSW
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Swell History at Rio Papagayo

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

Wind History at Rio Papagayo

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

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