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Runaway Bay Surf Guide

Runaway Bay in Jamaica is an exposed reef break that does not work very often Offshore winds blow from the south. The ideal swell direction from the northeast. Surfable at all stages of the tide. Crowds are never a problem here. Beware of coral.

Runaway Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
27.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Runaway Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Runaway Bay occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

septemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Runaway Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in September while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 72% 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 Runaway Bay Location Map

Interactive Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay is Boscobel (Ocho Rios) Airport (OCJ) in Jamaica, 38 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Runaway Bay is Sangster International (Montego Bay) Airport (MBJ), also in Jamaica, 62 km (39 miles) away.

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Runaway Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 00:19 Local Time
ThuFriday 26
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 8 8 8 9
Wind (km/h) 20
ESE 20
E 20
E 20
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Runaway Bay

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

Wind History at Runaway Bay

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

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