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San Carlos Point Surf Guide

San Carlos Point in Golfo de Panama is a quite exposed reef and point break that has fairly consistent surf Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for rocks.

San Carlos Point Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReef and pointIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing San Carlos Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at San Carlos Point occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf San Carlos Point (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing San Carlos Point 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 0% of the time in January while 0% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 100% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
0%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
0%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
100%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore San Carlos Point Location Map

Interactive San Carlos Point 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 San Carlos Point is Howard Afb Airport (HOW) in Panama, which is 63 km (39 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to San Carlos Point is Marcos A Gelabert International (Panama) Airport (PAC), also in Panama, 71 km (44 miles) away.

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San Carlos Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 27 June 2022, 09:03 Local Time
Monday 27
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m)
0.3
SSE
0.3
SSE
0.3
SSE
0.3
SSE
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
10
20
15
15
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at San Carlos Point

Surf stats for San Carlos Point, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at San Carlos Point

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near San Carlos Point. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    3km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To San Carlos Point: