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San Mateo break guidePhoto by: Marcos Bravo

San Mateo Surf Guide

San Mateo in Manabi is an exposed point break that has unreliable waves. Spring and Summer provide the favoured conditions. The best wind direction is from the east southeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest.The break here is a left hand point. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for rocks and sharks.

San Mateo Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
26.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing San Mateo:

The best conditions reported for surf at San Mateo occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing San Mateo with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 23% of the time in February while 25% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 52% 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 San Mateo Location Map

Interactive San Mateo 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 Mateo is Eloy Alfaro International (Manta) Airport (MEC) in Ecuador, 17 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to San Mateo is Reales Tamarindos (Portoviejo) Airport (PVO), also in Ecuador, 41 km (25 miles) away.

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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.
San Mateo Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 5 February 2023, 21:44 Local Time
SunMonday 06
Wave (m)
Period (s) 18 17 16 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross cross-

Swell History at San Mateo

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

Wind History at San Mateo

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

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