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San Rafael Surf Guide

San Rafael on the South Coast is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the northwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Rarely crowded here.

San Rafael Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing San Rafael:

The best conditions reported for surf at San Rafael occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing San Rafael with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 17% of the time in October while 67% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 16% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
17%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
67%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
16%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore San Rafael Location Map

Interactive San Rafael 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 Rafael is Maria Montez International (Barahona) Airport (BRX) in Dominican Republic, 52 km (32 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to San Rafael is Port Au Prince International (Port-au-prince) Airport (PAP) in Haiti, 134 km (83 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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San Rafael Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 11 August 2022, 10:22 Local Time
Thursday 11
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m)
1.2
ESE
1.2
ESE
1.1
ESE
1.1
ESE
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
25
25
20
20
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at San Rafael

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

Wind History at San Rafael

Wind stats for San Rafael, 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 Rafael. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    20km away
    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    25km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    26km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To San Rafael: