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Santa Cruz break guidePhoto by: Simão Guimarães

Santa Cruz Surf Guide

Santa Cruz in Peniche is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the east. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Likely to be crowded if working.

Santa Cruz Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Santa Cruz:

The best conditions reported for surf at Santa Cruz occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Santa Cruz 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 41% of the time in December while 54% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
41%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
54%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
5%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Santa Cruz Location Map

Interactive Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz is Lisboa (Lisbon) Airport (LIS) in Portugal, which is 46 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Santa Cruz is Talavera La Real (Badajoz) Airport (BJZ) in Spain, 223 km (139 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Santa Cruz Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 08:56 Local Time
Wednesday 06
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m)
1.6
NNW
1.6
NNW
1.6
NNW
1.6
NNW
Period (s) 8 8 10 10
Wind (km/h)
10
15
15
20
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross

Swell History at Santa Cruz

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

Wind History at Santa Cruz

Wind stats for Santa Cruz, 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 Santa Cruz. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s32.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    15km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.3
    Reliability: consistent
    15km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    17km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    18km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Santa Cruz: