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Tortuga Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.7

Overall: 2.5

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Tortuga Bay Surf Guide

Tortuga Bay in Galapagos - Santa Cruz is an exposed beach and reef break that is often working, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the north. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the south. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Rarely crowded here. Beware of - Sharks, rays, iguanas, turtles, protected marine life, rips, rocks.

Tortuga Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s32.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
26.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tortuga Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Tortuga Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 55% of the time in March while 38% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 7% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
55%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
38%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
7%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tortuga Bay Location Map

Interactive Tortuga 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 nearest passenger airport to Tortuga Bay is Seymour (Galapagos) Airport (GPS) in Galapagos I. (ecuador, which is 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Tortuga Bay is General Ulpiano Paez (Salinas) Airport (SNC) in Ecuador, 1051 km (653 miles) away.

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Tortuga Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 10:00 Local Time
Friday 26
9AM12PM3PM6PM
Wave (m) 0.6
SW
0.6
SW
0.6
SW
0.7
SW
Period (s) 18 18 18 17
Wind (km/h) 10
SSW 15
SSW 10
SSE 5
SSE
Wind State cross-
on
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Swell History at Tortuga Bay

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

Wind History at Tortuga Bay

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

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