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Latitude: 9° 23.367' N
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Continue to travel south after going through Quepos and over the mountain until you reach Manuel Antonio beach. The road parallels the beach for a couple hundred meters.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
DirectionRight and left
PowerOrdinary, Fun, Powerless
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South
Good wind directionEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movement
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
It is only good at high tide, which is only about 3 hours a day, so it's usually a bit crowded. The locals may give you the stink eye, but they're all bark and no bite.
Do not go during rainy season (Sept-December?).
Good international meeting point for all kinds. Girls come in from Europe & the states. Good locale for new surfers to get their feet wet as well as a good place to meet young traveler types.
By Slowrider2 , 15-04-2012
- when i was there the swell wasn't. i got maybe waist to occasional chest one day. i found it it to be a dumpy beach break not really suited to my long board. had a much better time surfing quepos.
By Anonymous , 31-12-2009
the beach break - the beach break m.a. can get solid double to triple over head alot,and the local handful of ticos,and myself do surf it while you ignorant tourists come to our beach at the rong time usually,sounds like your just a bunch of kooks anyway. dont put down a surf break just because you didnt get that perfect swell you saw in a photo,and dont even talk about bahos i have been surfing there for about 17 years and usually you traveling surfers are the ones sitting on the beach,so maybe you should stay in jersey,i bet the waves there really rock,ha ha ha... oh by the way,iam sure jersey doesnt have crackheads..... dork.
By Anonymous , 21-01-2008
So you want to learn to surf... - This is the perfect spot for your first surf travel experience. The waves are good enough to actually give you practice in duck diving, getting up and going down the line. The waves are bad enough that no self-respecting surfer would call this his home break, which means there's no attitude from the locals. Manuel Antonio is a popular international travel destination, so the young traveler vibe is good, and the cheap hotels are plentiful. If you're going staying for a while, stop in Jaco on your way here and pick up a cheap used board there, because the selection in M.A. sucks. Get off the bus in the middle of the beach and let the one of the very nice crackheads help you find a hostel (they need the commissions).
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