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Cerro Azul

Famously listed, just after “Laguna” in the Beach Boy’s song “Surfin’ Safari,” Cerro Azul is a consistent left point break that goes tubular. When the sea gets going, a quick, strong and tubular right wave breaks on the other side of the pier.

It sees the best waves with a swell from the southwest that will wrap nicely around the headland, and can take you 150 meters or more all the way to the pier. Other waves form left and right closer to the pier. Normal outer break length is 50-150 meters (163-489 feet) and on a good day gets double that. Swells start at 1-1.5 meters (3-5 feet) and can hold over 2.5 meters (8 feet) high. It’s an easy paddle out, though it gets a bit hairy when the surf’s big. The bottom is sandy with rock. Watch for urchins.

During the week it’s pretty tranquilo, but on weekends the take-off zone can be jam-packed when the waves are really good. The outer breaks stay fairly light with surfers on the weekends, but the take-off zone can be jam-packed when the waves are really good. The inner breaks are often crowded with kids and body boarders.

The beach is very family-friendly and attracts most of the town on the nicer weekends. The town of Cerro Azul has numerous hostels and restaurants, all with easy beach access.

07 Apr 2012

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