About Cotillo

When northeasterly winds blow out the north shore, this long sandy beach is one of the go-to spots. The northern end of the beach provides some shelter, with shifty banks and fun waves that close out over head high. Further to the south the beach opens out with many peaks spread between occasional fingers of volcanic rock. Swells come out of deep water producing powerful, sometimes hollow waves. Can be crowded. Popular summer learner's spot.

Source: Cotillo Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for beginners when small, surf schools operate here. When the size picks up, so does the power and intensity - best for intermediate surfers then.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Usually busy when good, competitive on the best peaks.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Popular destination, loads of banks to help spread the crowd out.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Long, fun beach break, with shifty sandbanks, best in smaller swells. It can produce excellent hollow peaks… it can also be a close out.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Hard work when over shoulder high, can be rippy with lots of duck diving.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Heavy and rippy when big, occasional rocks.


There is cliff top parking all along the beach. Watch out for car crime.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, sup, fish, longboard, bodyboard


Sandbanks with occasional rocks.

Best Season

Best October - March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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