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Stay in Manta. Take a taxi from there to San Mateo, don't pay more than 5 dollars. There are also Camionettas that leave from the bus station for a quarter. It is 15 km west of Manta.
DistanceTake a car
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest
Good wind directionSouthWest, South
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
San Mateo is a dirty little fishing town with no hostels yet. Don't even think of eating there if you want to avoid projectile vomitting. The wave barrels off the point hard, then forms a massive wall that will carry you as far as your legs will take you, the very end of the wave barrels and then closes again.
Great waves, too long a paddle back afterwards.
Makes it all the worth of a tropical surf vacation.
By fabricio delgado , 31-10-2009
get a local surfer to show you around - San mateo is nice left swell i used to surf all the time when get big like 12 foot is awesome, if you are foreign (gringo) surfer get a local surfer to show you around, be nice of course couple ceviches and beers will be happy to show around lol,you will be having good time there.
By Anonymous , 03-03-2009
excelent surf - San mateo is a town near Manta, have a wonderful hostal Mar de Ensueños, have a rooms with air condition, tv, and excellent meal under price, and a very cordial treatment
By anonymous , 02-08-2005
dangerous town - I went there and asked a local where was the wave in the town and they took my boards telling me that they hate gringos...dangerous
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