About Solimar Reef and Beach

Solimar Reef is a fast, ledgy, two-way peak that breaks 300 yards offshore on big winter swells. It never gets above double-overhead, but it packs all the punch of a deepwater reefbreak. Avoid the first winter swells at the Reef, as the kelp is so thick that you'll be skipping like a broken record on every wave. Further inside is Solimar Point, a triangular sand/cobblestone setup that's painfully mushy during the winter months, but offers a decent left during SW swells and medium-high tides. Inside of the Point is Solimar Beachbreak, another temperamental stretch of sand that comes alive during good windswell. Since it's somewhat sheltered from wind, Solimar has become the beach blanketer's alternative to the surf spot formerly known as Oil Piers.

Source: Solimar Reef and Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

None to moderate.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Light to moderate.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Good option in NW wind.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Inside beachbreak peaks are manageable but you have to put in work for the best of it.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Manageable but can be rough after a rain.

Additional Information


None, except getting dumped on the outside reef when it's big.


Moderate, park in the south lot.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard, skimming, bodysurfing


Sand to reef

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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