Surf Camp El Salvador
Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know for your surfing holiday in El Salvador. Surfing Central America. What you need to get into El Salvador, what to bring, where to surf, etc!

  • Booking
  • Accommodation
  • Surf Camp & Surf School
  • Get to us
  • Weather & Waves
  • What to bring
  • Health
+ How can I book?

Please fill out our online pre-booking form. This form in no way constitutes a formal booking but helps us to obtain and give you all the necessary information for your surfing holiday in El Salvador. Alternatively you can always email us with your specific query.

+ How do I pay?

In order to confirm your booking and services contracted you agree to pay a deposit (a percentage of the total value of your booking). The remaining balance is to be paid locally upon arrival to the surf camp. Please read our booking terms and conditions.

+ How many days in advance do I need to book?

You can book at any time but best to secure your place well in advance since we do get full, especially in peak seasons.

+ Do I need to arrive on Sunday and leave on Sunday?

No, you can arrive and depart any day of the week and stay for as long as you want!

+ Can I take a surf camp package and my companion accommodation only or a different package?

Yes.

+ Can I change the dates after I book?

Yes, if there's availability for the new dates and when advised at least 2 weeks before due arrival date.

+ Do I get my money back, in case of cancellation?

Please check our booking terms and conditions.

+ Can I get a discount?

We do have discounts available for longer durations. The more surfing you do the cheaper it gets!
Also, if you are a regular costumer or a big group we can talk about it .o)

+ Are flights included in your price?

None of our packages include plane tickets, but you can check in "How to get to us" section to see the information of the airlines that travel to El Salvador and required taxes.
Destination airport: SAL (El Salvador International)

+ What choice of accommodation do I have?

The surf hotel in La Libertad and Las Flores offer you the choice of shared dorms and private room.

+ How many people are in each room?

We have different types of rooms: single, double, triple and quadruple.
The shared dorms take up to 4 adults or a family of 2 adults and 3 children.

+ Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

Only if you wish... you don't need to. We provide covers, sheets, pillows, towels, etc.

+ If I'm staying in La Libertad...
  • Where is the nearest internet access point?
    in your room! You will have wireless access in your room and all common areas of the surf hotel.
  • How far is the closest bar?
    The hotel La Libertad is within easy walking distance to some bars and discos.
  • Where is the nearest hospital?
    In San Salvador, 35 minutes drive away.
  • How far is the nearest restaurant?
    We have a restaurant in our hotel! But you can also find plenty of restaurants nearby.
  • How far is the closest beach?
    Right in front of the hotel! The hotel in La Libertad is on the water’s edge and offers great 180º views of the ocean: the waves of La Paz break right on our walls and we are just 5 minutes walking distance to Punta Roca.
+ If I'm staying in Las Flores...
  • Where is the nearest internet access point?
    in your room! You will have wireless access in your room and all common areas of the surf hotel.
  • How far is the nearest bar?
    Las Flores is a secluded place without much nightlife besides a couple of restaurants close by.
  • How far is the nearest restaurant?
    The hotel in Las Flores offers meals and you will also find a couple of hotels that offer restaurant service within walking distance.
  • How far is the closest beach?
    Right in front of the hotel! The hotel in Las Flores is on the water’s edge and offers great 180º views of the ocean: it's right above 2 amazing surf spots in El Salvador – Punta Flores and La Vaca.
+ Is all surf equipment included?

Yes, all surf equipment is included if you book surf school or a surf camp pack.
The surf trip packages don't not include surf equipment because most advanced surfers prefer surfing with their own gear.

+ What nationalities do you have the most?

Most of our guests are US citizens but we're happy to say that we have costumers from all around the world. We are an international surf company so we have guests of different nationalities who give a very good vibe in the surf hotels and in the surf school (surf, siesta, relax, dinners, mojitos, beers, sleep, surf,…).

+ Are you open all year round?

We are open all year round. Surf school only closes on Christmas day and New Year's Eve.

+ What kind of activities do you provide?

We are experts in surf for all levels. However, we can help or organize many different activities so you can make the most of your holidays in El Salvador. Such activities include Eco tours, city tours, fishing, yoga, etc. Please read more about what to do in El Salvador in our extra activities page.

+ Are your courses for beginners and people who never surfed before?

Our surf camp in El Salvador provides beginner and intermediate surf courses for those who have never surfed before and for those who have already gone through some surf courses before but want to continue to improve their skills and surf different surf spots in El Salvador.
El Salvador is the perfect place to learn how to surf or just enjoy surfing.

+ But I have done a beginner course before!

No worries. You can join our level 2 group. Our instructors will evaluate your skills and help you with all you need to improve your surf level and skills.

+ Do you have surf lessons every day?

Yes, including Saturday and Sunday.

+ Is there a minimum number of people for the surf classes?

No, classes are held no matter how many students but the maximum ratio of students per instructor is of 6.

+ How many hours per day can I expect to stay in the water?

Around 3 hours per day, the rest is up to you ,o)

+ Do you provide private surf lessons?

Yes, we can arrange for private surf lessons in La Libertad and Las Flores. Please email us to confirm availability.

+ What language do the instructors/guides speak?
They all speak English and Spanish.
+ Is there a minimum age requirement to join group classes? Do parents have to be present?

Small children over 4 years old can join school but parents have to commit to keep an eye on them. Kids can get tired very soon and our instructors cannot keep an eye both on the children and the ones in the water.

+ Do I have to know how to swim?

Yes, all clients have to know how to swim. It's important that you have good body resistance, absence of serious respiratory, pulmonary and cardiac illnesses and swimming ability - at least 25 meters crawl.

+ Which is the nearest airport?

The closest airport to our surf camp is Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (previously known as as Comalapa International Airport and El Salvador International Airport).
When searching for flights to El Salvador, please use Airport code: SAL

+ Entry and Visa requirements
  • Passport - Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay in El Salvador.
  • Visa - Required for some nationalities.
  • Ticket - You need to have a ticket for return or onward travel.
  • Taxes - US$32.00 departing from the International Airport.

Read more about entry and visa requirements >>>

+ How do I get to the hotel?
  • Direct transfers:
    Airport transfers (both ways) are included in surf camp and surf trip packages in El Salvador.
    If you are arriving to El Salvador by bus we can also pick you up in the city.
  • Public transportation:
    If you didn't contract a direct transfer with us and prefer to travel by public transports, please let us know so we can give you more information.
+ How is the weather?

Because of its hemispheric situation, eminently tropical, it is possible to have year-long benign climatic conditions.
The rainy season lasts from May through October and summer from November through April, and the annual average temperature is 25°C (77°F).
Click here to read more about the weather in the El Salvador.

+ How are the waves?

El Salvador offers one of the most consistent surfing environments in the world and there are waves all year round!
Please find more info about El Salvador's waves here.

+ Can you tell me the nearest surf spots?

In La Libertad the waves of La Paz are right in front of our walls – and we are just 5 minutes walk to Punta Roca. Close by you also find amazing surf spots such as Sunzal, Zonte, K59, K61, and Mizata among others.
If you stay in Las Flores, you will find two amazing surf spots like Las Flores Point and La Vaca just below our hotel. El Toro and Punta Mango are also close but are only accessible by boat.

+ What is the best season of the year to catch good waves?

Although there are waves all year long, if you are an experienced surfer, the best season for a surf trip to El Salvador is from March to October.
If you are a novice join our surf camp and we will take you to the best surf spots according to your level. It's important to pick the surf spot carefully as some of the waves are unforgiving, breaking over shallow reefs. Please find more info about El Salvador's waves here.

+ Are the surf spots very dangerous?

El Salvador has every kind of waves possible from the mellowest as Sunzal to the hollow waves such as Punta Roca. Our surf guides will be happy to help you find waves according to your level.

+ Are there any problems with the local surfers?

If you follow the basic rules concerning the respect for the locals you won´t have any problems, El Salvador surfing history is growing and now is very normal for locals to enjoy the waves with the visitors.

+ Are there any rips at your local surf spots?

Every spot has some rips, the sand banks are always changing thus making the rips. But don't worry, you will surf at the safest spots and always under supervision!

+ Money | Credit cards

The majority of the stores accept credit cards such as Visa and Master card but is always useful to have cash in hand. Many small commerce accepts cash only.

It is safe to budget a few hundred dollars for the bar, tips, tours, meals and drinks outside the hotel, souvenirs and other purchases outside your package.
Usually people tip around 10% of the total paid, but if the service was better than expected they can tip up to 15%.

Official currency in El Salvador is the US dollar (best exchange your money to $20 USD bills).

+ Some essential surfing holiday items

Clothes

  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Bathing suits/shorts/bikini
  • Nice shirt/dress (you never know...)
  • Flip-flops
  • Rash guards
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Tennis shoes and socks for nature walks and other activities
  • Light long pants (mosquito protection & other activities)
  • Light long sleeve shirt (same)

Surf gear

No need for wetsuit in El Salvador, average water temperature is 25°C (77°F) throughout the year. But if you're travelling with your board, it's also a good idea to pack up:

  • Board bag to ensure the safety of your board
  • Surf Booties
  • Wax
  • Extra leashes
  • Extra fins/ hard wear
  • Duck tape
  • Ding repair kit

Other stuff

  • Valid passport for 6 months beyond intended stay in El Salvador
  • Airline Tickets & Vouchers
  • Driver´s License
  • Cash (US Dollars) & Credit Card for extra activities, beverages, tips and incidentals
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.)
  • Your medication
  • Insect repellent
  • Beach towel(s)
  • Lot's of sunscreen (we recommend water proof, SPF 45)
  • Camera equipment (film and/or memory cards)
  • Voltage converters & adapters (read below)
  • Spanish "Quick Phrase" Book... again... you never know!

NOTE: Electrical sockets (outlets) in El Salvador are very similar to the electrical outlets found in the US and Canada. Electricity in El Salvador is 115 Volts, alternating at 60 Hertz. If you travel to El Salvador with a device that does not accept 115 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

+ Are there any mosquitos?

Yes, there are some mosquito's due to the tropical location and environment, but it is not this an epidemic problem. It is currently controlled by a government health programme. There are no know cases of Malaria for the past 10 years.

+ Do I need any vaccines?

No, You don't need any vaccines but insect repellent comes really handy ,o)

+ What are the most frequent health problems for visitors?

Cholera and stomach problems due to poor sanitation and ill prepared meals. This will not be a problem during your stay with us, our restaurants have the highest standards.