Frequently asked questions - Surfing Bahia

Booking procedures

Please fill out our online contact form. This webform does NOT constitute a formal booking but helps us to obtain and then give you all the necessary information for your surfing holiday in El Salvador. Alternatively you can email us at info@wavepals.com with your specific query.

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.

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

You can arrive and depart (24/7) any day of the week and stay for as long as you want! Activities start any day of the week (weekends included).
Yes. If there is availability for the new dates (subject to $40 admin fee).
Please always check our ongoing special offers. Also, if you are a regular costumer or a big group we can talk about it .o)
No. You have to get your own flights.
Please check here see all the information on how to get to us.

Accommodation

You can stay at surf hotel in La Libertad and/or Las Flores. Both resorts overlook the surf and all rooms have sea view
There are rooms for 1,2,3 or 4.
The biggers rooms atke up to 4 adults or a family of 2 adults + 3 children
Linen and towel are provided. Don't forget to bring your own beach towel

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 nearest bar/night live?
    The hotel is within easy walking distance to some local bars and clubs.
    You can also enjoy drinks at the hotel restaurant/bar
  • 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 surf spot?
    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 the hotel´s walls and we are just 5 minutes walking distance to Punta Roca.

LAS FLORES

  • Where is the nearest internet access point?
    in your room! You will have wireless access in your room and all common areas
  • How far is the nearest bar/night live?
    Las Flores is a secluded place without much nightlife besides a couple of restaurants close by.
    You can also enjoy drinks at the hotel restaurant/bar
  • How far is the nearest restaurant?
    The hotel offers meals and you will also find a couple of other hotels that offer restaurant service within walking distance.
  • How far is the closest surf spot?
    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, right above 2 amazing surf spots in El Salvador – Punta Flores and La Vaca.

Surf Camp & Surf School El Salvador

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 since most advanced surfers prefer surfing with their own gear.
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, siesta...)
We are open all year round. Surf school only closes on Christmas day and New Year's Eve.
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.
The surf camp in El Salvador teaches beginner and intermediate surf courses from beginners who have never surfed before, to those who have the basics want to continue to improve their skills, and intermediates who want to surf different surf spots in El Salvador.
El Salvador is the perfect place to learn how to surf or just enjoy surfing.
We also run surf guided sur trips for advanced surfers.
No, classes are held no matter how many students but the maximum ratio of students per instructor is of 6.
Classes last around 3 hours per day, the rest is up to you ,o)
Yes, we can arrange for private surf lessons in La Libertad and Las Flores. Please contact us to confirm availability.
They all speak English and Spanish.
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.
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.

How to get to us!

Check our Location page for more details...

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
    • 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.

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  • Direct transfers:
    Airport transfers (24/7 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:
    Please let us know where you are coming from so we can give you detailed information.

Weather & Waves in El Salvador

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. The annual average temperature is 25°C (77°F).
Click here to read more about the weather in the El Salvador.
El Salvador offers one of the most consistent surfing environments in the world with perfect waves all year round!
Please find more info about El Salvador's waves here.

La Libertad

In La Libertad the waves of La Paz crash onto the hotel walls and we are just 5 minutes walk to Punta Roca. Close by you there are amazing surf spots such as Sunzal, Zonte, K59, K61, and Mizata among others.

Las Flores

If you stay in Las Flores, there are two amazing surf spots: "Las Flores Point" and "La Vaca" just below our hotel.
El Toro and Punta Mango are also close but are only accessible by boat.
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.
El Salvador has every kind of waves possible from the mellowest as Sunzal to the hollow waves such as Punta Roca. The danger comes with each one's level: Our surf guides will be happy to help you find waves according to your level.
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!
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.

What to Bring

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).

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 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.

Health

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