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BEST SURF SPOTS & WAVES IN EL SALVADOR | CENTRAL AMERICA

  • Best Waves and Surf Spots in El Salvador
  • Waves El Salvador Punta Roca
  • Surf spots La Libertad El Zonte
  • Surfing Punta Roca

 

Surf Seasons in El Salvador

El Salvador offers one of the most consistent surfing environments in the world.  There are more than a dozen world class right & lefts point breaks, but what makes surfing unique in El Salvador is the length os most waves, breaking 100-200 meters or more without closing out.  Imagine having high quality "long rides" 300 days a year, in 82F water and no crowds!!!

There are 4 main surfing seasons in El Salvador:

  • March-May: Very big, consistent, and clean waves (6-12 ft). During this period there are many days when conditions are great to surf all day long.
  • June-October: Big surf (6-12 ft) originating from the South Pacific’s swells. During this period the best surf normally happens between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm.
  • November-December: Waves are more inconsistent, but when they arrive they are simply perfect (4-6 ft). The weather is cooler than normal (78F). Offshore winds allow for perfect surfing conditions all day long.
  • January-February: During these months surf becomes very inconsistent and the waves are small (2-4 ft), however the climate is perfect with cool evenings and bright sunny days.

  • Beginners season: October to mid March.

Surf Zones in El Salvador | Waves and Surf Spots

El Salvador’s coastline is divided into two distinct surf zones:

West Coast Waves | La Libertad

The West Coast encompasses about a dozen different high quality breaks beginning at the coastal town of La Libertad with some of the most popular spots in El Salvador such as Punta Roca with its powerful and hollow waves.
El Salvador surf trips and tours packages include surf sessions in some of the best surf spots in La Libertad area, including:

East Coast Waves | Las Flores

The East coast offers a big list of amazing waves so we can assure you a great surf trip in El Salvador and memories of a lifetime! Surf tours include boat an 4×4 access to all surf breaks in Las Flores. Leave logistics up to us, you just have to think about catching barrels and having fun!
Click below and read more about the best waves in Las Flores:



Surfing Punta Roca

PUNTA ROCA *****

  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Med-High
  • Wave Size: 4-8++ feet
  • Location: 3' walk from Hotel
  • Crowd: Crowded during mornings

At the city of La Libertad you will find some world class right point breaks. Good waves at both tides but gets pretty shallow on low tide, also be careful with "mama Roca", a big rock appearing shortly after takeoff and fully exposed at low tide.
There are three main sections, the top of the point is a hollow and fast wave called "The point", very similar to the Indicator-river mouth section at Rincon. There is also a mid point section in front of the cemetery.

La Paz Beach Surf

LA PAZ ****

  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: All
  • Wave Size: 3-8+ feet
  • Location: Front of the Hotel
  • Crowd: Very Low

The inside cove, right in front of the town's restaurants is called La Paz - a mellower wave where all the town's kids learn to surf and have a fun evening session. This section is good for long boarding. The town is the country's surf capital, where you can find surf shops, board rentals and repair shops like "Hospital de Tablas".

Surfing Fisherman Point

FISHERMAN'S POINT ***

  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Med-Low
  • Wave Size: 3-5 feet
  • Location: 5 minutes from Hotel
  • Crowd: None

There is an easy right hand break with rock bottom that is very consistent and there is a hollow left at that same point. On the other side of the break there is a nice sand bottom left but is hard to find it breaking .There are many abandoned beaches and points with sandy bottoms, there are lots more surf spots between La Libertad and the airport that are not popular and not well known by surfers, but our surfing knowledge is Unlimited...!!!

Surfing El Zonte

EL ZONTE ***

  • Direction: S,SSW & SW
  • Tide: All Tides
  • Wave Size: 3-5 feet
  • Location: 18 minutes from Hotel
  • Crowd: Super Mellow, Aloha Vibe

This is a right hand point break with beautiful settings of the headlands, this is one of the better surf spots because of breaks well in any swell direction, it’s divided in 2 sections the point that is lined up take off, and next right Zonte point is “The Beach break”. It’s not exactly a beach break because of its mixed sandy/rocky bottom. The wave breaks faster than a normal point break. There are some restaurants right in front of the break. When the surf is small you can catch a very nice hollow section. Works best November to December.

Surfing Mizata

MIZATA

Right and left point break which can break very good on SW190 to 210, it is 40 min utes drive from La Libertad through 5 tunnels. This is another of the desolated surf spots. This break offer right and left waves. This spot consist in two sections which are "The Doll" that is a point break and a beach break next to the point. The two areas break at both sides.

Surfing Sunzal

SUNZAL ****

  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: All Tides
  • Wave Size: 4-6 feet
  • Location: 10 minutes from Hotel
  • Crowd: Super Mellow, Aloha Vibe

Probably the most popular surf spot in El Salvador. A long and slow right with a short somewhat hollow section in the inside section. This break is always bigger and more consistent than any other Salvadorian breaks. Rock bottom and deep waters holds its shape in any size swell.
Paddling out at Sunzal is long and arduous because of the current near the beach. At dawn sessions the current is usually calm and the surf is at its best. The outside section can give rides more than 100 yards long, on low tide the inside section gets hollow, good for short boarding.

Surfing San Blas

SAN BLAS & COCAL

At San Blas there are 3 main places to surf: The beach break, the point break and Cocal. The beach break is a fast hollow right-left hand wave works better in middle and low tide; The point breaks to both and is the longest and faster wave the right and gets the biggest swells the left is very fast but shorter; Cocal is a fast hollow grinding right hander working better mid to low tide.

Surfing Conchalio & Palmarcito

CONCHALIO & PALMARCITO

A powerful beach break for tube riders, its sand bottom makes this waves very hollow. Surfing Conchalio from 5 to 7 feet is no laughing matter, but getting out of this barrels is just an unreal experience.
Palmarcito: right point works well in a 4-6 swell, it is good for beginners.

La Bucana El Salvador

LA BUCANA

  • Performance: 4 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: All Tides
  • Wave Size: 4-8+ feet
  • Location: 10 minutes from Hotel
  • Crowd: Medium Crowd – Surf Guide Necessary
Surfing Fisherman Point

KM 59 / KM 61 / LA PERLA / SHALPA

KM 69 - Right point. It is in a gated community of beach houses but the break is a rock bottom that has good hollow waves. Best at mid-incoming tide.

KM 61 - Right point. Which offer a long right hand line up this is one of the most desolated spots in La Libertad because of none restaurant hotel or hose is in front, you must to parking your car on one side of the rod and walk couple minutes.

La Perla and Shalpa - Beach breaks aprox 10-15 min. from KM61.




Surfing Las Flores El Salvador

LAS FLORES *****

  • Performance: 5 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Low-Med
  • Wave Size: 4-8++ feet

This volcanic rock point and sandy bottom is one of the spots that breaks mechanically with a hollow takeoff and very long rides up to 250m.The takeoff is critical as well as competitive, with surfers lining up and dropping in behind the rocks. Falling here has immediate consequences. On small to moderate swells (3-6 ft), or fuller tides, Las Flores is a classic sand point break, super fun on a short board, fish, or long board, with long open faces and workable wall sections.  Las Flores breaks better in low tides But in big swells is good in any tide.

La Vaca Las Flores

LA VACA ****

  • Performance: 4 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Low-Med
  • Wave Size: 3-5 feet

This right point works best on a low to mid tide, and a 4-6 ft swell. Vaca is a hallow, critical, shorter wave than Flores. Punta Vaca can be a great option for the experienced surfer looking for heavy takeoffs and hollow barrels, and can provide crowd relief if the point at Las Flores is congested.
La Vaca is 300m west from Las Flores you can paddle or walk.

Surfing Punta Mango

PUNTA MANGO *****

  • Performance: 5 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Low-Med-High
  • Wave Size: 4-8++ feet

Powerful and hollow right point. It is has a hollow take off with a serious barrel at size. It works on a 3ft+ SW or S swell and all tides. This point is compared with El Capitan in California but a lot more consistent. The wave is best at 4-8 ft. At low tide the main bowl shuts down and the peak shifts out to the corner, with long lined-up rides to 200m+ all the way to the beach break. At mid-high tide the action shifts to the main bowl and lines up all the way through the inside. Reef booties are recommended but not mandatory. The shallowest wave, but also the most wind sensitive.

El Toro Las Flores

EL TORO ****

  • Performance: 4 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Low-Med-High
  • Wave Size: 4-8++ feet

This is a right hand that breaks in deeper water forgiving take off and offers long lined up rights with 200m rides when on, works perfect in 4+ solid swell. The wave face is very carve but steep. Breaks best in low or mid coming up tide safest access is by boat due to treacherous entry and rocks on the inside. 

Surfing Punta Bongo

PUNTA BONGO ***

  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Low-Med-High (Low to mid tides best)
  • Wave Size: 4-5 feet
  • Uncrowded

Another right point, accessible by boat only. This is a fun wave comparable to Zonte in La Libertad.

Surfing El Cuco Las Flores

EL CUCO ***

  • Performance: 3 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Med-High
  • Wave Size: 4-5 feet

A hollow beach break in front of town approximately 800m east of the point, with one distinct peak, favouring lefts. Usually when it is this good the point is better, but check it anyway. Sometimes it is good when the point isn't and can work on a higher tide, offering a scrappier alternative with a bit more lip.