WEST COAST WAVES - SURFING
Punta Roca: In the city of La Libertad you will find a world class right point break. 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", eerily similar to the Indicator-Rivermouth section at Rincon. There is also mid point section in front of the cemetery. 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. This town is the country's surf capital, where you will find surf shops, board rentals and repair shops like "Hospital de Tablas".
Conchalio: Conchalio is 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.
San Blas: there are three main places to surf that are the beach break, the point break and Cocal; the beachbreak is a fast and hollow right-left hand wave works better in middle and low tide, the point breaks at both sides been the longest and faster wave the right and gets the biggest swells the left is very fast but shorter than the right and Cocal a fast hollow grinding right hander working better at mid to low tide.
Sunzal: is probably the most popular surf spot in El Salvador. It consists of a long and slow right and a short somewhat hollow section in the inside section. This break is always bigger than all other Salvadorian breaks and more consistent. It is a rock bottom and deep water break and it is said that it will hold its shape in any size swell. Paddling out at Sunzal can be long and arduous because it has some current near the beach that gets stronger in rainy season. During pre-sunrise sessions the current is usually calm and the surf is at its best. The outside section can give rides more than 100 yards long but during low tide the inside section gets hollow and a lot better for shortboarding. There is also the “sweeper” set that breaks in the left section for which you have to be careful no to paddle too outside on the right. There is also a couple of board repair shops and small surf town scene.
Palmarcito: right point works well in a 4-6 swell, it is good for beginners.
Zonte: 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 Beachbreak” it’s not exactly a beachbreak but break like one because the mixed sandy and rocky bottom permit that wave break faster than a normal pointbreak. There is some restaurants right in front of the break. When the surf is small there is a very nice hollow section. It is best November to December.
KM 59: right point. It is in a gated comunity 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: these are beachbreaks aprox 10-15 min. from KM61.
Mizata: right and left point break which can break very good on SW190 to 210, it is 40 min 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 pointbreak and a beachbreak next to the point. The two areas break at both sides.
Fisherman's Point: 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).
Acajutla: Is located an hour from La Libertd (we recommended a take a boat trip). This town has a big industrial port nearby so there are a lot of restaurants, transport industries and sailors around. There are a few breaks right in front of the restaurants strip, it is a beach break and a small point break right besides Acajutla has one mellower and pretty long left wave it is in front Texaco headquarters.
From Acajutla all the way to Guatemala there are lots of beachbreaks and rivermouths that may occasionally break. For example there is La Barra de Santiago, which has a rivermouth that get good occasionally.
This part of the country is particularly good for scuba, diving and snorkeling. You will find white and shell sand beaches with lots of rock coral and reef, there is also shipwrecks and it is great for fishing too.
EAST COAST WAVES Surfing
Las Flores Point: This is volcanic rock point and sandy bottom is one of the points 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, and a fall 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 shortboard, fish, or longboard, with long open faces and wackable wall sections. Las flores point breaks better in low tides because of when it is empty the wave breaks behind of the rocks. But when take a big swell break good in any tide.
La Vaca: This right point works best on a low to mid tide, and a 4-6 ft swell. Vaca is a hollower, 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.
Toro De Oro: This is a righthand that braks 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 carveable 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.
Punta Mango: 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 notmandatory. The hollowest wave, but also the most wind sensitive.
Punta Bongo: Another right point, accessible b y boat only. This is a fun wave comparable to Zonte in La Libertad. Low to mid tides best. Uncrowded.
Surfing El Salvador - Zunganera: Another righthand point that needs a low tide. Worth the trip if you're looking for a totally uncrowded option in isolation. Best on a 4ft + swell.
El Cuco Beach break: A hollow beachbreak in front of the town approx. 800m east of the point, with one distinct peak, favoring 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.
Surfing El Salvador - La Ventana: is a mellow right point break tucked in another stunning natural setting. Best at medium to high tides, it can get too shallow at low tides, in the same is a beachbreak which break well in a small swell (3-6ft), in biggest swell the wave close out. This spot is recommended when the swells are small and the points don’t work well, also is perfect for intermediate surfers. Is located 10min drive from Las Flores point.
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