El Salvador

El Salvador, meaning the Republic of The Savior in Spanish, is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. El Salvador is sandwiched between Honduras in north and Guatemala in the west, with the Pacific Ocean nestling in the South. El Salvador is the only country in Central America that doesn't boarder the Caribbean Sea.

Most of El Salvador's tourists seek out the beaches and nightlife. However, El Salvador has a lot more to offer than just their coastline. Running right through the country is a parallel set of mountain ranges, dividing El Salvador into two unique ecological regions. Due to its size and urbanisation, El Salvador doesn?t have many natural tourist attractions such as hiking trails, or ancient monuments. However, surfing has been gaining increasing popularity over the last few years.

One of El Salvador's major tourism drawcard?s is its Pacific Coastline. La Libertard, the closest beach town to the country's capital and largest city, San Salvador, is home to some epic right-handers. A couple of must surf spots are Sunzal and Punta Roca. Even better, there are more points and hidden gems than you can poke a stick at, so it is quite possible to find some great surfing spots that are still uncrowded.

Strangely enough, an emerging area has been attracting tourists to El Salvador over recent years. Their turbulent past and what remains sees many visitors. Mountain hideouts, artillery fragments, cannons, uniforms and pieces of Soviet weaponry once used by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) can be seen in museums all around the country.

Weather in El Salvador

May - October
November - April

Situated in the tropics, El Salvador's climate reflects the region with distinct wet and dry seasons. The temperature predominantly varies due to the elevation and changes very little between seasons. The low plains in the coastal regions are consistently hot, while the mountain areas are more temperate.

The wet season usually falls between May and October, with almost all of El Salvador's annual rainfall occurs during this period.

The dry season occurs between November and April, and is controlled by the northeast trade winds that bring the dry and hot weather patterns.

The best time to visit El Salvador is generally considered to be at the beginning or end of the dry season, when the weather is slightly cooler and not as wet.

El Salvador

La Bocana

La Bocana
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Left
Surf Type:
  • Learn to Surf
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Mar - Oct
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In the land of the rights, La Bocana is the only worthwhile left-hander in the region. Just down the road from Sunzal, when the conditions are right it can peel for quite a distance, all the way across a river mouth.

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Punta Roca

Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right
Surf Type:
  • Learn to Surf
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Mar - Oct
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Punta Roca is one of the great gems of El Salvador. It is a world-class wave thats in the same league as other standout rocky point breaks, such as Lennox Head and Jeffreys Bay.

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Sunzal

Sunzal
Surf Skill:
2
Break:
Right
Surf Type:
  • Shortboarders
Season:
Mar - Oct
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Sunzal is generally considered to be one of the more user friendly waves in the area. Its a consistent right-hand point break that accommodate most levels of surfing.

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