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Introducing Santa Catalina

The secret about one of Central America's top surf spots is out. With a number of beach breaks, the right and left breaks of Santa Carolina are comparable to Oahu’s Sunset Beach on a good day. The fishing village has a laid-back feel, with one good outdoor pizzeria that forms the nexus of the dining and nightlife scene.

Since the recent paving of the access road, foreign investment has been shoring up. Rumors run the gamut from the construction of a mega-resort and airstrip to the establishment of a protected area and a marine park. In the meantime, enjoy it while it’s still remote, undeveloped and home to some seriously wicked surf.

Though cell-phone service was recently added, there are still no banks and very few places take credit cards. Make sure you arrive with cash. For general information and surf forecasts, check out www.santacatalinabeach.com.