Where to stay in El Salvador? Best surfing spots?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 29, 2012 6:17 PM Last Post By: antopalmer
Feb 16, 2012 6:35 AM
Where to stay in El Salvador? Best surfing spots?Hey folks, this is my first post on the Thorn tree forum, thanks for having me.
I'm traveling to Central America at the end of March and will be backing for a couple months from Belize to Panama. were obviously going to be stopping in El Salvador (I heard it's great for surfing) and I wanted to know if anyone can recommend any sites to see, where I might find some good quiet surfing spots (I'm a beginner), and some quiet areas to stay where I might find some fellow backpackers? If it makes a difference, I will probably spend no more then a week in El Salvador.
I have my guide books, and did some research on the internet, but it doesn't seem like here is much out there about El Salvador.
These are the spots that I found so far, maybe someone can tell me if they are what I am looking for;
Playa El Tunco
La Costa del Sol
Thanks in advance!
Feb 16, 2012 10:54 AM
1I am not a surfer, but (from what I hear):
El Salvador is known for their right-handed points
Punta Roca is expert, at La Libertad Town
(consider contacting with Robert Bob Rotherham
(who is a gringo that came decades ago, and named THAT place Punta Roca...
he has a restaurant and lodging at www.puntaroca.com)
El Tunco might be too mucho for beginners, because it is rocky, but you can walk to the next beach, El Sunzal
El Tunco is small, about 3-4 blocks, but has the most ammenities and an international vibe: restaurants,
hostels, parties, etc.
El Zonte is another place with a point, with less ammenities, but also favored for surfing.
La Costa del Sol is flat (no point) so I suppose it is good for beginners?
Most of Costa del Sol are private beach houses, with one hotel here, another there, etc.
Not many ammenities reachable by walking - usually high heeled people go there by car.
But if you want more solitude, it may be the place.
There is also the East Coast, near El Cuco beach:
Miramar hotel, also Las Flores, which is a boutique hotel.
Backpackers you will find more in El Tunco,
and at Ruta de Las Flores - the road that goes to the mountain towns of Juayua
(many go to Anahuac hotel there), Ataco, etc.
Not far from Ruta de Las Flores you can find Coatepeque Lake
and climb Santa Ana or Izalco Volcano, starting from Cerro Verde hill...
Also another place you might want to visit is Suchitoto,
like Antigua Guatemala, but smaller and sleepier.
And you might want to go to Perkin, to see the small war museum
of our recent civil war.
Feb 16, 2012 1:58 PM
2Roques is spot on. Not sure a week is long enough.
One search you might try is "surf elsalvador". there are a few website that list surfing conditions.
If you go to the route of flowers make sure to do so on a weekend to catch the food festivals that several of the towns put on. Juayua is one and a little smaller one at Atco de Concepcion. Good food open market wagon rides singning dancing and so on.
Suchitoto is very lasid back but with oppertunites to take hikes, boatride on the lake, a zipline across part of the lake.
Perquin is work the visit as there is a lot of history leading up to the civil war. Also not far is the memorial for the town of el moztoe.and what happened there. you can find info on the internet.
Like I said at the start a week isn't much time. For a small country there is much to do.
Feb 16, 2012 3:59 PM
Feb 17, 2012 12:49 PM
Feb 29, 2012 6:17 PM
5La Tortuga Verde on Playa El Esteron is one of the best stops on the backpacker circuit and has the nicest beach in El Salvador. its also close to Playa Las Flores which has a brilliant right point break. They also offer transport by boat across the gulf of fonseca to nicargua every friday for only $40
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