Surfing in Panama and Guatemala?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 17, 2013 1:49 PM Last Post By: maliante
Feb 16, 2013 10:23 AM
In November I traveled to Nicaragua with some friends to surf and had a fantastic time. We went to both San Juan del Sur and Playa Jiquilillo and loved it. Now were looking to plan our next surf vacation and are trying to figure out a new destination. We are all beginners and still learning to surf. I've done a bit of reading and it sounds like Panama or Guatemala may have some good options. Ideally, we would prefer to go somewhere more similar to Playa Jiquilillo than San Juan del Sur (with less tourists and very few rocks). Any recommendations on where to go/stay in either of these two countries to surf?
Feb 16, 2013 10:32 AM
1Actually Guatemala does not have much surf for a novice, its some rather huge waves and strong rip currents, and is dark sand and als hotter than hot..but, the one place people will go is around Montiricco though the town is not really a surf town, and the entire coast is pretty run down and rather dumpy to say least.
El Salvador on the other hand is a great destination, around El Tunco.
Your other options that are even less touristy and much nicer than SJDS is a dozen beach towns in Costa Rica, Playa Tamarindo, Nosora/Samara, Mal Pais, Montezuma, Dominical/Uvita and on the caribe side Playa Cocles and Manzanillo.
Panama I dont know about.
Feb 16, 2013 1:18 PM
2Hey Candace, I don't surf but when I was in Puerto Jimenez on Gulf of Dulce I met a couple of guy's who had spent a couple of weeks surfing across the the bay at Pavones, they wouldn't shut up about it. They said they said it was very laid back with great medium surf, they weren't pro's. I can vouch for the warm water.It's about 3-4 hours by bus from Golfito.
Feb 16, 2013 4:55 PM
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