Best Surfing in El Salvador

Best Surfing in El SalvadorBefore I get into surf spots that offer some of the best surfing in El Salvador, let’s learn a little about this country.  El Salvador is located in Central America, between Guatemala to its north and Honduras to its east and south, the Pacific Ocean hits its western coastline.  Central America is made up of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

The capital of El Salvador is San Salvador which is also its largest city, the official language of El Salvador is Spanish.  El Salvador declared its independence from Spain in 1821.  El Salvador has a Tropical climate, with wet and dry seasons.  The President of El Salvador is Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

According to Worldometers.com, El Salvador is ranked 110 in the World in population, with a population of over six million.  According to Statisticstimes.com, Peru is ranked 102 in the World in gross domestic product (GDP), which is one of the indicators of the health of a country’s economy.  El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America.

El Salvador is the only Central American country without a coastline that touches the Caribbean Sea.  In 2001, the U.S. dollar became the currency of El Salvador, previously it was the Salvadorian colón.  El Salvador is also known as the “Land of Volcanoes,” it has frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity.

Best Surfing in El SalvadorNow that we know a little about the Central American country, let’s delve into the surf spots that offer some of the best surfing in El Salvador.  Here is a list of some well-known surf spots in El Salvador: Barra de Santiago, Bocana, Cocal, Cristo de Salinitas, El Palmarcito, El Pimental, El Sunzal, El Zonte Beach, El Zonte Point, Las Flores, Punta Remedios, Punta Roca, San Blas and Toro de Oro.

Barra de Santiago

Barra de Santiago is a beach break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Barra de Santiago is located north west of the Restaurante Las Barreñitas, and is approximately 65 miles north of the capital city of San Salvador.

Bocana

Bocana is a break from a river mouth with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is not for the beginner but can be surfed by surfers with more experience.  Bocana is located between Playa El Tunco to the north and Playa El Majahual to the south.

Cocal

Cocal is a point break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is not for the beginner but can be surfed by surfers with more experience.  Cocal is located north of Playa El Tunco in the El Sunzal area.

Cristo de Salinitas

Cristo de Salinitas is a reef break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all experience levels.  Cristo is west of Residencial Salinitas in the Los Cobanos area.

El Palmarcito

Best Surfing in El Salvador

Las Flores

El Palmarcito is a beach break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is not for the beginner but can be surfed by surfers with more experience.  El Palmarcito is north of Atami and south of the condominium complex Dulce Villa Palmarcito Hacienda.

El Pimental

El Pimental is a beach break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is not for the beginner but can be surfed by surfers with more experience.  El Pimental is located in Playa El Pimental, which is west of La Montana Bosque Santa Clara.

El Sunzal

El Sunzal is a point break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for surfers of all experience levels.  El Sunzal is located between Sol Y Mar to the north and El Tunco to the South.

El Zonte Beach

El Zonte Beach is a beach break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all experience levels.  El Zonte Beach is located in the El Zonte area and is north of Atami.

El Zonte Point

El Zonte Point is a point break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  El Zonte Point is in the same area as El Zonte Beach.

Las Flores

Best Surfing in El Salvador

Playa El Pimental

Las Flores is a point break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is not for the beginner but can be surfed by surfers with more experience.  Las Flores is located north of Playa El Cuco, which is located in the southern part of El Salvador.

Punta Remedios

Punta Remedios is a reef break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all experience levels.  Punta Remedios is located west of Los Cobanos Village Lodge in the Los Cabanos area.

Punta Roca

Punta Roca is a point break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Punta Roca is located in the La Libertad and is south of Punta Roca Surf Resort.

San Blas

San Blas is a point break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is not for the beginner but can be surfed by surfers with more experience.  San Blas is located near Playa San Blas, and is between El Sunzal to the north and La Libertad to the south.

Toro de Oro

Toro de Oro is a point break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is not for the beginner but can be surfed by surfers with more experience.  Toro de Oro is located north of Playa El Cuco, which is in the southern part of El Salvador.

In Conclusion

El Salvador, also known as the “Land of Volcanoes,” is located in Central America between the countries of Guatemala and Honduras.  El Salvador has a Tropical climate and the U.S. dollar is the current currency of El Salvador.  There are many surf spots in El Salvador, and I endeavored to provide you with information on some well-known spots, that will offer some of the best surfing in El Salvador.

Check out my post: “Best Surfing in Peru.”

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6 thoughts on “Best Surfing in El Salvador

  1. Hello. I am thinking of going to El Salvador on my vacation. This is my first vacation in ten years. I worked hard and I earned it. I am interested in surfing but have never done it. Is there a school for beginners in one of the surfing hotspots in El Salvador? I want to surf but first I have to learn. It is prudent of me, don’t you think?

    • Hi Nikola, Yes, there are surf schools in El Salvador and I think it’s very smart of you to take lessons before you hit the beach. I wrote a post, “Surfing Lesson on Oahu,” that has suggestions that can be used for any location.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

  2. Great report on the best surfing in El Salvador! It looks like there are a huge number of different surfing spots. This must be an awesome place to live as a surfer. Thanks for doing this research. I know that surfers will appreciate it. Are there any good surfing schools in El Salvador?

    • Hi Christina, I’m sure there are many fine surfing schools in El Salvador. You might find my post, “Surfing Lessons on Oahu,” helpful, because its suggestions can be used for any location.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

  3. Hi Stuart,
    In reading yet another fact-filled article on your site devoted to great surfing areas around the world it is quite a fact that for lovers of this sport there are more places besides Hawaii, California, Mexico, Florida etc. I previously read an excellent article in which you discussed surfing in Costa Rica.

    You listed 14 prime surfing areas along the coast line of El Salvador which would be ideal locations. I guess that the only problem in taking a vacation there is the fact that, as you mentioned, the country is a prime spot for earthquakes and volcanic activity. But, you only can live one life and acts of nature possibly occurring should not prevent any person from enjoying what appear to be excellent surfing destinations.

    Do you know anything about the cost of hotel and other accommodations for people interested in visiting this location?

    Jeff

    • Hi Jeff, Sorry, I don’t have any information about cost of hotels or other accommodations in El Salvador, but I’m sure you can find some excellent deals.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

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