Best Surfing in Guatemala

Best Surfing in Guatemala

Monterrico

Before I look further into the surf spots that will provide some of the best surfing in Guatemala, let’s learn a little more about this country.  Guatemala is a Central American country and is located in the North of Central America.  Guatemala is bordered by four countries, starting from North to South, these countries are: Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.  The Pacific Ocean touches it Southwest coastline and Caribbean Sea touches it Eastern coastline.

Guatemala’s capital is Guatemala City, which also happens to be its largest city, the official language of Guatemala is Spanish.  Guatemala declared its independence from Spain in 1821.  The President of Guatemala is Jimmy Morales.  According to Indexmundi.com, fifty-four percent (54%) of Guatemala population lives below the poverty level.

According to Worldometers.com, Guatemala is ranked 68 in the World in population, with a population of nearly 17 million.  According to Statisticstimes.com, Guatemala is ranked 71 in the World in gross domestic product (GDP), which is one of the indicators of the health of a country’s economy.

The only Guatemalan to win the Nobel Prize is, Miguel Angel Asturias, he won the prize in 1967 for literature.  Guatemala produces more jade than any other country.  Guatemala has 30 volcanoes, 3 are still active.  Now that we know a little about this Central American country, let’s learn about some surf spots that will produce some of the best surfing in Guatemala.  Here is a list of some of the surf spots in Guatemala: Champerico, El Paredon, Hawaii, Iztapa, La barra, Monterrico, Puerto San Jose and Zipacate.

Champerico

Champerico is a beach break with a wave that breaks both right and left, this surf spot is for surfer of all skill levels.  Champerico is located in the municipality of Champerico, which is in the Southwestern part of Guatemala.  Champerico is approximately 141 miles northwest of the capital city of Guatemala City.

El Paredon

Best Surfing in GuatemalaEl Paredon is a beach break with a wave that breaks both right and left, this surf spot is for surfer of all skill levels.  El Paredon is located approximately 43 miles west of the city of Escuintla, and approximately 80 miles west of the capital city of Guatemala City.

Hawaii

Hawaii is a beach break with a wave that breaks both right and left, this surf spot is for surfer of all skill levels.  Hawaii is located in the area of Guatemala known as El Hawaii, it approximately 54 miles southwest of the city of Escuintla.  El Hawaii is approximately 91 miles southwest of the capital city of Guatemala City.

Iztapa

Iztapa is a river mouth break with a wave that breaks both right and left, this surf spot is for surfer of all skill levels.  Iztapa is approximately 31 miles southwest of the city of Escuintla, and is also 69 miles southwest of the capital city of Guatemala City.

La barra

La barra is a river mouth break with a wave that breaks both right and left, this surf spot is for surfer of all skill levels.  La barra is approximately 70 miles southwest of city of Escuintla, and also approximately 67 miles southwest of the capital city of Guatemala City.

Monterrico

Best Surfing in Guatemala

Champerico

Monterrico is a beach break with a wave that breaks both right and left, this surf spot is for surfer of all skill levels.  Monterrico is located near the town of Monterrico and is approximately 49 miles southwest of the city of Escuintla.  The town of Monterrico is approximately 86 southwest of the capital city of Guatemala City.

Puerto San Jose

Puerto San Jose is a beach break with a wave that breaks both right and left, this surf spot is for experienced surfer.  Puerto San Jose is located near the city of Puerto San Jose, and the city of Puerto San Jose is approximately 1.5 miles from Aeropuerto de Puerto San Jose.  The town of Puerto San Jose is approximately 30 miles from the city of Escuintla.

Zipacate

Zipacate is a sand bar with a wave that breaks both right and left, this surf spot is for surfer of all skill levels.  Zipacate is located west of the resort town of Sipacate, Sipacate is approximately 46 miles west of the city of Escuintla.  Sipacate is approximately 82 miles west of the capital city of Guatemala City.

In Conclusion

Guatemala is a Central American and is located in the North of Central America.  Guatemala is bordered by four countries: Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.  The Pacific Ocean touches it Southwest coastline and Caribbean Sea touches it Eastern coastline.  Some of the surf spots that provide the best surfing in Guatemala are: Champerico, El Paredon, Hawaii, Iztapa, La barra, Monterrico, Puerto San Jose and Zipacate

Check out my post: “Best Surfing in Honduras and Belize.”

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4 thoughts on “Best Surfing in Guatemala

  1. Thank you for your article on surfing in Guatemala, are you by any chance a surfer yourself?

    I think surfing would be a very challenging and fun hobby to add to ones life, living in Pennsylvania USA there are not good waves for surfing.

    Possibly you might write an article on how to begin surfing, I and I am sure many others would enjoy reading this article. I for one would like to know about choosing a surfing board, there are so many different types to choose from its overwhelming to decide.

    • Hi Jeff, I am a surfer and have been surfing for over 10 years. I wrote a page called “Getting Started,” which takes you through the steps to start surfing for a beginner.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

  2. Hi Stuart,
    Surfing is very popular where I live as well so it is great to see you describe the great surf spots in Guatemala.
    If you ever get the chance, review some of the surf spots in New Zealand, especially Gisborne and the Taranaki region.
    Keep up the good work with you research.
    Cheers
    Russell

    • Hi Russell, My intentions are to write about every surfing spot in the World, so, New Zealand is definitely as place I’ll be writing about.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

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