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Your Guide to Surf in El Salvador!

El Salvador hosts some of the longest and most perfect waves in all of Central America and is renowned for its world-class rippable righthand pointbreaks! There is something for everyone from high-performance tubes, to flawless pointbreaks, and even longboard-friendly spots!

El Salvador has been a bit off the radar due to its tough past. With increasing safety, surfers are now traveling to score the epic waves in the country! Come to enjoy perfect waves and take advantage of the great expertise of the surf guides of our resorts!

AWAVE Travel offers a range of quality hotels in El Salvador, which will get you to the best surf in comfort and style!

Where is El Salvador?

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America, bordered by Honduras to the northeast, and Guatemala to the northwest. The following are the best areas to surf in the country:

La Libertad – Located near the capital city of San Salvador, La Libertad is the easiest surf area to reach and offers a variety of breaks suitable for all skill levels.

El Tunco – A small beach town known for its laid-back vibe and great surf, minutes away from La Libertad.

The Wild East – Located in the eastern part of the country, the so-known “Oriente Selvaje” is famous for the perfect waves of Punta Mango and Las Flores, the lively town of El Cuco, and its beautiful scenery.

Mizata – Beach and surf destination located a 40 minutes drive from La Libertad, in the municipality of Sonsonate, Mizata offers a tranquil and scenic surf getaway.

Best time for Surfing in El Salvador

Surfing in El Salvador is very consistent all year round with over 300+ days per year of good surf. The country offers great waves for intermediate and advanced surfers, while beginners can enjoy surfing on the beach breaks.

From March to May you should expect consistent and clean waves (6- 12 ft). Be prepared to get some of the best waves in your life! From June to October see waves range from 6 to 12 ft with some epic conditions! November to February are great months for beginners looking to learn or improve surfing in perfect waves! Offshore light winds allow perfect surfing conditions all day long.

How to travel to El Salvador?

Look for flights to El Salvador’s main international airport, Comalapa International Airport (SAL), located near the capital city of San Salvador. The international airport is located only 30 minutes driving away from La Libertad. The airport has flights to and from a number of destinations within Central America and around the world. We recommend arranging a trusted taxi with your booked accommodation.

AWAVE Travel’s favourite Waves in El Salvador!

El Salvador is known for its excellent surf breaks and offers some of the best right-hander waves in Central America. The AWAVE Travel team loves surfing there and has picked a few of our favorite waves:

Punta Roca, located in La Libertad, is widely considered one of the best right-hand point breaks in Central America. It offers long, powerful waves that can reach up to 12 feet (4 meters) in height. Punta Roca is recommended for experienced surfers due to its challenging nature.

La Paz is the inside section of Punta Roca, it is the easier, softer side of the wave and it’s great for intermediate surfers and longboarders looking for a more mellow spot.

El Sunzal is another popular spot in La Libertad, and it is known for its consistent and long right-hand waves, that cater to surfers of various skill levels, making it a great spot for both beginners and more experienced surfers alike.

El Zonte is a beach break in La Libertad area that provides consistent and fun waves suitable for all levels, with both left and right-hand waves available.

K59 is another great right point with a rocky bottom and hollow rides. Best at mid-incoming tide, if the crowds get too much consider surfing K61 on the other side of the beach.

Las Flores is located in the eastern part of El Salvador and it’s a volcanic rocky point with a sandy bottom, breaking as a machine! Very consistent, with a smooth takeoff on the high tides but hollow on low tides, this wave can be ridden for up to 200 yards. Las Flores is known as one of the most rippable right-hand waves in Central America and can hold up to triple overhead waves.

Punta Mango is a powerful and hollow right-hand cobblestone point break of the Wild East, offering a fast take-off with a hollow barrel in the inside section! The wave starts working on a 3ft+ swell and all tides, but 4-7 ft SW is best!

Mizata is a right and left point break which can break very good on 3-5ft swells.

Where to stay in El Salvador

If you are looking for comfort and quality accommodation whilst surfing in El Salvador, our range of surf hotels could be perfect for you! These allow you access to some of the best waves while indulging in beautiful accommodations.

Punta Mango Surf Resort

Enjoy the wild and peaceful jungle that surrounds Punta Mango while staying in comfortable beachfront accommodations. Punta Mango is one of the most remote areas of El Salvador, offering an authentic experience for surfers and lovers of the ocean and nature. Located on the east side of El Salvador Punta Mango Surf & Beachfront Resort offers easy access to one of the best waves in the area Punta Mango and it’s a real surfer heaven!

AST Punta Roca

With beach and surf right at its doorstep, AST Adventures Punta Roca offers a prime position at one of the best surf breaks in El Salvador with 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean! Watch world-class waves from your bedroom window and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean! Punta Roca is the perfect getaway for all, from solo travelers, groups of friends, families, and couples. Be mesmerized by the surf, eat traditional Salvadorian meals and cool off with a drink in the refreshing beachside pool.

Casa Sunzal

Boutique Hotel located in the heart of La Libertad, on the hillside of El Sunzal, just a few minutes from El Tunco town, Casa Sunzal has a unique and stylish design and offers comfort and space to relax after a day at the beach! The professional surf guides know the area like the back of their hands and they will make sure you score the best known and secret waves!

Travel Insurance

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Booking Your Trip

AWAVE Travel’s team is here to help you find the perfect resort for your trip. Once you have decided on the trip and the route that would suit you, we can set you up with an offer for booking!

All of our trips are covered by our Best Price Promise, so you will always get the best rate booking with AWAVE Travel!

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Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Omar AlJammaz 03/07/23

Great travel options, great customer support, simplifying planing process.
Looking forward for my next trip.

Nina Ross 03/08/23

Awesome holiday to Hudhuranfushi. Giulia was very helpful and quick to respond and overall we were very impressed with Awave Travel.
Lohi's is a private, on site, awesome left hander that just kept giving. Also had options of 2 daily surf boat trips that went to other local breaks such as Sultans, Ninja's, Cokes, Jails. The surf team are amazing and we scored great waves the whole time we were there.
Stayed in a Sunset family beach villa which was perfect for a family of 4, then upgraded for the last 3 nights to Ocean Villas, both great for different reasons!
Island staff are so helpful and welcoming, and there's a good variety of food options available. Lots of other things to do such as paddleboarding, jet ski-ing, spa treatments, yoga and amazing snorkelling - with sharks, turtles and rays! We also hired bikes to get around and do morning surf checks!
An amazing trip, thank you Awave and Hudhuranfushi!

Seb Speck 25/06/23

We had an amazing time on the Mentawai islands booked through Awave Travel.
Giulia was very helpful and available at all times during the booking process. And we had the best time on the Mentawais on the Maki Boat. The staff were amazing. Raul the surf guide was very helpful, friendly and coached us on the waves. Kaique the photographer produced top quality pictures and videos from the water, boat and drone.
Overall very happy and would highly recommend it.

Tom Ward 18/06/23

We charted Seafarer for a 10 day trip in the Maldives. We booked with AWAVE about 12 months before. James was super helpful, really responsive and just easy to deal with. We even made a very last minute change to go to the central atolls which he arranged pretty much straight away. The trip itself was unreal, great surf, amazing wildlife and scenery. If you’re thinking about a surf charter, do it and book through these guys!

Natasha Gronski 06/08/23

Awave Travel is the best surf travel agency I have ever booked! They are very professional and responsive to my inquiries and are able to match me with a surf trip appropriate to my interests and skill level. They have an outstanding relationship and reputation with the resorts that they work with, which makes a difference in the consumer experience. Above all, the Awave staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the areas they recommend, as they have actually surfed the spots and stayed at the resorts. For anyone who wants a hassle-free, no worries, relaxing and fun surf adventure, Awave Travel is the way to go!

David 05/29/23

8 of us stayed at Hudhuranfushi for my 50th birthday celebration. The resort and services were amazing. James and the team at AWAVE stayed in contact from the beginning to end to ensure we had everything we needed. Great experience. Definitely looking forward to booking our next trip with AWAVE in the near future.

Alexandra Franz 05/31/23

We spent amazing days in Morocco in Amouage. Was an amazing stay and the full surf package offered by AWAVE was great.
All the people were very nice and coaches were amazing. Booking was very smooth, answered all my questions and they took care of everything.
I took the coaching package and had a great time and learning. The teacher was great, very patient and explained everything very nice and calm. Felt safe all the time and had a lot of fun as well.
My boyfriend had the guiding package and he also had a great time. He was always taken to the spots that fitted his level and enjoyed the full when conditions were nice.

Alex Reuter 05/22/23

We stayed at Ayada in Maldives and I can't be more complimentary of AWAVE! Awesome and patient advise over whatsapp on which resort to go to with extremely details local knowledge on surf conditions, wave spots, resort quality, which atolls to go to, etc. I followed their recommendation and it was spot on. Easy booking on short notice before the trip, can't thank James enough!

Stewart Cropp 05/19/23

Our remarkable trip was 12 months in the was awkward to organize because there was so many people coming and going over our two week chartered cruise.
I can’t speak highly enough of AWAVE and more to the point ,the wonderful Giulia Manfrini. She is so caring and sweet and far above and beyond any travel consultant that I have ever worked with
Thankyou Giulia for all your prompt answers to my gazillion questions
You are “Simply the best”.
Now onto the Carpe Diem
The trip of a lifetime was had by all 20 of us
The Captain and crew worked tirelessly to pander to our every whim
They would not allow us to lift a finger
Our Barmen Shawn and Cook ( still can’t pronounce his name ) were superb, the food was first class and varied and the alcohol flowed like a river
Our Surf guide “Seppe” found waves for us every day except for two while we travelled deep into the central Attols
We were greatful for the rest
We snorkeled with the sharks and visited uninhabited Islands spent an afternoon being spoiled at a high class resort .
All in all an Awsome trip

Diane 05/11/23

James helped us organize our trip in April for my partner and I in the Mentawai.
First, lets discuss the service : James was super clear and reactive. We received a list of resorts with different price ranges and he provided all the elements for us to decide based on our needs and budget. We felt very supported for the organization and we even received so advices few days before leaving for packing.
I was a bit afraid as i'm not a good surfer so i reach out many times to understand how I could still try and learn and James always replied very quick and with all the info i need.
Then when we arrive : it was super well organized, everything went smooth and we fell in love with the place and people. We can tell they really worked on their resort selection and travel organization and we trust our next adventure will be as qualitative.
Already recommended their service ;).