Guatemala - Surfing Info
BeachCo. Guatemala is a surf tour operator specializing in surf trips and learn-to-surf in Guatemala.
Come surf Guatemala with the experts!
SURFING IN GUATEMALA - ESSENTIAL INFO
WHEN TO GO
The surf season runs all year long in Guatemala with consistent swells coming in from the South Pacific.
However, like any coast, there are certain times of year that are better than others.
For experienced surfers looking for bigger waves, best conditions are generally from April to to October (swells generally range from 3 to 8ft).
The big 6-8ft swells for Iztapa and Champerico typically come from April to October (sometimes in March and November too)
One of the many great things about surfing in Guatemala is that you can track a decent swell about 10-15 days ahead of its arrival. As soon as you know one of the purple blobs (as per the above swell chart) is going to pass under New Zealand and keep tracking west (which most of them do), you know that good waves are coming in 10 or so days. This means you can plan your surf trip with high confidence levels.
You can still find great waves however outside of April to October as the beach breaks are great fun from November to March (lots of 3-4ft days which is a great size for beach breaks like El Paredon and Sipcate) and the odd bigger (4-6ft) swell still comes through.
For intermediate surfers wanting manageable shoulder to head high waves, best conditions are generally from October to April (swells generally range from 2-5ft).
You can still find smaller and manageable days during April to October however you need to plan your surf sessions around the medium sized days (3-5ft) and the right tides.
Mid December to mid February is typically the smallest period of the year with most days around 2-3ft (waist to shoulder high) with the occasional head high day. This is still a super fun time of year as it is the best weather (always sunny and hot) and the water is at it's clearest.
For beginners surfers wanting small and safe waves to learn on, the best conditions are generally from October to April.
You can still find smaller and manageable days during April to October however you need to plan your surf sessions around the small to medium sized days (waist to head-high waves) and the right tides.
December to March in particular is a great time to visit due the combination of smaller swells (ideal for learning) and great weather.
WEATHER & WINDS
The wet season runs from mid April to mid October. The days will be hot and many days will have light rain through to heavy storms in the afternoons and evenings. It is rare that there is rain before midday. The wind is almost always offshore/glassy in the mornings from sunrise until 10-11am before going light onshore. Often when the afternoon rain comes, the wind will switch offshore/go glassy again.
The dry season runs from late October to early April. The days will be sunny, dry and hot. It is very rare for rain this time of year. The wind is almost always offshore/glassy in the mornings from sunrise until 10-11am before going light onshore. Often late in the afternoon around 5pm, the wind will drop right off for an evening glassy session.
You can still surf with the onshore winds however the quality usually drops down depending on how strong the wind is.
Daytime air temperatures average around 32c (90f) with evenings dropping to around 24c (75f) all year round, it is always hot in the day and warm in the evenings.
Water temperatures average around 28-30c (82-86f) all year round, you do not need a wetsuit.
You can generally surf from around 5.30am until around 6.30pm
The sun is super strong here. From 7.30am to 4.30pm you will want to have strong sun protection when in the water.
Located along the southern border of Mexico, Guatemala is the northern most country in Central America.
You can get here in the following ways:
- From the USA - direct flights from L.A, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Fort Lauderdale (from 2.5 to 5 hours)
- From Europe - direct flights from Madrid (11 hours)
- From Mexico & Central America - direct flights from Mexico City, Cancun, Panama and all other major Central American cities (from 1 to 3 hours)
There are also overland bus routes all throughout Central America.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Whilst Guatemala has had a reputation for crime in recent years, it must be noted this is largely confined to a few non surf related areas and the coastline areas remain safe as long as sensible precautions are taken. The local people are generally very friendly and welcoming to tourists.
The team at BeachCo. Guatemala live and surf here so know where and how to travel here safely.
Whether you are an experienced surfer, a beginner or, you just want to spend some time at the beach, from our base here in Antigua, we can offer you trip options such as:
- Day trip from Antigua
- Guided Surf Tours with Our Surf Guide
- Multi-Day Trips based at our beach side hotels
- Custom Trips - you tell us what you want and we will build it for you
Tours options can begin/end from Antigua, Guatemala City, El Salvadorian beaches or San Salvador.