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4ta Calle Poniente #16a
Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez

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BeachCo. Guatemala is a surf tour operator and surf shop located in Antigua Guatemala.

The surf tours specialise in surf trips and learn-to-surf adventures here in Guatemala and nearby El Salvador.

The surf shop ranges surfing and beach essentials such as swimwear, flip-flops, surfboards and accessories.

 

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El Salvador - Surf Spots

SURFING IN EL SALVADOR

El Salvador is one of the best locations in the world for surfing perfect right hand point breaks. Ad to this the consistency and ease in finding an uncrowded wave and El Salvador really is an A-grade surfing location.

BeachCo. Guatemala focuses its surfing trips on the following high quality El Salvadorian surfing beaches: Punta Roca, El Tunco, El Zonte, Mizata, Las Flores and Punta Mango.

SURFING IN EL SALVADOR - SURF SPOTS

El Salvador is one of the best locations in the world for surfing perfect right hand point breaks.

Located along the south-eastern border of Guatemala, El Salvador is a tropical destination open to all southerly swells in the Pacific Ocean.

The waves of El Salvador are largely defined by the 15 or so right hand point breaks condensed into a very small coastline. 3 of these point breaks are absolute world class (Punta Roca, Las Flores and Punta Mango).

There is more to El Salvador however than just perfect rights. There are left handers, river-mouths, beach breaks, reefs and slabs. Ad to this the consistency and ease in finding an uncrowded wave, El Salvador really is an A-grade surfing location.

BeachCo. Guatemala focuses its surfing trips on the following high quality El Salvadorian surfing beaches:

  • Mizata (An uncrowded right point, peaky reefs and beach breaks)
  • K-59 (A bowly right point)
  • El Zonte (An easy right point, a fun left and beach breaks)
  • Sunzal (A big long right point)
  • El Tunco (An excellent left and beach breaks)
  • Punta Roca (A-grade right point - best in Central America)
  • Las Flores (A-grade right point)
  • Punta Mango (A-grade right point)

** There are many other waves not on this list (some well known, others "semi-secret") that can and may be surfed depending on conditions and preferences.


MIZATA

The most consistent waves in El Salvador, almost always has surfable waves and very low to no crowds.

The great things about Mizata are the consistency (almost always has waves), the variety (4 different surfing areas within 800 metres) and the lack of crowds (rarely more than 10 people out, often it is completely empty!)

The 4 surfing areas break in a variety of conditions and tides, generally speaking:

  • the point break (right) - best in medium to medium large (4-6ft) swells, can be surfed on some bigger swells too
  • the reefs (lefts and rights) - best on medium (3-5ft) swells
  • the beach breaks (lefts and rights) - best on small (2-3ft) swells
  • the slab (right) - best on big swells (6ft+), it gets heavy and is rarely surfed (very experienced surfers only!)

The waves are suitable for experienced and intermediate surfers.

Mizata is the closest wave to Antigua and Guatemala City, only 3.5 hours drive away. It is about a 1.5 hour drive from San Salvador City / San Salvador Airport.


K-59

A super fun and consistent right hand point break which can break up to 200 metres.

K-59 is generally not a heavy wave like Punta Roca, it is a more a playful and rippable point break set in a beautiful area just off the highway.

It has a nice steep take-off which then moves into a bowly down-the-line section which is nice for turns and cut-backs. It's the sort of wave you can do 5-8 turns on a good day. A lot of fun! 

For experienced surfers, It is best on 4-6ft swells. Bigger swells (6-8ft) generally don't work so well here.

For intermediate surfers, it is best on a 3-4ft swell.

A few hundred metres away is a second wave K-61, which can also be a fun right hand point and usually has much less crowds.

The waves are suitable for experienced and intermediate surfers.

K-59 is about 4 hour drive from Antigua and Guatemala City. It is about a 1 hour drive from San Salvador City / San Salvador Airport.


EL ZONTE

A friendly and chilled little beach village that almost always has surfable waves and low crowds.

El Zonte has a good variety of waves (3 different surfing areas within 300 metres) that are surfable in most conditions from 2-5ft. Waves bigger than 6ft generally close out this area so best to surf elsewhere.

The 3 surfing areas break in a variety of conditions and tides, generally speaking:

  • the point break (right) - best in medium (3-5ft) swells, can be surfed on some bigger swells too. A fun and open-faced right hand point that is great for intermediate surfers.
  • the left (left and right) - best in medium (3-5ft) swells, this peak breaks both ways but it is the left that is usually the longer and better wave (the right has a nice shape but is quite short). This is generally the best wave in the area.
  • the beach breaks (lefts and rights) - best on small (2-3ft) swells, can be fun.

The waves are suitable for experienced and intermediate surfers.

El Zonte is about 4.5 hours drive from Antigua and Guatemala City. It is about a 50 minute drive from San Salvador City / San Salvador Airport.


SUNZAL

A very popular wave due to it's consistency, long walls and ability to be surfable from 2 to 15ft.

This right hand point break has many different moods depending on the swell and tide. It picks up a lot of swell and is surfable most days of the year.

On small to medium swells it presents long walls, usually fuller in shape and ideal for long boarders, cruisers and intermediate surfers. You can find waves up to 200 metres.

Once it gets big however (6-8ft plus), it becomes a deep water and wide breaking huge right hander than can be surfed up to 12-15ft. At this size it looks similar to famous waves like Sunset Beach in Hawaii and Bells Beach in Australia. in these sorts of swells, waves can run for 300 metres plus.

The wave is suitable for experienced and intermediate surfers.

For experienced surfers who want big exciting rides, it is best on on 6-12ft swells.

For intermediate surfers, it is best on a 3-4ft swells.

** El Tunco - covered below, it is a 5 minute easy walk from Sunzal (El Tunco and Sunzal beaches are essentially the same beach)

Sunzal is about a 5 hour drive from Antigua and Guatemala City. It is about a 40 minute drive from San Salvador City / San Salvador Airport.


EL TUNCO

A busy little beach town which has a good variety of fun waves and a very developed tourism offering (it's the most popular of all beach towns in the country for backpacker tourism and is also very popular with the locals).

It does have a well founded reputation as a party town (mainly on weekends and holiday periods) as there are many bars and nightclubs here. If you are looking to go out and drink beers and dance until 3am one night, this is your place!

El Tunco has 2 different surfing areas that are surfable in most conditions from 2-5ft. Due to it's popularity, it is a busy location with crowded periods at times (though certain times can still be uncrowded).

The 2 surfing areas break in a variety of conditions and tides, generally speaking:

  • La Bocana (left) - best in medium (3-5ft) swells, this river-mouth left is much sort after as it is the best left in the country (rides up to 150 metres with great shape). The wave is consistent and very popular with the local surfers (especially during the morning and evening sessions where it is often crowded). Experienced and respectful surfers only (due to crowd and competitive nature).
  • The beach breaks (lefts and rights) - best on small (2-3ft) swells and high tides. Can be a lot of fun.

The waves are suitable for experienced and intermediate surfers.

** Sunzal - covered above, it is a 5 minute easy walk from El Tunco (El Tunco and Sunzal beaches are essentially the same beach)

El Tunco is about a 5 hour drive from Antigua and Guatemala City. It is about a 40 minute drive from San Salvador City / San Salvador Airport.


Punta Roca

The best wave in El Salvador and arguably the best wave in all of Central America.

This classic right hand point break breaks off a cobblestone point and can run for 200-400 metres depending on the conditions,

The take-off at the top of the point is always the biggest part of the wave and this section can barrel on good days. From there its a long vertical wall with barrel sections and speed to burn. The bigger the swell the longer the wave.

Punta Roca is a very consistent wave too and can be surfed from 2ft to 12ft plus. At 6-8ft and clean, it is as good a right hand point as any you will find worldwide.

The wave is consistent and is very popular with both the local surfers (especially during the morning sessions where it is very crowded and competitive) and touring high-level surfers who all want to score this wave.

Despite the wave being busy during the mornings on most good days, post 9am you can often get it completely uncrowded even on really good days. These are the sessions we look for. The local crew are done surfing, the morning surfers are surfed out and the waves are still pumping and there are only 5-10 guys out!  Score this (and we will do all we can for that to happen!) and you will never forget it!

Experienced and respectful surfers only (due to both the quality and set-up of the wave - steep drops, barrel sections, fast wave, rocky shoreline - as well as the crowd and competitive nature).

For intermediate surfers, as well as long boarders and cruisers, a better option is the inside section called La Paz.

La Paz is normally 50% the size of the outside section of Punta Roca. It is a fun wave with long walls and it moves along at a nice pace. It is a wave with much more chilled vibes than it's bigger brother a few hundred metres further out.

Punta Roca is about a 5 hour drive from Antigua and Guatemala City. It is about a 25 minute drive from San Salvador City / San Salvador Airport.


Las Flores

A classic right hand point break set in a stunning location, 2 to 2.5 hours drive from Punta Roca on the "East" coast of El Salvador.

This is another A-grade point break that is worth a trip to El Salvador simply to score this wave.

The wave peaks up and then breaks off the rocks at the top of the point and can run for 200-300 metres depending on the conditions.

The first section can be sucky and hollow before backing off for a cutback section before it stands up and runs across the inside bank for another 150 metres. This section can be perfect for big turns or barrels depending on the conditions.

Las Flores picks up about 20-30% less swell than Punta Roca so is best on a solid swell (4-6ft plus at Punta Roca meaning 4-5ft conditions at Las Flores). It is best surfed in 4-6ft conditions however it can hold much bigger.

From mid March to late November it is pretty consistent with waves most days as it breaks well from 3ft upwards (it is surfable from waist high up which it is about 80-90% of the time during this period)

The wave is very popular with package tour surfers from the US and Brazil (especially during the morning and evening sessions where it is very crowded and competitive). There are a few high-end surf resorts here catering to this market.

Outside of high season for this market (April - August) you can score uncrowded conditions here.

In season, like Punta Roca, after the morning rush, you can also score uncrowded sessions.

Experienced and respectful surfers only when it's good (due to both the quality and set-up of the wave - steep drops, barrel sections, fast wave, - as well as the crowd and competitive nature).

For intermediate surfers, the inside section can be surfed on smaller swells and higher tides.

** There are a bunch of other decent waves within 10 minutes of Las Flores too (point breaks and beach breaks).

Las Flores is about an 8 hour drive from Antigua and Guatemala City. It is about a 2 to 2.5 hour drive from San Salvador City / San Salvador Airport / Punta Roca.


Punta Mango

The third and final of the three A-grade classic El Salvadorian right hand point breaks and the one with perhaps the biggest barrels.

Located a 25 minute "off-road" drive from Las Flores through some stunning countryside.

This wave is shorter than Las Flores and Punta Roca (it is about 150-200 metres) but it arguably has the best shape of them all.

The wave peaks up and then breaks off the rocks at the top of the point and can barrel for very long heavy sections from that point forth.

It picks up the same amount of swell as Las Flores and is perhaps a touch more sensitive to the wind. It is best surfed in 4-6ft conditions however it can hold 6-8ft (but gets very heavy then).

From mid March to late November it is pretty consistent with waves most days as it breaks well from 3ft upwards (it is surfable from waist high up which it is about 80-90% of the time during this period)

The wave is very popular with package tour surfers from the US and Brazil (especially during the morning sessions when the boats from Las Flores zip across making it very crowded and competitive).

Outside of high season for this market (April - August) you can score uncrowded conditions here.

In season, like Punta Roca and Las Flores, after the morning rush, you can also score uncrowded sessions.

Experienced and respectful surfers only when it's good (due to both the quality and set-up of the wave - steep drops, barrel sections, fast wave, - as well as the crowd and competitive nature).

For intermediate surfers, the inside section can be surfed on smaller swells and higher tides.

** There are a bunch of other decent waves within 15 minutes of Punta Mango too (point breaks and beach breaks).

Punta Mango is about an 8 hour drive from Antigua and Guatemala City. It is about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from San Salvador City / San Salvador Airport / Punta Roca.


SURF TOURS

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:

Tours options from Antigua, Guatemala City and San Salvador.