Late July/early August. That's Mangos. Surfed Mangos on the AM for barrels and the point for up to quarter mile rides later in the day...went up North to chase the swell and surfed a number of breaks primarily punta roca... Love those right points.
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Thread: Nicaragua or El Salvador
Sep 21, 2013, 10:53 AM #11Member
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Sep 21, 2013, 05:11 PM #12Senior Member
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Definitely right about the roads, they're all brand new!
Flores and Mangos is another option but is quite a distance. If you are going for a couple weeks I would definitely do that. For a short in and out trip though just hitting around La libertad will stoke you. I would say most breaks are all within 20-30 min of each other.
I have always scored way better in El Salvador and Nicaragua then I have Costa, but then again most spots are a little more for the advanced surfer. If you are just going to surf go to El Salvador. If you want a little more freedom to do stuff go to Nicaragua.
Everyone's experience will be different but I do advise to use caution in El Salvador. Also on a sidenote....they are much more stricter and have a no tolerance policy to drugs. There are make shift check points set up all over! It is certainly not like Costa in which you will get away with a bag of weed or something. Nicaragua also but more so El Salvador! You will definitely notice a difference.
Like I said.... go with a guide and you will be fine. You want have to even think about it. '
If Edgar is booked at K59 I really recommend Las Olas. Place has an insane view and its right between k59 and punta roca. "Beans" is the local guide there and I have never had a guide like him!
Also if you are ever in need of a doctor there is an american doctor that lives right there at the soccer field in Sunzal. Great guy too! Fixed all our lumps and bumps!
Sep 25, 2013, 01:09 AM #13Junior Member
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I go to es every year I have family down, there. that's where I learned to surf, I can tell you right now, there hasn't been a day I've been there that it wasn't good to surf, and I've been going every year since I was 14, la libertad is the place to be for surfing, go to a little beach area there called el tunco, you can find rooms there for like 8 bucks a night sometimes, theres a ton of hotels there, its like a small surf community there mostly foreigners, also a 3 min walk to sunzal which is an amazing break, its pretty safe around that area, however you always gotta be weary of anywhere central America theres always places where you don't wanna make a wrong turn. idk too much about nica, but everyone I've talked to has only good things to say about it.
Sep 25, 2013, 02:51 AM #14
Wanna go right or left???
Sep 25, 2013, 07:25 AM #15
This thread is turning out to be great and must be very helpful for those looking for the 411. It's great to share thoughts with others who have been there.
El Tunco is a great area to post up and if you're charging day and night, you really aren't in place to run into any funny stuff. It seemed to me to be entirely surf-based and I couldn't find the least bit of rowdiness even on Saturday night. Everyone seems to be in bed by 10 or so and if they are up after, it is just chilling out. Maybe things are different in the "summer" season when it doesn't rain most nights.
Now, I was only there 7 days and that's a decent chunk of time but by no means enough data to make absolute statements about the place. But Flores/Mango were entirely worth the drive from Tunco and it was a great drive past volcanos and other awesome sights you don't get around here.
Everyone who is endorsing getting linked up with a good guide is right on. They have the lay of the land and if you set up some good deals with them for carting you from spot to spot, you can see most all of the breaks ES has to offer and with the inside info.
Keep the dialogue coming. This is awesome.
Sep 25, 2013, 04:36 PM #16Senior Member
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One of my favorite things about El Salvador is the ease of flying in and getting to the beach. You land, grab your bags and boards, go through customs which is, no bull, a traffic light! If it turns green you go outside, if it turns red they look at your bags. Just that simple! La libertad is about 25 minutes max from the airport and the roads are all brand new. Probably because they were bombed out! In Libertad you can actually still see the naval building all bombed out! While you're there walk the pier. Never seen such a variety of seafood in my life! At the end of the pier is where you can get a boat to the breaks but like I said before you should really have a guide. A lot of the breaks down there require you walk through people's private lands and or house lots. Places like k59 and Punta Roca, you would never know how to get to or where to go. K59 requires you park at local's house (pretty much a thatched hut with dirt floors) from there its a trek through the jungle and crossing a couple streams in order to get down to the beach. If you stay at Edgar's place he has a private driveway that you can use. Its basically a four wheeler or atv rough cut path but it makes things a little easier. Edgar's place is sick! Its right on the beach directly in front of the break. He has a huge two story observation type deck with a thatched roof right on the beach. I believe there is picts if you look up his place on the web. Next door to his place there is a house in which you can rent for long term but its probably a little pricey. You really can't beat Edgar's deal. Everything is included and for a very fair price. The advantage of staying there is you can be the first one in the water and last one out. If you're not staying at his place you want to leave with day light left to make the hike back.
Another really good place to stay is Las Olas. Its just outside Sunzal. Very secure and perched up on a cliff over looking the water. Has a killer bar/restaurant and also has a couple pools. You can walk down the stairs carved out of the cliff and at the bottom is a man made type tidal pool which is sweet to sit in at midnight with a beer and let the waves crash over you! There is a break out front depending on swell and tide but you must access from down the road and paddle up the coast. Its a little too tricky just jumping in from the hotel.
At Las Olas they have some really good guides. One of the guides "Beans" or Javier is the best! He hung with us like we were long lost friends and did everything and anything for us. He speaks perfect english and has even lived in the states for awhile.
Both El Salvador and Nicaragua are killer places to visit. You definitely need to check out both. Like I said before if you are just going on a short trip and its just you and guys then El Salvador would probably be your best bet. If you have more than a week and maybe want to bring your girl and rent a car, travel around, etc.... then Nicaragua would be better.
Sep 25, 2013, 06:23 PM #17
You right.. I actually surfed a really fun beach break about 20 min from Mango.. Bet the best waves are going to be rights.
I've been to Flores 6 times and got sick waves every time. I always recommend going there.. And the way they feed you there is awesome too. Great chef that makes great meals. Every time I go I feel like I put on 10lbs of muscle from eating so good and surfing all day.
Sep 25, 2013, 06:41 PM #18
Go to New Jersey. Left and right beach breaks. Lots of culture. Dont need a passport.
Sep 25, 2013, 07:35 PM #19