Another important issue with family - time of year. The difference between a rainy season visit and dry season visit is enormous. During the rainy season you will spend much more time in a hotel room staying not only out of the rain, but out of the bugs. Being outside after dark doing anything in the rainy season - like eating dinner in an open air restaurant even while wearing bug repellent - can be a challenge. Especially for those in the party who aren't on the trip for the waves.
After a number of summer visits to CR (our summer, July, August, September..), I couldn't believe what a different experience I had when traveling there during the January-March period. You could hang outside after dark and not get eaten alive. The family appreciated not having to put on bug stuff just for a trip to the mercado.And you weren't trying to work the non-surf activities around the weather. Your family could also be stuck on a very rainy and wet beach -- or in a hotel room -- while you surf.
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Jun 18, 2014, 03:15 PM #22Member
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Jun 19, 2014, 11:06 AM #24
As others have said though, you can still get plenty of waves when it's crowded if you sit a little off the main peak.
Jun 19, 2014, 11:41 AM #25
Jun 19, 2014, 01:08 PM #26
If you don't sit on the main peak you'll easily get your fair share of waves. If it does get too crowded walk back down toward the condos and surf Panga Drops with about 4 or 5 people.....I actually thought that was a pretty fun wave and got a couple decent barrels out there. There's even an odd little right coming off the cliff if you really want to be by yourself. I actually thought El Salvador was quite a bit more localized with some insane bodyboarders but I mainly just surfed El Zonte and Punta Roca. Yes boats come all day but with the constant off shores you can still score and at Iguana Beach it's mainly traveling surfers.