Central America Trip

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Kyle, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

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    Sep 9, 2011
    So my pops has been hinting about wanting to do a surf trip with me the past couple years but refuses to go to Mexico, always worried about the crime and he has always had bad experiences traveling there. I go to Mexico frequently with no issue, but you know how stubborn old men can be (.....Barry).

    So anyone know any good surf camps/resorts in Central America, not in Mexico, with a nice point break with a sand bottom that isn't too crowded? Amenities don't have to be top notch by any means. Any info would be much appreciated fellas, been trying to get my pops out in the water more so I would be stoked to find a spot.

    I have been looking at Las Flores in El Salvador, Mal Pais in Costa and the Miramar area in Nica so far.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. metard

    metard Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2014
    i would not recommend mal pias but others may disagree. i have very limited knowledge of the area however allow me to present to you the following points.

    1. there are other places in CR that are better.
    2. the main beach when you drive in is playa carmen. it breaks 123 miles out in the ocean. when you think you are far enough out a set will come in and you will realize you still have about 10 more miles to paddle out. (exaggeration). it was pretty big the day i paddled out.
    3. prices in CR for everything have gone up in the last 10 years.
    4. get some input from those here that have been to las flores or nicaragua.
     

  3. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2007
    I went to Flores maybe 8 years ago. The 2 waves are pretty epic and we stayed in a very basic concrete shack right on the beach for 10$ with one community toilet and one spigot for a shower. I really liked it until I got sick. The waves were unreal ...I reckon the accommodation situation has changed but who knows. Other ideas: Chicama, lobitos, popoyo, santa catalina, chancletas boom huevo, ....pops is tripping if he thinks el sal is any safer than Mex IMHO. Anyway sounds fun I wish my pops would do anything remotely cool like that!
     
  4. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

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    Sep 9, 2011
    Thanks for the info, looking into Santa Catalina. Looks nice and I have never surfed in Panama.

    He is trippin, I go to a place in the Sinaloa region and he thinks that is a death wish. He just retired so he is looking to get back in the water. Just got him a new log so he has the stoke again!
     
  5. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    Rancho Coral in Esterillos CR is nice. Low key and mellow break. Not a point though.
     
  6. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

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    Sep 9, 2011
    Tried to check it out but their site is under construction. Looks cool, just want to see what they offer and not book thru a third party site.
     
  7. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
  8. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

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    Sep 9, 2011
  9. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    yep. very nice place. good range of surf all around and a fun mellow wave for us old guys right out front.
     
  10. NotAMasshole

    NotAMasshole Well-Known Member

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    Jan 6, 2016
    Check out the Colorados area in Nica. Few different lodging options there, pretty close to the airport. The beach break is a barrel fest. There is a point just up the beach that is much more mellow, roll ins, big walls. Check out nicaraguasurfreport.com for photo reports in that area from every day of the year. A great way to see what it's like when you want to go. They also rent some vaca houses. You can boat trip to boat access only waves as well.

    This is the main "hotel" there. http://haciendaiguana.com/booking/
     
  11. NNYNJ

    NNYNJ Well-Known Member

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    Dec 22, 2017
    Been to Flores a few times... Stayed at the camp at Flores every time..
    I loved it. Flores is a sick wave when it's good. Mango is a short boat ride away. And a couple of others that are good if you want to get away from people.
    Food is great.
    Not cheap as far as C.A. surf trips go, but it's super easy and the surf is sick. Unpack, surf, eat, drink...

    Haven't been there in a while
     
  12. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2007
    Just a heads up Santa Catalina gets pretty heavy with size and it is probably the longest paddle out I've ever experienced but it's dry hair. Also the tide really affects the wave if I remember correctly you can only surf at 2 hours on either side of high....then it drains out into this crazy rock field. Hey where do you go in Sinaloa ? I am driving back to Mex this summer and hoping there is a south swell pumping so I can hit some of the Sinaloa spots first...PM me ( ;
     
  13. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

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    Sep 9, 2011
    Thanks for the info fellas
     
  14. Utah__Two

    Utah__Two Member

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    Jul 10, 2014
    I haven't been to Central America yet, but I actually just booked a Nica trip a few days ago and, needless to say, I'm stoked. I know a few guys who went to Nica a few years ago and said they had a great time. Prices are cheaper than in CR too, but only if you stay outside the Iguanas area, which is significantly more expensive.

    I did a little research, and Colorados isn't too far from Popoyo (boat ride away), and Popoyo has a bunch of different types of breaks in the area. I'm less than a mile from Playa Santana, I also have Playa Popoyo and the Outer Reef right out my front door, and it was a relative bargain for a 7-day trip.
     
  15. RyanD

    RyanD Member

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    May 23, 2014
    AST at Las Flores. The owner Dave has AST locations all over the world. Make sure you book trip with low tide in morning as high tide can eat the wave. Nice sand bottom point but needs proper swell. Punta Roca is a more advanced rock bottom option. Enjoy!
     
  16. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    Regarding costs in CR, I am informed by friends who go there regularly, that the cost have dramatically increased this past winter and now, simply because the Caribbean got demolished by Hurricanes and nobody was going there, choosing then, to go to Central America.
    We will see what happens next year........
     
  17. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

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    Sep 9, 2011
    Barry, you got any spots good for a guy your age up your sleeve? I figure my pops is around your age...fathers/sons bro trip!!!
     
  18. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    Depends on both you and you dads skills in the water. And also, how long of a trip??
    Want something different--I surf a place called Hull Bay, on St. Thomas, VI. Great little remote bay, one bay west of Magens Bay; nobody but a few locals knows it exist. But you really, really need a swell to be running for it to break. Also, the island of Vieques, east of PR, has a nice spot, right in front of a hotel called La Lanchita (if I remember correctly). A combo trip, when a swell is running, is awesome, imho. But, it is complicated to get to Vieques (fly to SJU, then drive to East end (Fajardo)) to take ferry. You can fly to Vieques from SJU, but small planes only, no boards allowed (I think). St Thomas is a great place for you guys to do a little shopping for your ladies for gifts.
    I share that on line here, because I am aging, I will not be surfing much longer as my health is beginning to fail me a bit. I will never do that trip again; maybe you and your dad can enjoy it. BUT....I reiterate--a swell has to be running, so far off plans will not work. A get up and go approach needs to be applied.
    Having said all that, if those do not sound good, Rincon PR is always nice, but only November to March. Summers it is a flat nauseous place. Same applies to Hull and Vieques.
    I go to PR ONE LAST TIME end of this year. My reservations are made, but I care not if waves are large or small; it is my good-bye trip to Rincon and my wife will be with me.
    Good luck and if you do it, have the best of fun with your dad.
     
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  19. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

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    Sep 9, 2011
    Thanks
    Pops is good on a log and in good shape, but he has no interest in riding a shortbort anymore. I am comfortable in anything up to double overhead, unless over a sharp reef, then maybe just overhead. Usually do a 7 full day trip. Thanks for the info on the islands, but need to be able to plan ahead of time and would only be able to go in the May-August months.

    Thanks for the info Barry, enjoy that last visit to PR bruhder!
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2018
  20. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    i can tell you that Rancho coral would be great for pops. PS--I havent seen any huge increase in prices there but did see some airlines cut back routes