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This spot is near La Barra and breaks only on low tides.
The name says it all – advanced surfers only!
Chicken Bowls is a consistent left directly in front of the camp, with occasional rights. The wave has two bowl sections, outside and inside over the reef. Breaks best on a high tide, allowing our guests more surf time and sessions.
Launch Ramps a just a few hundred meters south of the camp and you can count on peaky ledges breaking right and left offering some of the best surf around. This beach break will deliver a punch at high tide into low.
Punta Miramar is a left reef point break, just 5 minutes walk or paddle from the camp. It’s a great wave during the upcoming high tide and it breaks good almost in any swell size but best 4+feet. This wave is a good option for intermediate and advanced surfers.
Pipes breaks good in all tides and, with the right swell direction, it can be very hollow and provide an ample barrel section. It’s also one of the most consistent waves in the area.
La Casita is another wave that can only be reached by boat, so be sure to book the surf trip package to get boat trips to all the best spots!
La Barra (also known as Puerto Sandino or Freight Trains) is a sandy bottom break, with some reef sections that allow for a variety of barrels and sections.
La Barra is a world class left, one of the best waves in the country and the reason Central Nicaragua is on the map. This is a high performance wave, with steep drops, long barrels and an average wave length of 100+ yards.
Located about 2 miles north from the surf house, La Barra can only be reached by boat – boat trips for advanced surfers are included in La Barra surf trip package.
Located just 5 minutes ride from the private condos and villas, Asunchillo is a very consistent beach break with ample A-frame peaks. Works well at almost any size and benefits from offshore winds 250+ days per year.
Meat Grinders (also known as Hemmies) is a massive left slab with long shoulder. This is a tide sensitive wave, hollow and fast that breaks over a shallow reef. It can be one of the best waves in all of Central America, but you need to be a pro to surf it!
This wave is located closer to San Diego, but if you’re staying in La Barra we offer day trips to other breaks such as Meat Grinders, which is available by boat, just a short 1 hour ride down south of La Barra. This is a tide sensitive wave so the trips are based on swell and tide at an additional cost.
Nicaragua | San Diego
Punta San Diego is a consistent world class wave, with a heavy drop barrel section breaking on top or in front of shallow reef.
Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest.
The beach break offers both left and right hand waves and there is a left hand point break as well.
Rarely crowded. Take care of rips and rocks.
Punta Mango is a powerful and hollow right point. It is has a hollow take off with a serious sized barrel. It works on a 3ft+ SW or S swell and all tides. This point is compared with El Capitan in California but a lot more consistent. The wave is at it’s best at 4-8 ft. At low tide the main bowl shuts down and the peak shifts out to the corner, with long lined-up rides to 200m+ all the way to the beach break. At mid-high tide the action shifts to the main bowl and lines up all the way through the inside. Reef booties are recommended but not mandatory. It’s the shallowest wave and also the most wind sensitive.
El Cuco is a hollow beach break in front of town approximately 800m east of the point, with one distinct peak, favouring lefts. Sometimes it is good when the point isn’t and can work on a higher tide, offering a scrappier alternative with a bit more lip.
This volcanic rock point and sandy bottom is one of the spots that breaks mechanically with a hollow takeoff and very long rides up to 250m. The takeoff is critical as well as competitive, with surfers lining up and dropping in behind the rocks. Falling here has immediate consequences. On small to moderate swells (3-6 ft), or fuller tides, Las Flores is a classic sand point break, super fun on a short board, fish or long board, with long open faces and workable wall sections. Las Flores breaks better in low tides but during big swells is good in any tide.
Punta Bongo is another right point, only accessible by boat. This is a fun wave comparable to El Zonte in La Libertad area.
El Toro is a right hand that breaks in deeper water and offers long lined up rights with 200m rides when on. It has a forgiving take off and works perfect in 4+ solid swell. The wave face is very carve but steep. Breaks best in low or mid coming up tide.
Safest access is by boat due to treacherous entry and rocks on the inside.
La Vaca is a right point that works best on a low to mid tide and a 4-6 ft swell. It’s a hallow, critical and shorter wave than Flores. Punta Vaca can be a great option for the experienced surfer looking for heavy takeoffs and hollow barrels, and can provide crowd relief if the point at Las Flores is congested.
La Vaca is 300m west from Las Flores wave, so you can paddle or walk.
The inside cove in front of La Libertad’s restaurants is called La Paz – a mellower wave where all the town’s kids learn to surf and have a fun evening session. This section is also good for long boarding. Performance: 4.5 stars
Sunzal is probably the most popular surf spot in El Salvador. A long and slow right with a short somewhat hollow section in the inside section. This break is always bigger and more consistent than any other Salvadorian break. Rock bottom and deep waters holds its shape in any size swell.
Paddling out at Sunzal is long and arduous because of the current near the beach. Dawn sessions are the most favourable, as the current is usually calmer and the surf is at its best. The outside section can give rides more than 100 yards long, on low tide the inside section gets hollow, good for short boarding.
K59 – Right point. Located in a gated community of beach houses, Km 69 break is a rock bottom that has good hollow waves. Best at mid-incoming tide.
KM 61 – Right point. Offers a long right hand line up but it’s one of the most isolated surf spots in La Libertad – there are no restaurants, hotels or houses, you must park your car on one side of the rod and walk a couple minutes.
La Perla and Shalpa – Beach breaks aprox 10-15 min. from KM61.
Mizata is a point break that offers right and left waves. Located 40 minutes drive from La Libertad, this is one of the most isolated surf breaks. This surf spot consist in two sections: a point break named “The Doll”and a beach break next to the point. The two areas break at both sides.
El Zonte is a right hand point break and one of the best surf spots because it breaks well in any swell direction. It’s a mixed sandy/rocky bottom and waves break faster than a normal point break. When the surf is small you can catch a very nice hollow section. Works best November to December.
El Salvador | La Libertad
Conchalio – A powerful beach break for tube riders, its sand bottom makes this waves very hollow. Surfing Conchalio from 5 to 7 feet is no laughing matter, but getting out of this barrels is just an unreal experience.
Palmarcito – A right point that works well in a 4-6 swell, and it’s also good for beginners.
Fisherman’s point is an easy right hand break with rock bottom that is very consistent. When it’s working here, it can get crowded. Watch out for rips and rocks.
At San Blas there are three main places to surf: the beach break, the point break and El Cocal. The beach break is a fast hollow right-left wave that works better in low and medium tides. The point breaks to both sides: the right is the longest and fastest wave, while the left is very fast but shorter. Cocal is a fast hollow grinding right hander working better mid to low tide.
Punta Roca is a world class wave that works on both tides but gets pretty shallow on low tide. Be careful with “mama Roca”, a big rock appearing shortly after takeoff and fully exposed at low tide.
There are three main sections, the top of the point is a hollow and fast wave called “The point”, very similar to the Indicator-river mouth section at Rincon. There is also a mid point section in front of the cemetery.