Central America

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Magnific Rock Popoyo

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

On the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, Las Salinas is home to Popoyo, one of the best surf breaks in Nicaragua. Located on a small headland in Las Salinas, Magnific Rock overlooks both Popoyo and Playa Santana.
Oaxaca Surf Adventures

Oaxaca Surf Adventures

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Learning - Pro

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

If you are looking for the best surf in Mexico then you need to head to Oaxaca Soul Surf where the owners are dedicated to taking you to the best surf spots.

Stay in comfortable accommodation that overlooks the Port of Salina Cruz, the Pacific Ocean and the major point breaks.

Zopilote Surf Camp - Costa Rica

Zopilote Surf Camp - Costa Rica

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Beginner - Intermediate

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Visit the Costa Rican beaches with guaranteed constant surf, year-round warm water temperatures and the amazing beach of Playa Hermosa! The surf camp is located in front of the beach at Playa Hermosa de Cobano on the southern part of the Nicoya 
Pool at Arenas del Mar

Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort - Costa Rica

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Intermediate - Intermediate

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

The resort is situated on a cliff with direct access to two pristine sand beaches. Playitas Beach and Espadilla Beach, well–known as a venue for International Surfing Competitions and for its mid–sized break.The property overlooks the 
Sunset from the Rooms & Restaurant

Hacienda Eden – Mexico Surf Holiday with The Perfect Wave

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Learning - Pro

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Situated in the center of Manzanillo Bay in Troncones, Mexico, Hacienda Eden enjoys one of the best beaches in the area with a wave out front, perfect sunsets every night and of course the relaxed atmosphere and attention to detail that keeps guests coming back year after year.

Hotel The Place - Costa Rica

Hotel The Place - Costa Rica

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Beginner - Intermediate

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, November, December

Boutique hotel “The Place” is a unique, sophisticated and intimate space located in Mal País.  Just a stroll away lays the famous Playa Carmen, a beach well-known for its consistent breakers and rolling surf.
Meli Melo Hotel Santa Teresa - Costa Rica

Meli Melo Hotel Santa Teresa - Costa Rica

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Intermediate - Pro

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Lose yourself in the comfort of the Hotel Meli Melo, a homely and unpretentious oasis just steps from Santa Teresa, one of the most beautiful and consistent surf beaches in Costa Rica. Just across the street from the ocean and near a range of quaint shops and restaurants, the Meli Melo offers a range of spacious bungalows and rooms perfect for families, couples or individuals.

Miramar Surf Camp - Nicaragua

Miramar Surf Camp - Nicaragua

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Beginner - Pro

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Miramar Surfcamp is located 70 km north of the capital Managua. They are perfectly positioned right in front of one of the best reef breaks in Nicaragua, in a place blessed by waves and off shore winds. You don’t have to have a car to surf this
Pelican Eyes Resort - Nicaragua

Pelican Eyes Resort - Nicaragua

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Learning - Advanced

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Located in the charming town of San Juan del Sur on Nicaragua's stunning Pacific Coast, Pelican Eyes is a truly one-of-a-kind hotel and resort. You can hit the surf breaks from May through early December – when the most south swells hit
      Surf Bikini Nosara

Surf Bikini Retreat - Nosara, Costa Rica

From US$ 1,999 pp for 7 nights

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Beginner - Intermediate

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Surf Bikini Retreat is an All-inclusive ”Boutique”Surf Camp exclusively for girls located in Nosara, Costa Rica. What is unique about a holiday at Surf Bikini Retreat is as you are having fun learning to surf at Playa Guiones, you will 
Salina Cruz Surf Tours - Mexico

Salina Cruz Surf Tours - Mexico

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Learning - Pro

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

This is a package for hardcore surfers looking to surf the most remote, desolate, & uncrowded point breaks in mainland Mexico. Salina Cruz, Oaxaca is one of the last frontiers in mainland Mexico. At Salina Cruz Surf House, you will find everything you could need to enjoy a pleasant stay. Is fully air-conditioned, chill out area, common area and 5 bedrooms and Pool.

Villas Carrizalillo - Puerto Escondido

Villas Carrizalillo - Puerto Escondido

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Beginner - Pro

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Luxury Surf Trip

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January, February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, May

Villas Carrizalillo is a secluded boutique hotel comprised of 12 one and two bedroom villas situated on the cliffs overlooking the scenic Playa Carrizalillo in Mexico
Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa - Nicaragua

Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa - Nicaragua

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Learning - Pro

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March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

One of the most luxurious resorts in the region. Waves for all levels nearby, with a surf break out front. Surf lessons, equipment rental and 5* service.
Your master bedroom terrace looking out to Las Marietas Islands at Punta de Mita

The Glass Penthouse

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Beginner - Pro

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Luxury Surf Trip

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March, April, May, June, July, August, September

The Glass Penthouse at Playa Punta de Mita offers comfortable accommodations, five bedrooms, and easy access to beaches. Located in popular Puerto Vallarta, surfing fans can enjoy Sayulita and La Lancha beaches for the best swell. Guests can even paddle from the Bay of Banderas to the bigger coastal waves.
Costa Rica and Nicaragua Surf Charters

Costa Rica and Nicaragua Surf Charters

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Learning - Pro

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March, April, May, June, July, August

Nicaragua and Costa Rica Surf charters. Anchor each night directly by the breaks, enjoy the luxury accommodations and feast on gourmet meals; then relax and have a beer while the crew takes care of everything.
Florblanca Resort - Costa Rica

Florblanca Resort - Costa Rica

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Beginner - Advanced

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

This luxury Costa Rica surf resort is located in a beautiful beachfront location. Enjoy surf lessons and guiding, SUP lessons and tours, fresh organic cuisine, yoga, pilates, spa and lots of extra activities.
Tamarindo Diria Beach resort

Tamarindo Diria Beach resort

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Beginner - Learning

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Beautiful white sand beaches, laps of waves, perfect conditions for surf and luxurious accommodation can all be found at the beautiful Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort.

The resorts location is right on the beach with views of the sea. This makes it the perfect place to escape and unwind.

Witch's Rock Surf Camp - Costa Rica

Witch's Rock Surf Camp - Costa Rica

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Learning - All Levels

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January, March, April, June, July, August, November, December, May

Costa Rica is blessed with some of the best waves, most beautiful jungles and stunning beaches in the world, and no place is better equipped to help you explore its northern reaches than the long-running Witch’s Rock Surf Camp right on the shores of Tamarindo.

The family-run establishment has become a trusted name, with a stellar reputation for local knowledge, warm smiles and all-inclusive, tailored surf coaching programs to cater for all skill levels and ages.

Region Information

Overview
There are thousands of kilometres of coastline waiting for you to explore. Whether you are starting out in a Costa Rican surf camp or checking out El Salvador, Panama and Puerto Rico, you will feel like you have travelled back in time and you will experience many different and amazing cultures.

Central America - General Information

With more concentrated diversity than any other place on earth, Central America has the Caribbean’s white sand beaches and underwater worlds of coral reefs as well as little local villages that look as though you have travelled back in time, with cobblestone streets and 16th century buildings. There are rainforests & jungles; massive gorges & crocodile infested rivers; Pyramids and ancient ruins dating back thousands of years; and many different amazing cultures. The 8 countries that make up Central America - Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico are a colourful and exotic destination with many opportunities to find surf.

Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaraguahave a multitude of fantastic set-ups both along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The Pacific shore is popular for its classic beach breaks, long points, and fast breaking hollow waves which generally work all year round.

Mexico

'South of the Border' of the United States and officially part of North America but more akin to Central America in culture. Mexico stretches down to Belize and Guatemala. Apart from being the largest Spanish speaking country in the world, it also has over 6000 miles of coastline to be explored.

Mexico has so many sights & contrasts, such as northern Mexico with extreme weather, desert, and mountain ranges; through to central Mexico with Mayan ruins, historical towns, and picturesque villages full of colour and culture. To enjoy some of the most popular white sand beaches in the world, you should stop by the Yucatan Peninsular which is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and is popular with divers as it has the second largest coral barrier reef at its shores. The Pacific Coast is dotted with some of the best beaches. You’ll find awesome surf spots all up the coast from the south near the Guatemala right up to Baja California.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is generally a safer destination than some of its other Central American neighbours. Costa Rica is also a brilliant surfing location as it has two coastlines; the Caribbean and the North Pacific, which both produce consistent head-high surf all year round. The Caribbean side has a short surfing season but produces large swells from tropical storms off Mexico. The Pacific coast has smaller but generally more consistent surf, generated by low pressure systems located off New Zealand.

Tamarindo is one of the best surf destinations in Costa Rica as there are a wide variety of surf breaks within a short distance.

Playa Avellanes/Negra is best for those looking to travel to a remote location.

Nosara receives consistent swells, good wind conditions and is particularly enjoyed by longboarders.

Mal Pais is ideal for surfers looking for a quiet holiday as there is not much nightlife in this area, but good, consistent waves and a friendly atmosphere.

Playa Hermosa/Jaco is best for the more experienced surfer.

El Salvador

El Salvador is a natural footers paradise due to the number of right hand point breaks, some of which are world-class rights that break for several hundred metres. Crowds here are non-existent as the waves are situated away from the main towns and cities and there is huge potential to discover spots that have never been surfed before. The rainy season between March to October is the main swell season and the south swells during this time can get up to 10ft.

Panama

Panama is a natural bridge between North and South America and the Panama Canal joins the world’s two largest oceans. As well as great waves, Panama has huge expanses of tropical rainforest, and is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Although slightly less exposed to the North Pacific Swells than Costa Rica, it gets the west and south swells that are generated from the Roaring 40s and hurricane swells.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is the Caribbean's version of the North Shore of Hawaii. It is blessed with good surfing conditions all year and can get pretty big and powerful. Northerly swells that are generated from the east coast of America are the main source of the waves in Puerto Rico.  The main surfing season is from October to February. The surf can be anything from 2ft to 20ft, and there are waves to suit all abilities.

Nicaragua

In the south-central part of the country, Lake Nicaragua covers a surface of more than 8000sq kms, creating a huge, flat area where wind can blow almost all year around. As a result, the south Pacific side of Nicaragua receives almost constant offshore winds, and unlike virtually all other Pacific destinations, the wind does not change during the day. In Nicaragua, not all the breaks are accessible by vehicle nor are most beaches marked with signs, therefore unless you are staying at one of the surf lodges you will need water transportation or a vehicle with a guide to get around.

Season & Weather

Central America usually has two distinct seasons - wet and dry - however the one thing that is predictable about Central America is it unpredictability! In some areas you may experience up to four seasons in one day and then in others there’s a hurricane season and it can be dry to the point of drought during the rest of the year.

Traditionally the wet season runs from June through until October, where some places may receive up to 300mm in one month, the dry season then runs from November through until May. Just remember that it is not uncommon to have 2 weeks of sunshine and blue sky during the wet season or flooding during the dry.

Less swell arrives during the dry season but offshore winds blow nearly every day.

Water temperatures rarely vary, hovering around 27-28°C.

Mexico

In Mexico there are two main seasons. Although there is some variation in temperature over the year, and throughout the different areas of Mexico; the most obvious difference is between rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season throughout most of Mexico falls roughly from May through September or October. During the rest of the year there is little or no rain. Don't be discouraged from visiting during rainy season, when you'll see lush, green landscapes, and it often only rains in the late afternoons and evenings. But June to November is also Hurricane season, so if you are travelling during this time, make sure you know if you are heading to an area prone to hurricanes!

Costa Rica

The Northern Pacific Coast is generally considered the most consistent area from December to April. During these months, strong offshore winds combine with ideal swell directions to make breaks like Witches Rock, Playa Negra and Playa Grande great spots to surf. The Central and Southern Pacific Coasts are generally best between May to November when the south swell season starts while the Caribbean Coast tends to get the best conditions from November to March.

 

El Salvador

There are 2 seasons in El Salvador for surfing:  dry season, which is from November to April and rainy season which is April to November. The rainy season will generally give you larger waves while the dry season will give you a more consistent break. The best time to go is during the wet season between March and October, but you can also find smaller waves in the 3 - 6ft range in the dry season. Water and air temperatures are warm all year around.

Panama

Expect hot and humid conditions year round in this lush, tropical country. December to April is dry season and is the best time for outer island surf missions. For the majority of the country, May to November is rainy, but this is the best swell season for the Pacific side, although good waves can be found here year round. On the Caribbean side, the surf peaks twice. The main season on the east coast is during the regional wet season in the months between December and March.

Puerto Rico

The surf season in Puerto Rico is from late summer to early spring. Puerto Rico receives the majority of its swells during hurricane season as large storms move off the west coast of Africa.  Also during winter months as cold fronts and low-pressure systems move off the eastern seaboard of the United States, sending in long period groundswell to the north and northwest facing beaches.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua has a long surf season, from around March to November. The swell averages 3-5 ft. with bigger swells of 6-8ft occurring regularly between April-October.

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