Latin America

Best surf beaches in Central America

Surf’s up! From beginner breaks in Costa Rica to monster waves in El Salvador, here’s a rundown of our favourite surf spots in Central America.

Playa Guiones, Costa Rica

Surfable waves are the order of the day here, it’s a place where seasoned surf dogs and wobbly wiper-outers come together to celebrate Costa Rica’s most reliable breaks. It’s also a place where people are said to have the happiest and healthiest lives in the world.


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Miramar, Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s hidden gem between Granada and León, Miramar is a sedate fishing village blessed with offshore winds and sets for all levels of surfer. Wiping out goes relatively unnoticed as the only eyes on you will be the resident beach dogs.


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El Tunco, El Salvador

A sleepy surf spot with multi-level breaks, El Tunco’s relative anonymity makes it a fine place to learn the ropes of wave riding. Wake up early to sample the gentler surf and then go grab a fresh fruit smoothie when the going gets rough.


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Sayulita, Mexico

Sayulita is a hippy-chic surf town on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Waist-high waves, indigenous art galleries and humpback sightings make it a fine place to dump the bags and pick up a board. Plus, there’s a bar serving over 300 types of tequila. Shots anyone?


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Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica

One of the more seasoned surf spots in Central America but for good reason. Gentle breakers are the ideal training ground for first-time boarders and the backpacker-friendly village has more than its fair share of shake and smoothie shops.


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There you go, our top 5 surf beaches in Central America. So come on, forget surfing the web, get out surf the waves instead! Check out our hop-on-hop-off bus passes that can help you get out on a board (not a keyboard) and surfing the waves, ASAP.