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Where to Go Surfing in Guatemala

Guatemala has 150 miles of uncrowded, pristine, and year-round surfable coastline has become known as Latin America’s last surfing frontier. With over 22 amazing breaks, you can take surf lessons from El Paredón or Maya Extreme surf camps and become a pro with little intrusion from other surfers. This is one of those activities in Guatemala that you can’t miss.

There is also the option of getting private tutelage on three to twelve-footer waves, depending on the swells. So make sure to check out at least one of the beaches of Guatemala.

The Best Guatemala Surf Spots

1. El Paredon

This place is known as one of the first true surf towns in Guatemala and usually gets flooded with surfers of all levels who want to experience the strong tides of the area. Plus, there are many cute hotels where you can stay.

2. Sipacate

Surfing is almost the same here as it is in El Paredon but the town is a little larger and offers many accommodation options. There is also a nearby lagoon where you can enjoy activities other than just surfing.

3. Champerico

This is by far one of the most popular Surf destinations in Guatemala. It has even hosted a few national tournaments. This is where you want to go if you are a beginner looking for equipment rental and surf classes.

4. Likin

This is the place to check out for those looking for a more luxurious surfing experience. The place is a private residential community with some homes offered as home rentals. The waves here are great for those intermediate and advanced surfers looking for a fun challenge.

Bonus tip: The best time to go surfing in Guatemala is between March and June, but if you are a seasoned surfer, the rainy season offers larger waves and stronger tides. This happens between August and February.

Other Good But Less Popular Surf Breaks of Guatemala:

* Garita Chapina
* Barra de la Gabina
* Las Lisas
* Hawaii
* Monterrico
* Puerto de San Jose
* Chulamar
* Marina del Sur
* La empalizada
* Tejocate
* Chicago
* Tulate
* Manchon
* El Mango
* Ocos

NOTE: If you are interested in experiencing what Guatemala’s surf breaks have to offer, the best time to do it, due to weather, is between the months of September and November.

Surfing in Guatemala can be a great option for adventurers. Plus, many of these beaches are not that far away from destinations like Antigua. So give it a try!

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The Best Guatemala Surf Spots

One thought on “Where to Go Surfing in Guatemala”

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