El Sunzal, El Salvador: The ultimate surf holiday guide

Get ready for a surf camp experience in the heart of Central America. We’ll guide you through our favorite things to do in El Salvador, when it’s the best time to surf here and which traditional food you should try. Welcome to our dreamy surfing destination in El Sunzal! Enjoy living right by the water’s edge, indulge in the delicious food (like the pupusas!) and surf long and consistent waves. Here’s our guide to everything you’ll need to know for your next surf adventure in El Sunzal.

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Delicious local food: What to eat in El Salvador?

The most well-known food in El Salvador is the Salvadorian pupusas, which is an absolute must-try when you visit. It’s made with corn flour- or rice flour-tortillas and then you have either beans, chicken or cheese (or something else that you like) in between. Simple and delicious! Do you want to impress the locals? Then make sure to not eat them like tacos! Tear off a bit of the pupusa, pinch it together and use it to pick up the beans or chicken (with some nice salsa) and eat it. For beverages, try a horchata, chan or the limonada con hierbas to quench the thirst. Or why not get a fresh coconut from the saleslady at the beach? You will find great food during your visit, both at the camp and around the area. Here are some of our favorite Salvadorian foods:

Traditional Salvadoran Cuisine
  • Pupusas: You simply have to try this Salvadoran iconic dish!

  • Salvadorian Tamales: A stuffed corn-based dough wrapped in banana leaves. The stuffing may vary but a traditional tamale has vegetables, meat and tomato sauce.

  • Salvadoran soups: Three traditional soups in El Salvador are commonly sold at markets (they might not attract too many foreigners but they are both tasty and nutritious). The list includes Sopa de Res (beef soup), Sopa de Pata (cow foot soup) and Sopa de Mondongo (tripe soup).

  • Salvadoran Enchiladas: A dish made with small corn tortillas and accompanied by curtido and ingredients like beans, eggs, avocado and cucumber.

  • Yuca Frita: This is a street food classic made out of deep-fried cassava and served with either fried fish or fried pork and is sometimes served with tomato sauce.

Weather and seasons: When is the best time to surf in El Salvador?

El Salvador has surfable waves all year around, so every season is surf season! The winter season, AKA the wet season, is around May to October. During this season it rains quite a bit, but the rain is usually only during the late afternoon and night with otherwise pleasant weather. It’s a great time to get the biggest swells! This is the perfect time to visit El Salvador as an intermediate or more experienced surfer (but there are beginner-friendly surf spots all year around!). 

The summer, or the dry season, is around November to April. During the summertime, you’ll enjoy consistent swells and warm, sunny days. The waves are smaller during this time but are nice and clean. El Salvador is located near the equator and has an average temperature of around 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. The water temperature is usually between 27-30 degrees Celcius.

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We have made a commitment to our ocean, beaches and community. They are our playground, our home and our livelihood. We are going to leave them better than we found them. That means that all our employees, friends and guests helps out with recycling and taking other actions for the environment. Each week there are beach cleaning and recycling activities to ensure that our home stays the way it was supposed to be.

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