We gave ourselves a week in El Salvador and confined ourselves to one little stretch of coast near La Libertad to concentrate on our surfing. It felt good to stay a while and get to know the area, and when the time came, we really didn’t want to leave.
Sure, the amazing surf and warm blue waters of the Pacific ocean had an impact, and I would go back just to watch the sun rise and set over the same ocean with a blaze of red and orange. But mostly it was the people we met that made our time here so enjoyable. Everywhere we went, we found local people who loved to chat, made us feel welcome and were always willing to help.
This was the first surf spot we glimpsed from the coastal highway CA-2. We knew a good week was in store for us.
We were up early every morning to hit the water.
Early mornings were especially necessary to beat the hotel crowds at Sunzal. 50 or more people out there by 6am.
Banana pancakes… is there a better post-surf brekkie?
We started out at Playa Sunzal where we had a sweet and cheap little camp spot at The Surfer’s Inn hostel. The surf break here offered nice long easy rides but after a couple of days, the crowds of people in the water got too much for us and we decided to make a move. Then we found this place. We stopped at a roadside cafe for fish burgers and the owner told us a out a house that would rent us a room for ten bucks a night. It was one of only about four houses on a small beach so we had it almost to ourselves. The friendly (and enterprising) cafe owner also offered us a few spanish lessons which we were only too happy to take.
The surf here wasn’t great so we decided to move on to our original destination… KM59. This place is pretty close to my idea of paradise. The road in is kind of gnarly so not too many people make the drive down. There is a small community here that offers a cast of interesting and chatty local characters, pretty soon we knew everyone’s name and it started to feel like home. We sat and chatted for hours each day as we watched the waves between our surf sessions.
Bec had a posse of little friends who took her on all sorts of expeditions. With long walks to see the tide pools, games of soccer and reading practice she could barely keep up in the heat of the day.
Luckily we met a guy who offered a camp spot at his property just off the beach. A sanctuary where we could relax under the shade of the mango trees when we weren’t surfing.
Although our time at KM59 was incredible, we decided to head back to Sunzal and brave the crowds for some friendlier long board waves. Unfortunately I had a bit of a collision and some quick repairs were needed before the sunset session.
Did I mention the amazing sunrises?
B-Rae riding one all the way in.
El Salvador… I hope we see you again some day.