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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Barra de Santiago

El Salvador

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 13° 42.357' N
Longitude: 90° 2.362' W

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 Access

Located in front of the tip of the Peninsula Barra de Santiago, at the "bocana". To access by car take the costal higway from Acajutla to the Guatemalan border and at KM 98.5 take the turnoff to the village Barra de Santiago. After 7 kms on a dirt road you reach the village, continue another 3 kms to the end of the road. This is at 39 ave Sur and Final Calle Principal.
Park car and walk 10-20 minutes along the beach to the tip of the peninsula. If you travel by bus there are 2 direct departures from Sonsonate (morning and afternoon) with bus #285 to the end stop at 35 Ave Sur. Then walk 3 blocks to the end of the road.

English (Translate this text in English): Located in front of the tip of the Peninsula Barra de Santiago, at the "bocana". To access by car take the costal higway from Acajutla to the Guatemalan border and at KM 98.5 take the turnoff to the village Barra de Santiago. After 7 kms on a dirt road you reach the village, continue another 3 kms to the end of the road. This is at 39 ave Sur and Final Calle Principal.<br />Park car and walk 10-20 minutes along the beach to the tip of the peninsula. If you travel by bus there are 2 direct departures from Sonsonate (morning and afternoon) with bus #285 to the end stop at 35 Ave Sur. Then walk 3 blocks to the end of the road.

English (Translate this text in English): Located in front of the tip of the Peninsula Barra de Santiago, at the &quot;bocana&quot;. To access by car take the costal higway from Acajutla to the Guatemalan border and at KM 98.5 take the turnoff to the village Barra de Santiago. After 7 kms on a dirt road you reach the village, continue another 3 kms to the end of the road. This is at 39 ave Sur and Final Calle Principal.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Park car and walk 10-20 minutes along the beach to the tip of the peninsula. If you travel by bus there are 2 direct departures from Sonsonate (morning and afternoon) with bus #285 to the end stop at 35 Ave Sur. Then walk 3 blocks to the end of the road.

English (Translate this text in English): Located in front of the tip of the Peninsula Barra de Santiago, at the &amp;quot;bocana&amp;quot;. To access by car take the costal higway from Acajutla to the Guatemalan border and at KM 98.5 take the turnoff to the village Barra de Santiago. After 7 kms on a dirt road you reach the village, continue another 3 kms to the end of the road. This is at 39 ave Sur and Final Calle Principal.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Park car and walk 10-20 minutes along the beach to the tip of the peninsula. If you travel by bus there are 2 direct departures from Sonsonate (morning and afternoon) with bus #285 to the end stop at 35 Ave Sur. Then walk 3 blocks to the end of the road.

DistanceWeek-end trip

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeSand-bar

Direction

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Powerful

Normal length

Good day length

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide position

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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 Additional Information

This spot is located at the tip of the bocana of Barra de Santiago Peninsula. The big sand banks are created by the currents of the estuary by the mangrove behind (where 9 rivers run out).
The beauty of this spot is that there is nobody there..only a couple of local surfer kids ..sometimes..most of the time you have the beach for yourself. The breaks are rough, some people break their boards (I've seen it twice). Have seen breaks up to 6 meters. If you want softer waves go down the beach towards vilage where the waves are more mellow and good for beginners. You can park your car at the end of the road, its a very safe area, no thieves around,but there is also a beach hotel located at the end of the road (Capricho Beach House) for overnight trips. There are no sign so just look for the second house after the road ends.
www.ximenasguesthouse.com/capricho

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is located at the tip of the bocana of Barra de Santiago Peninsula. The big sand banks are created by the currents of the estuary by the mangrove behind (where 9 rivers run out).<br />The beauty of this spot is that there is nobody there..only a couple of local surfer kids ..sometimes..most of the time you have the beach for yourself. The breaks are rough, some people break their boards (I've seen it twice). Have seen breaks up to 6 meters. If you want softer waves go down the beach towards vilage where the waves are more mellow and good for beginners. You can park your car at the end of the road, its a very safe area, no thieves around,but there is also a beach hotel located at the end of the road (Capricho Beach House) for overnight trips. There are no sign so just look for the second house after the road ends.<br />www.ximenasguesthouse.com/capricho

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is located at the tip of the bocana of Barra de Santiago Peninsula. The big sand banks are created by the currents of the estuary by the mangrove behind (where 9 rivers run out).&lt;br &#47;&gt;The beauty of this spot is that there is nobody there..only a couple of local surfer kids ..sometimes..most of the time you have the beach for yourself. The breaks are rough, some people break their boards (I've seen it twice). Have seen breaks up to 6 meters. If you want softer waves go down the beach towards vilage where the waves are more mellow and good for beginners. You can park your car at the end of the road, its a very safe area, no thieves around,but there is also a beach hotel located at the end of the road (Capricho Beach House) for overnight trips. There are no sign so just look for the second house after the road ends.&lt;br &#47;&gt;www.ximenasguesthouse.com&#47;capricho

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is located at the tip of the bocana of Barra de Santiago Peninsula. The big sand banks are created by the currents of the estuary by the mangrove behind (where 9 rivers run out).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The beauty of this spot is that there is nobody there..only a couple of local surfer kids ..sometimes..most of the time you have the beach for yourself. The breaks are rough, some people break their boards (I've seen it twice). Have seen breaks up to 6 meters. If you want softer waves go down the beach towards vilage where the waves are more mellow and good for beginners. You can park your car at the end of the road, its a very safe area, no thieves around,but there is also a beach hotel located at the end of the road (Capricho Beach House) for overnight trips. There are no sign so just look for the second house after the road ends.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;www.ximenasguesthouse.com&amp;#47;capricho

Atmosphere

Best asset; located in a protected natural area and you can experiece turles nest on the beach at night and see crocodiles in the mangroves at daytime, one of the number one spots in El Salvador for birdwatching. The beaches are longstreched and clean, an virtually deserted. A must for people who love nature. You can easily access the best national park in the country from here "El Imposible" for a day trip and dug out canoe rides in the mangroves are beautiful...not to mention the sunsets .

English (Translate this text in English): Best asset; located in a protected natural area and you can experiece turles nest on the beach at night and see crocodiles in the mangroves at daytime, one of the number one spots in El Salvador for birdwatching. The beaches are longstreched and clean, an virtually deserted. A must for people who love nature. You can easily access the best national park in the country from here "El Imposible" for a day trip and dug out canoe rides in the mangroves are beautiful...not to mention the sunsets .

English (Translate this text in English): Best asset; located in a protected natural area and you can experiece turles nest on the beach at night and see crocodiles in the mangroves at daytime, one of the number one spots in El Salvador for birdwatching. The beaches are longstreched and clean, an virtually deserted. A must for people who love nature. You can easily access the best national park in the country from here &quot;El Imposible&quot; for a day trip and dug out canoe rides in the mangroves are beautiful...not to mention the sunsets .

English (Translate this text in English): Best asset; located in a protected natural area and you can experiece turles nest on the beach at night and see crocodiles in the mangroves at daytime, one of the number one spots in El Salvador for birdwatching. The beaches are longstreched and clean, an virtually deserted. A must for people who love nature. You can easily access the best national park in the country from here &amp;quot;El Imposible&amp;quot; for a day trip and dug out canoe rides in the mangroves are beautiful...not to mention the sunsets .

General

A place where you can surf without a crowd and submerge in nature and tranquility.

English (Translate this text in English): A place where you can surf without a crowd and submerge in nature and tranquility.

English (Translate this text in English): A place where you can surf without a crowd and submerge in nature and tranquility.

English (Translate this text in English): A place where you can surf without a crowd and submerge in nature and tranquility.

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By Alex , 03-06-2010

Surfing Accommodations - There is a great eco friendly resort in Barra de Santiago; beautiful place to stay if you plan to surf here for more than just a day! Website is http://www.lacocoteraresort.com

By elder_05 , 09-12-2008

awesome day - my wife and I were picked up by the couple at Capricho Beach house from our main hotel about 45 minutes away. These people are truly great people. Get in touch with them, they will take care of you! Their hotel is small but very comfortable. And the food was amazing, not sure what you were eating bud but the chicken was wicked.

Anyways, the surf was tough that day. I don't know too many people who can ride a 12 foot beach break. My wife and i basically had to play in the whitewater...o well, still would go back in a heartbeat. El Salvadorians are great people. If you stay at a resort please don't be worried about leaving. In fact, i suggest going out and exploring on your own...Go to Capricho Beach House...Lena is amazing!!!

By tommo , 31-12-2007

Barra de santiago - finally got some waves in 25 th December nice locals guys there are only 3 Nice setting you can camp on the end of the barra ther is a small comedor where you can leave your stuff in the daytime they close at dawn Capriccios Beachhouse charges 7 $ !! for sleeping in a hammock in their Garden and their food is shit

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