Las Flores Surfing
Managed by surfers for surfers, Las Flores Surf Club is a surfers' resort. Its signature break "Las Flores" is a world class break with 300 meter rides when on, the waves forming way out off the point and peeling across the cove, right up onto the sand just meters from the front of the hotel.
El Salvador's East Coast
The East coast, contrary to belief, is not the Caribbean coast, in fact EL Salvador has no Caribbean coast only a Pacific coast. Because of the El Salvador coast's due south orientation the country is divided into 2 regions, "El Oriente", East, and "Occidental", West, a.k.a "La Libertad". The East coast of El Salvador gets the same swells as the West coast and La Libertad. These swells are generated by storms in the Southern Hemisphere and occur with regularity from March-November. Average wave heights are 4-8ft on the face, with bigger days to 10-15 ft faces possible, and rarely if ever under 3 feet. The consistency is 90% or greater. December-February still breaks but is less consistent, 1-3ft mostly, with days to 5ft possible. This season offers sunny skies and pleasant conditions however strong side-onshore winds are common (ideal for kitesurfing). The main draw here are 5 righthand pointbreaks located along a 10 mile stretch of rugged, mountainous coastline. Most famous of the breaks are Las Flores and Punta Mango. Besides these 2 waves there are at least 3 other quality points in the region.
El Salvador has a dry season (Nov- Apr) and a wet season (May-Oct). One should not be deterred from traveling to El Salvador in the "Wet season". The majority of days in the wet season are fair with occasional afternoon and evening thunderstorms, and the wet season is generally when the surf is biggest and best and glassiest. The dry season, or "summer" (November-April), offers beautiful, sunny conditions, but typically has more wind, especially January-March, when the onshore comes up by 9 or 10am, and Dec-Feb is smallish and inconsistent.
The water temperature is between 78F and 86F year-round. Unlike neighboring Nicaragua or Guanacaste, Costa Rica, El Salvador does not get the strong local offshores that cause upwelling, and El Salvador water temperatures are among the warmest in Central America. The air at the coast is hot and humid, in the 80's and low 90's generally. Strong sun protection is mandatory.
Though waves up to double overhead are common, gunny boards are generally not needed. 5-10 to 6-6 thrusters are ideal, with a 6-8 or 6-9 rounded pin for the heaviest, low tide sessions. Funboards, longboards and fish also work well in these sometimes machine-like pointbreak conditions.
Las Flores Boats
Las Flores Surf Club has 3 boats to deliver you into the best waves at the East coast:
LA DIABLA : A 26ft custom superpanga (2005) w/ Center console, side bench seating with leather cushions, carpet, roof, VHF radio, ice chest, and powered by a 130hp Honda 4-stroke engine w/electric start, 4 rod-holders. Skipper: Antonio Campos
LA COLACHA : A 24ft custom superpanga (2006) w/Center console, seating with leather cushions, carpet, roof, VHF radio, ice chest, and powered by a 70hp Johnson 4-stroke engine w/electric start, 4 rod-holders. Skipper: Misail Campos
LA LLORONA : A 24ft custom superpanga (2004) w/ Side console, side bench seating with leather cushions, carpet, roof, VHF radio, ice chest, and powered by a 75hp Yamaha 2-stroke engine w/manual start, 4 rod-holders. Skipper: Juan Antonio Flores
These boats are available for Las Flores Surf Club guests on a daily basis and launch directly in front of Las Flores Surf Club. Easy access in and out of the water is possible through the use of trailers and an electric winch w/steel cable.
Las Flores Main Point
Very consistent right point break. It is a sand point directly in front of the hotel that breaks mechanically with a hollow takeoff at low tide (softer at high tide) and very l ong rides up to 300m. The wave has many personalities depending on the swell size and tide. On swells of 6-8ft (faces) or bigger and lower tides it is a serious wave for experienced surfers (it has been compared to Jeffreyâ€™s Bay and Bells), and the takeoff is critical as well as competitive, with surfers lining up and dropping in behind the rocks, and a fall here has consequences. On small to moderate swells (3-5 ft faces), or fuller tides, Las Flores is a classic sand point break, super fun on a shortboard, fish, or longboard, with long open faces and wackable wall sections comparable to a good day at Rincon or Noosa. The break can shut down almost entirely at high tide if there is not much swell, but on the biggest of swells the high tide is more manageable.
300 m West of Las Flores. This right point works best on a low to mid tide, and a 4-6 ft swell. Vaca is a hollower, critical, shorter wave than Flores. Punta Vaca can be a great option for the experienced surfer looking for heavy takeoffs and tube rides, and can provide crowd relief if the point at Las Flores is congested.
Toro De Oro
1 km West of Las Flores. This righthand point works best on a low to mid tide, and a solid 4ft+ swell, but can also hold big swells. The wave breaks in deepwater with a steep but forgiving take off and offers long lined up rights with 200m rides when on. The wave face is very carveable but steep, with rocks. Safest access is by boat due to treacherous entry and rocks on the inside.
15 min. West of Las Flores. Access: boat only. Powerful right cobblestone point break w/200m rides when on, machine-like. It is has a hollow take off with a serious barrel at size AND a hollow inside section. It works on a 3ft+ swell and all tides, but 4-7 ft SW is best. Closes out over 8 feet. Reef booties are recommended but not mandatory. The hollowest wave in the region, but also the most wind sensitive. Experienced surfers only even when small, due to currents and shallow inside rocks. The wave has become popular and is sometimes semi-crowded w/3-4 boats and 15-20 surfers at peak hours.
Another right point. Accessible only by boat. This wave is like an inferior Las Flores. Low to mid tides best. Cannot handle much wind. Always uncrowded.
El Cuco Beachbreak
A hollow beachbreak in front of the town with one distinct peak, favoring lefts. Usually when it is this good the point is better, but check it anyway. Sometimes it is good when the point isn't and can work on a higher tide, offering a scrappier alternative.