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You can surf all year round in Nicaragua and El Salvador, with waves as big as 4m (13 ft.) crashing into the coast in the months of March and April. The dry season, from November to February, has smaller waves of 2m (6 1/2 ft.) or less, but the weather is better and the surf ideal for beginners. Water temperatures average around 77°F (25°C). Boards can be bought or rented in La Libertad or San Juan del Sur, but hardcore surfers often bring their own, especially if they intend to go to less developed spots.

El Salvador has arguably the best surf in Central America, mostly based along the western Pacific Balsamo Coast. There are plenty of surf shops and hotels here catering to surfers who are taking advantage of rides that can be as long as 150m (492 ft.) or even 200m (656 ft.). Most breaks come from the left, with the exception of surf close to the unattractive town of La Libertad. Punta Roca is the most famous surfing spot, but other appealing runs in this area include Playa El Zonte, Playa El Tunco, and Playa San Blas. The eastern Pacific is less developed and the terrain broader and straighter than the many coves and inlets of the western shore. Here Playa El Cuco and Playa Las Flores are drawing the most interest.

The southwestern Pacific shores of Nicaragua are where the best surfing takes place, particularly around San Juan del Sur and the string of beaches that stretches north and south. Here, you'll find cheap beach-bum hostels and luxury surf camps. Beach access is becoming a problem as the area becomes more developed, and many of the best breaks can be reached only by boat. Yet there are plenty of options for all budgets. Popoyo is fast becoming the most popular place to surf, and other well-regarded beaches include Playa Pie de Gigante and Playa Madera. Surfing is also possible on the beaches west of León, such as Poneloya and Las Peñitas. There is little or no surfing along the Atlantic coast.

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