El Paredon

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There are no surfers, except those. The area and the surf camp really needs support from visitors, since the community of El Paredon is deeply involved with them and hope that surf will bring them some prosperity. Contact on e-mail is paredon@itelgua.com

This is simply the best surfing spot in Guatemala. The area as a whole is a National Park, called Sipacate-El Naranjo. It is composed by three main towns, and EL Paredon stands in the middle of those three. El Paredon basically is a fishermen community, not impacted by the modern-World standards, which makes it unique. Although there is electricity, the inhabitants of this place live on a basic level. Everyone smiles at you. There is only one Surf Camp (El Paredon Surf Camp paredon@itelgua.com)and probably the only place in Guatemala completely built and thought for the surfer. This is a new hangout place and it really looks as one of a kind. Prices are very reasonable. El Paredon Surf Camp supports a program for the conservation of the Mangrove Forest that surrounds the area and they also support the conservation of marine turtles, since those reptiles nest on that beach. The beach is composed of very thin black volcanic sand and the distance from the beach to the ocean is probably 30 meters.

Additional Info:
Depending on your surfing skills, you have to choose a right tide time. For the begginers Mi-Tide getting-low is very fun. For the more experienced a high tide is awesome. At El Paredon Surf Camp(and offices in Antigua) they have tidal data and forecast.
There are no signs along the road that indicate how to reach it, therefore the most recommended tip would be to contact El Paredon Surf Camp, right in Antigua. They can tell you how to reach the spot or they can drive you. So far they offer basic accommodations and great food, good music, etc.


From Guatemala City or Antigua it takes more or less two hours to the Spot, located on the Pacific Coast. It takes some 4 different publilc buses to reach the spot, a real hastle. From Antigua transportation can be easily booked through the recently opened EL Paredon Surf Camp.

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
TypeBeach break
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Fun
FrequencyVery consistent (150+ days/year)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionUnknown
Swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast
Swell size3ft-5ft - 10ft+
TideAll tides
Tide movementRising and falling tides

Rips / undertow


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