Category Archives: EL SALVADOR

El Salvador: Surfing the Black Volcanic Beach

Location of El Salvador in Central America
Location of El Salvador in Central America

 

Theme: Central American Adventure Tour  Country: El Salvador  Languages: Spanish  Unit of Currency: USD (dollar) Locations: El Tunco & La Libertad Year: 2013   Bucket list: Surfing on a volcanic beach

Surf Hub; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Surf Hub; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013

 

DO:  SURF A BLACK VOLCANIC BEACH

El Tunco:
  • Surfing a black volcanic beach with Yo (a very good-looking native)
Surfer Instructor Yo; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Surfer Instructor Yo; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013

 

Surf Lesson; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Surf Lesson; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013 

 

  • Photographing the surf culture
Surfer Bums; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Surfer Bums; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013

 

  • Hanging out with the locals
Passing on the Traditional Signature Jumpin' Photograph; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Passing on the Traditional Signature Jumpin’ Photograph; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013

 

  • Indulging in local beer of Pilsener and eating shrimp ceviche
Pilsener with Rocky Beach; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Pilsener with Rocky Beach; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013

 

Shrimp Ceviche; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Shrimp Ceviche; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013

 

  • Schooling the boys on pool
Proper Night Out; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Proper Night Out; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013

 

  • Watching the locals make jewelry and then later buying a few pieces

 

Bicycle with Surfboards; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Bicycle with Surfboards; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013

 

An Independence Day El Salvadorian Style: I underestimated how large El Salvador really is! A very rocky boat ride, 2 chicken buses, 2 bike tuk tuks, and a 3 hour truck “taxi” ride has led me to a very beautiful coastal Pacific surfing village in the mountains!

Taxi Cab to La Libertad; El Salvador; 2013
Taxi Cab to La Libertad; El Salvador; 2013

 

Time to rest up for the 4th of July’s festivities – a local beer, Pilsener, in 1 hand & in the other my new Sony videocamera (compliments of Guatemala)! Not to mention flip-flops, board shorts, and bikini top will be the proper attire for tomorrow!

The El Salvadorans will definitely get a taste of how this Americano celebrates the 4th of July! Sun, beach, sand, & surfing is highly on the list for this year’s celebration! 

Signature Jumpin' Photograph; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Signature Jumpin’ Photograph; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013

 

Should be an epic day! Thinking of loved ones, my best friends, and all of my American offshore friends – Have a fantastic 4th of July! 

El Salvador Favorites:

1) Surfing the Pacific coast with a rather good-looking and fun surfer instructor. First off, I should state that I had no clue how difficult and dangerous this local surf spot actually was. Generally I love to take risks, and when I found myself paddling outside my comfort zone to reach the first break in waves, I realized just how big and violent these rolling thunders were!

Imagine yourself attached to a surfboard with an ankle leash, and that your mission is to successfully stand on the board once a wave breaks to shore. Ideally, we call this Surfing, but what happens when you factor in a rocky volcanic shoreline stretching for miles and 2-3 meter waves in a set of 6 waves consistently crashing into you? My end result was a rather good one, but a painful one at that. Good news is that I FINALLY stood up and could say that I battled El Tunco’s surf. Lesson I learned – even though you have a surfer instructor with a nice smile and a sweet six pack, leave the expert zone to the more advanced riders! tongue emoticon

2) Celebrating The 4th of July in a cool environment. As a girl who adores her board shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, and struts a laid-back attitude this Surfer’s paradise made the perfect location to bring in Independence Day. I could not have pictured a better place to chill out, surf, have a few local beers on the beach, and create new friendships.

3) Meeting the flamboyant and sweet locals. Each one of the residents I met I could not help to notice the positive vibes that I was getting from them. A gentleman, Horhe, told me how stoked he was to meet me – definitely nice to hear from an El Salvadorian with a chill personality! That did not stop with him, even the waiter, store clerks, and surfers made a kind gesture to approach me first and strike up a conversation. I will admit, a handful of them only spoke English, but this was another way to improve my Spanish.

The nightlife is great, it was evident with such a small surf town that I would run into some familiar daylight faces. Disco and cold pouring beer were the the highlights at one of the beach pubs, ironically this was the ONLY beachfront disco bar open! Like the locals, fellow backpackers, and travelers alike, the company was awesome. I ended the perfect day hanging out with my stellar surfer instructor, a few of his friends shooting pool, and pointers flipped back at me to become a better surfer.

Beer Sign with Surfer; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013
Beer Sign with Surfer; El Tunco, El Salvador; 2013