Surf Adventure

A seven-night surfing retreat for surfers of all abilities in tropical El Salvador

$1,150 USD per person (based on shared occupancy)

This surf retreat package is open to surfers at all levels of experience, offering a surf-immersion to propel you forward on your board. You’ll have the opportunity to surf twice per day, with optional surf coaching / photo reviewing. Included are also inland excursions, two yoga classes, one complimentary massage and surf photographs to remember your experience and chart your progress. On your surf retreat, you’ll deepen your skills by surfing world-class beach and point breaks, and then return daily to the comfort of a private oceanfront villa.
Surfing in El Salvador
Surf world class breaks less than 15 minutes from the Villa
El Salvador is a beautiful, tropical country with spectacular vistas and comfortable weather all year round. Temperatures are usually in the high-70s during mornings, evenings, and at night, while days are typically in the 80-95 F range. El Salvador is blessed with some of the most consistent warm-water waves in the world. You have guided surf every day of your retreat to the best possible wave.
Group tour in Apeneca, El Salvador
Have a vacation to remember with an El Salvador Retreats’ Surf Adventure
  • seven nights in ocean-front, shared accommodations
  • healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the villa
  • snacks and non-alcoholic beverages included, plus beer or wine with dinner
  • daily use of high-quality surf board
  • surf the break right in front of the villa on a private beach or be guided to one of the 9 different breaks 5-15 minutes away. Whichever is best for you!
  • mountain colonial town excursion, coffee plantation, and volcanic hot springs tour (and an optional zip-line tour)
  • waterfall hike and swim
  • local markets tour or night out on the town
  • two surf lessons or surfing feedback (optional)
  • two yoga classes
  • Dropbox access to retreat and surf photos
  • relaxing Swedish or deep tissue massages
  • unlimited use of the amenities (pool, private beach, yoga deck)
  • unlimited filtered water refills
All levels, from beginner to advanced. During spring and summer season, we recommend you come with some previous surfing experience.

Surf the break right in front of the villa on a private beach, great for skill building. Or be shuttled to the best wave each session. The house is very central, there are 9 different breaks within a 15-minute drive.

Seasonally the waves in El Salvador are semi-consistent. December to February usually runs 2-4 feet with a week or two of larger waves. This is the ideal season for beginners. March to May and October to November is generally 3-5 feet with a few weeks of larger surf. It is a good time for both beginners and intermediates. June-September the waves can be very large and are more weather dependent as it is rainy season.

This retreat is a surf-at-your-own-risk event. As we cannot predict weather and wave conditions, we will work with the group to ensure new optional activities are available in the event the surf is not cooperating. Although we do our best to get you to the right waves for your ability, there may be a period of the retreat that the waves becomes too sizable or the surf guide deems out of the surfer’s skill ability. In such a case, the surfer will be notified and must comply for the safety of themselves and others.

Woman surfing in the pocket of the wave
Work on your surfing technique in some of the most consistent warm-water waves in the world

We host retreats at different venues close to El Tunco, but by far our favorite retreat venue is Villa del Olas, a luxurious ocean-front villa located inside the Atami private beach community near the beaches of Palmarcito and El Zonte, offering:

  • daily maid service
  • full kitchen and unlimited filtered water
  • ocean-view yoga and siesta deck with hammocks
  • unlimited filter water
  • beach-side pool
  • 24-hour gated security
  • access to the community salt-water pools near the villa

Rooms will be shared based on double to triple occupancy. If you are coming as a solo traveler expect to share a room or indicate you would rather pay single person occupancy supplement of $650.

The Atami resort is 1 hour from the airport and 1 hour from San Salvador.

Check-in is after 3pm and check-out by 11. There is often opportunity to come or leave a day earlier / later, please ask us if you want to extend your trip at an additional cost. Alternatively, we can recommend guest houses nearby.

Amazing room with tropical view
Your stay with El Salvador retreats will be in spacious, comfortable rooms with great tropical views

A couple basking by a swimming pool
Enjoy the beach-side pool during your retreat with El Salvador Retreats

All activities are optional, and we’ll vary the timings according to the tide timings to maximize your surf opportunities. Typically we’ll try to surf in the morning or afternoon, whilst it’s coolest, but this will depend upon high and low tides. You’re welcome to wake up earlier and head down to the beach for an early morning surf, but please be mindful of your neighbors.

5:00 AM coffee and snacks
6:00 AM surf excursion, sleep in, or free time
9:00 AM breakfast
10:00 AM free-time or surf excursion
12:00 PM Yoga
2:00 PM lunch
3:00 PM waterfall hike, free time, or coffee farm excursion
5:00 PM hammock time
7:00 PM dinner at the villa
9:00 PM quiet time
Surf Instructors

We like to use local surf instructors as much as possible — this is their beach! We’ll offer translation or English-speaking instructors that will teach you all they know about these amazing surf breaks.

Our lead surf instructor is Tyler Trafas, the founder and manager of El Salvador Retreats and One Wave Surf School in Los Angeles, California. Tyler will advise you about the best surf spots for current conditions and your skill level, as well as how to elevate your surfing technique.

Yoga Instructors

We are lucky to have several experienced international yoga teachers living close to Sunzal to deliver high quality yoga classes at our retreats. Each teaches their own distinct style of yoga, blended from years of teaching in the USA, UK, El Salvador, Brazil, Ireland and India. Learn more about our teachers

Two women performing yoga
Stretch out after a surfing session in a challenging but relaxing yoga class with our experienced international yoga teachers

Our retreats are often held at the luxurious Villa del Olas, an oceanfront villa located inside the Atami private-beach community near the beaches of Palmarcito and El Zonte. The amenities of this location include:

  • daily maid service
  • full kitchen and unlimited filtered water
  • ocean-view yoga and siesta deck with hammocks
  • beach-side swimming pool
  • 24-hour gated security
  • access to the nearby community saltwater pools
  • limited WiFi service is provided at the villa for checking emails etc., and high-speed Internet service is available at the Atami club for all guests
  • iPod dock for playing music
  • TV with a DVD player

The house is located in a gated community and in general items of value are safe in the house. Passports and additional money can be stored in a safe.

Private transportation is included throughout the trip for all scheduled trips. Airport transportation from San Salvador Airport (SAL) to the retreat location can be arranged through El Salvador Retreats for $40 one-way or $70 round-trip. Please notify us if making other arrangements.

Unlike other popular locations in Central America, the airport is just one hour from the best beaches in El Salvador.

People swimming in the saltwater pools
Swim in the saltwater pools just a short walk from the villa in the Atami community

We keep it healthy, fresh, and delicious to power your yoga and surf retreat experience.
Your retreat includes 3 daily meals and snacks, prepared by our staff and chefs:

  • morning snacks & coffee
  • hot and healthy breakfast
  • fresh fruit, smoothies, and delicious cold-lunch fixings
  • gourmet and local-fare dinners
  • one fresh coconut water (seasonal), unlimited non–alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • beer and wine at dinner
  • *cocktails and other drinks by request

Our meals are omnivorous, but we are happy to accommodate alternative dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free). Please communicate food preferences or allergies when you book.

Breakfast is be prepared after the morning surf session or prior to the day’s excursion. Fresh fruit, smoothies, and lunch fixings are prepped at the house to be readily enjoyed by guests at their individual convenience. Dinners are cooked daily at the house, except for an optional sunset dinner at a local restaurant. El Salvador is known for pupusas (like a stuffed tortilla filled with meat, cheese, and vegetables). The house staff prepares fresh pupusas for dinner 1-2 nights. Pupusas are served with gourmet sides and toppings.

Various healthy dishes of food
Healthy and delicious meals are prepared for you daily on your retreat

Some of the other meals often prepared or catered at the house are:

  • Yoga protein salad
  • Thai curries
  • freshly-grilled Snapper and Ahi fish tacos.
  • four varieties of seafood ceviche, including a tofu/chickpea option
  • rotisserie chicken, locally-grown sweet potatoes and salads
  • French-style surf-and-turf with coconut risotto and grilled vegetables
  • wood-fired pizzas, pasta, and garlic bread
  • handmade tamales and chili rellenos with rice, beans, and salad
  • burritos: fish, steak, chicken, and veggie

All non–alcoholic beverages are provided. Two beers per day or a ½ bottle of wine is also included. Guests that wish to consume more than the daily provision of alcoholic beverages provided are responsible for the additional cost of ingredients and alcohol. Please keep in mind: this is a very healthy and active retreat. It’s not a poolside cocktail-fest in Cancun. If you drink too much, you will miss out on fun stuff.

Unlimited filtered water and ice are provided. The tap water is not safe for consumption. Don’t even brush your teeth with it.

Soak up everything this hidden paradise has to offer!

In addition to all of the surf sessions, yoga classes, massages and surf photography included with your surf retreat package, we also offer optional local excursions, (although you might just choose to stay at the villa and keep surfing!).

  • colonial town visit, coffee plantation / volcanic hot springs tour — not only is this really interesting, it’s deliciously cool up in the mountains
  • refreshing waterfall hike and swimming excursion (jumping optional!)
  • one night during the retreat, we give guests the option to pop into town to experience the El Tunco vibe (food & drink consumed here will not be included as part of your package)

Visitors swimming in a lagoon under a waterfall
Explore colonial towns, coffee plantations, waterfall hikes, and saltwater pools on your Surf Adventure retreat
  • two surf lessons (additional one-on-one instruction can be organized at a cost of $30 USD per lesson)
  • daily use of high-quality surfboard
  • two yoga classes with yoga mats included
  • one massage per person (additional massages can be arranged at a cost of $50 USD per massage, per person)
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and daily snacks
  • seven nights accommodations
  • surf photography
  • Dropbox access to photos at end of the retreat
  • unlimited use of the amenities (pool, private beach, hammock/yoga deck)
  • unlimited water refills all day
  • unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and limited alcoholic beverages
  • one fresh coconut per day
  • full-day mountain tour, including colonial town visit, coffee plantation or volcanic hot springs tour (Zip-line optional)
  • half day waterfall hike and swim
  • local markets tour or night out on the town
  • limited WiFi for email and general Internet browsing (no streaming or large downloads). There is fast, unlimited access at the Atami Club a short walk away
  • Private transportation is included throughout the retreat for all scheduled trips
Not included:
  • additional excursions such as optional zip line tours ($40 USD)
  • additional private surf lessons
  • additional massages
  • food or drink outside of the villa or organized tours
  • surf coaching and video review ($50 USD per day)
  • videography
  • private yoga sessions
  • travel insurance (highly recommended): Surfing is an extreme sport and accidents can happen
  • damage to surf boards (beyond minor dings): local repair cost (up to $20 USD). A replacement fee is charged for broken surfboards, equal to the value of the board plus $100 USD for shipping costs. Reimbursement is required prior to the end of a retreat. NOTE: many travel insurance companies will cover the cost of broken or stolen equipment, including surfboards
  • insect repellent, sun-screen & surf hats. If you’re susceptible to the sun, please come prepared with sufficient sun protection
  • personal laundry ($5 USD per load)
  • high-bandwidth Internet (streaming / large downloads)
  • specialty food items or off-site meals
  • Atami Club access for high-speed Internet ($5 USD minimum food/drink purchased at the club)
  • airport transport on arrival and departure

San Salvador is easily accessible from many USA cities. Both United Airlines and Spirit Airlines offer multiple flights per week from various destinations. Airport transfers to and from El Salvador International Airport (SAL) are included within your package.

Please let us know if you’d like to extend your stay or combine with travel to other destinations in El Salvador or other Central-American countries. We’ll do our best to advise you about key activities. Check out our Experiences for inspiration about the local area and other surf spots.