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Where in Central to take wife and son on surf trip - both surf #2930013
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My son is 8 and is pretty confident in the water. Still needs work on his duck dive but can catch his own waves and ride the line. He's comfortable to about 6' crumbling faces but if its pitching it would need to be a bit smaller.

Wife is comfortable up to about 8' faces and doesn't mind some hollowness to the wave.

I like anything in the 4-12' range.

Looking for recommendations where the three of us can go and all have something that suits our abilities? I'm more about getting the kid on some good waves, followed by by wife, and if I can get a little juice too, all the better.

I've been looking at the chancletas beach resort in Nica. El Salvador also seems like it could be a good call.

I've been to costa and panama but not to El Sal or Nica. Wife went to Nica years ago.

Thansk for any suggestions you might have!

Re: Where in Central to take wife and son on surf trip - both surf [Re: TangTonic] #2930034
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The wave out front of Chancletas does not have a reputation of being an easy drop.

Sunzal in El Salvador is a good choice for a softer, anyone can surf it type of wave.

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Stayed at Chancletas in 2008, back when they still catered to dirtbags with dorm and budget "flashpacker" private rooms with no bathroom. Looks like they've upgraded a bit, like every other Nica resort that started as a surf camp roflmao They probably figured they can both reduce the crowds and fetch more cash by getting rid of dorms and upgrading all around, so I certainly understand the rational. Overall it's a cool place that is well managed.

Like SB said, the drop is trickier in the sense that you have to angle straight into the barrel from takeoff (at least that's how it broke when I was there). There are probably other options for easier beachbreaks in Nica, but I haven't been since that 2008 trip.

ES is cool, but the waves are longer paddles with bigger playing fields, so it may be tougher to keep an eye on your son if that's a concern.

It may be played out, but Costa Rica hits all the bases for an easy family trip. Nosara and the neighboring beaches seems to have something for everyone shrug


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Cool thanks guys! Nosara could be the best call. Anywhere else in Costa worth looking into?

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Originally Posted By: TangTonic
Cool thanks guys! Nosara could be the best call. Anywhere else in Costa worth looking into?

I've heard good things about the deep south of CR but never been.

In Nica, the beachies around the Los Cardones eco lodge are pretty user friendly beer


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I know everyone shits on CR but a trip is what you make of it. I wouldn't hesitate to take my family to Nosara. Enough surf around to keep everyone happy and most importantly it has a gradual beach that isn't really tide dependent like other spots so they can play inside.Tons of stuff to do outside of surfing too.

Salina cruz would be cool but not a ton of "family" stuff to do


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I don't know that i'd take the family to el salvador. Every store and even the hotel had an armed guard.

Nica is good with good options for all; variety of spots if the polictal climate is safe.

CR is also good; I stayed near Punta negra which had some good options and was not very touristy at all

CR is most americanized and thus safest.
Nica #2
El Sal #3.

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Thanks guys, CR it is! I haven't been there since the year 2000 when I was staying in Playa HErmosa and had the time of my life. Got pulled onstage at Hollywood nights!

Anyways, Nosara seems like a good call. We would probably go for 7-10 days and rent a car. Where else should we go besides Nosara and what things we should do besides surf?

Any recommendations are much appreciated.

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Re: Where in Central to take wife and son on surf trip - both surf [Re: TangTonic] #2942841
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Just returned from Miramar in Nicaragua and the place is great. Family friendly too. Waves good and nearby. Food is great and family running the place has kids there too.

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[quote=Sharkbiscuit


Sunzal in El Salvador is a good choice for a softer, anyone can surf it type of wave.[/quote]

nice hotel on cliff overlooking too at least there used to be.
I never stayed there but guessing it aint cheap.

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Originally Posted by acnjusa
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Sunzal in El Salvador is a good choice for a softer, anyone can surf it type of wave.


nice hotel on cliff overlooking too at least there used to be.
I never stayed there but guessing it aint cheap.


By my surf trip standards there are at least two. I've stayed at Kayu, and next door, is the Casa de Mar, that place is supposedly fancy. El Tunco is a better bet for cheaper lodging.


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