Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama

8 Amazing Remote Surf Breaks

Check out some of our favorite more remote surf breaks in Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala and even one break as far south as Ecuador

🌊 El Paredon - Escuintla - Guatemala

El Paredon, Escuintla, Guatemala. Photo by Swell Surf and Lifestyle Hotel

Guatemala is not usually known for its abundance of great surf, but this beach break can be a ton of fun and deliver uncrowded surf for a multitude of levels—depending on swell size. Three hours from Guatemala City and 2 hours from Antigua make this gem of a village well worth the trip.

Small rural village ✅
Sleepy fishing town ✅
Great year-round surf ✅

Check out this boho-chic lifestyle hotel a quick walk to the surf in El Paredon

🌊 Punta Abreojos - Baja - Mexico

Punta Abreojos

Not the easiest place to get to, fly into Loreto and then a five and a half hour flight until you arrive to this remote destination smack in the middle of Baja. Rest assured your effort will be handsomely rewarded with less people in the ocean as committed as you. Also a great area for kite surfing.

Located in a small fishing town, by no means a touristy town, but with plenty of ocean related activities to keep you entertained, and of course you'll be zen for weeks post trip.

Check out this one of a kind all-inclusive lodge that sleeps 12 for only $450 a night. Did we mention it comes with a full time chef?

🌊 Playa Escameca - Rivas - Nicaragua

Playa Escameca. Photo by Marc Shultz at Verdad Nicaragua

The Costa Dulce Surfside Community is a very small coastal jungle village, 25 minutes south of the more touristy San Juan del Sur. A bunch of mellow and crumbly beach breaks are scattered along this beach. Consistency here is good year-round with the biggest swell in winter. With two point breaks also on this beach, it's not unusual to be amongst only a handful of surfers on a peak here.

Check out two of our favorite remote stays near this break. For when you do not need to sacrifice quality for remoteness, and for when you are looking for something that includes meals. You can rent surfboards, get lessons or coaching at both of these amazing stays.

🌊 Ayampe - Manabí - Ecuador

Ayampe. Photo by Vistamar Guest House.

Not your usual surf trip destination, Ecuador, has a lot of beauty and waves to offer and we are stoked to see it grow in popularity for those looking to get off the beaten path. A remote tropical rainforest climate laid-back surf town with an emphasis on healthy living, which makes it an ideal couples or a family friendly spot.

Check out this awesome house for 12 just a quick walk from the ocean

🌊 Playa Venao - Los Santos - Panama

Playa Venao

This magical beach community is well worth the four hour drive from the international airport (PTY), A 3 kilometer crescent-shaped bay in Pedasi, Panama. It sits at the tip of the Azuero Peninsula. Pedasi offers some of the best surf in Panama due to its location out on the peninsula.

Check out a good variety of listings throughout Playa Venao

🌊 Chacahua - Lagunas de Chacahua - Oaxaca - Mexico


Wow, this place is special, but not at all easy to get to—which makes it even more special. From Puerto Escondido take a taxi to Zapotalito and from there a few minute crossing by boat to the island, and then again another cab or truck to the point. Remember oftentimes the adventure IS THE journey! When working well this can be an amazing right point break.

Check out these great rustic cabins in this remote spot just a short walk to Chacahua:
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🌊 Punta el Custodio - Nayarit - Mexico

Punta el Custodio on left, Playa Las Tortugas on right. Surf break in between.

Way past the usual surf towns of Sayulita and Punta Mita, two and a half hours from the international airport in Puerto Vallarta lies Punta el Custodio. Playa Tortugas is a beautiful remote stretch of beach that is perfect for family getaways with plenty of opportunities to explore the ocean. Punta Custodio is ideal for learning and better suited for longboards and funboards.

Check out these beautiful houses on the beach with some of the most beautiful views you can imagine in Punta el Custodio

🌊 Las Peñitas - Leon - Nicaragua

Las Peñitas. Photo by Matt Heywood at Simple Beach Lodge

A small and sleepy fishing village In Leon, only a 2 hour drive from the International Airport (MGA). Las Peñitas is a right and left point break. It is a great wave for beginner surfers and intermediate surfers who prefer consistent and fun waves at a lesser known break.

Check out this cozy ocean view room a short walk from the surf - for only $35 a night

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About Juan Dulanto

CEO at Wavecation. When out of the water Juan's favorite pasttime is playing backgammon by the beach—preferably while enjoying a local beer.
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