Surf at Driftwood

El Paredón is famous for its beach breaks and sandbars.  The height of the waves vary in a range between 3-12 feet depending on the swells.

Surf

El Paredón, Guatemala is famous for its beach breaks and sandbars.  The height of the waves vary in a range between 3-12 feet depending on the swells. The biggest waves can be surfed during the rainy season, between June and October, although the sandbars are constantly moving due to the power and speed of the waves themselves, which makes them a bit technical. Between the months of December and April the swell is generally a bit smaller, with an average height of 3-6 feet, but the sandbars are quite stable, offering the cleanest sessions.

In the mornings there is normally an offshore wind, which turns the ocean glassy and creates nice and constant hollow left and right breaks. Around 11:00 a.m. the wind changes and blows south, which diminishes the quality of the wave, sometimes surf friendly, sometimes not. Most days at around 4 pm the wind slows down a bit and there are good conditions for the rest of the afternoon.

Some surfers have reported marine turtles and dolphins, among many other species while surfing. It is quite common to see pelicans “surfing” over the lips of the waves early in the mornings and during late afternoons.