Surfing in Central America and the Caribbean
Central America can be seen as a land bridge between North and South America. The characteristics of this region are the especially large variety of species and the diversified landscape. Tropical rain forest changes dramatically to rocky regions and coastlines.
Especially in the Caribbean region the influence of the Spanish, French and British colonial times is still evident. The original methods of city planning as well as the strong ancient traditions remind one of times long ago.
Well worth seeing are the ancient cities of the area’s indigenous cultures, the Mayans and the Aztecs. On your visit to Central America you shouldn’t miss out the historic excavations.
The climate in Central America and the Caribbean is warm throughout the year and is dominated by mountain chains on the west coast and by tropical rain forest in the east.
Overall you will find high air-humidity on the Caribbean side whereas the Pacific coast is rather dry , except of course ,during the rainy season. The rainiest time in the west is from May till October and the temperatures in the low land areas remain comfortable.
The Caribbean is tropically warm all year long and temperatures hardly fall below 20 degrees. There in the daytime you will find average temperatures of about 25-30 degrees but also short and heavy rainfall is not unlikely.
From July till October the area experiences hurricanes that can, depending on their strength, also hit the Central American mainland.
There are thousands of kilometres of Pacific and Caribbean coast. Swells find their way over long distances to the reefs and beach breaks of Central America and your guaranteed a vast amount varied and high quality waves.
Also the hundreds of Caribbean islands have a high potential for excellent surf and have already surprised many a surfer with its perfect waves.
In Central America and the Caribbean there are waves to be found to suit all ability levels. With a little luck and a sense of adventure you could even find the best waves of your life.
Most countries in Central America and the Caribbean have direct air connections from all the continents. If a country has no direct connections it’s usually no problem to reach it with just a stopover.
A fantastic experience also, is a journey via the Pan-American Highway, that connects North and South America and therefore travels down the whole of Central America. There are several private and public bus companies too offer a comfortable and exciting journey.
If you have some more time you should also consider travelling by ferry. This is especially an option if you are visiting in the Caribbean region or islands.