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1. Popoyo

Over 300 days of offshore winds

Popoyo is a dreamscape for surfers. A rocky, dirt road deposits you into the heart of a small, remote village where the lifestyle is all about the surf. While many breaks revolve around swells, storms, and tides, Popoyo is consistent year-round, ticking all the marks for an awesome surf spot.

The spot receives over 300 days of offshore winds annually and, as a result, is often regarded as one of the best surf destinations in the country. Like most of Central America, Popoyo experiences a dry season and a wet season, so plan your trip accordingly.

Popoyo has breaks for every level of surfer.
From beginner to expert, Popoyo has breaks for every level of surfer

The main break

The main break in Popoyo is an A-frame that breaks over a rock shelf, offering up good options for regular and goofy footers — with the occasional tube. The Outer Reef Popoyo is a five-minute paddle from the main break and is a hollow left-slab suitable for expert surfers.

While many of the breaks in Popoyo can be intimidating, Beginner Bay, on the south end of the beach, offers rolling waves well-suited for beginners and intermediate surfers. It’s no surf camp in the Rockaways, but it will get you ready for more serious swells. For more beginner surfing advice, check out this Witch’s Rock Surf Camp review.

In addition to the main spots, Popoyo has a number of other noteworthy spots lining the beach: Stoneys, La Piedrita, Playgrounds, Playa Colorado, and Plays Santa. Although I’ve never been to Popoyo, a good friend of mine regularly makes the trip and comes home with stories of perfect waves — making it the top spot on my list of awesome surfing destinations I haven’t tried yet.

About the author
Southern California-based surfer and travel writer

Rebecca is a seasoned writer and outdoor enthusiast. Born and raised in Orange County, she has spent countless hours exploring the California coastline. She loves surfing, standup paddling, and anything that involves water. When she’s not in the ocean, you can find her exploring the local trails or sleeping under the stars alongside her adventure pup, Koa.

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