fbPuro Surf — Thermal
Private rooms
2+ nights
Nearest major airport
Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL)

Improving lives through surfing

"Puro Surf began as a big dream and a vision to improve lives through surfing. Our hotel and Surf Academy were created by former pro-surfer Marcelo Castellanos, now the coach of El Salvador's surf team. He designed Puro Surf Academy with a holistic approach to surfing. At Puro Surf we are passionate about improving guests' surfing skills while also bringing them joy and peace as they immerse themselves in the blue of the ocean."

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell

El Salvador's coast faces directly south, which means it gets hit with south and southwest swell, allowing fantastic summertime energy and waves. The surf season is from March to November, but usually, you can find fun surf breaks year-round. For the most experienced surfers, March and April are the best months, with warmer temperatures and when the swells start arriving. In general, spring through fall is the best time of the year for waves. For kids and beginners, January is the best month.

The El Zonte break is right in front of our lodge. Other famous waves nearby include Mizata, Km59, Km61, La Bocana, Punta Roca, and Sunzal. There are also many others to explore! We offer daily guided surf trips (additional fee) upon request.

Academy classes and surf camps

We have created a high-performance coaching program that is available for any level of surfer who is looking to improve their skills. Surf camps run on a weekly basis, starting on Saturday (arrival) to Saturday (departure), with the option of booking multiple weeks.

This unique program was created by Puro Surf founder and former pro surfer, Marcelo Castellanos. Marcelo infuses holistic methodology and a "3 circles of power" philosophy into his teaching. Once enrolled, you will be contacted via zoom to make a general evaluation to understand better what you need. We will then proceed to send you some tips and suggested exercise routines, to prep up for your trip. If you have recent personal surfing videos this could further your initial assessment.

The lodge

We have everything you need to enjoy your time in our wonderland - a yoga studio, beautiful and comfortable rooms, healthy food, a well-structured gym, pools, a skatepark, and a very healthy cuisine style. From arrival to departure, everything is included to simplify your vacation and allow more time for fun and relaxation.

We are located in the quiet village of El Zonte in El Salvador. In front of the beach, our walkable paths give our guests easy access to the breaks. Whether you are in the mood for surfing or not, taking a look at the waves will never be a problem from our infinity pool - from where you can relax and appreciate the ocean.

From individual beds to an entire house only for your group, our hotel is designed in a highly functional style to fit all your needs during your stay. As important as surfing and sleeping, we also care about what you eat. We only use fresh ingredients in our kitchen, and many of these are sourced from the surrounding farms and local fishermen, feeding the local economy and providing our guests with a true taste of El Salvador.

No matter what you are looking for, we will have everything you need to make your days with us a lifetime experience.


At Puro Surf we embrace a holistic approach to surfing. With this in mind, we offer a variety of classes to complement and support your surfing experience. Surf video coaching and paddle technique classes will refine your skills. Enjoy yoga for flexibility, strength, and recovery. Our "ginastica natural" class is a full body weight training method. Try an ice bath, meditation, and breathwork experience. We also offer skate biomechanics and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes.


Getting there
Fly into El Salvador International airport. From there, the drive to our hotel takes approximately 60 min. We will pick you u... read more

My favorite place in the world is Puro Surf. This is my home. We have perfect waves—rights, left, barrels—almost every day. Here, I have access to all the things I love the most; surfing, yoga, skate, jiu-jitsu, swimming, good food, and all my best friends, even my roommates from university work here! With the Academy, I get to be around a lot of cool people from all over the world; the best surfers and the best pro athletes come here to have fun, train, or share their knowledge with me. I feel blessed that at Puro I can combine work, fun, life, and learn at the same time.

I am passionate about surfing epic waves (of course). I love learning and feeling that I’m improving, as well as teaching others and seeing their improvement! I come from a family of surfers and teachers, and I’ve been surfing since I was 5 years old. I’ve dedicated my life to surfing; I started competing nationally and internationally early on, and for all my teenage years, and then started to learn more about coaching. I’ve acquired different certifications in sports psychology and coaching, I’m an international course presenter for the ISA, and also the also founder of the company Puro Surf Hotel and Performance Academy. I’m constantly learning, researching, and practicing: I’m the coach of El Salvador’s surf team, as well as other international athletes.

I have created a holistic methodology and development program, including the 3 circles of power surf system that promote the progression of surfers in an inclusive way. Regardless of your level of surfing, you'll benefit from this program. Throughout my life, I have learned from the best coaches around the world, through seminars, courses, certification, books; and of course, putting into practice with surfers of all levels. All this has enabled me to create what I believe is an effective program that guarantees a rapid progression and constant improvement in a surfer’s ability.

Languages: English, Spanish
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

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What's included?
Accommodation, wifi, transfer to and from the airport, half-day tours for +4 days packages only.
What's not included?
Flights, meals and snacks. Available at additional charges: alcoholic beverages, Tamanique waterfalls tour, Ilamatepeque volcano tour, ultralight flight tour, surf classes.
What classes do we offer?
When staying with us, you can choose from a wide variety of classes that will help you learn or improve new skills, keep your healthy routine and even relax. Classes available are: skateboarding mecha... read more
How are the surf coaching sessions?
We divide the group depending on the surf level of each participant. Each group is going to follow a program and learn the theory, which will then be followed by practice in the water and a correspond... read more
Do you rent surfboards?
We will assign a board that will best suit your surfing level. If you are a beginner or novice we will assign a Liquid Shredder soft board. If you are on the foundations to advanced level, you will be... read more
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
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If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
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Exclusive experiences
We have a roster of amazing, one-off trips in the works.
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