My wife and I had an amazing experience while staying a couple of nights in one of their private bungalows. The surf house is simply beautiful (gorgeous sunsets), the atmosphere is super relaxing, and there is plenty of fun to be had. I tried to learn how to surf in two days and spent the rest of my time simply enjoying the place while resting in a hammock. However, we also played some volleyball, rode on a motorcycle and went horseback riding. The family style dinners were always delicious and gave us the opportunity to meet a lot of cool people.
Things to keep in mind:
(1) Be patient; this is a small operation in the middle of nowhere (which is why it is so beautiful and relaxing), so some of the activities (other than surfing) you want to do may take some time to coordinate.
(2) Also, order your food before you get hungry (give them at least an hour), especially if there is a lot of people staying at the surf house. It is a small kitchen (2-3 employees) and my guess is they spend most of their day prepping for the huge, family style, 3 course dinners.
(3) If you can afford to, stay at one of the beach front bungalows; they are not only squeaky clean but there is nothing like waking up with the sun to the bungalow's elevated ocean view (one of my favorite pictures from my whole trip to Guatemala). There weren't quite ready for us when we showed up (they thought we would not make it that day) but it was worth the wait.
(4) If you speak spanish, take the locals route getting there even though it might take a lot longer. It is not only way cheaper but beautiful as well. I mean on our way there we took two chicken buses, one tuc-tuc, a boat ride on a canal, and then walked about half a mile through the village and along the beach to get to the surf house.
We actually spoke to the owner and shared with him our only critique for the establishment. It seemed to us that because the surf house is such an open space people are always smoking everywhere; which made it hard for us to mingle and stay around the common areas because my wife and I cannot stand the smoke (plus my wife's asthma is aggravated by it). We felt isolated from the rest of the guests staying there. I thought the owner would get defensive or something but he was actually grateful for the feedback and agreed with me that designated smoking/non-smoking areas would be an improvement. He told me they used to do that and would implement it again; I don't doubt he did. Which means next time we visit will be even better.
Saludos a Rabea y a Polo!
- Also Known As:
- Paredon Surf House Hotel
- Paredon Surf House Hotel Escuintla Department
- Paredon Surf House Guatemala