Being able to work remotely is already a privilege. Only 14% of the US workforce works remotely full time (down from over 30% two years ago), so you can consider yourself lucky if you are one of them.

Here at The Wayward Road, we have been working remotely since 2016, and a few years ago, we took up surfing as one of our main addictions hobbies. However, we quickly realized that combining our work life with our surfing wasn’t as easy as we initially thought.

Many surf spots in Central America are located in somewhat isolated or underdeveloped areas where a speedy internet connection (and in many cases, even regular cellphone reception) is unheard of. This is the case with La Saladita, a beautiful endless left point break in the Mexican state of Guerrero, where as of 2022, it was impossible to get more than one bar of cellphone reception. We ended up staying in Zihuatanejo and driving 45 minutes each way, which is not ideal.

After years of searching for surf and wifi, here’s a shortlist of places you should definitely consider for your next surf and remote work location in Central America.

El Tunco, El Salvador

Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

l Salvador has become a recent destination for all sorts of travelers. Less than ten years ago, visitors weren’t recommended to leave their hotels and walk to a nearby restaurant due to the high level of insecurity in the country.

This has changed in recent years, and El Salvador is by far one of the safest countries in the Americas. It also has the benefit of having one of the most surf-prolific coastlines with dozens of world-class waves, which is remarkable considering how small the country actually is.

We stayed in El Tunco for about two months, where we were able to surf every morning and work comfortably from our Airbnb. Wifi was super consistent, and we also had full LTE coverage on our cellphones as a backup—although we rarely needed it.

El Tunco is also a pretty fun town over the weekends, where tons of people from the capital drive down to party at its beachfront clubs. The only downside is that the local point break spot can get very crowded, even during early morning sessions.

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Playa Acapulquito, Baja California Sur, Mexico

San Jose del Cabo hosts one of my favorite surf spots in the world: Playa Acapulquito. This small beach has a right-hand point break that is perfect for surfers of all levels. It’s a long and somewhat gentle wave that works very well for longboarders and shortboarders alike. It works best pretty much all the time except for high tide.

This area in Baja Sur is very developed and has tons of hotels and accommodation options. Wifi and LTE coverage are definitely not a problem, and we were able to work from home very easily.

Besides Acapulquito beach (Old Man’s on Surfline), there are a few other spots in the area called The Rock and Zippers, which might require a bit more advanced level depending on the swell.

The only couple of downsides of this area are the higher prices compared to the rest of Mexico, and you pretty much need to rent a car if you want to have a bit of flexibility in the area. That being said, if you do rent a car, you have many other options around, such as Cerritos.

La Lancha / Punta Mita, Mexico

Punta Mita, Jalisco, Mexico

About an hour’s drive away from Puerto Vallarta, you can find Punta Mita, home to several nearby surf spots for all levels: Punta Mita beach, La Lancha, or Punta Burros.

Just like San Jose del Cabo, this is not the most budget-friendly location in Mexico. In fact, just a few miles up the road from Punta Mita, you can find hotels like the St. Regis, where rooms start at US$1,000 per night. However, in the nearby area of Corral del Risco, there are lots of accommodation options for most budgets.

In terms of remote work, Punta Mita has reliable internet pretty much everywhere, especially if you stay close to the town. I recommend staying in Corral del Risco and taking taxis or buses to the actual surf spots.

If you go to La Lancha, you can step out of the bus, and on the side of the freeway, you’ll find WildMex Surf School & Adventure Center, the closest surf rental to the beach. They have a ton of different boards, and they give you the possibility of buying “surfboard insurance” for just a few extra dollars. La Lancha has a reef bottom and can get pretty shallow, so dings are a possibility. I actually loved this because as someone who rents boards while traveling, I’m always afraid of dings and having to pay for repairs (I once broke a foam board in half and had to pay $100 for it, but that’s a story for a different blog post).

Just a heads up: You’ll have to walk through the jungle for about 10 minutes from the freeway to the beach—beware of crocodiles.

Rincón, Puerto Rico

Tres Palmas, Rincón, Puerto Rico

More than just Rincón, this section is about the whole northwest coast of Puerto Rico. Rincón is the most famous town in the area, but the reality is that there are lots of surf spots between Isabela and Añasco.

Some of my favorite spots there are Playa Jobos, Sandy Beach, Domes, Maria, and Dogman’s. All of them except for Sandy Beach are waves that break over reef, so you have to be a bit careful, especially when it’s big. Puerto Rican beaches are also very famous for their rip currents, so always take a good look at the ocean before going in.

That being said, one of my favorite things about surfing in Puerto Rico is its views. Looking at the beach from the ocean, you’re going to see a stunning backdrop full of white sand and palm trees, a beautiful combination of blue, yellow, and green.

Now, when it comes to wifi and LTE… Puerto Rico is a bit hit or miss. We’ve stayed in multiple places all over the area (Isabela, Calvache, Moca, Rincon), and all I can say is that the closer you are to an actual urban center, the better your chances of having reliable internet.

More than ever, I recommend checking the comments section of different Airbnb listings to see what previous travelers have said about the quality of the internet connection.

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Playa Hermosa, Nicaragua

Although you can’t actually surf in San Juan del Sur, there are a couple of good surfing spots nearby. San Juan del Sur, however, is a very fun town with a backpacking vibe where you can find good restaurants and party options (the Sunday Funday pub crawl is actually very fun).

The two main surfing spots next to San Juan del Sur are Playa Hermosa and Playa Maderas, and you can get there from San Juan del Sur via taxi or shared shuttles.

Now it’s time for a big disclaimer: During the winter months, it gets incredibly windy. I’m talking 40 km/hour (25 miles/hour) winds on a normal day. It’s a wind that comes from Lake Cocibolca and blows perfectly offshore, making these some of the most perfect waves I’ve ever surfed. I remember looking at Playa Hermosa and thinking that this is what a wave pool must look like.

The second part of the disclaimer is that the ocean can get very cold during this time of the year. Some days we registered 20 ºC (68 ºF), which is very cold if you’re not ready for it. Luckily, I had a 1.5mm wetsuit t-shirt and I could hold out for about an hour before having to go back in to warm up in the sun. I had to repeat this process several times. Most people hadn’t brought any sort of wetsuit and were shivering while waiting in the lineup.

Wifi-wise, San Juan del Sur has a decent LTE connection, and the Airbnbs we stayed at also had decent wifi. The only problems we had were the frequent power outages, mostly due to the wind. I’m not sure if this is the case during the rainy season.

Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita is a lesser-known surf destination in Costa Rica, especially when compared to places like Pavones, Tamarindo, or Santa Teresa. One aspect that makes Uvita different is that the surf spot is inside a national park, so you have to pay $5 every time you want to go surfing there. The upside of this is that Uvita is one of the cleanest beaches I’ve seen in all of Central America since the park rangers take good care of it.

The entrance fee, alongside the fact that Playa Uvita is over 3 km long (almost 2 miles), makes this place very uncrowded, especially compared to other spots in the country. You can rent surfboards from several surf schools located right by the National Park entrance.

The town of Uvita itself is just a series of roads that branch off the main freeway both into the beach and up the mountain, so there isn’t really a sense of “town,” and getting around without a car is very, very difficult. On the other side of Punta Uvita, you can find Playa Hermosa, which is almost twice as big as Playa Uvita and is also a surfing spot.

Wifi and LTE were pretty decent as long as you stayed near the freeway. Power outages can be somewhat frequent during the rainy season, which goes from May to November-December.

Summary

I’m sure there are places that you were expecting to find on this list such as Sayulita, Bocas del Toro, Pavones, Tamarindo, Santa Teresa, Puerto Escondido, La Saladita, or Puerto Viejo. I decided to focus on those that might not be as well known (there are already tons of surf guides about all of these places), and unfortunately, working from some of these places turned out to be difficult—or a nightmare in some cases.

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