Surfing the Boom
The Boom is an appropriately named powerful, punchy beach break. This is the place for heavy, sucking barrels. On a medium swell, the Boom can look like Puerto Escondido or Hossegor. This wave has high board-breaking potential, so maybe bring out your second favorite stick.
The beach itself is expansive. Crowds aren’t an issue here. While we were in Aserradores, we only saw two other surfers.
The wind is offshore up until about 10 AM, when it promptly switches to howling onshore for the rest of the day. Most people wake up at the crack of dawn, surf for 4 hours and then take the rest of the day off.
When to go
There’s two seasons – the wet season (May – November) and the dry season (December – April). Larger, more consistent swells come during the wet season. But the wind is also much stronger.
The dry season has smaller swells and the wind is usually more offshore.
Fishing out on the Lake
Joe’s Place has a canoe and fishing poles that guests can take out for free. If you ask them, they’ll even hustle up a bucket of shrimp to use for bait.
We bought a few packs of Toñas and paddled out onto the lake near sunset. Although we only caught a baby puffer fish (which we promptly released), this was the perfect way to end the day.
The most common fish are red snapper, mackerel, and tuna.
Where to Stay
Just a 20 minute walk from the beach and the Boom, this mellow surfer’s bungalow is the perfect place to do nothing but surf. You may feel like you’re having a sleepover when you see the dorm rooms, as there’s a different cartoon character on each bed spread.
If you let the folks at Joe’s know in advance, they’ll cook you a fresh fish for dinner. Ask for creamy jalapeño sauce if you’re into that sort of thing – its amazing.
There’s also an honesty bar, which makes it pretty easy to have more Toñas than you planned.
Cost: $9 USD per dorm bed