East along the speedy Carretera al Pacífico past Mazatenango you’ll soon approach SANTA LUCÍA COTZUMALGUAPA, an uninspiring Pacific town a short distance north of the highway. The only reason to visit the area is to take in some (minor) nearby Pipil and Maya archeological sites, scattered in the surrounding cane fields, and the colossal Olmec carved figures at nearby La Democracia or the surf at Sipacate to the south. Getting to them is not easy unless you rent a taxi however.
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The low-key village of SIPACATE is located inside the Parque Natural Sipacate-Naranjo, a mangrove coastal reserve. The black sand beach here is separated from the village by the black waters of the Canal de Chiquimulilla; boats ferry a steady stream of passengers to the waves. The best surf here is about 5km to the east on the empty sands of neighbouring Paredón beach, where a great new hotel has kick-started a Guatemalan surf scene. Waves average two metres and are most consistent between December and April, though conditions are usually tough for beginners. There are surf reports posted on the Paredón Surf House website.