El Cocal has become a popular surfing destination. Conveniently located just 2 kilometers west of El Puerto de La Libertad.
Like most surfing beaches in El Salvador, El Cocal is a spot with a rocky bottom with medium size, in this case sculpted by the opening of a small river, which generates straight waves, which size and strength depend on the conditions of the tidal waves that hit the Salvadoran coast from the south.
Between the months of March and September, this beach spot can generate waves up to 10 feet high (3.5 meters), long lines, wide and steep walls, and wave tunnels that die down on the long beach with volcanic sand which is to the east. During these months, it becomes a powerful and demanding wave, suitable for experienced surfers. During the small waves season, it often becomes reluctant to break, so it is important to know the waves temperament.
In any case, it is recommended to surf at high tide, due to the rocky and shallow bottom.
In the heart of Surf City, this area has developed in a dazzling way. Hotels and accommodations are multiplying, and a few steps nearby, there are dozens of restaurants and other services, including the well-known Puerto de la Libertad.
Although the surfing spot in El Cocal is not suitable for bathers, due to its rocky topography, on both sides of El Cocal, and only a few meters away, there are two beautiful beaches: San Blas, to the west and the also called El Cocal beach, which connects with the Conchalío beach to the east. Both with volcanic sand and numerous amounts of attractions.
To get to the beach El Cocal from San Salvador, take the road to El Puerto de La Libertad, then through the grand bypass Camino a Surf City from where you can admire the beaches of La Libertad, continue less than half kilometer on the Litoral road heading West.