El Salvador


The Oriente Salvaje World Surfing Reserve is a wild and biologically diverse section of El Salvador’s eastern coastline.  This unique zone hosts some of the last truly wild tropical dry forests in northern Central America, is considered a key biodiversity area, and hosts incredible point breaks that are renowned worldwide, including Las Flores and Punta Mango. 


Our core focus is looking after the quality of the waves themselves and preserving the ecosystems that produce them. Surf spots need to be celebrated, recognised and protected in the same way we protect and recognise beautiful national parks like Exmoor.

Adam Hall

Local surfer and Co-founder of the Surfing Reserve in North Devon

Why Oriente Savaje?

The designation of Oriente Savaje as a World Surfing Reserve sets an example and a path for conservation of surf ecosystems within El Salvador and aims to balance development pressures with a foundation of conservation through protected areas and stewardship projects.  As the popularity of surfing has grown in the country and the government has prioritized surf tourism as an economic driver and development strategy, the Oriente Salvaje World Surfing Reserve aims to protect the critical elements of the relatively pristine coastline and ensure that the growing surf tourism sector in the country provides economic benefits to the local communities while protecting the natural environment and the life it harbors.

Oriente Salvaje’s terrestrial area was declared a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) in 2007 (SV016 – 4984 Ha) for its global contribution to the persistence of biodiversity. It has the country’s largest area of intact coastal dry tropical forest, an endangered forest ecosystem with official protections provided to only 1% of its area in El Salvador and 4% of its area across Mesoamerica.

The designation of Oriente Salvaje as a World Surfing Reserve is aimed at promoting conservation as the critical path to success by providing international recognition of the waves and coastal ecosystems in order to mitigate environmental threats. 

Attributes of a World Surfing Reserve


Contact Information

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Contact: TBD


Local Stewardship Council

Core Team:

Dr. Sarah Otterstrom

David Kramer

Rodrigo Barraza Dominguez

2 other forthcoming members


Bryan Perez – @the_pink_panther14

Sindy Portillo – @portillo_sindy_chela

Environment Agency, National Trust, Surfers Against Sewage, Blue Marine Foundation

Exmoor National Park, North Devon Coast: Area of Outstanding Beauty, North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve, Plastic Free North Devon, Pickwell Foundation, Devon Local Nature Partnership, Exmoor National Park

Surfing England, RNLI, Museum of British Surfing, Surfdome, The Wave Project, Surf Life Saving GB

Croyde Surf Club, Wave Wahines, Hotdoggers Surf Club, North Devon Schools Surfing, Woolacombe Boardriders Surf Club, Woolacombe SLSC, The Point Magazine

University of Plymouth, The Ilfracombe Academy

Mortehoe Parish Council, Georgeham and Croyde Parish Council, Lynton and Lynmouth Parish Council, North Devon Council, Braunton Parish Council

Visit Devon, Visit North Devon and Exmoor, Croyde Beach / Ruda, Putsborough Beach, Downend Car Park / Croyde, Saunton Beach and Villas, Woolacombe Beach / Parkin Estates

Stewardship plan

Conceptual Model 

Stewardship Plan


Download PDF (includes English and Portuguese) 

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