Paredon Surf House was the dream house of two surfers, James and Christoph, who had been coming to Paredon for the excellent surf for years. In 2008 they began building the surf house, which was soon filled by all of their friends. Then, in 2010 they decided to open their weekend retreat as a surf camp and guest house, not only for surfers but for anyone searching for an alternative to the crowded tourist beaches of Guatemala. As their vision for their surf hotel grew, they added two private Beachfront Bungalows, a pool, a rustic gourmet menu, and a variety of activities. In June 2010, they opened the hotel to the public to rave reviews.
Not long afterward, Mathias, a good friend and the original manager of the Surf House, joined on as a full partner. As a result, the hotel was expanded and two further Beachfront Bungalows were built, as well as the two Seaview Suites with private bathrooms. A couple of years later more friends joined in and built the Casitas. While the Surf House has grown a bit in size, the soul of the place is still just as it ever was: a great little place for all our friends to enjoy!
Two Spanish engineers by trade, in 2012 José and Maite left their native Madrid and high-flying jobs in search of a “happier” life. They headed to Central America and fell in love with the people, the culture, the food… and decided to make it their new home. First planting roots in Costa Rica, José and Maite ran a small hotel in the mountains outside of San Jose, and after 3 successful years decided to make a change and move to Guatemala. We met José and Maite just as they were looking for a new project, and knew at once that we had to have them join us at the Surf House!
We also believe in preserving the natural environment around us. We assist local marine biologists working with sea turtles that reside in “Poza del Nance,” a turtle sanctuary in the local estuary behind the village of El Paredon. Not only is this an awesome activity for our guests to take part in, it raises awareness about conservation within the local community. We also lend support to local the local government agency that is responsible for sustainably managing the mangrove forests, and contribute to reforestation efforts.
We believe strongly in the community of El Paredon and the important role we play in it to support the local economy. From offering jobs to locals and buying locally whenever possible, to educating the community about recycling and waste management, and to things as simple as sponsoring our local football team with uniforms, we’re always looking for ways to be active and supportive for the community.
We also love the work La Choza Chula is doing and offer their handmade products for sale at the Surf House. Check them out!