Magnific Rock Popoyo - Nicaragua

From €303

for 7 nights


Solo Travellers
Surf and Yoga

Uncrowded Waves
Intermediate Waves
Family Surf Holidays

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating


Price Range

€43 - €64 per night


January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


On the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, Las Salinas is home to Popoyo, one of the best surf breaks in Nicaragua. Located on a small headland in Las Salinas, Magnific Rock overlooks both Popoyo and Playa Santana.
Quick Facts
      • top break out front
      • 7 different waves for all levels
      • year-round offshore winds
      • yoga studio
      • stunning clifftop views

On the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, about an hour’s drive west of Rivas, is the small indigenous community of Las Salinas. Las Salinas is home to Popoyo, one of the best surf breaks in Nicaragua. Located on a small headland in Las Salinas, Magnific Rock overlooks both Popoyo and Playa Santana. Magnific Rock is only a short walk to two of Nicaragua’s premier surf breaks.


Nicaragua boasts a unique characteristic that makes it a great surf trip destination: The southern Pacific side of Nicaragua (where Magnific Rock is located) receives almost year-round constant offshore winds. This Papagayo Wind, is praised by surfers for delivering clean surfing conditions. The reason for these conditions is large Lake Nicaragua covering the central part of the country – a flat area where wind is unobstructed and constantly blows towards the ocean, almost all year round.


Apartments – Sleeping up to 4 people, our self-contained, apartments are perfect for a romantic getaway, surf trip or yoga retreat. Perched upon a cliff, offering the most impressive views overlooking Popoyo’s famed Outer Reef and main breaks, you’ll soon realize why we love this place.


Studios - These brand new studio apartments take the Magnific Rock experience to the next level. Enjoy ultimate ocean views from the comfort of your tastefully furnished, freshly air-conditioned room, or from your own private balcony. The studio apartments are a perfect retreat for those looking for some quiet time to really savor the magnificence of Magnific Rock.


Chalets - The box seats for watching the waves roll in and Popoyo beach buzz below you. Feel as though you are floating in mid-air, as you are awed by the view from your bed or lazy day rocking chairs.


Lofts - From the highest point of Magnific Rock, the loft room perfectly frames the sunny, starry or sunsetting skies and shorelines sights, and welcomes in soothing ocean sounds. Attached to our incredible yoga studio, the loft is just right for surf or yoga lovers.


Cabinas (Dormitory Style) - Connect with your awesome room mates, and live the Popoyo way. Our dormitory cabinas sleep up to 4 people, superb for gracious yogis, frothing surfers or easygoing solo travellers. Read a book or mellow out on the hammocks in front, and when the conditions look good, jump up and hit the surf!


Penthouse - Perched on top of the restaurant, the penthouse at Magnific Rock boasts one of the most stunning views you’ll ever see. The penthouse contains a queen room with a spa in the ensuite and a twin room, with the option to sleep a family of up to six.



Perched on the edge of a small headland, the bar and restaurant at Magnific Rock over looks both Playa Guasacate and Playa Santana. The open plan layout of the restaurant creates spectacular ocean views which make guests feel like they are dining on the water. The restaurant serves a combination of local and western cuisines made with local fresh produce. This combination of delicious organic food and magnificent views makes your dining experience one of the finest in the world.

Surf & Other Activities


Magnific Rock is perched on a rocky outcrop with a perfect lefthander literally within stones throw and views south along the beach breaks towards Rancho Santana and north to the outer reef and the famed Popoyo reef and beach breaks.


With a choice of 7 different waves at the doorstep from beginer to expert, no other accommodation offers an equally central, exciting and fulfilling location.


Nicaragua has a tropical climate with two seasons. A wet season from May to January and a dry season from January to mid May, both seasons have very constant surf. The dry season is known for its offshore winds where as the wet season continually cops the massive swell from the pacific. Both seasons have their advantages with the exception of October when everything shuts down because of the weather.


Magnific Rock also has a range of surfboards for rent so if you don't feel like travelling with your surfboard, you can arrange to rent one of theirs.



The Yoga Studio boasts a stunning view of the ocean, as it is located on the top floor of the main Retreat house. One is instantly connected with nature, revelling in 180-degree views of ocean surf and beautiful rock formations that will gently calm your soul.


Surf and Yoga – This tranquil location provides an opportunity to connect with yourself in a serene and peaceful setting as well as enjoy two of Nicaragua's premier surf breaks.


Other Activities

Relaxing and enjoying the view is not the only thing you can do while staying at Magnific Rock. Just ask the staff to organize one of the many activities that are available in the area.

  • Turtle watching.
  • Golf.
  • Mountain biking.
  • Horse riding.
  • Hot springs.
  • Fishing.
  • Boat trips.

Room type
Travel dates
7 nights Learn to Surf - Apartment (Based on 4 pax) Room €387 Per person 01 Jan-01 Jan
7 nights Lovers Deal - Chalets (Based on 2 pax) Room €448 Per person 01 Jan-01 Jan
7 nights Cultural Immersion - Cabinas (Based on 4 pax) Room €303 Per person 01 Jan-01 Jan
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Learn to Surf Inclusions:

  • ​7 nights accommodation
  • Welcome pack
  • 3 surf lessons
  • Unlimited board hires
  • 1-hour massage
  • Hot springs trip
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily smoothies

Lovers Deal Inclusions:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Welcome pack
  • Champagne in room on arrival
  • 1-hour massage each
  • Choice of sunset beach horse ride, couples private AcroYoga class or couples private surf lesson
  • Chef's table dining experience
  • Hot springs trip
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily smoothies or sunset cocktails

Cultural Immersion Inclusions:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Welcome pack
  • 3 private Spanish lessons
  • Local community tour OR private surf lesson (in Spanish or English)
  • 1-hour massage
  • Hot springs trip
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily smoothies


Disclaimer - This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with The Perfect Wave Travel Co. The Perfect Wave acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, land based accommodation and boat charter operators. The Perfect Waves obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. The Perfect Wave has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.

Other Surf Experiences

Douglas (June 2016)
Amazing place, awesome waves, excellent food

Andrew (August 2011)

If your a surfer, its a no-brainer as to why you would want to stay at Magnific Rock. From the vantage point of the hotel you can check EVERY wave in the Popoyo area. If your not a surfer, its still obvious that this is the place to be. The restaurant and bar hang out over 80ft bluff, offering a 270degree ocean view. You can sit and have a Toña while watching 30ft waves barrel at the outer reef. Look in the other direction and you can watch the countless beach breaks between there and Rancho Santana. All waves are within walking distance.The dining area and bar is a large, relaxing space and is newly renovated with gorgeous hardwoods. The food is amazing! We enjoyed breakfast, lunch, and dinner there each day. Fresh fruit in the morning, sandwiches or burgers for lunch, and the local catch of the day for dinner. (and peanuts to accompany your beers!) The rooms range from family-style rooms to double and triple occupancy rooms with private baths. There are also apartment style efficiencies that are soon to be renovated. These look directly out over the water and will surely be amazing.Popoyo is a great area, and Magnific Rock is literally at the center of it all.

Chae R (June 2012)

Unbelievable location - perched on top of a rock headland that overlooks an awesome rock structure known as 'the submarine' that extends 100m into the sea. This submarine-shaped rock creates some great right breaks off the front and provides a protected left known as 'beginners bay' for the inexperienced surfers. Magnific Rock is the only hotel with views of the legendary 'Popoyo outer reef' - a massive barreling left. Youtube it and you'll see what i mean.Apart from the locale and views, the hotel was clean, the food great and very well priced and the atmosphere friendly (this was by far the best place to enjoy a sunset drink in the entire area - not bad nightlife either).