Nicaragua

Penthouse Suite

Magnific Rock Popoyo

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Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

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Per person

Season

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.
Miramar Surf Camp - Nicaragua

Miramar Surf Camp - Nicaragua

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Surf Skill

Beginner - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

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Per person

Season

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

Miramar Surfcamp is located 70 km north of the capital Managua. They are perfectly positioned right in front of one of the best reef breaks in Nicaragua, in a place blessed by waves and off shore winds. You don’t have to have a car to surf this
Pelican Eyes Resort - Nicaragua

Pelican Eyes Resort - Nicaragua

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Surf Skill

Learning - Advanced

Star Rating

Luxury Surf Trip

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Season

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

Located in the charming town of San Juan del Sur on Nicaragua's stunning Pacific Coast, Pelican Eyes is a truly one-of-a-kind hotel and resort. You can hit the surf breaks from May through early December – when the most south swells hit
Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa - Nicaragua

Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa - Nicaragua

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Surf Skill

Learning - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

One of the most luxurious resorts in the region. Waves for all levels nearby, with a surf break out front. Surf lessons, equipment rental and 5* service.
Costa Rica and Nicaragua Surf Charters

Costa Rica and Nicaragua Surf Charters

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Surf Skill

Learning - Pro

Star Rating

Mid-Range

Price Range

Per person

Season

March, April, May, June, July, August

Nicaragua and Costa Rica Surf charters. Anchor each night directly by the breaks, enjoy the luxury accommodations and feast on gourmet meals; then relax and have a beer while the crew takes care of everything.

Region Information

Over View

Nicaragua’s coast is divided between the Caribbean “Mosquito Coast” and the Pacific Coast. The Mosquito Coast, which makes up the majority of the coastline, is dominated by a shallow shelf that drains whatever swell makes it past the Caribbean Islands. The pacific coast however, is where the well-known surf spots are concentrated.

The magic of the south west coast of Nicaragua is that it is mostly made up of a narrow spit of land that sits in between the pacific coastline and Central America’s largest lake, Lake Nicaragua. It’s this lake that helps funnel wind arriving on the Caribbean side all the way across to provide 300+ days of offshore per year making surf in Nicaragua a must.

With its south-westerly facing coastline, Nicaragua has direct access to all that Southern Pacific swell rolling in from the roaring forties and fifties.

All these factors as well as the rich local culture come together to provide all the right conditions for an amazing surf adventure.

Nicaraguan Favourites

Playa Hermosa - You will need to pay a small fee to use the road that leads down to the beach but it’s well worth it! Over a mile long, Playa Hermosa offers several peaks, long walls and the occasional barrel. The waves here are of a higher quality than most in the vicinity, but does require a bit more of a powerful swell to work. Mid to high tide break.

Aschunchillo - Located in central Nicaragua, Aschunchillo is a lesser known spot. It sits just a little north of the wind corridor flowing from the east and therefore is best at dawn before the winds can pick up. This beach break offers consistency that is hard to find. You can grab the occasional barrel but for the most part it’s just a really fun wave to play on without the crowds you would imagine. Gain access to the beach through the Gran Pacifica parking area and walk north. Bring your sandals as the black sand beach can make things more than a little uncomfortable.

Playgrounds - You can bring long or short boards to Playgrounds as the name gives it away it’s a blast. Breaking left and right with the left going a little longer. At chest height, this wave will bring you hours of joy. Also a great wave for the less confident surfer to get out there without the threat of a solid working but do be wary of the rocks. Keep your feet up!

Where to stay
Miramar Surf Camp is situated directly in front of Nicaragua’s best reef breaks and a top surf camp. Miramar is a great place for anyone who wants to learn to surf, get coaching on more advanced techniques or just go for a surf. Really friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere make it a ideal place to stay.

Pelican Eyes Resort is a little touch of luxury. This beautiful boutique resort in the idyllic seaside fishing village of San Juan del Sur, on the gorgeous southwestern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. An amazing place for a romantic stay with a partner or with the family.

Go Exploring
Both Miramar and Pelican Eyes Resorts arrange for day trips to explore the extensive coastline of Nicaragua.

Miramar can arrange boat trips for guests. You must paddle outback to meet the boat which will then take you to surf Puerto Sandino a wave that is only for the advanced confident surfer.

Surfing by Season

Summer has the best swell with it peaking in July and August as well as the promised moderate SW-W offshore winds coming across from the Caribbean and water temperatures ranging between 27-28°C. And it’s for these reasons that you can expect crowds.

 

Autumn manages to collect some southerly swells that tend not to make it up to the Californian coast, maintaining respectful swell with winds that remain as consistently offshore as in summertime (SW-W). This season however, has a tendency to be quite rainy but it does give you an opportunity to avoid the school crowds.

 

Winter brings the beginning of strong off/sideshore winds which can sometimes cause upwelling and in turn cool the water down to 15-17°C. Southerly swells become much smaller with less consistency and north swells don’t arrive at all. Not the best time to be in the area.


Spring early season south swells make their way into the beachbreaks and reefbreaks in this zone, although it still can be quite windy with semi-chilly water. Essentially the action picks up again early to mid march with winds calming down and swell picking up.

 

Nicargaua has some of the best points, reef breaks and sandbars in Central America, It's best surf breaks are in the province of Rivas. They get the south swells from the Roaring 40's averaging 3-5ft and average about 330 days of offshore winds.

The most popular Nicaragua surfing beaches are those near San Juan del Sur, such as Playa Maderas and Playa Majagual. A bit farther north, Playa Gigante and Popoyo also offer decent breaks. Much further north is less travelled so you'll find less crowds

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