Great Surfing in Nicaragua: A Surf Trip That You Won’t Soon Forget
Nicaragua as a surf destination to visit! As surfers we are always traveling to find the next perfect wave. The one wave that is not crowded, not known yet and that allows us to enjoy the warm sun and tropical weather. Nobody wants to go on a surf trip and freeze!
So in today’s world when you say the word surfing, most people will say that you should go to surf Hawaii. Besides, this is where surfing originated. And that is not a bad place to visit. It should definitely be on your list. However, you have to consider that there are quite a lot more places in the world where you will be able to experience fantastic surfing with almost none out and a perfect relaxing beach. One example that offers all of that is Nicaragua.
Known for its great surfing, Nicaragua is indeed the place you should try going to the next time you plan on going on a surf trip. Nicaragua is a place where tourists go to in order to experience fantastic surfing conditions and also the pristine beaches. It is not super crowded just yet and the flights to travel there are super cheap.
If you want a good challenge to your surfing skills and at the same time enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the surfing in Nicaragua is the place for you. With black sand, white sand, and reef breaks you will enjoy all kinds of new adventure and surf spots.
You will see that there are beaches in Nicaragua that are exposed to swells from the northwest and southwest. This means that when you surf here, you will be able to experience a one of a kind surfing as you will be able to ride one wave after another instead of waiting for the waves to roll in. This means that surfing here is really unique and all the more exciting.
If you have experienced surfing in other popular surfing destinations in different parts of the world, then you know that most of it is filled with people surfing. This will definitely make surfing a miserable experience as the water will be too crowded and accidents can happen. In Nicaragua, this is not the case. You will see that there are plenty of waves to surf in and you can be sure that you will be able to find an area that you will be able to surf in peace.
If one spot is crowded, and by that, I mean 10 people. You can walk 100 yards and surf all by yourself. That is a very good advantage that Nicaragua offers.
Yes please! Surfing in Nicaragua is available all year round. However, you may want to remember the fact that the power of the waves changes throughout the year. But you will still be able to find the perfect wave for you no matter what month it is in the year. This means that you really don’t have to plan your trip when you go to Nicaragua. Whether you go in the middle of June or in December, you will be able to find the perfect wave for your surfing skill level.
No matter what your surfing skill level is, you will see that Nicaragua will be able to cater to your needs. Even if you are an experienced surfer who is looking for a more challenging wave, you can be sure that you will be able to find a beach in Nicaragua that will be able to accommodate you all year round.
From March-August is when the big swells start hitting Nicaragua. So, if you are looking for a more mellow time come around November- February. But if you are looking for a challenge that peak season is for you!
Where to surf
Although there are a lot of beaches that you can choose from to surf in Nicaragua, you will want to try visiting Playa Maderas. Considered to be one of the best and most popular places to surf, Playa Maderas offers fantastically consistent waves that surfers really love. No matter what time of the year it is, you will still be able to find beautiful waves to surf in this area.
Marsella is another excellent surfing destination in Nicaragua. Offering great waves, you will be able to experience some of the best surfing that you will ever have in this place. Also, even if this place is very popular among surfers, you will still be able to find your own part of the water to surf freely in.
Playa Colorado is a more advanced beach break. With punchy, often hollow waves coming in. it can range from shoulder high to easily double overheard stand up barrels. Colorado’s is a pretty heavy break so be ready to paddle strong and fast or you will get slammed by that lip. Also you might want to bring an extra board or two if you are planning on surfing there. Especially on a big day.
Playgrounds is one of the other quite popular spots everybody enjoys and talks about. It is just like a playground; hence the name. It offers both rights and lefts that are super fun to ride as the waves are breaking over a cobblestone ocean floor. So, when surfing there, watch out for sea urchins! The only thing about playground is that its only accessible by boat. Yes, you read that right! You need to get a boat ride to ride this wave! That’s what makes it so unique for all surfers wanting to surf that spot.
Popoyo is the most popular spot in Nicaragua. Some people compare it to Lowers Trestles, but it’s a way better left than it is a right. Only thing is that it’s got a rocky reef bottom and can be very shallow. It is an epic wave to ride for either nice long carves or perfect barrels.
Playa Santana is the perfect beach break with a couple of picks walking distance apart from each other. The main break is a left off the rocks that offers so pretty throaty barrels. The rest of the breaks on that break are also some great waves but can offer some close-outs once in a while. It is a very popular beach amongst the locals, and it is where they hold some competitions as well. Make sure to always respect the locals when surfing there.
Manzanillo is a dream wave! It is one of the better waves and many people’s favorite break because of its beauty. But this break needs a certain swell direction in order to work well. A perfect left-hand point break that peels off a picturesque cliff background. Beautiful barrels to be ridden and nice open faces to be hacked. This spot is a must to surf when visiting Nicaragua and mostly accessed by boat.
Nicaragua is indeed the place to be if you are a surfing aficionado. Here, you will see that surfing can be done the whole year round. With 300 days out of the year with perfect waves, and plenty of places to visit and to surf on. As well as a variety of waves to choose from, you will be able to enjoy surfing in Nicaragua whatever your skill level is.
The weather is so inviting, and the culture and people are super nice. We loved out trip there and will definitely go back! If you ever been to Nicaragua, let us know where you went!