Wild rides with Nicaragua surfing

Nicaragua may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of surfing in Central America, but it really is one of those places that offers everything a surfer needs for an awesome surfing exeperience. Year-round surf, warm waters and great waves are just some of the things that are causing Nicaragua to gain popularity amongst surfers – especially when you compare the uncrowded beaches and seas in this country to the busy waters of nearby Costa Rica.

Unlike its neighboring country, Nicaragua’s surfing infrastructure is not yet quite so well developed. Many of the beaches are not yet marked and many cannot yet be reached by road. However, they are well worth the visit as they provide some amazing surfing – some would argue the best in Central America! If you’re not sure about ditching Costa Rica in favor of Nicaragua, you can always combine the two and enjoy the best of both worlds.

What is it that makes Nicaragua so special for surfers? Well, for one thing, the massive Lake Nicaragua means that there is a constant off shore trade wind which blows nearly 330 days of the year. This means that you’ll almost always be able to enjoy good surf. You can really pick and choose. Another factor is that these winds last for most of the day – they don’t die down after a blistery morning and leave you bobbing quietly in the ocean. Another factor is that the geographical area is varied, meaning you can enjoy both point, beach and river mouth breaks. And on top of it, some beaches don’t often see a lot of activity so you can find your own little spot of surfing heaven and not worry about bumping into other surfers or bathers. It is just you and the surf!

If you’ve never been to Nicaragua before, it is usually a good idea to start at Quizala which is close to Managua. The facilities are as good as the surf but the beach can be a bit crowded at times. Otherwise there are plenty more surf spots for the more adventurous. Below are a few of the more challenging spots. Please note that these surf spots are not for beginners, though if you are still learning to surf Nicaragua has plenty to offer in that department as well.

Surf Spots:

  • Playa el Yanqui
  • San Juan Del Sur
  • Aposentillo
  • Manzanillo
  • Panga Drops
  • Papollo
  • Santana
  • The Left


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