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An Unforgettable Surfing Adventure in Nicaragua

Have you ever imagined surfing in a place where the waves seem to be crafted just for you? That dream isn’t far from reality if you’re thinking about Nicaragua. Known for its long stretches of sandy beaches and consistent surf throughout the year, Nicaragua is quickly becoming one of the go-to destinations for surfers from around the globe. Whether you’re just starting or you’re a seasoned surfer, the warm, inviting waters of this vibrant country promise perfect waves for every skill level.

In Nicaragua, the surf isn’t just good; it’s an experience enhanced by the stunning natural backdrop and the rich cultural tapestry. The country’s coastline is dotted with a variety of surf spots that cater to different surfing preferences, wrapped in the natural beauty of the Pacific Coast. From the renowned breaks at Popoyo to the lesser-known gems that await your discovery, every surfer finds a spot here that feels like it was made just for them.

Join us as we explore why Nicaragua should be your next surf destination, the top resorts where you can stay, the best seasons to catch premium waves, and how to plan an unforgettable surf trip. It’s time to add some Nicaraguan waves to your surf diary and embark in an unforgettable surfing adventure in Nicaragua!

Why Nicaragua Is a Surfer’s Paradise

Nicaragua, with its idyllic coastline and consistent waves, stands out as one of the top surfing destinations in the world. What makes this country a paradise for surfers is not only the quality of the waves but also the variety of surf breaks available. From long, rolling point breaks to fast, hollow beach breaks, Nicaragua offers perfect conditions almost all year round. The water is always warm, and the beaches remain uncrowded, providing a pristine surfing experience not easily found elsewhere.

The country’s Pacific coast is lined with numerous surf spots that cater to all levels of surfers. Beginners can enjoy spots like San Juan del Sur, where the waves are forgiving enough to learn and hone basic skills. Meanwhile, more advanced surfers can challenge themselves at places like Popoyo, which is known for its powerful waves and ideal swell conditions. This accessibility, combined with the breathtaking natural beauty of the surroundings, makes surfing in Nicaragua an unforgettable adventure.

Top Surf Resorts to Stay in Nicaragua

When planning a surf trip, finding the perfect place to stay is key for an unforgettable surfing adventure in Nicaragua. Fortunately, the country boasts several top-notch surf resorts that provide the comfort and convenience surfers seek. First, Rancho Santana on the Emerald Coast offers luxurious accommodations and access to five different beaches, each offering unique wave setups. This resort caters to both avid surfers and their families with a variety of other amenities including spa services, horseback riding, and gourmet dining.

For those looking for a profoundly serene experience, Malibu Popoyo is dedicated to enhancing your surfing journey while emphasizing wellness and sustainability. It offers personalized coaching and guided surf tours that take you to the best waves suited to your skill level every day. Further up the coast, Amaru Nicaragua provides a more secluded escape with its intimate setting and direct access to some of the less crowded waves. These resorts are more than just a place to stay; they aim to create a holistic surf experience, combining the thrill of the sport with the soothing aspects of nature and luxury. Each location allows you to fully immerse yourself in the surf culture that makes Nicaragua so special.

Seasons and Surf Conditions in Nicaragua

Understanding the seasons and conditions is key to planning any successful surf trip, and Nicaragua offers unique opportunities throughout the year that cater to surfers of every skill level. Generally, the best time to visit for optimal surfing conditions is between April and October when the southwestern swells bring bigger and more consistent waves. This period aligns with the rainy season, which might deter some travelers, but it’s also when Nicaragua’s surf spots truly come to life, offering thrilling rides on clean, powerful swells.

The dry season, from November to March, presents smaller, more playful waves that are perfect for beginners or intermediate surfers looking to improve their skills. The waters remain warm year-round, which means there’s never a bad day for a surf session, even when the waves are less intense. Plus, the drier weather can make for a more pleasant overall vacation, with plenty of sunshine and less crowd on the beaches.

Planning Your Ideal Nicaragua Surf Trip

Embarking on your dream surf trip to Nicaragua requires a bit of preparation to ensure every detail is covered for a smooth experience. Start by deciding what kind of surf experience you’re looking for. Are you after big, challenging waves, or are you more interested in learning and gently improving your skills on friendlier swells? This will determine both the timing of your trip and your destinations within Nicaragua.

Next, choose your accommodation based on the kind of experience you want. Would you prefer a luxury surf resort where you can unwind with a spa treatment after your surf session, or do you need a more laid-back, surf-centric environment? Consider factors like the proximity to various surf spots, available amenities, and the type of packages offered, including guided surf tours and coaching.

Lastly, get your travel logistics in order. This includes booking flights to and from Nicaragua, arranging transportation within the country, and ensuring you have all necessary travel documents. For a hassle-free travel experience, we recommend packing your essentials and any preferred surf gear, although rentals are readily available at most surf resorts.


Nicaragua beckons with its exceptional waves, stunning landscapes, and a rich, welcoming culture, making it a top destination for surfers globally. Whether you’re riding the barrels or just starting out with your first white-water takeoff, the Nicaraguan shores offer a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. At AWAVE Travel, we’re devoted to helping you make the most out of your surf travel with expert advice and access to the best-curated surf experiences around the globe. Ready for an unmatched surf adventure? Let’s ride the waves together in Nicaragua!

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Tatsiana Radchanka 04/21/2024

Amazing surf camp. Felt at home there. Super nice, kind, helpful staff. Any of my requests has been satisfied. Highly recommended!

Charles Viellevoye 03/27/2024

Very professional team. Giulia is always on and have an accurate answer to all my questions. The boat trip was incredibly well organised. Nothing was missing.

Emily Bullen 04/03/2024

Professional and Top Notch! From the moment we started planning our trip AWAVE was responsive and professional. We had a lot of back and forth picking the perfect location and resort and James and Giulia were patient and helpful. The resort we stayed at, AYADA in the Maldives, was beautiful and relaxing- great for families and couples! It was perfect for us- we have 1 surfer in the family, he was able to enjoy the waves and we also were able to enjoy the reef and snorkel as a family. Our kids loved the kids club and the private pool on the beach villas was amazing. The alcohol is expensive if you don’t do full board but that is to be expected. Wonderful vacation and amazing travel agency! Definitely recommend!!

Cobus and Jackie Van Aswegen 10/19/23

awesome last minute trip which was well communicated, friendly crew and great surf guide! waves were not the best but we realised at the time of booking that it was end of season. crew could not be more friendly and willing to help all the time - chef prepared a wide variety of food and never any complaints on that front - thanks!!!... we will be back for more!

Steve 10/07/23

I've used Awave twice ... so far. This is the second time I've used Awave for a trip to the maldives. Stayed in 2 different resorts this time. They've always been incredibly prompt at replying and handled everything for us, making sure the 2 Resorts were in touch to get us transfered half way through our trip. At one of the resorts I even bumped into Giulia and Delia who were out there surfing at the time. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll use awave again if I'm booking a surf trip

Donald Ayres 11/06/23

Indonesia Surf Trip/ Java/Bali/Sumba - James Colston was my representative from AWAVE - I’m an older solo surfer and James was attentive, respectful, extremely responsive from the initial planning stages all the way through the booking. And he was so patient with all my crazy questions along the way. I couldn’t have been more pleased with James’s level of service. Thank you James

Alex Daish 12/28/23

Giulia was an amazing person to book with. I was overwhelmed with choices initially, but AWAVE knew their stuff and helped me with my options and even suggested delaying my trip so I could go to a certain hotel which ended up being the best decision I made all year.

Mickey 01/24/24

Giulia and James were always on line to answer any question or to give an advice. The Ayada resort is perfect both for families or for couples. We did not have waves as the season goes from April to September, but there are plenty options to have fun and good times. Highly recommended both Awave and Ayada.

James 01/30/24

The AWAVE team are knowledgable and helpful. Giulia is a very helpful and patient person to deal with, and do not worry, you can trust her. I had to delay my trip to Morocco due to unforeseen circumstances and Giulia was very understanding. I have just returned from having a fantastic week at Amouage in Taghazout. Thanks AWAVE!

Omar AlJammaz 03/07/23

Great travel options, great customer support, simplifying planing process.
Looking forward for my next trip.