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Nicaragua eNewsletter May 2013
spacer Surfing the Nicaraguan Waves

While Nicaragua is commonly known as the “land of lakes and volcanoes,” it is also referred to by surfers as the “land of constant offshore winds” thanks to the Lago de Nicaragua effect. Lago de Nicaragua (Lake Nicaragua) is the largest lake in Central America and is just 7-30 miles from the southern Pacific coast beaches of Nicaragua. Due to the lake’s large expanse of water, winds blow offshore more than 300 days of the year, making for perfect surf and helping Nicaragua become one of the top surf destinations in Latin America.


In addition to the constant swell that allows for nearly year-round surfing, much of Nicaragua’s appeal lies in the pristine beaches, friendly local people, and the rich Nicaraguan culture.

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Surfing Seasons in Nicaragua

Surf Seasons spacer The country’s climate may be divided into two main categories – “Dry Season” and “Green Season.” Dry Season lasts from the end of November to early May, while Green Season, when rain refreshes the countryside, lasts from late May through early November. Surf conditions throughout the year are constantly updated and posted on the Nicaragua Surf Report.

Surfing the Seasons

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Nicaragua to Host ISA World Junior Surfing Championships June 8-16, 2013

Junior Surfing Championships spacer Nicaragua will host the 2013 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships this summer, the first time this event will be held in Nicaragua. It is the biggest surfing event in the world for teens under 18 years old. It showcases the world’s best young surfers in five divisions: Team, Under-18 Boys, Under-16 Boys, Under-18 Girls, and Under-16 Girls, with nearly 288+ competitors and officials from 24 countries. The exciting week-long competition will be held in the towns of Rivas, San Juan Del Sur, and Tola on Nicaragua’s southwest Pacific coast.

San Juan del Sur

The competition will run through the week – complete with nightly beach parties – until the finals and closing ceremony on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

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Top Surfing Accommodations and Lessons in Nicaragua



Surf Spots



Nicaragua’s rising popularity as a travel and surfing destination has led to the growth of surfing communities and schools all along the Pacific Coast. Here are a few options:


Nicasurf: Dale Dagger’s historic surf tour operates out of a custom-built beachfront surf lodge in Playa Gigante and offers unlimited boat rides to the 14 nearby surf breaks.

Surfari Charters:Their mission is to provide professional guided transportation on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua for hardcore surfers and fishermen, with a family style twist and accommodation.

Two Brothers Surf Resort: Situated on a private hilltop estate comprised of more than 32 acres, Two Brothers is private and secure and at the center of some of the best surf that Nicaragua has to offer: Popoyo, Paranoias, Middles, Outer Reef, Beaches, Dairy Queens, Astillero, Chacocente, Peaks, Playgrounds, Colorados, Panga Drops, Santana, Rosadas, Auggies..

Soma Surf Resort: A family-owned resort that offers a balance of great surf, outdoor adventure, wellness and other themed retreats, while providing the comforts of a premium hotel. Located in the hills above the Popoyo surf break and outer reef.

Surf Schools

Nicaragua Surf Report School: San Juan Del Sur

  • Founded by Pancho Sanchez, an American from San Francisco, in 2004

Coco Surf:  Las Peñitas Beach on the northwest coast of Nicaragua, 20 kilometers from Leon

  • Founded by a local surfer, Rafael, in 2005
  • Located between Playa Roca and Suyapa hotels

Baja Surf Adventures: International surf travel company that has three different surf camps in Nicaragua at Northern, Central and Southern surf areas.

All-Girl Surf Schools

Chica Brava: San Juan Del Sur

  • Founded by 6-time Nicaraguan national surf champ Ashley Blaylock in 2003

Surfing with Amigas: Southern Nicaragua

  • Founded by professional American surfer Holly Beck in 2010
  • Offers yoga retreats and non-profit work

Or go to SurfNicaragua.com to read about some of Nicaragua's popular surf spots.

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Travel Packages to Enjoy Nicaragua’s Surf

Travel Packages

Travel Packages



Wildland Adventures “The Nicaragua Adventure Tour” 10-day package: Adventure, volcanoes, and surf

  • Colonial cities of Granada and Leon
  • Hiking up Cerro Negro Volcano and ashboarding down
  • Masaya Volcano National Park
  • Zip lining
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing lessons

Nicaragua Vacations “Coast to Coast” 7-day package: Culture, relaxation, water activities

  • Colonial cities of Granada and Leon
  • The Pacific Coast and Popoyo
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Yoga
  • Surfing

Cox and Kings “Complete Nicaragua” 9-day package: Culture, off the beaten track

  • Colonial cities of Granada and Leon
  • Ometepe Island
  • San Juan Del Sur
  • Surfing

Nicaragua Vacations “Living the Dream” 8-day package: Luxe relaxation, eco-tourism, adventure

  • Jicaro Island Ecolodge
  • Kayaking around Granada Isletas
  • Hiking
  • Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Surfing

Tico Travel “Deluxe Nicaragua Surf Tour Package” 7-day package: Surf, surf, surf

  • Unlimited surf tours per day
  • Unlimited boat trips per week
  • Full-time surf guide

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The Nicaraguan Tourism Board
Hotel Crowne Plaza, 1c Sur, 1c. Oeste. Managua, Nicaragua. Aptdo. Postal No. 5088
Pbx: (505) 2254-5191 / Fax: (505)2222-6610