A Guide for Surfing in Nicaragua

Posted by Jamie Cain on Feb 28, 2019 12:30:05 PM

With coastlines bordering both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua is the ultimate destination for surfers.

While there are plenty of opportunities for beginners to take lessons and learn to stand up for the very first time on a wave, there are also some incredibly “tasty” waves, which are better suited for the experienced surfer who has years of this powerful sport under his or her belt. Use this guide in finding affordable surf rentals in Nicaragua, the best places to hang ten, and local tips on surfing in the area.

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Where to Rent Surf Equipment in Nicaragua

There are a number of factors that work together in creating the perfect surf rental shop in Nicaragua. First, the shop should be close to where you actually plan to surf. Even if a location offers really cheap deals on rentals, if you have to tow a surfboard for a mile, then it isn't really a bargain after all. In addition, you’ll want to be sure and rent your board from a company that has a solid reputation in your area. For local suggestions, ask the staff at your hotel for recommendations. Last, you’ll want to rent your equipment from a rental place that gives suggestions based on your personal experience. If you are a beginner, then try to rent your surfboard through a company that can also provide an introductory lesson and help you master standing up on a wave.

The Best Surf Spots in the Country

If you go to Nicaragua to surf, you might be surprised to learn that one of the most popular resorts was actually started as a surfing destination. The Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort is still a top place to hit the waves thanks to a three-mile stretch of private sandy coastline. Other great spots include Playa Colorado, Astillero Beach Break, and Playa Hermosa. Check out a recent Surf Competition at the Old Port Masachapa here.

Helpful Tips From Local Surfers

It's worth noting that the best time of year to surf in Nicaragua is in the Northern Hemisphere “winter”. Between the months of November and March, the swells are perfect for consistent waves. Locals will also tell you that even in relatively empty surf spots, you should allow others to catch waves on their own. Don't interrupt their move by trying to catch the same wave, even if you are a reasonable distance away.

Surfing in Nicaragua is an incredible experience, and the availability of rentals means that it is easy for travelers to plan their surf-cation. If you want to experience a weekend, or a week, of surfing in Nicaragua, click here to learn more. 


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Jamie Cain

Written by Jamie Cain

Jamie Cain is a native Texan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, and after graduating college, she began a career in modeling. “This was an incredible experience, as I had the opportunity to work and live in many amazing countries and experience all the different cultures.” After, she started a career in real estate in Dallas. Fast forward to 2017, she had the wonderful opportunity to join ECI Development as a Property Advisor for Nicaragua and Belize. Presently, Jamie lives on the East Coast with her husband and two white cats. She enjoys yoga, blogging, photography, and cooking.

Topics: Gran Pacifica in Nicaragua, Natural Attractions in Nicaragua, World Class Surfing, Nicaraguan Culture, Living In Nicaragua