Surfing In Nicaragua - Nicaraguan Surfing Adventures

Posted by Mike Cobb on Jul 24, 2012 6:32:39 PM

What’s the hottest surf spot in Central America these days? No, it’s not the sandbars off Playa Zicatella in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. It’s not Witches Point in Costa Rica either, made famous by the movie, “The Endless Summer II.”

It’s the world-class surf break off Playa Colorado on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast, where the ISA (International Surfing Association)  held its World Masters surfing tournament July 14 – 22, 2012.

The waves in Nicaragua are a well-kept secret among surfing fans who would prefer not to share the amazing swells and practically untenanted beaches with hoards of others but Nicaraguan surfing is really beginning to take off.

That southwestern swell that originates in the Southern Pacific washes up on Nicaragua’s pristine, beach-lined coast. It’s whipped by the winds blowing in off Lake Nicaragua, the giant body of water that takes up almost half of the southern part of the country. Nicaragua’s many rivers enter into the sea, creating sandbars and generating conditions that are perfect for surfing. Surfing in Nicaragua is an amazing experience.

Nicaragua's Best Beaches for Surfing

Playa Colorado

Playa Colorado is particularly famous for its barrels, that part of the wave that’s hollow when it breaks. As every surfer knows, riding the barrel is what it’s all about. Although Playa Colorado is becoming increasingly famous in surf circles, it’s hard to get to and that keeps the riffraff out. In order to surf Playa Colorado, you will either have to travel by boat or stay at the Hacienda Iguana, a private beach and golf resort.


The Playgrounds surf break is located close to Popoyo, a small city on Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast. It has amazing waves twelve months of the year. Strong offshore winds bring waves that are head high or over between January and March. The sea is colder in the winter months too, making wetsuits advisable. April through October are prime surfing conditions when the southern Pacific swells are perfect for surfers of all skill levels. October, November and December have changeable weather, generating swells that can range from head high to triple overhead.

Astillero Beach Break

Astillero is a tiny fishing village along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast that is becoming better known as a surfing destination. Astillero is very isolated. You can enjoy its hollow waves and multiple peaks without crowds. The water can get quite murky during the rainy season from May to October, so it may be best to avoid this beach then.

Playa Hermosa

One of the very best places for surfing in Nicaragua is Playa Hermosa, just south of San Juan del Sur. The beach is only accessible by boat, which automatically rules out large crowds. The beach enjoys many different types of waves from swells, to peaks, to long walls, and even the occasional barrel, making it perfect for surfers of all different skill levels. The best months to surf here are April through September.

Surfing Expeditions and Camps

In the last couple of years, numerous surfing tour adventure companies have sprung up that will do all the legwork for you organizing your surfing in Nicaragua experience. An organized Nicaraguan surf adventure may be the way to go for many surfing enthusiasts here.


Mike Cobb

Written by Mike Cobb

With proven experience in international real estate development, Mike Cobb is a time-tested Industry Sage, expert and entrepreneur with a passion for helping consumers achieve a high-quality retirement.

Topics: World Class Surfing