Surf Spots

There are several surf spots in Nicaragua to fit each surfer’s expertise and temperament. With various options to choose from one can enjoy hours of uninterrupted, serene, perfect surf any time. Those with the more adventurous spirit, reap the rewards of hidden private spots to call their own.

Surf Breaks Central Nicaragua – La Barra

19 Additional Central Nicaragua Surf Breaks: Brain Crushers, Chicken Bowls, Launch Ramps, Miramar Point, Porky’s, La Casita, Estuaries, Dog Shits, La Bocana, Crocs, Tamarindo Beaches, Salinas Grandes, Hermosa, Indicators, Asuchillo, Meat Grinders, Cherrios, Chiggas and a few secret spots.

Surf Breaks Central Nicaragua – La Barra

19 Additional Central Nicaragua Surf Breaks: Brain Crushers, Chicken Bowls, Launch Ramps, Miramar Point, Porky’s, La Casita, Estuaries, Dog Shits, La Bocana, Crocs, Tamarindo Beaches, Salinas Grandes, Hermosa, Indicators, Asuchillo, Meat Grinders, Cherrios, Chiggas and a few secret spots.

Playa Maderas

Wave Quality: Produces Left and Right beach breaks, picking up north and south swells and can hold decent length waves of up to 50 meters on normal days and up to 300 meters on good days.

Location: It is the most popular beach, frequented by tourists & locals alike, located approximately 15 minutes by car from San Juan Del Sur. Playa Maderas is also known as Punta Quilla and is fairly easy to find.

Surfing: Although a fairly crowded spot, Maderas has a cool atmosphere, friendly tourist crowd and local surfers, plus it is easily accessible. It may not produce the meanest waves but there are frequent big swells to get an experienced surfer’s adrenaline pumping without scaring the newbies.

Best Places to Stay: NSR Headquarters,Villa Pinolera.

Playa Maderas

Wave Quality: Produces Left and Right beach breaks, picking up north and south swells and can hold decent length waves of up to 50 meters on normal days and up to 300 meters on good days.

Location: It is the most popular beach, frequented by tourists & locals alike, located approximately 15 minutes by car from San Juan Del Sur. Playa Maderas is also known as Punta Quilla and is fairly easy to find.

Surfing: Although a fairly crowded spot, Maderas has a cool atmosphere, friendly tourist crowd and local surfers, plus it is easily accessible. It may not produce the meanest waves but there are frequent big swells to get an experienced surfer’s adrenaline pumping without scaring the newbies.

Best Places to Stay: NSR Headquarters,Villa Pinolera.

Colorado

Wave: Rivermouth surf with right and left barrels, works on all tides, all year.

Location: Accessible by boat with a mile long stretch of private beach off Tola road on Hacienda Iguana. There are condos available on site or one can easily travel by boat.

Surfing: Producing world class waves, Colorado is not for the faint of heart. It is meant for experienced surfers with a penchant for danger. Producing consistent rivermouth /beach breaks, epic swells and peaks perfectly groomed by consistent offshore winds.

Best Places to Stay: Playa Iguana Condos, NSR Beach House, Rio Dulce Condos.

Playgrounds (Veracruz)

Wave Quality: Long left hander surf although one can catch a decent right from time to time. It is quite similar to the Lower Trestles.

Location: Popularly known as Playgrounds, Veracruz is located in the Northern part of Nicaragua, south of La Buoquita and North of Las Salinas. It is accessible only by boat. Rather than camping here; it’s best to stay in hotels and lodges in Tola.

Surfing: The Playground is quite a popular spot although not as crowded as Maderas. If you go in between swells you can avoid the crowded lineup and have the sea to yourself. Producing chest-high to double-overhead hollows this surf-spot offers fun for surfers with different experience levels.

Best Places to Stay: Any hote or surf campl in Tola, just look up the boat trips.

Playgrounds (Veracruz)

Wave Quality: Long left hander surf although one can catch a decent right from time to time. It is quite similar to the Lower Trestles.

Location: Popularly known as Playgrounds, Veracruz is located in the Northern part of Nicaragua, south of La Buoquita and North of Las Salinas. It is accessible only by boat. Rather than camping here; it’s best to stay in hotels and lodges in Tola.

Surfing: The Playground is quite a popular spot although not as crowded as Maderas. If you go in between swells you can avoid the crowded lineup and have the sea to yourself. Producing chest-high to double-overhead hollows this surf-spot offers fun for surfers with different experience levels.

Best Places to Stay: Any hote or surf campl in Tola, just look up the boat trips.

Playa Hermosa

Wave Quality: The beach features lots of peaks, long walls and barrels with a sand bottom and beach break.

Location: Playa Hermosa is located south of the town of San Juan del Sur. It’s a mile long beach accessible from Nicaragua by boat or car through a coastal route bordering Costa Rica.

Surfing: One of the best kept secrets of San Juan Del Sur, it is a fun spot that can be surfed by any skill level. It is famous for it’s perfect consistent waves ranging from fun to down right scary double overheads. It is also one of the less crowded spots that you can have a line up all to yourself.

Best Places to Stay: Playa Hermosa Beach Hotel, NSR Head Quarters.

Popoyo

Wave Quality: World Class waves, rights and lefts with rocky reef breaks. Waves are hollow, fast and powerful going as long as 50 tp 300 meters and swells can hold up to 12 feet.

Location: Also found in Rivas province, Tola.

Surfing: The surf has wonderful A frames, powerful reef breaks and perfect waves that put Nicaragua in the map in the first place. This popular beach offers long, powerful walls and one or two thick barrel section. It’s very consistent and magnifies even the smallest swell. Being popular as it is, there is always quite a crowd which is best for safety sake.

Best Places to Stay: NSR Beach House or any hotel or surf camp in Tola.

Popoyo

Wave Quality: World Class waves, rights and lefts with rocky reef breaks. Waves are hollow, fast and powerful going as long as 50 tp 300 meters and swells can hold up to 12 feet.

Location: Also found in Rivas province, Tola.

Surfing: The surf has wonderful A frames, powerful reef breaks and perfect waves that put Nicaragua in the map in the first place. This popular beach offers long, powerful walls and one or two thick barrel section. It’s very consistent and magnifies even the smallest swell. Being popular as it is, there is always quite a crowd which is best for safety sake.

Best Places to Stay: NSR Beach House or any hotel or surf camp in Tola.

Panga Drops

Wave Quality: Produces left and right swells with long open-ocean reef break. Read: Not your Momma’s surf spot.

Location: Panga Drops has a private access, found in Rivas Province, north of Playa Colorado beach break in Hacienda Iguana.

Surfing: Panga Drops is an offshore, horse-shoe shaped rock reef that amplifies any swell. It is a shifty wave that offers big take offs, long rippable walls and big barrels on the inside section. Panga Drops breaks best on a lower tide and can handle any swell that hits Nicaragua. The break requires a long paddle out and requires a bit more skill than that of the regular surfer. A bigger board is best for paddling and braving the breaks but both long and short boarders alike will love this wave. Rarely a crowded spot, this is not for the novice surfer.

Best Places to Stay: Playa Iguana Condos, NSR Beach House,Rio Dulce Condos or any surf camp in Tola.

Astillero Beach Break

Wave Quality: Astillero has regular to powerful point-breaks with decent lefts and rights. Waves range from 50 to 150 meters with swells holding up to 8 feet.

Location: Astillero is a small fishing village in the border or Carazo and Rivas, it can be accessed by car, but it’s best to rent a 4WD and park right at the point, avoiding the long hike.

Surfing: Travel to the little fishing village of Astillero, follow the path till you reach the end of the road, in front of the river mouth and you’ll be one of the least surfed beach breaks in Nicaragua. Astillero is known for its hollow waves, double overheads and point breaks best left to experienced surfers. What’s best about this beach is there are no crowds, the water is warm and the waves are perfect.

Best Places to Stay: Any surf camp or lodge in the Popoyo area.

Panga Drops

Wave Quality: Produces left and right swells with long open-ocean reef break. Read: Not your Momma’s surf spot.

Location: Panga Drops has a private access, found in Rivas Province, north of Playa Colorado beach break in Hacienda Iguana.

Surfing: Panga Drops is an offshore, horse-shoe shaped rock reef that amplifies any swell. It is a shifty wave that offers big take offs, long rippable walls and big barrels on the inside section. Panga Drops breaks best on a lower tide and can handle any swell that hits Nicaragua. The break requires a long paddle out and requires a bit more skill than that of the regular surfer. A bigger board is best for paddling and braving the breaks but both long and short boarders alike will love this wave. Rarely a crowded spot, this is not for the novice surfer.

Best Places to Stay: Playa Iguana Condos, NSR Beach House,Rio Dulce Condos or any surf camp in Tola.

Astillero Beach Break

Wave Quality: Astillero has regular to powerful point-breaks with decent lefts and rights. Waves range from 50 to 150 meters with swells holding up to 8 feet.

Location: Astillero is a small fishing village in the border or Carazo and Rivas, it can be accessed by car, but it’s best to rent a 4WD and park right at the point, avoiding the long hike.

Surfing: Travel to the little fishing village of Astillero, follow the path till you reach the end of the road, in front of the river mouth and you’ll be one of the least surfed beach breaks in Nicaragua. Astillero is known for its hollow waves, double overheads and point breaks best left to experienced surfers. What’s best about this beach is there are no crowds, the water is warm and the waves are perfect.

Best Places to Stay: Any surf camp or lodge in the Popoyo area.

Aschunchillo/Asuchillo

Wave Quality: Fun, rippable beach breaks with lefts and rights. This sandy beach has fast, ordinary swells that can hold up to double overheads on good days.

Location: Located in Central Nicaragua Los Cardones & Grand Pacifica, the beach is privately accessed through Grand Pacifica Resort for $15.00 with restaurant voucher or $5.00 w/o restaurant voucher without.

Surfing: Beautiful beach break with ample A-frame peaks. Almond shaped barrels. Works well at virtually any size. This break is a perfect one for a chill day, and for less-experienced surfers, but can challenge even the best. For those who want fun, non-threatening waves and virtually no crowds, this is a sweet spot to stay.

Best Places to Stay: Grand Pacifica Resorts, Villa San Diego.

Santana

Wave Quality:Santana is a beach break with lefts and rights. Hollow, fast, fun and powerful waves with the sandy rock bottom beach consistently.

Location: There is private access through Rancho Santana Resort or through a village called Limon 2 then use a turnoff at the sign Buena Onda resort and follow the road to the beach. Direct beach access.

Surfing: There is a beach break with a take off point called Perfect Peak, a one spot take off area. Santana is consistent in providing wave after wave on the incoming tide. It is ideal for all skill levels and though the crowd can get thick at times there is no reason to fight over, just get in line and take the next wave.

Best Places to Stay: Buena Onda Resort, Cinco Banditos, Oxford Club.

Aschunchillo/Asuchillo

Wave Quality: Fun, rippable beach breaks with lefts and rights. This sandy beach has fast, ordinary swells that can hold up to double overheads on good days.

Location: Located in Central Nicaragua Los Cardones & Grand Pacifica, the beach is privately accessed through Grand Pacifica Resort for $15.00 with restaurant voucher or $5.00 w/o restaurant voucher without.

Surfing: Beautiful beach break with ample A-frame peaks. Almond shaped barrels. Works well at virtually any size. This break is a perfect one for a chill day, and for less-experienced surfers, but can challenge even the best. For those who want fun, non-threatening waves and virtually no crowds, this is a sweet spot to stay.

Best Places to Stay: Grand Pacifica Resorts, Villa San Diego.

Santana

Wave Quality:Santana is a beach break with lefts and rights. Hollow, fast, fun and powerful waves with the sandy rock bottom beach consistently.

Location: There is private access through Rancho Santana Resort or through a village called Limon 2 then use a turnoff at the sign Buena Onda resort and follow the road to the beach. Direct beach access.

Surfing: There is a beach break with a take off point called Perfect Peak, a one spot take off area. Santana is consistent in providing wave after wave on the incoming tide. It is ideal for all skill levels and though the crowd can get thick at times there is no reason to fight over, just get in line and take the next wave.

Best Places to Stay: Buena Onda Resort, Cinco Banditos, Oxford Club.