Last updated October 13, 2022
The secret is out. Situated between the Pacific and the Caribbean, Nicaragua is fast-becoming a premier surfing destination with surf resorts that are not only upscale, but affordable as well (meaning they won’t break the bank).
What makes Nicaragua a surfer’s paradise besides the dreamy surf resorts? With 570 miles of coastline and beautifully warm weather all year, the country is also blessed with some of the best wave breaks in the world. Not to mention the coveted all-day offshore winds (called papagayos).
And when it comes to water temperature, well, you won’t need a wetsuit. Any time of year is a good time to surf in Nicaragua due to the warm sea water. The best season for beginners is between November and April; while more experienced surfers prefer to challenge the waves between May and October.
Whether you’re a longboard expert or a newbie surfer wannabe, you’ll find beach breaks for all levels at a Nicaragua surf resort.
Hang Loose at One of These 4 Nicaragua Surf Resorts
1. San Juan Del Sur | Costa Dulce
Costa Dulce is a place where you can connect with nature, community and yourself. With its beautiful setting and variety of activities, you can explore the area, relax and rejuvenate, and learn something new— like standup paddleboarding.
At Costa Dulce, you have a variety of accommodations to choose from, including private bungalows and cabins, as well as several inviting shared spaces. All accommodations are built around the central dining area, where you can enjoy a delicious meal at the Dulce Cocina. Or relax at Casa Ola, their lounge and bar with a library and beach view terrace. They also have a new pool and spa area that guests can enjoy.
The Costa Dulce surf school is just a few steps away from the bungalows and cabins at a beautiful, secluded beach. The beach is equipped with hammocks, sun chairs and plenty of shade. You can also enjoy mouth-watering margaritas and authentic Nicaraguan food at a famous locally owned restaurant.
For yoga lovers, there is a yoga shala located directly above the dining area with an absolutely breathtaking view. The shala is fully equipped with quality Manduka mats, wooden blocks and towels for your convenience.
2. Popoyo | Malibu Popoyo
Do you need a break from your everyday grind? If so, come to Malibu Popoyo on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. This all-inclusive surf haven is perfect for anyone who wants to get away from it all. With a convenient location and invigorating experiences, you’ll be able to recharge and refresh in no time.
This Nicaragua surf resort is the perfect getaway for those who want to explore, adventure and relax all in one. More than just a hotel, Malibu Popoyo is a surf break, retreat center, restaurant and yoga studio all rolled into one. With so much to do, they offer a curated experience for those who want to make the most of their trip.
As an explorer, you can go on excursions to immerse yourself in the culture and vitality of Nicaragua. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, they offer surfing lessons and surfing breaks. And for those who just want to relax, they have a yoga studio and restaurant onsite. Their goal is to provide guests with a mind, body and spirit-renewing experience so that you leave feeling refreshed and invigorated. As a bonus, your stay includes surf guiding so you can make the most of the waves during your stay.
Whether you’re looking for a luxury surf retreat, an adventure escape, or a soulful sanctuary, Malibu Popoyo has you covered and can help you step out of your comfort zone!
3. Playa Escameca | Verdad Nicaragua Boutique Beach Hotel
Looking for an unforgettable vacation? Come to Verdad, a boutique beach hotel and resort on the Southern Pacific coastline of Nicaragua. This beautiful setting is ideal for immersing yourself in culture and nature. And at Verdad’s Surfside community, you’ll get a true taste of Nicaragua.
At Verdad, guests are encouraged to feel like they’re on a relaxing vacation while still being able to stay fit and active. That’s why they offer exclusive access to a pool and open-air yoga and fitness studio with beautiful views of the ocean. The pool is open to guests around the clock, so you can take a dip whenever you want. All equipment is included at the yoga and fitness studio, and group yoga classes are offered daily. But if you prefer a more individualized experience, they can arrange that for you, too.
And if you’re looking for a bit of excitement on the water (it is a surf resort, after all) you can rent surfboards, paddleboards and boogie boards from Playa Escameca. Or, if you’re looking to relax on the beach, they have lounge chairs and hammocks for your enjoyment.
Verdad offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for an adventurous family vacation, wanting to learn to surf or searching for a yoga retreat. Come to Verdad and find what you’re looking for!
4. Aposentillo | Amaru Nicaragua
Northern Nicaragua boasts some of the best waves in the world, attracting surfers from all over who come to ride its world-class breaks. Although most surfers stick to the southern beaches because they’re closer to the Costa Rican border, northern Nicaragua is less populated and provides a more authentic surf experience. With waves for every level of surfer, it’s the perfect destination whether you’re a beginner or a pro.
Amura is a beautiful and sustainable space designed to promote wellness for all guests. With stunning accommodations, proximity to the surf at the Boom and the ability to help you escape the hectic pace of day-to-day life, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.
If you’re new to surfing or simply want a refresher course before going out on your own, consider a surf school package that will have you up and riding the waves in no time. Their surf instructors teach you the fundamentals of surfing and ensure you’re riding the correct waves for your ability level. They offer lessons in Spanish and English so that everyone can learn. Choose from their wide selection of rental boards and paddle out at a beginner friendly surfing spot just down the stairs from the resort. You’ll be happy you did!
Unforgettable Nicaragua Surf Resorts
Yes, there are still some sleeping surf towns, however, Nicaragua is emerging as a renowned surf destination, boasting pristine beaches and excellent conditions for surfing.
Surfers from all over flock to Nicaragua’s shores, and true to form, a number of surf resorts have sprung up to meet the demand.
We hope you found this article helpful and that it will be of use to those of you who are planning a trip to Nicaragua to catch some waves!
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