Surf Trip in Nicaragua from March 16th to April 1st
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 13, 2013 12:46 PM Last Post By: king_rat
Feb 1, 2013 9:36 AM
Surf Trip in Nicaragua from March 16th to April 1stHi,
We are 2 friends going on a surf trip from March 16th to April 1st and we are looking on some advice.
We will be landing at 6pm in Liberia on the 16th so I guess we will need to sleep in Liberia and cross the border the next day. We were thinking to do it by public buses or private shuttle but if you have any other suggestions feel free to let us know!
Our initial plan is to stop by San Juan Del Sur for the first week to surf around the town and to try another place on the 2nd week (also to leave SJDS for the hoy week since I guess it will be crazy in there... only notice that it would be this week after I booked my vacation sadly) So would you have any recommandation on good surf spot for the second week?
If that can help you out, we are two guys of 24 and our surf level is "advanced beginner"-average (surfed 40-50 times in 4-5 years). We are looking for good surf of course but also a good town with a nice vibe. Last year we were in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa and loved it!
Thanks for your tip, we based our trip in CR on your advice last year and it was totally awesome. Looking for the same this year ;)
Feb 1, 2013 7:35 PM
1I just left Sjds and this is what I saw. I'm not a surfer but I did see a lot of surfers on Maderas beach. You can either stay in Sjds and take $5 round trip shuttles from town each day or stay right at Playa Maderas. There are a couple of places to stay. Los Tres Hermonas right on the beach where the shuttle drops you off, Matilda's right on the beach but about a 15 minute walk from where the shuttle drops you off, and I think the revolution cafe also has camping and renting hammocks - on the beach where the shuttle drops you off. There are a couple of places toneat there as well. There are a lot of surfing shops in Sjds that can help you with other surfing spots. The best surfing spots I saw were in La Libertad and El Tunco in El Salvador - about 20 minutes apart.
Feb 2, 2013 5:47 AM
2IWe are not surfers but saw people surfing in Las Penitas, a nice but small beach town close to Leon.
From Leon you could also take a bus to Chinandega and on to Jiquilillo. Small town and hardly any restaurants and bars but we stayed at Rancho Tranquilo where you can eat as well and they have a bar where people gather in the evenings, lots of fun. The other guests who were surfers liked surfing there. Good waves. Water very warm.
Feb 4, 2013 1:36 AM
3I have been surfing for 45 years and Nicaragua is one of the best times I ever had. There are buses waiting at the border to take you north. You might need to change in the town Rivas to catch a local to San Juan Del Sur located back the way you came by 15 mins. Or get the driver to let you off at the road leaving the main hwy to head west to the town and catch a local there. They run by frequently and there is a stop there to wait by. Pricing is cheap.
San Juan is a has a variety of lodging from $10.00 hostels to million dollar mansions and it is the heart of surfing in Nicaragua. A secret allot of the surf spots Popoya, Rancho Santana, and many others are better accessible by boat trip if you don't have a car. There is a local beach Madeira that is serviced by the local surf shops and is a short ride from town also boat trips can be booked.
Boat trips can be shared with other surfers and its quicker to the sport than by car. Yes you can stay at Popoya but there is limited accommodations except for a few camps and run down hostels and NO night life. San Juan is fun at night and usually good bars and clubs to chill after a hot session.
While surfing meet some guys or girls who also might want to try a boat trip.
Go surf the crap out of Madeira take a couple of trips by boat and do surf Popoya when it gets big , it off the hook and you will enjoy.
Respect the locals and they are great , buy a beer or two for them and they will share a life time of memories.
Feb 4, 2013 5:03 PM
4Thanks for all your fast answer,
I was planning to be lets say 4-5 days in SJDS at the beginning of my trip and to probably move after to popoyo. If I'm planning to stay there for 2-3 nights, is there any good spot that I could go by foot/bus? And is it really dead at night or there's still one bar where we could go hang out at night?
We planning on a boat trip to go surf since it seems quite a must in Nicaragua, do you know how much is the cost approximately? And like I said, I'm not an advanced surfer yet... I'm more an advance beginner/average surfer that can ride a 4-6 feet waves so I'm not looking for the biggest waves but just for some nice waves to catch and to improve my level.
If I'm going to SJDS and Popoyo, would there be another nice spot where I could finish my trip? I was maybe thinking of Jiquillo but since I'm leaving from Liberia it seems a little bit far to return from at the end of my trip.
Feb 8, 2013 5:17 PM
5There are lots of surf spots along Nicaragua's Pacific coast. The problem is there isn't a coastal highway that is actually close to the coast. So you either hire the boat or take the dirt roads off the highway. Popoya actually has some decent accomodations now. I was there in September. Soma Surf Resort is an all inclusive that oddly is not near the beach but provides a driver for 2 sessions each day. We usually went to Popoya but there are many other breaks near there. Also Magnific Rock is located just above the best break in Popoya. I didn't stay there but it looked good. The great thing about southern Nicaragua is the wind frequently blows offshore all day. Do a little research with google and you will find other places.
Feb 12, 2013 5:53 PM
6I have to agree with #2, Jiquilillo is another hidden gem located in Northwestern Nicaragua. Great surf, deserted beaches, and very little tourism. If you would like to kayak in the largest estuary system in Central America, take a swim, or just pass your day staring at the endless 8km of beach and beautiful sunsets, this is the place. Perfect for any type of traveler and you don't have to be a surfer to appreciate this beautiful beach!
Another option to check out is Rancho Esperanza. Rancho Esperanza runs a local surf camp for the local kids and lends boards when surf participants clean the beach once a week. When you surf around Jiquilillo and nearby Rancho Esperanza, you are guaranteed to have more local kids surfing than expats! Extremely friendly vibe in the water. Great surf for beginner to advance surfers. Off shore surf trips are available and to the popular "Boom Wavos" and a left point break in Asseradorres. Over 20 boards to choose from; 10' long board to 5'4" short board rentals for $10 a day and surf lessons are offered in both English and Spanish. Surf wax and ding repair are available at half the cost you will find in San Juan del Sur. Camping, dorm beds and cabins are available. If you choose to eat local, there are several local restaurants and bars available. Rancho Esperanza offers fresh fish, Asian, Italian, American, and Vegetarian meals, all fresh and healthy.
Feb 13, 2013 12:46 PM
I've read one of your topic before and the place seems effectively nice but is it easy accessible from San Juan Del Sur? It seems a little bit far from there by public transportation.
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