Home to one of the most storied waves in Nicaragua, Playa Popoyo (Playa Guasacate) is a long stretch of remote coastline several kilometres northwest of the little town of Las Salinas de Nagualapa, named for the salt evaporation ponds you’ll pass on the way in. Apart from a few surfers and fishers, this stretch of sand is almost empty, ideal for a long walk at sunset. The large, dramatic rock formations on the beach are fun to explore at low tide.
Playa Guasacate is often called Playa Popoyo (www.popoyo.com) in honor of its famed beach break near the southern end, where a shallow lagoon and slow river shift through the long, sandy beach. Don't confuse it with the community of Popoyo that's been moved south of Playa Sardinas following a tsunami wipeout.