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Surfing in Nicaragua

offshore winds & consistent swells 

Experience the vibe of the Nicarguan jungle and connect with nature while surfing in the Pacific Ocean. Nicaragua offers 300+ days of offshore wind per year and premium waves for every skill level!

Why surfing in Nicaragua?

  • Variety of waves: From beginner-friendly breaks with gentle waves to more challenging waves for experienced surfers.

  • Consistent Swells: The region experiences consistent offshore winds and regular swells, providing ideal conditions for surfing.

  • Less Crowded:  This means more waves for surfers to enjoy without the hassle of large crowds.

  • Budget-friendly: Accommodation, food, and activities are generally more affordable.

Surfing in Nicaragua
  • Warm Water: The water temperature in Nicaragua is generally warm, making it comfortable for surfers to spend long sessions in the water.

  • Friendly Surf Community: Nicaragua has a growing surf community with local surf schools, surf shops, and experienced instructors ready to help beginners learn the sport or guide more experienced surfers to find the best waves. You can schedule your surf lessons here.

When is the best time to surf in Nicaragua?

The most favorable time for surfing in Nicaragua is from the end of March until September if you desire reliable waist to head high swells consistently. Specifically, by the end of March, the peak of the dry season, you can expect steady southern swells. As the following months progress, these surf swells will gradually increase, creating better and more promising surfing conditions.

Nicaragua - the perfect surfing destination

Nicaragua, offers a wealth of attractions yet remains largely unspoiled and off the beaten path - a big plus for travelers seeking adventures with an absence of tourist crowds.

It has an enticing mix of Caribbean and Pacific beaches, remote cays, active volcanoes and colonial acities, and boasts one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. Lake Nicaragua.


At 3,191 square miles, the lake generates consistent offshore winds that produce the reliable surf swells along the Pacific coastline.

Surfing in Playa Tamarindo, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

The winds are known as “Papagayo” and it rarely change throughout the day, creating excellent surf conditions almost all day long. Not only does the Papagayo make it possible to surf from sunrise to sunset, it also produces smooth waves that "stand-up".

Nicaragua is known for its solid swells in both sandbar and rock reefs breaks. It offers the possibilities of practicing Surfing almost all year long.

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