FAQ Surfing Nicaragua

Booking procedures

Please fill out our online contact form. This web form does NOT constitute a formal booking but helps us to obtain and then give you all the necessary information for your surfing holiday in Nicaragua. Alternatively you can email us at info@wavepals.com with your specific query.

In order to confirm your booking and services contracted you agree to pay a deposit (a percentage of the total value of your booking). The remaining balance is to be paid locally upon arrival to the surf camp. Please read our booking Terms and Conditions.

You can book at any time but best to secure your place well in advance since we do get full all year round

You can arrive and depart (24/7) any day of the week and stay for as long as you want! Activities start any day of the week (weekends included).
Yes. If there is availability for the new dates (subject to $40 admin fee).
Please always check our ongoing special offers. Also, if you are a regular costumer or a big group we can talk about it .o)
No. You have to get your own flights.
Please check here for information on how to get to us.


The surf hotel in La Barra sleeps up o 16 people, offering:

  • 5 bedrooms - private or shared
  • Air conditioning
  • Large decks and patios
  • Hammocks surrounding the outdoor areas
  • Ocean view swimming pool
  • Direct beach access
  • Daily maid service
  • New bedding every two days
  • On site cooks
  • Chilled bottled water
  • Access to multiple refreshments
  • 4x4 Vehicles and trailer
  • 2 Super Panga boats (surfing and fishing)
  • Entertainment area
  • Board storage and rentals
  • Views of 4 Surf Breaks within Walking Distance
  • Bar
  • Kitchen
  • Entertainment area
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • High end troll gear for fishing

Please check our "Surf Accommodation in Nicaragua" page for some extra info.

We have different types of rooms: single, double, triple and quadruple.
Shared dorms take up to 4 adults.

We offer a varied menu for all tastes, including a mix of typical and international food.
Most of our meals are made with chicken, fish, beef and pasta but we can customize other dishes if you have special dietary requirements.

Vegetarian options are available on demand. We have on site cooks that can cater for your needs so, if you have any food preferences or allergies, just let us know during the booking process and we'll take it into account when planning your menu.

We provide covers, sheets, pillows, towels, etc.
Don't forget to bring your own beach towel

The nearest internet access point?
In your room! You will have wireless access in your room and all common areas of the surf hotel.

How far is the closest beach?
Right in front of the hotel! The hotel in La Barra is on the water’s edge and offers great views of the ocean and sunsets.

Surf Camp & Surf School Nicaragua

Yes, we are open all year round. Surf school only closes on Christmas day and New Year's Eve.
Most of our guests are US citizens but we're happy to say that we have costumers from all around the world. We are an international surf company so we have guests of different nationalities who give a very good vibe in the surf hotels and in the surf school (surf, siesta, relax, dinners, mojitos, beers, sleep, surf, siesta...)

Yes, all surf equipment is included if you book surf school or a surf camp pack.
The surf trip packages don't not include surf equipment because most advanced surfers prefer surfing with their own gear.

We are experts in surf for all levels. However, we can help or organize many different activities so you can make the most of your holidays in Nicaragua. Such activities include Eco tours, city tours, fishing, yoga, etc. Please read more about what to do in Nicaragua in our extra activities page.
The surf camp in Nicaragua teaches beginner and intermediate surf courses from beginners who have never surfed before, to those who have the basics want to continue to improve their skills, and intermediates who want to surf different surf spots in Nicaragua.
Nicaragua is the perfect place to learn how to surf or just enjoy surfing.
We also run surf guided sur trips for advanced surfers.

Daily boat trips are included if you book the surf trip pack , except on arrival and departure days.
Boat trips only take place if there are safe sea and weather conditions. There are no refunds for unused boat trips due to weather conditions, as 4x4 tours will be their substitute.

We are experts in surf for all levels.
We can also help or organize many different activities so you can make the most of your holidays in Nicaragua. Such activities include Eco tours, city tours, fishing, volcano boarding, etc.
Please read more about what to do in Nicaragua in our extra activities section.

The surf camp in Nicaragua provides beginner and intermediate surf courses for those who have never surfed before and for those who have already gone through some surf courses before but want to continue to improve their skills and surf different surf spots in Nicaragua.
Nicaragua is the perfect place to learn how to surf or just enjoy surfing.

No worries. You can join our level 2 group. Our instructors will evaluate your skills and help you with all you need to improve your surf level and skills.
Yes, including weekends.
No, classes are held no matter how many students but the maximum ratio of students per instructor is of 6.
Classes last for around 3 hours, the rest is up to you ,o)
Yes, we can arrange for private surf lessons. Please contact us to confirm availability.
They all speak English and Spanish.
Small children over 4 years old can join school but parents have to commit to keep an eye on them. Kids can get tired very soon and our instructors cannot keep an eye both on the children and the ones in the water.
all clients have to know how to swim. It's important that you have good body resistance, absence of serious respiratory, pulmonary and cardiac illnesses and swimming ability - at least 25 meters crawl.

How to get to us!

Check our Location page for more details...

The closest airport to our surf camp is Augusto C. Sandino Airport in Managua.
When searching for flights to Nicaragua, please use airport code: MGA
  • Passport - Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay in Nicaragua.
  • Visa - Required for some nationalities.
  • Ticket - You need to have a ticket for return or onward travel.
  • Taxes - US$32.00 departing from the Airport (in 2016, please lookup current fees).

Read more about entry and visa requirements

  • Direct transfers:
    Airport transfers (both ways) are included in surf camp and surf trip packages in Nicaragua.
    If you are arriving to Nicaragua by bus we can also pick you up in the city.
  • Public transportation:
    If you didn't contract a direct transfer with us and prefer to travel by public transports, please let us know so we can advise you accordingly.
No, our packs already include airport transfers and vehicle with AC and fuel for transportation to the surfing areas.

Regarding transfers, it’s not a problem if some members of your group arrive/depart in different flights.
If flight times aren’t far apart, we can take you all at the same time (after the latest arrival / before the first departure).
If you arrive with very different timings best to organise 2 different transfers so you don’t waste your time waiting at the airport! If this is the case, we need to charge an extra fee for the extra transfer and prices are as follows:
1 - 2 people = US$90/trip
3 - 4 people = US$120/trip
5 or more people = US$160/trip

Weather & Waves in Nicaragua

Because of its hemispheric situation, eminently tropical, it is possible to have year-long benign climatic conditions. The rainy season lasts from June through November and dry summer from December through May.
The annual average temperature is 25°C (77°F)...
Nicaragua offers one of the most consistent surfing environments in the world with perfect waves all year round!

La Libertad

There are 4 epic surf breaks within walking distance of our staircase to the beach and the boat fleet at La Barra Harbour will take you for outer reef and reckon surf sessions

Nicaragua is a year-round surf destination and good waves can be found at many sites. Blessed with off-shore winds around 300 days per year, Nicaragua offers incomparable surf sessions all day, every day! Even so, depending on your level of surf, some spots are better visited during certain times of year. Please find more info at our Waves page. Although there are waves all year long, if you are an experienced surfer, the best season for a surf trip to Nicaragua is from April to November.
If you are a novice join our surf camp and we will take you to the best surf spots according to your level. It's important to pick the surf spot carefully as some of the waves are unforgiving, breaking over shallow reefs. Please find more info about the best waves in Nicaragua here...

The Pacific coast offers plenty of great waves for every surf levels, from soft and long waves ideally for long boards, to fast and hollow reef breaks for experienced surfers. There are waves for everyone - fun and challenging waves as well as epic barrels!
Whether a beginner or an experienced surfer, you can count on our surf guides, who will be happy to help you find waves according to your level and skills.

If you follow the basic rules concerning the respect for the locals you won´t have any problems, Nicaragua surfing history is growing and now is very normal for locals to enjoy the waves with visitors.

What to Bring

The majority of the stores accept credit cards such as Visa and Master card but is always useful to have cash in hand. Many small commerce accepts cash only.

It is safe to budget a few hundred dollars for the bar, tips, tours, meals and drinks outside the hotel, souvenirs and other purchases outside your package.
Usually people tip around 10% of the total paid, but if the service was better than expected they can tip up to 15%.

Official currency in Nicaragua is the Nicaraguan Cordoba but most establishments accept USD dollars (best exchange your money to $20 USD bills).
1 USD = 30.4350NIO (2017)

Yes, you can travel with your board, however airline companies can charge way too much just to carry a board so we usually advise rent one of our boards.
We have all kinds of boards available and you can try different boards everyday and avoid the stress of transporting it and paying extra fees.
If you are an avid surfer you can bring your own surfboard, but you better check with your airline directly first to get an idea about blackout dates for oversized luggage and make sure that you can get your board on the plane when you arrive.


  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Bathing suits/shorts/bikini
  • Nice shirt/dress (you never know...)
  • Flip-flops
  • Rash guards
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Tennis shoes and socks for nature walks and other activities
  • Light long pants (mosquito protection & other activities)
  • Light long sleeve shirt (same)

Surf gear

No need for wetsuit in Nicaragua, average water temperature is 25°C (77°F) throughout the year. But if you're travelling with your board, it's also a good idea to pack up:

  • Board bag to ensure the safety of your board
  • Surf Booties
  • Wax
  • Extra leashes
  • Extra fins/ hard wear
  • Duck tape
  • Ding repair kit

Other stuff

  • Valid passport for 6 months beyond intended stay in Nicaragua
  • Airline Tickets & Vouchers
  • Driver´s License
  • Cash (US Dollars) & Credit Card for extra activities, beverages, tips and incidentals
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.)
  • Your medication
  • Insect repellent
  • Beach towel(s)
  • Lot's of sunscreen (we recommend water proof, SPF 45)
  • Camera equipment (film and/or memory cards)
  • Voltage converters & adapters (read below)
  • Spanish "Quick Phrase" Book... again... you never know!

NOTE: Electrical sockets (outlets) in Nicaragua are very similar to the electrical outlets found in the US and Canada.
Electricity in Nicaragua is 115 Volts, alternating at 60 Hertz. If you travel with a device that does not accept 115 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

Health & Safety

Insurance is not included. We recommend purchasing a travel insurance that includes coverage for sports activities, medical emergencies, luggage delay, lost luggage, surf board damages, etc.

Yes, there are some mosquito's due to the tropical location and environment, but it is not this an epidemic problem.

No, You don't need any vaccines but insect repellents comes really handy ,o)
Nevertheless, when travelling to Nicaragua you should ensure that all their routine vaccinations are up to date. Travellers taking prescription medications should also bring an adequate supply with them because many newer combination medications are not available in local pharmacies.

For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website. The WHO website also contains additional health information for travellers, including detailed country-specific health information.

Bug bites and stomach problems due to poor sanitation and ill prepared meals. This will not be a problem during your stay with us, our kitchen has the highest standards!

Much like any other developing country, Nicaragua is often regarded as an unsafe country to travel to, but crime is less severe than in neighbouring countries.
In fact, Nicaragua is considered the safest of all the Central American countries both for petty theft and dangerous crime - the United Nations rated Nicaragua as the second safest country in Latin America, following Uruguay.
However, just like when you travel to any other country, it is important to have some common sense of responsibility and prevent any situation that could put you at risk. There are a number of security concerns to which travellers should pay attention to, such as not walking into dark places alone and not leaving any valuables or passports in sight or unattended. Caution is always a good thing so main rule is “don't put yourself in unsafe situations”.