SURFING NICARAGUA
BEST SURF SPOTS AND WAVES IN NICARAGUA

  • Best Surf Spots Nicaragua
  • Best waves Nicaragua
  • Surf spots La Barra Miramar
  • Surfing Puerto Sandino

Surf Seasons in Nicaragua

The best swells in Nicaragua are caused by tropical storms, which occur mostly during the rainy season, so the main surf season in Nicaragua is winter, from May to November, when waves are higher and more consistent. Usually the waves are more than 7 feet high (2 meters) with consistent long period South swells, accompanied by off-shore winds and some rain.

  • April to November: 4-6 ft. consistent swells with bigger 8-12 ft. swells
  • November to January: waist to chest high offshore perfection
  • February and March: mid-size swells, always offshore

Best Surf Spots in Nicaragua

Surfing La Barra Puerto Sandino

LA BARRA *****

  • Performance: 5 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Low
  • Wave Size: 4-8++ feet
  • Location: 10 minutes boat ride

La Barra (or Puerto Sandino) is known for its sand bottom left hander. You can only get to it by boat and you can't be a beginner to ride it!

Chicken Bowls Nicaragua

CHICKEN BOWLS *****

  • Performance: 4.5 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Medium-High
  • Wave Size: 4-6+ feet
  • Location: Front of the House

Chicken Bowls is a consistent left directly in front of the camp, with occasional rights. The wave has two bowl sections, outside and inside over the reef. Breaks best on a high tide, allowing our guests more surf time and sessions.

Launch Ramps Surf

LAUNCH RAMPS ***

  • Performance: 3 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Medium-High
  • Wave Size: 2-4+ feet
  • Location: 2 minutes walk

Launch Ramps a just a few hundred meters south of the camp and you can count on peaky ledges breaking right and left offering some of the best surf around. This beach break will deliver a punch at high tide into low.

Punta Miramar Surf

PUNTA MIRAMAR ****

  • Performance: 4 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: Low-Medium
  • Wave Size: 4-8+ feet
  • Location: Direct paddle out

Punta Miramar is a left hand point break, just 5 minutes walk or paddle from the camp. It's a great wave during the upcoming high tide and with breaks good almost in any swell size but best 4+feet. This wave is a good option for intermediate and advanced surfers.

Surf Pipes Nicaragua

PIPES ****

  • Performance: 4 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: All tides
  • Wave Size: 4-8+ feet
  • Location: 6 minutes walk

Pipes breaks good in all tides and with the right swell direction can be very hollow and provide an ample barrel section. It's also one of the most consistent

La Casita Wave Nicaragua

LA CASITA ****

  • Performance: 4 Stars
  • Direction: S, SSW & SW
  • Tide: All Tides
  • Wave Size: 3-4+ feet
  • Location: 17 minute boat ride
Meat Grinders Nicaragua

MEAT GRINDERS ****

  • Meat Grinders Located a 45 minute boat ride south towards Veracruz, this a left hander breaks over a shelf which creates a massive left slab with long shoulder. There are also several other waves along the way and the fishing is also excellent.
Brain Crushers Wave

BRAIN CRUSHERS ****

  • This spot is near La Barra and breaks only on low tide.
    The name says it all - advanced surfers only!
Secret surf spots Nicaragua

SECRET SPOTS

  • These are great waves accessible by boat only, we don’t provide any descriptions... So it's best if you come with us to find out...

Surfing Nicaragua | All inclusive Surf Resort

The surf camp is located in Central Nicaragua, which means that uncrowded surf is what you will find when you arrive! You will have access to several left point breaks, reef breaks and a beach breaks, which are very similar to the southern end of the country without a soul in sight.
The reefs and beach breaks are good to epic on the higher tides with the points following at the lower tides.
And to get to the best surf, you'll need a boat ride! That's why we have two super Pangas at your disposal for some amazing boat trips.

The main attraction is La Barra, also known as Puerto Sandino, a 300 meters left wave breaking on sand just outside a large estuary. La Barra has several take off zone but you'll want to be at the main peak. Because this wave will barrel without fail so you must be an intermediate to advanced surfer to surf it!

This region of Nicaragua gets around 300 days/year of offshore winds providing perfect surf most of the year. During the rainy season the winds turn onshore around 13h00 but normally gets glassy in the evenings.

Wave Science

Waves can be formed by storm systems out at sea (ground swell) or by localized on-shore winds (wind swell).
Ground swells travel for a long distance across the ocean until breaking on the exposed coastline. These swells are usually much bigger, better-organized and more consistent then those caused by winds.
Wind swells are created by strong on-shore winds and are usually smaller, less well-organized and choppier than ground swells. With the right wind (off-shore) and the right tide, the wind swell can bring perfect surfing conditions.

Wave Breaks Types

Beach Break - Waves breaking over a sandbank and onto the beach.
Point Break - Waves breaking along a headland. The wave can break over a sandbank, coral reek or rocky formation.
Reef Break - Waves breaking over a submerged coral reef or rock formation.