My buddies & I are getting a hall pass for a surf trip for our 30th birthdays. We've been eyeing Nicaragua hard (we've done Costa few times; I'm still open to it, but they want something new). Two goofy, two normal, so places like El Salvador where there are only rights is probably not the best option.
Our goals are:
1. Cheap (I know I can do Nica for near $1000 for a week; could go a bit above that, but don't want to go up to $2000)
2. Quality uncrowded waves. We aren't pros, but want some long lines and a variety of set ups.
3. A day's flight. We've got a week and want to use every minute surfing and not waste time traveling.
Also, do you all think scheduling boat trips are worthwhile? My planning counterpart loves spending $$$$ and thinks it's necessary, while I figure a good surf destination shouldn't require it...

Thanks!!