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  1. #11
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    Try Surf Simply in Nosara, CR. Might even get the wife out on a board. The kiddies will have a blast learning to surf the right way (no offense, papa san). Nice boutique resort with yoga, massage, superb healthy food, everything's covered including airport transfers, you eat in a different local restaurant each evening & the surfing instruction is top-notch, which you will get a lot out of as well.

    Thee are many people on this Forum who have spent a week at Surf Simply & who would attest to its excellence. Consistent waves, too.

  2. #12
    while people are on the subject, whats the crowd like at colorados? I may be heading there in sept. Heard conflicting reports, figure ill ask your guys' input.

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchell View Post
    CR has better waves than Nicaragua? Definitely can't say I've heard that before. Other than Pavones (world class, but you wont be taking family there), my impression is Nica comes out on top surf-wise.
    considering their proximity to each other the two are quite different. i pick cr cause of playa negra and
    maybe cr has more beach/surf spot options. also if you're really going to nic BEWARE the outside left
    at popoyo. its one of those annoying waves that demands total commitment BEFORE you get any idea as
    to whether you're going to make it or not...

  4. Quote Originally Posted by leetymike808 View Post
    while people are on the subject, whats the crowd like at colorados? I may be heading there in sept. Heard conflicting reports, figure ill ask your guys' input.
    Very crowded

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    Quote Originally Posted by leetymike808 View Post
    while people are on the subject, whats the crowd like at colorados? I may be heading there in sept. Heard conflicting reports, figure ill ask your guys' input.
    Depends on how many pangas pull up & disgorge 4-6 surfers per boat. Plus the surfers staying at Iguana & NSR. It can get pretty crowded.

  6. #16
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    I don't think Nicaragua is a very family friendly trip. Your wife, might be happy enough, just hanging on the beach, but I think your boys will get bored. There is really not much to do, besides surfing, fishing, etc. There are no real beginners waves that I am aware of in Nicaragua, so I don't think it would be a good place to learn. For a family getaway, I'd say Costa Rica offers more options.

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by SI_Admin View Post
    There are no real beginners waves that I am aware of in Nicaragua
    try playa madera. just north of sjdsur.

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by NWSquid View Post
    Okay Iíve searched the posts and havenít found a thread that answers the question(s) Iím after so here goes: My wife (god love her) has agreed to a week to 10 day long trip to Nicaragua with the whole family. My sons donít surf yet (currently 8 and 4,) but the older one may be surfing by the time we go (planning this for March of 2016.) The wife doesnít surf.
    Iíve looked at a lot of the all-inclusive resort packages, yet very few (that I could find) offer much in the way of info for costs/activities/etc. for non-surfers. I think some place called Surf Sanctuary was the only one that listed ďnon-surferĒ prices that I could find, which were reasonably less than the ďsurferĒ price.

    So, before I start calling every resort down south, hereís the question(s): Has anyone done something similar (i.e. traveled to a surf resort in Nica with non-surfers)? If so, what was your experience? My wife is very chill and wouldnít need scheduled activities. I plan on surfing as much as possible but would also like to spend time with the family, doing whatever other side trips, etc. a resort might offer in addition to just chilling or even getting my sons on a board.

    Alternatively, Iím down with piecing a trip together myself. Iíve trekked to some pretty far-flung places with the wife, family, solo, etc. It seems like with young kids in tow Nicaragua might be better enjoyed in an all-inclusive deal, but Iíd like to explore all options.

    And to take it a step further weíre not totally dead-set on Nica, so has anyone done a similar trip elsewhere in Central America? I know CR supposedly has better waves.... Panama maybe?

    Not on a tight budget but I obviously wonít be taking a Gulfstream 650 down there.

    Thanks
    A friend took his family to Rancho Santana in Nica. He said it was a 4 star resort and had equestrian facilities and a full watersports set up. Great food, great place for family, and awesome waves, plus boats for access to other waves. Check it out.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by SI_Admin View Post
    I don't think Nicaragua is a very family friendly trip. Your wife, might be happy enough, just hanging on the beach, but I think your boys will get bored. There is really not much to do, besides surfing, fishing, etc. There are no real beginners waves that I am aware of in Nicaragua, so I don't think it would be a good place to learn. For a family getaway, I'd say Costa Rica offers more options.
    +1...just got back a couple weeks ago and although the resort was great...unless your wife golfs and likes doing so solo...CR has the better infrastructure and amenities overall---I would also agree with the Nosara recommendation. As for the kids...well as long as they can entertain themselves...like to swim all day..etc. they'll be fine. But it's not really Disney/theme park...

  10. #20
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    Right- not really looking for a Disney-esque adventure by any stretch, but having something for the family to do while I'm getting my surf on would be good. Thanks again for all the great input. I'm going to check out some of these suggestions.