Nicaragua with non-surfing family

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by NWSquid, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Okay I’ve searched the posts and haven’t found a thread that answers the question(s) I’m 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 don’t 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 doesn’t surf.
    I’ve 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 “non-surfer” prices that I could find, which were reasonably less than the “surfer” price.

    So, before I start calling every resort down south, here’s 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 wouldn’t 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, I’m down with piecing a trip together myself. I’ve 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 I’d like to explore all options.

    And to take it a step further we’re 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 won’t be taking a Gulfstream 650 down there.

  2. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    you can rent houses/condos with pools right on the beach at colorados in nicaragua pretty cheap and even get a cook and someone to drive to and from the airport.

  3. Stranded in Smithfield

    Stranded in Smithfield Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2010
  4. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    i've gone twice. this is good advice.
  5. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    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.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2014
  6. TheWallOfDucks

    TheWallOfDucks New Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    Check out Rise Up Surf time of my life
  7. NICAfiend

    NICAfiend Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2012
    My wife went with me on a trip there once and had a great time. There's a nice pool, plenty of beach to explore, 2 different waves, a golf course, etc.... The accommodations are very nice and if she's a beach person she'll have a great time. Setting up a side trip or two should be pretty easy even if you don't rent a vehicle.
  8. metard

    metard Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2014
  9. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    I think costa is more family oriented.nica is still a developing country,and while u surf,they will be sitting on the hot azz beach getting sunburnt instead of going shopping or whatever they do in south America.nica is great for surfing,but I wouldn't take my family there
  10. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Cool- well thanks for the input; we've got quite a bit of time to figure out the best options. I think my wife may be more inclined to go to CR, but hey, I don't really care where we end up down there. I get to surf and can leave the hooded 5/4/3 in my garage.
  11. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    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.
  12. leetymike808

    leetymike808 Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2013
    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.
  13. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    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...
  14. im way better than you

    im way better than you Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    Very crowded
  15. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    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.
  16. SI_Admin

    SI_Admin Guest

    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.
  17. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    try playa madera. just north of sjdsur.
  18. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    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.
  19. live4truth

    live4truth Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    +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 to swim all day..etc. they'll be fine. But it's not really Disney/theme park...
  20. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2013
    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.