Northern Nicaragua Surf Trip

Discussion in 'Central America' started by Blink2824, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. Blink2824

    Blink2824 Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Hey there,

    I spent last summer living in Nicaragua for two months and had the time of my life experiencing the culture and surfing every single day. This coming summer I am going to be graduating college and am looking forward to planning another trip but instead to Northern Nicaragua sometime in May (prob for two weeks). Anyway I have just started researching up on it a little and here is what I've got so far:

    What I Am Looking For:
    -Cheap accommodations (As I mentioned I will be graduating and have limited funds ;)
    -Close to multiple surf breaks (most consistent surf areas)

    I will not be renting a car so if I could get a private transportation service to take me there does anyone know a good one?

    I have checked out joe's place and Hotel Chancletas. I have also looked at Surf Tours Nicaragua but it seems a little too expensive for what I am trying to do. I figure with airfare and board bag fee's (roundtrip), accomodations, transportation and food I want to spend a total of- approx $680

    Airfare and fee's- $340
    Transport (4 ppl traveling)- $30 per person approx.
    Accomodations and food- $300

    So let me know what you all know... Where is the best place to stay, do you know any other places than the ones listed above? Advice or comments?

    Thanks for the input!

    -Tyler D. :D
  2. Blink2824

    Blink2824 Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    over 60 views and no input? Haha, comon people! What do you think? Ever been to northern Nica?

  3. btuohey

    btuohey Member

    Feb 23, 2010

    I'm the one who wrote the august trip to costa thread on the central america forum page. I decided to switch my plans for Nicaragua and i've done a whole bunch of research and I've looked all over the country. Dude, if you think you're gonna stay there for 2 weeks on $680 dollars, I think maybe Puerto Rico would be a better bet. You'd be hard pressed to end up spending $680 for one week in Nica. I dunno, maybe you can find some bungalos for 15 dollars a night but even then your already spending over 200 on just your place. For some reason......... I bet you spend more than $90 on food and drinks..even if you don't drink. I think for two weeks you'd be lookin at more like $1000-$1400....I hope you prove me wrong though.....If you do let me in on what you did though.
  4. Blink2824

    Blink2824 Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    I've done my research and wrote up a budget. I'll be spending $750 for 10 days all inclusive. See you in the line up-

  5. Jsteere

    Jsteere New Member

    Apr 21, 2010
  6. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2007
    Just saying...there are places to stay in Nicaragua that arent surf camps but are local posadas/hospedajes....These arent run buy gueros and are usually 20% of the price of the "surf camps." These are the places I stayed in when I was there (granted it was 8 years ago) but I know they still exist cause friends have had similar experiences lately. Personally, I think it is border line ridiculous to book ahead of time with a surf charter unless you are with a family or have never traveled. Get some sac, spend your cash in the local community, and enjoy yourself. I have traveled all over the world and the best option is always just to show up. You will even find that many of the surf camps are cheaper if you just roll up...also speaking some Spanish helps too......paz y buenas suerte
  7. EdSurfer

    EdSurfer New Member

    May 3, 2010
    I stayed at Joe's- 5-10 min away on a (free) bicycle. You spend less than half the money on room and food so can stay twice as long. The food is better for sure. And it's right next to the boat for surfing the point and fishing. Best of all, you're not sitting on your ass staring at a bunch of primadonnas watching themselves surf on video on their laptops. Here you meet the real locals and practice your Spanish.Highly recommended.
  8. deanjhon530

    deanjhon530 New Member

    May 18, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2014
  9. Marlindo Nicaragua

    Marlindo Nicaragua Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    If you book a bed at chancletas it is affordable. The food is good. Staff is warm and friendly and the surf out front is sick. Just plan your trip with the high tides in the morning for the more or less guarantee of off shore winds. Only set back is on shore wind mid day (usually). That's one of the benefits for being in the "popoyo" region.

  10. bryonjordan

    bryonjordan New Member

    Feb 4, 2014
    Your forum provided us with valuable information to work with. Each & every tips of your post are awesome.
  11. NACHO

    NACHO New Member

    May 9, 2014
    surf trip nicaragua august 2014

    Hi, Could anyone tell me how difficult are the spots in Nicaragua?

    I have surfed for 2 years but I live in a city 400km far way from the closest beach.

    I found in Bali easy spots to improve but I don't want to repeat the same travel and Flights are much more expensive from Madrid.

    This time I will go by myself and I would like to know if Nicaragua is good option. (waves, ambience...)

    Thanks a lot!!
  12. Slashdog

    Slashdog Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2012
    Second this advice, absolutely. Ask around for a hospedaje...

    Up North was a blast. I never made it to Joe's, though that peninsula/river-mouth combo looks sick on Google Maps, as does the landscape around the Volcano at the Northern end of the country. Interestingly enough, if you look at the google map snapshot of the area, the swell around Poneloya/Las Peñitas looks much larger than that around the other towns.

    Las Peñitas/Poneloya; the closest breaks to León. Further North might be better, when I was there I didn't really know sh*t about surfing. A string of failed hotel investments, a few remaining hostels, a couple little surf schools, and lots of uncrowded waves. Check out the small surf shack, I believe it's the last little building before the rivermouth. Ask around for Patrizio, he's a young local shredder, him and his friends run the show. They're all good dudes and you could probably find them drinking at the nice cabana restaurant down the road.

    If you haven't been to Leon, it's an awesome city ... but you probably won't like it if you're of the Ronald Reagan/Ayn Rand persuasion.

    That's all the firsthand knowledge I've got. Checking out Joe's place, you can't really go wrong.

    As far as the 'private transportation' goes ... what were you doing last summer, staying at the Ritz f*cking Carlton? It's Nicaragua, take buses until you can't...


  13. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    also beware - or at least cognitive of - the big health news which is why are healthy
    men dying from just working the cane fields? more from nytimes today 05/09/14.
  14. ocsurf32

    ocsurf32 Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 2012
    Nica is insane but kinda dangerous if you don't know what your doing or travel at night. Learn spanish and hire a local guide. Throwing beach breaks for days. . . .