• OVERVIEW
  • ROOMS
  • FACILITIES
  • SURFING
  • BEACH LIFE
  • FOOD
  • ACTIVITIES
  • CHILL OUT
  • ON THE DOORSTEP
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Family surf resort in Nicaragua

Location: Playa Santana Limon 2, Popoyo
Transfer: 20 minutes’ from ECI (Costa Esmeralda Airport)
Family friendly: All ages catered for, but really it’s best for 11+
Climate: Av. 28C
Best time to go: Nov–July/ August
Surf level: Improver to Advanced
Other activities: Yoga, horse riding, spa and day trips
Time Zone: GMT -6

  • 12 personally styled rooms feature unique art, plants, artisan tiles and organic cotton linens.
  • Garden Room: a spacious sanctuary with a king-size bed and glass walls offering outstanding views into the semi-outdoor Moroccan style seating area, with a rain shower and handmade tiles. Two garden rooms with interconnecting doors are perfect for families.
  • Loft Room: also ideal for families, these can sleep up to 3-4 people in an expansive space across two levels. Includes a king-size bed and single/ or queen-size bed, semi-outdoor Moroccan style seating area, with a rain shower and handmade concrete tiles.
  • Master Suite: the largest and most luxurious room, with an indoor living area and a semi-outdoor Moroccan style seating area with a walk-in rain shower and handmade tiles.
  • All rooms offer air conditioning, Wifi, mini bar and mod cons.
  • Stays include three meals a day – created using produce from the local organic farm.
  • Beach access.
  • Swimming pool with wading area for smaller children.
  • Yoga and meditation in an open-sided studio.
  • Restaurant and beach bar.
  • Poolside cocktail service.
  • Live music and bonfire nights at the beach bar.
  • Childcare available.
  • Wifi.
  • On the doorstep of 8 world-class surf spots in a 10km radius.
  • From hollow reef breaks to longboard peelers and beach breaks for kids and beginners.
  • Nearby breaks include Popoyo, Savannah, Magnific Rock, Playgrounds, Colorados and Playa Santana.
  • Accommodation includes unlimited 4×4 transportation to any surf break.
  • Onsite surf coaching centre with professional, certified instructors.
  • Surf lessons: $80 per session, including 3h theory + 2h practice. Minimum age is 4 (although the 3 hours of theory isn’t ideal for children this age).
  • Pre-book your dream surfboard to hire from AwayCo and travel lightly.
  • There is also dedicated grom rental section.
  • Swells are smaller and offshores stronger in Jan & Feb, making it the perfect season for beginners. It’s rainy season Aug–Oct but can produce the biggest swells for more advanced surfers.
  • The beaches aren’t all about surfing – there are tidal pools to explore and scenic beaches such as Magnific Rock.
  • Most of the popular beaches have rustic beach bars where you can hangout, have a drink and a snack, and watch the surfers.
  • The beaches are uncrowded and perfect for family beach days and sunsets.
  • Make sure you take flip flops because the black sand gets super hot in the midday sun.
  • The Sunset Cantina serves a fusion of Central American and Western cuisine.
  • Three meals a day included.
  • Dishes packed with flavour and ingredients from La Quinta (the neighbouring organic farm).
  • Sunset beach bar serving small bites (try the fish tacos) and cocktails.
  • Quenching coconuts from the organic farm.
  • Food served 7am-9pm.
  • SUP
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Horse riding
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Book in a spa treatment – a rejuvenating full body massage, reflexology, detox scrub or facial.
  • Bespoke adventures can be organised for all seasons, ages and interests.
  • Head off on a cultural tour or a custom-made sightseeing trip.

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