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Nicaragua

Wild beaches and stunning surf for adventurous souls

Stay...

… in eco-friendly, boutique surf resorts

Surf...

… from pumping reef breaks to kid-friendly waves

Eat...

… produce from the quintas and the ocean

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… enjoy close encounters with nature

Region: CENTRAL AMERICA
11 hrs to SJO + 2hrs to ECI Nicaragua
November–July
Intermediate to expert

WILD BEACHES, STUNNING SURF AND FAMILY ADVENTURES

With its wild coastline boasting waves 300+ days of the year, Nicaragua is an epic destination for family surfing holidays. Once over-shadowed by Costa Rica, the rise of boutique, all-inclusive surf resorts and an eco-friendly lifestyle, makes South West Nicaragua one of our top destinations for surfing families who want to progress their surfing and take a step off the beaten track.

Highlights

  • Pristine coastline with reef and beach breaks
  • Boutique, family-friendly surf resorts
  • Offshore winds 300+ days of the year
  • Rich Central American culture
  • Close encounters with nature
  • Eco-friendly lifestyle
  • Everything you need for an epic surf holiday
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A spit of land flanked between Central America’s largest lake and the South Pacific, Nicaragua’s south-westerly facing coastline gets all the swell rolling in from the roaring forties and fifties, funnelling offshore winds 300+ days a year. There are plenty of firing point breaks for competent surfers, and some fun beaches for beginners and intermediates. What with water temperatures of around 28C you can ditch your wetsuit for a bikini or boardies (or at the most chuck in a shortie if you’re planning to be in the water as the sun comes up). One of the best times to visit Nicaragua is between November and April – when it’s dry season with small and medium swells. But if you’re serious about your surfing, the swell increases during the wet season (May to October), when most of the rainfall is during the night and temperatures are a bit cooler and pleasant by day. Peak rainy season is September and October, and these are the only months really worth avoiding. When you book a holiday with Family Surf Co. we’ll send you a personalised family surfing guide to Nicaragua with all of our favourite surfing beaches.
Encounter baby turtles on paradise beaches, take a dip in tidal pools and hot springs, or explore by horseback with an authentic Nicaraguan gaucho. Time out in Nicaragua is all about getting nose-to-nose with nature. And when you’re not out in the wild, party with the locals when the rodeo’s in town, hit the half pipe, the hammock or head off on a deep-sea adventure.
From cocktails (Flor de Caña rum and coke) and the local Toña beer at happy hour, to whole lobster hauled in fresh from the ocean, Nicaraguan food and drink is fresh, colourful and delicious. In a place where you can quench your thirst with fresh coconuts and gorge on fresh produce plucked from local quintas (farms), there’s plenty of options the whole family will love. Our favourite local dishes include deep-fried plantains (tostones), tortillas stuffed with cheese (quesillo) and rice with beans and coconut milk (gallo pinto) – the latter which is the perfect breakfast fuel to set you up for a day of surfing.
There are two options for getting to Nicaragua. We prefer the flight from the UK to San Jose, Costa Rica (direct flights from the UK with BA), then onto Costa Esmeralda (domestic flights with SANSA), which takes you just 10 minutes from the coast at Popoyo. Or you can choose to fly to Managua (layover in Houston is preferable to Miami), from where you can organise a private shuttle or taxi to your accommodation.

Family Surfing Holidays in Nicaragua

MALIBU POPOYO – Popoyo

seastar-iconLuxury ****
surfer-iconImprover to advanced
family-friendly-iconBest for 11+
 family-activities-icon Yoga, biking, horse riding, SUP

Eco-friendly, boutique surf resort and yoga retreat

Escape to an all-inclusive surf resort where you can immerse yourself in luxury and adventure. Challenge yourself on world-class reef breaks, learn to surf on the beach breaks, or simply chill out by the pool with a cocktail in hand. Tap into your adventurous soul and explore wild landscapes on horseback, nourish your body with food fresh from the quintas, and relax in Latin American style.
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Guest Reviews

Nicaragua has got the edge for families who are looking to progress their surfing and get under the skin of Central America. There are some fantastic beaches for families, and plenty of more challenging reef breaks to hone your skills while the kids are looked after.

Celine Bennet

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