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.


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