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What are the top 25 tips for surfing in Nicaragua?

Nicaragua has coastline considered one of the most consistent in the world, and is today a paradise for surfers. To go surfing in Nicaragua is to go to a place outside of time.

Below are some facts about surfing in Nicaragua;

1. Nicaragua enjoys a perfect position, slightly to the north of the equator, it is slightly oriented towards the south to capture at best the long swells.

2. In addition, the Caribbean Sea and Lake Nicaragua generates waves 360 days per year! An ideal setting for perfect waves all year round.

3. These perfect conditions are ideal for beginners wanting to start surfing and soak up their culture.

4. The intermediate levels will be able to progress in their practice on various waves, improving their reading of waves and increasing the number of waves per session.

5. Experienced surfers will push their limits on fast waves, tubular and hollow, to live unforgettable moments.

6. Even if some spots like Popoyo or Maderas can sometimes be considered crowded with about thirty surfers, they can also be almost deserted.

7. The waters of Nicaragua are safe. It is one of the safest countries in the world for shark risk.

8. In Nicaragua, there are less known spots which are of the same quality as the popular ones.

9. Nicaragua enjoys perfect conditions all year round. The waves are suitable for beginners and will satisfy the most experienced.

10. The reputation of the Nicaraguan waves is well established. The main potential hazards are Stingray.

11. The diversity of quality waves (beach break, point break and reef), few people in the water and an annual consistency, makes it an ideal destination for surfers of all levels.

12. The southwest coast of Nicaragua is affected by the swells of the South Pacific Ocean.

13. The roaring forties depressions, near New Zealand, continuously generate long swells (15/20 seconds of period) of 1 to 3 meters (with peaks at 5 meters), mainly from March to October.

14. The land winds are constant there. These are generated by the cold water mass of Lake Nicaragua located 50 kilometers inland, facing the warm-water Pacific Ocean.

15. This geographical feature creates ideal weather conditions over 300 days a year, from morning to evening, especially in the San Juan del Sur area. 

16. The Nicaraguan coast offers different types of waves. If the beach-breaks, with or without rocks to fix the sand, one also finds points breaks there.

17. The tides are about 2.5 meters, the different spots are better at rising tide.

18. Nicaragua bathes in the warm waters of the Pacific (between 25 ° C and 30 ° C). The temperature of the water can be cooler from October to January, if the Humboldt current reaches its coast.

19. In the south, the offshore-wind is more in the area of San Juan del Sur, but the swells generated in the southeastern Pacific are blocked by the Nicoya Peninsula.

20. The Tola region is wilder, the offshore winds are less present, but the coast, better exposed, is affected by the swells of all the South Pacific.

21. Some waves, like Popoyo can be crowded while others are deserted.

22. The waves in the north of the country may be larger than in the south due to better exposure, but the offshore winds are less present.

23. The city of San Juan del Sur offers easy access to several beaches that run from 50cm of swell and that hold up to 2 meters. It is however recommended to move in 4x4, especially in case of rain.

24. The area in the region of Tola host diverse waves and is mainly composed of two parts; the Colorado beach break and the rock waves of Popoyo.

25. There are three waves in Popoyo; a long soft left, ideal for beginners and long boarders, the outer-reef, reserved for professionals and very experienced surfers, and finally Popoyo, a wave that breaks on a slab and unwinds on a background of sand and rock.