10 Best Places To Surf And Stay In Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is a hidden gem in the world of surfing, with a range of breaks that cater to all levels of surfers. This country in Central America offers warm water, consistent waves, and uncrowded lineups, making it a surfer’s paradise. From the beginner-friendly beaches of San Juan del Sur to the world-class breaks of Popoyo, Nicaragua has something for every surfer.

Additionally, Nicaragua offers a rich culture, delicious food, and stunning natural landscapes, making it an ideal destination for those looking for an authentic and adventurous experience. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to catch your first wave, Nicaragua is a must-visit destination for any surfer. Read on to discover the best places to surf and stay in Nicaragua, and plan your next surfing adventure with ease.

1. Holiday home overlooking the bay of San Juan del Sur, Rivas (from USD 195)

Looking over the bay of San Juan del Sur, this stunning vacation property is a great find for spending surfing vacations. Conveniently located near Playa Maderas which offers bigger waves as well as gentle surf breaks of Playa Remanso, surfers of all skill levels can have fun if they rent this home. Restaurants and surfboard rentals are easily available on these beaches, so you do not have to worry about a thing. If you wish to go paddleboarding or kayaking for a change, Playa Marcella is close by.

The holiday home provides access to a gorgeous pool and a yoga studio. Guests can also opt to pay the two caretakers and have them prepare the meals.

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San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua
62 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 7

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the breeze was enough to keep the house comfortable
pool is a wonderful way to pass the hot afternoon hours
there is also an infinity pool which overlooks the pacific also the most comfortable hammock
very clean and tidy home
well equipped clean and perfect
the house was up to date clean and secure
awesome view spacious and very clean place highly recommended
lovely caretakers on the property
tanx to our host susan we had a wonderful time there
warm welcome by the caretaker and very helpful during the stay
elmo and maria were an absolute pleasure and very attentive and helpful every day of my stay
susan and the caretaker are caring people and the house was in perfect shape
i think it may have the best location in sjds
amazing view great location safe in a gated community
the walk to town was around 20 minutes but we rented mopeds for $10/day and it was perfect
perfect location with great views
the walk into town is easy and scenic along the water's edge
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2. Beachfront apartment with breathtaking views, Rivas

This fully equipped beachfront apartment is located in Popoyo, one of the best places to surf in the country. It comes with a fully equipped kitchen and an expansive patio overlooking the ocean. The apartment is located just steps away from some of the best waves in the region, making it the perfect destination for surfers of all levels. Surfing spots such as Santana, Beginners Bay, Outer Reef, and Popoyo are all within reach.

When you are not surfing, you can relax on the hammock as you hear the crashing of the waves.

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Popoyo, Rivas, Nicaragua
33 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

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the apartment is bright clean and well equipped
nick and thomas are wonderful hosts that make you feel at home
nick & tom are great hosts everything i possibly needed they were there for
tom is very friendly and accommodating with all our requests
thomas was one of the best and most helpful hosts
great location easy check in
great location right in between popoyo and santana
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3. Casa Mango, Rivas

Casa Mango is a simple yet cozy bungalow located near excellent surf spots in the neighborhood. The beach and surfing spots can be reached within 10 minutes on foot. Guests can also find helpful surfing courses in its vicinity where they can learn to surf if they are new to the sport. You can seek your host’s help in finding the right instructor, learning about the local surf culture, and finding a suitable surf spot.

What’s more, you can rent motorbikes with surf racks during your stay and explore the area.

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Popoyo, Rivas, Nicaragua
53 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire bungalow 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

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Amenities & Room:
the outside rock shower is wonderful and i just love how open air the whole place is
glad we had a small 4x4 suv if you like to cook the kitchen downstairs is well equipped
the house itself is just right: open-air kitchen wonderful outdoor shower and cozy closed-in bedroom upstairs
we also really enjoyed the outdoor kitchen and living room
the room upstairs is very comfortable as well has two comfortable beds and bathroom
the house is beautiful clean and comfortable
a big house wonderfull outdoor shower and a clean bedroom
dana is helpful with questions
eddy was also very helpful to us during our stay
dana responds really quick and is helpful
eddy the caretaker was friendly and always available for our needs
upon arrival at the house the caretaker eddy was there to greet us and show us around
there are also several places to eat and enjoy the sunset within walking distance
awesome location we had a vehicle but could have walked to the beach easily
easy ten minute walk down to the beach and local restaurants
i stayed at dana's place for three nights and found it very enjoyable
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4. Fort Walker, Rivas (from USD 645)

Fort Walker is a beachfront house in Nicaragua that offers an idyllic setting for a perfect tropical getaway. In addition to comfortable bedrooms, this spacious house features a fully equipped kitchen, a large living area, and an expansive patio with stunning views of the ocean. The house is conveniently close to four amazing surf breaks - Panga Drops, Los Perros, Playa Amarillo, and Playa Colorados.

Guests can also request arrangements for surfing classes and guided surf trips. And if you need to purchase surfing accessories or beach gear, a surf shop is within arm’s reach.

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Tola, Rivas, Nicaragua
32 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 7 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

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Amenities & Room:
the furnishings are comfortable and high quality
the house is well stocked and the wifi was good
the house was very comfortable at all times of day
the house itself was spacious and clean and had beautiful finishings
louis the pool guy came by every morning to ensure the pool was clean and maintained
beautiful property managed by a great group of people who were extremely responsive the e tire time
beachfront location makes everything better
the location right on the beach and pool were great
aaa all the time fantastic location beautiful house and great hospitality
just take a nice walk along the beach to the left and you are there
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5. Luxury home with a private beach, Rivas (from USD 124)

Conveniently close to many surfing spots including those in Playa Colorado, Playa Amarillo, San Juan, and Popoyo, this house is ideal for surfers. You can also partake in private surfing lessons including a choice of boards during your stay. These sessions usually last for 90 minutes and cost 65 USD.

Here, you can also practice yoga to calm your senses or pay for a relaxing Thai massage after having a great time surfing the waves. Don’t forget to try deep-sea fishing and watch movies on the beach for a wholesome experience.

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Rivas, Nicaragua
164 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 9 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 9

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Amenities & Room:
the view from the pool and the deck in the second floor is breathtaking
amazing views and great plunge pool
the bathrooms had items like soap and shampoos/conditioners toilet paper etc
it’s magical with beautiful ocean view balconies/decks (2) swimming pool and it’s own private beach
hot water works really well and the ac in the rooms was very nice
very clean and crisp
the house is great very clean and very comfortable bed
there are sun beds hammocks and clean towels available for guests
to be fair the rooms and beds were decent and clean
the host was very kind and flexible to our requests
although the owner was responsive and explained everything
very helpful and friendly staff quick responses
people are very welcoming and friendly
the host and property management were extremely responsive and accommodating to anything we needed
location was just perfect
the location is great too
the house is a tucked away paradise for anyone looking for a relaxing tranquil place to stay
also the beautiful aqua beach is just 5-10 minute walk away
all in all i'm planning on staying here again and would recommend this place to anybody
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6. Anahata, Rivas

Anahata is an award-winning, designer villa surrounded by lush greenery and close to the beach. If you are in Nicaragua to surf, then you will be delighted to find that the world-class surf break of Playa Colorado is less than a three-minute walk while another surf break, Panga Drops, takes about a five-minute walk.

During your stay, you can relax in the pool or stroll in the garden to calm your senses. However, if you want to develop your mind and muscle connection, practice some yoga in the 120-sq m (1291.67-sq ft) movement area.

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Tola, Rivas, Nicaragua
26 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire villa 4 Beds 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

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highly recommend staying here the property is gorgeous and unique and the staff is friendly and helpful
great spot in a great location
great house and design very short walking distance from the beach
beautiful and private property great location and fully equipped house
anahata is beautiful family friendly and well located
great place great house love it
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7. Casa Colina, Rivas (from USD 119)

Enjoy the tranquility of living in a jungle when you stay at Casa Colina. Situated atop a hill, the house is surrounded by lush vegetation and offers fantastic views. Here you can enjoy your morning coffee while admiring the local wildlife which includes parakeets and mantled howler monkeys.

However, if you want something more than just views and a tranquil setting, then you can head to the famous beaches at San Juan del Sur. Here you can not only party and enjoy the nightlife but also find a variety of surf breaks and great surf camps.

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San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua
75 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

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we enjoyed the pool- very calm and nice view
laura’s place was perfect the house is spectacular and so comfortable the natural ventilation is amazing
the propety is very cozy the view is beautiful and also the pool was a nice asset
watching the sunsets from the infinity pool is also the best
the beach below is gorgeous and had some great tide pools to explore
towels and sheets were clean and there was also a set of beach towels for our use
it's lovely to be immersed in nature and so close to a beautiful and clean private beach
she is so knowledgeable and friendly
great hosts - very professional
casa colina is one of a kind
host was responsive helpful and friendly
the staff were also so helpful
close access to amazing beaches
balcones is a beautiful place
this particular house is close to its neighbor so please note if you'd like max privacy
the perfect location overlooking the woods with the ocean in the horizon
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8. Casa Tranquila, Rivas (from USD 232)

Casa Tranquila is a 278.71-sq m ( 3000.00-sq ft ) villa ideal for a surfing holiday. It puts guests in close proximity to the best beaches in the country for surfing. For consistent surf, head to Playa Maderas, which is ideal for intermediate to advanced surfers while being forgiving to beginners. However, beginners can plan a day trip to Playa Hermosa where they can find beginner-level waves as well as excellent amenities.

After a great surfing session, retreat to your bedrooms with hardwood floors and comfortable queen-size beds. The bedrooms open to a hardwood deck, ideal for admiring ocean views.

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San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua
82 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire villa 4 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

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Amenities & Room:
the house is equipped with very convenient amenities like bluetooth stereo pretty consistent wifi etc
the kitchen was beautifully stocked with all the tools necessary to make fabulous dinners every night
the beds were also super comfy
we did not miss a/c and the house is super well equipped and set out
the kitchen is really well stocked and cooking/eating was a real pleasure
it was very clean the decor and layout great and the pool lovely
excellent support and service from local staff
the staff were so friendly and helpful
many thanks to the hosts for creating such a special home
the staff were very helpful catering to all of our needs
security safety and all that--you're in good hands with the staff at balcones
this is a great location for playa maderas and playa marsella
this is a special place to get away and unwind
farther from the beach than we expected and definitely not walkable to anywhere
perfect place to stay if you are looking for a quieter more relaxing vacation
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9. Casa Colina, Rivas Department (from USD 145)

Casa Colina is within walking distance of many shops, restaurants, bars, and the beach. Rest assured of magnificent views of the bay and the lovely coastal town of San Juan del Sur throughout your stay. Guests can also access a shared infinity pool and a private stone deck with outdoor dining arrangements.

Being in San Juan del Sur, the property lets its guests access a variety of world-class surfing spots. You can also find great surf camps in town.

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San Juan del Sur, Rivas Department, Nicaragua
94 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 9 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 9

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Amenities & Room:
beautiful place beautiful view and amazing pool
the view is breathtaking and the infinity pool is incredible
the location is great and the views of the bay from the balcony and pool are fantastic
the space was fantastic great view pool bedrooms
it fit in more with the nica vibe and was so pretty and cozy
everything was great and super clean
the place is spotless and super well kept
it was spacious clean and very welcoming
the pool is super nice too and get clean every morning by victor
very clean easy to communicate with and beautiful
katalina is amazing and helpful
towe was a great host and made sure that we had everything we needed
towe and catalina were really kind and helpful
towe is amazing as a host and promptly answered any questions i had very quickly
very comfortable and everyone was extremely accommodating and helpful
great location close to town
paradise bay is secure area and a 10-minute walk to town
really the best location in town
we also loved the walk to town in the morning
close to town super peaceful nice place to relax
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10. Private and tranquil cabin by the woods, Rivas (from USD 23)

This quaint cabin is a 15-minute walk to Playa Amarillo and a mere 7-minute walk to the town. Playa Amarillo is a big hit among surfers and offers friendly waves to ride. Surfboard rentals can be arranged with the help of your host.

The cabin is ideal for a couple and comes with a cozy living room and a fully equipped kitchen. It also has a small bathroom where you can enjoy a hot shower after a day spent surfing the tides.

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Playa Gigante, Rivas, Nicaragua
26 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
we really enjoyed our stay with megan she was super welcoming and a great host
megan is a really nice host she really cares about you
meagan was extremely welcoming and very helpful
amazing airbnb really cozy and megan is a great host that can help you with everything you need
overall we enjoyed our stay and would recommend megan as a host
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Catch a wave in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a beautiful country that offers a perfect blend of world-class surfing and fantastic holiday homes. Catch a wave to ride it in one of the many world-class surfing spots but before you do anything else, book an ideal accommodation to surf and stay in Nicaragua.

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