Northern Nicaragua surf camps neighbour the country of Honduras. The North pacific coast line is rugged and undeveloped, but houses a treasure trove of surf spots.
The tropical beaches and serene silence of the area produce a surfers paradise. Visitors rave about the consistent swells, warm water and cool breezes – all without competition from the crowds that plague other popular surf destinations.
There is no greater place for a surf destination than here, since Northern Nicaragua is fast becoming Central America’s adventure hotspot. Hiking, rock climbing and volcano boarding ensure your trip will be well rounded and memorable.
Check out our favourite Northern Nicaragua Surf Camps below, for a diverse and unforgettable trip!
|Number of surf spots||5|
|Water Temperature||May-November: 28.4 to 30.1°C (83 to 86°F)
December-April: 25.2 to 28.7°C (77 to 84°F)
|Swell||There is a southern swell here, which produces a huge variety of waves due to the differently shaped bays|
|Nearest Airports||Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport (Managua) is 180km or a 3.5 hour drive away.|
Los Clavos Surf Camp
This is one of our ‘all-inclusive’ Northern Nicaragua Surf Camps – accommodation, yoga and surfing in one unbeatable package! Los Clavos is nestled in a small fishing village, making it a prime getaway for surfers and travellers who look for authenticity and uncrowded waves. The camp lies on the remarkably untouched Northern Pacific coast, providing a uniquely peaceful atmosphere for those who choose to surf here.
The camp is in close proximity to five cool surf spots suitable for any ability – even one right in front of camp! Staff strive to create a relaxing and warm atmosphere, and the camp is highly social. Guests can meet around the pool or at the bar, and before sunset there is often a yoga class on the go or fishing trip organised.
Guests are hosted in 4 comfortable beachfront bungalows, each with a private bathroom and large, comfortable beds. Unwinding after a day of surfing couldn’t be easier, with guests retiring to their own ocean view deck to relax in privacy. Two of the bungalows are larger to welcome families or small groups up to 4 people. Wood and palm make up the decor, perfectly fitting with the surrounding landscape and creating a cosy, simple vibe.
Rise Up Surf Camp
The priority at this property is to help you disconnect from the daily hassle, and instead link up with local Nicaraguan culture. Surf coaching here is the rival of competitors at other Northern Nicaragua Surf Camps, since staff are ISA-certified and guaranteed to know the best surf spots. Intimate group sizes lets staff give each guest a warm and personalized service.
Staff here say they love connecting with guests, and will join you in the waves, on a volcano, in the yoga studio, over group dinners, or when enjoying sunset cocktails. Packages include an airport transfer, five delicious meals a day, refreshing beverages, and a great guesthouse with air-conditioned rooms and private bathrooms, a pool, hammocks and much more.
Visitors stay in either a seven or five bedroom guesthouse. Each of these rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning and sleep three to four people. Those who wish for a little more privacy can easily book a room just for themselves. Decor is beautifully simple.
Thunderbomb Surf Camp
ThunderBomb Surf Camp lies directly on the gorgeous Santa Maria Del Mar beach. It was specifically designed to appear like a small resort whilst maintaining that all important home away from home feel! The goal of the camp is to entertain the addicted surfer, whilst keeping in mind a great ambience for a family vacation or group surf trip.
A typical day could include an early wake up, followed by morning yoga and a snack of fruit, toast and coffee. Soon after this surfers will be transported to local breaks or even long distance breaks, before eating a big main breakfast. A second session will follow this, backed up by a tasty lunch, sunset session, chill time, and then a great dinner. Guests are then free to hang out with us, the locals or get ready to do it all again tomorrow with a good nights sleep!
All guests stay in the newly constructed house, where each room is large and has air conditioning. On the ground floor of the house there are hammocks, a restaurants and games areas. The floor above this has a huge balcony, and is the center point for yoga, massages and wave watching.
Las Dunas Surf Resort
Las Dunas Surf Resort is a mere 2 minute walk from the beach, but even the resort itself provides guests with further activities to keep them entertained. Whether that be swimming in the year-round outdoor pool, or sunbathing in the garden is up to you. Complimentary wifi is also available around the resort.
Breakfast is available each morning, featuring mainly continental and buffet options. The on-site restaurant specialises in Latin American cuisine for those who want to truly taste the country! If you fancy a break from the waves – massages, hiking and fishing are available for an additional charge.
Solo travellers or groups may opt for a room in the dormitory, but for those who prefer a little privacy chalet rooms can be booked. These either contain twin beds or a large double. Guests are frequently satisfied with the quality of Las Dunas Surf Resort. They rank it very highly (9.7/10) against other Northern Nicaragua Surf Camps.
Las Palmeras Beach Hotel
The serene surroundings of this property produce a haven for those wanting to escape and immerse themselves in a surfers paradise. Only a minutes walk from the property is the beach, which greets guests every morning with the sound of waves crashing. From their sea view room, guests truly get the beach getaway that they’ve been dreaming of.
A continental or American breakfast is there to greet guests in the mornings before a long day on the surf. Visitors can enjoy this from the on site restaurant, alongside complimentary wifi. Room service and airport transfers are additional amenities provided by this hotel. Staff consistently exceed expectations from guests, earning the property an exceptional 9.8/10 rating on booking.com.
Rooms can easily be booked for those travelling in pairs, with visitors receiving the option of a twin or a queen room. At the hotel, every room includes a terrace. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower and free toiletries. Guest rooms also include a wardrobe.