Best Surf Camps in Nicaragua

Now that it is on the surf map of premier destinations, Nicaragua boasts many great surf camps, beyond San Juan del Sur past the Tola coastline all the way to the Gulf of Fonseca.  All these surf camps cater to all kinds of surf travelers.

Popoyo Surf Lodge

Popoyo Surf Lodge is the oldest existing surf camp in Nicaragua. Owner JJ Yemma started the surf camp in Nicaragua and over the years has hosted many of the top surfers in the world including the CJ and Damien Hobgood, Andy Irons and countless others. Popoyo Surf Lodge staff’s knowledge of the waves is unparalleled to any other in Nicaragua. Waking you up at 5 am for a early morning surf session, you won’t finish your trip complaining that you didn’t get enough surf in. They are equipped with 4×4 vehicles and boats to take you to all the premier surf breaks. The kitchen staff is also outstanding, at the end of the day you can enjoy delicious fresh meal and an ice cold drink. There is little off time from surf sessions but when there is guests can relax in the beautiful pool or hang out it in the entertainment center watching a movie or playing ping pong. Everyone finishes their week at Popoyo Surf Lodge saying it was one of their best surf trips ever, promising to return ASAP!

Suave Dulce Women’s Surf & Yoga Retreat

Suave Dulce Women’s Surf & Yoga Retreat is owned by former women’s professional surfer Holly Beck and is one of the few surf camps in Nicaragua designed just for women. Suave Dulce is located on the beautiful northern Nicaragua coastline where there are few other surf camps and Suave Dulce is possibly the only one for women. Beck gives women and young girls the opportunity of a lifetime to learn to surf in a comfortable environment around other women. In the afternoon there is time designated for a yoga session on the patio overlooking the coastline. What better way to relax after a fun morning on the beach? Suave Dulce Women’s Surf & Yoga Retreat is a great option for women surfers seeking a one of kind experience. Visitors can even combine the trip to get involved in the community. What better way to spend your time in Nicaragua, surfing part of the day and being involved in a community service project the other half of the day.

Nicaragua Surf Report

Nicaragua Surf Report is the country’s longest running daily surf report. Nicaragua Surf Report posts daily pictures of the surf from that day. Their pictures are proof that Nicaragua’s surf is always great, no matter the time of year. Their base camp is at Playa Maderas, a 20 minute drive from San Juan del Sur. Their surf camp caters to all kinds of surfers both men and women, beginners and experts. You can also arrange a surf rental through them at one of the many awesome surf breaks. Renting a surf condo is a great option if you’re not looking to do an all inclusive surf camp and are comfortable just surfing a few breaks nearby,


  1. Jared says:

    I’m wondering if the crowds are beginning to build in Southern Nicaragua. I hear the Northern Surf camps are able to provide less crowds?

  2. Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde says:

    There are quite a few surf camps in the central- and northern-coasts…but since I mostly go to those places, let’s just say that I’m not upset that an estimated ~90% of surf camp clients go to the Rivas area, either Tola or San Juan del Sur beaches.

    • Michael says:

      Yeah its amazing how many surfers are down there these days. Even in the 90′s there was only a few people in the water. The central and northern coasts also have much water which I really like.

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