With more than 300 days of offshore wind a year, less crowded than its neighbour Costa Rica, and consistent waves all year round, Nicaragua should be high on your list of surfing destinations. The country is also one of the safest in the region, and is generally significantly cheaper than countries like Costa Rica and Panama. What’s also nice is that you never travel very long distances, which makes the country easy to travel to.
Popoyo is mainly a series of houses and hostels along the beach. There is not much here except dirt roads and dry land until you reach the town of Las Salinas, about a kilometre and a half away. The beach at Popoya is beautiful. Nicaragua has an absolute wealth of beaches along the west coast, but few are as coveted for surfing as Popoyo. Enthusiastic surfers come from all over the world to surf here, and it is considered a perfect place to learn to surf in Nicaragua.
Playa Maderas is one of the most popular holiday destinations near San Juan Del Sur. Maderas is primarily a beach break and has something to offer year-round for surfers of all levels. It is a popular spot due to the high popularity of the town of San Juan del Sur.
Playgrounds is, as the name suggests, a playground for surfers. However, if you surf at Playgrounds, you probably got there by boat. It’s not often accessible from the beach, because there’s not much around. But you may run into some local surfers who live nearby and can get there by land.