7 Days in Nicaragua

Justine Thorner

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Justine Thorner

 
We spent Christmas 2015 in Nicaragua. Much of the trip was spent surfing and enjoying the warm weather!

The Surf Sanctuary - Popoyo

The Surf Sanctuary, Jiquelite, Rivas Department, Nicaragua

Great little surf hotel walking distance to Playa Santana. Guaranteed waves here due to the north wind coming off Lake Nicaragua. This owners of this hotel are american and very friendly, accommodating and nice. Rooms were huge. There is a great pool area, tons of hammocks, cute little restaurant, pool table -- everything you need!

Yajure Surf Hostel - San Juan Del Sur

Yajure Surf Hostel, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Get a private room in this surf hostel. The owner is a great guy - knows all the local spots. The rooms are clean and decent. There is a pool to hang out by, and you're walking distance to everything in town.

San Juan Del Sur

San Juan del Sur, Rivas Department, Nicaragua

Fun town about 2 hours from the airport. This town is filled with surfers, ex-pats and travelers/back-pakcers. Definitely spend a few nights. Tons of surf spots within 30 minutes in all directions. There are restaurants and markets all over town.

Popoyo

Popoyo, Rivas Department, Nicaragua

WAY quieter town up north in Nicaragua. This is really JUST for surfing. There is not much else to do here. The waves are amazing.

Magnific Rock - Eat & Hang

Magnific Rock Popoyo, Rivas Department, Nicaragua

Aussie owned joint overlooking Magnific Rock and popoyo reef break. The dinner her was delicious, definitely way more expensive then more local spots. They have a great breakfast and lunch menu filled with healthy eats. You can rent surf boards from here. The beach is right down the cliff.

Dinner (pizza) at Viento Este Pizza in Popopyo

Viento Este Pizza, Las Salinas, Nicaragua

Cute restaurant, the food was very good!

Hire a boat for the day - surfing, fishing, snorkeling

San Juan del Sur, Rivas Department, Nicaragua

Talk to your hotel about hiring a boat for the day. They'll take you to all different surf breaks, snorkel spots, and even let you fish on the way out. Fun day and inexpensive way to do a lot and surf a few breaks in one day.

Playa El Yanke

Playa El Yankee, Municipal de San Juan del Sur, Rivas Department, Nicaragua

Great surf spot, very quiet and peaceful beach.

Taco/Fish Shack on Santana Beach

Santana Beach, Rivas Department, Nicaragua

Grab a cold Victoria beer and enjoy fresh fish and tacos. You can't miss this only shack on Santana Beach

 

The Surf Sanctuary - Popoyo

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The Surf Sanctuary, Jiquelite
Great little surf hotel walking distance to Playa Santana. Guaranteed waves here due to the north wind coming off Lake Nicaragua. This owners of this hotel are american and very friendly, accommodating and nice. Rooms were huge. There is a great pool area, tons of hammocks, cute little restaurant, pool table -- everything you need!
 

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Yajure Surf Hostel - San Juan Del Sur

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Yajure Surf Hostel, San Juan del Sur
Get a private room in this surf hostel. The owner is a great guy - knows all the local spots. The rooms are clean and decent. There is a pool to hang out by, and you're walking distance to everything in town.
 

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San Juan Del Sur

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San Juan del Sur, Rivas Department
Fun town about 2 hours from the airport. This town is filled with surfers, ex-pats and travelers/back-pakcers. Definitely spend a few nights. Tons of surf spots within 30 minutes in all directions. There are restaurants and markets all over town.
 

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Popoyo

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Popoyo, Rivas Department
WAY quieter town up north in Nicaragua. This is really JUST for surfing. There is not much else to do here. The waves are amazing.
 

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Magnific Rock - Eat & Hang

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Magnific Rock Popoyo, Rivas Department
Aussie owned joint overlooking Magnific Rock and popoyo reef break. The dinner her was delicious, definitely way more expensive then more local spots. They have a great breakfast and lunch menu filled with healthy eats. You can rent surf boards from here. The beach is right down the cliff.
 

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Dinner (pizza) at Viento Este Pizza in Popopyo

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Viento Este Pizza, Las Salinas
Cute restaurant, the food was very good!
 

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Hire a boat for the day - surfing, fishing, snorkeling

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San Juan del Sur, Rivas Department
Talk to your hotel about hiring a boat for the day. They'll take you to all different surf breaks, snorkel spots, and even let you fish on the way out. Fun day and inexpensive way to do a lot and surf a few breaks in one day.
 

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Playa El Yanke

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Playa El Yankee, Municipal de San Juan del Sur
Great surf spot, very quiet and peaceful beach.
 

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Taco/Fish Shack on Santana Beach

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Santana Beach, Rivas Department
Grab a cold Victoria beer and enjoy fresh fish and tacos. You can't miss this only shack on Santana Beach
 

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