Still young at surf tourism compared to its neighboring countries Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and Mexico, Nicaragua offers exactly the right places to surf with great swells and less people. Taking advantage from being pinched by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua has some amazing surf spots that serve surfers of all levels. What makes these places unique is the consistent offshore wind coming from Lake Cocibolca, the great fresh water lake that extends as vast as 8,264 kilometers square. The gigantic area of the lake makes it possible that winds blow constantly towards the Pacific Ocean. The consistency of the swells remains steady, which makes it possible for surfers to surf all day long and almost all year long, at least in the south Pacific part of the country.
Although the surf sites are surfable all year long, pro surfers may want to check out when the best swells come. March to October is said to be the best time to surf as this is the time when the most south swells hit Nicaragua's Pacific coast. It is when the swell gets consistently head high to overhead.
Beach breaks are the type of breaks most of Nicaragua's surf spots feature; though there are several point breaks. For more information, please visit our four Nicaragua surf sections: Northern spots, Central spots, Popoyo spots and San Juan del Sur spots.
There are more surf spots than the ones mentioned in these pages, but in respect of the locals, we will only mention the most popular ones.