Nicaragua is a world class surfing destination famous for its 300 plus days-offshore wind, consistent swell, and warm water – True Blue is proud to introduce it to our extensive list of surf spots around the world!
The Pacific of Central America all receives the same swell. Typically smaller, longer period swells are from January through March. From then on, the South Pacific seems to be consistently active in producing larger more powerful swells that fill in every nook and cranny along the Nicaraguan coastline.
Population: 1.6 million
Language: Spanish and English
Currency: Nicaragua has its own currency: the cordoba. The US dollar is also virtually everywhere accepted. Often prices are based on dollars but quoted in cordobas. If you pay in dollars, you will receive your change in cordoba. The amount of C$ 23.00 is currently equal to US$ 1.00
Climate: Tropical in lowlands and cooler in Highlands
Health: Medical facilities are only found in major towns, the best of which are in Managua. Rural communities lack modern hospitals and equipment. If a hospital is needed, travelers should indicate they desire a private hospital. Insect repellent should be used to avoid malaria and dengue fever, both of which are carried by mosquitoes. You should take prophylactics, for two weeks before travel through four weeks after, to prevent malaria. Hepatitis A and B, and Typhoid vaccines are recommended for travelers.
The most common affliction is traveller’s diarrhea which is preventable by safe water and food consumption. Travelers should not drink tap water and use common sense when addressing uncooked foods. Visitors from a yellow fever infected area in the Americas or Africa are required to prove they have had vaccination before entry.
Visa: South Africans require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for tourist stays of up to 90 days.
Playa Colorado named after the river that forms the bank called Rio Colorado is on the south end of the beach and is widely recognized as the most consistent and best beach break in Nicaragua. Colorado requires a short paddle out, and offers both rights and lefts with plenty of big, open barrels. This spot breaks best on an incoming tide and can handle swells anywhere from knee high to double overhead and bigger. There are several peaks and plenty of waves to be had. When this beach break is firing it is absolutely world class.
Panga Drops is an offshore, horseshoe shaped rock reef that amplifies any swell and is located in the middle of the beach. It is a shifty wave that offers big take offs, long rippable walls, and big barrels on the inside section. Panga Drops breaks best on a lower tide and can handle any swell that hits Nicaragua. The break requires a long paddle out and is not for the weak paddler. It is a longboarders favorite from November through February, where it picks up any west swell better than any other break in Nicaragua with both lefts and rights. When everything else is flat, Panga Drops will be breaking. When the swell is pumping March through August, this wave turns into a monster holding up to triple overhead faces.
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