18 Mar Nicaragua Surf Trip
I recently took a trip to Nicaragua with my buddy Rewk for a 10 day journey to try and surf and hang out with some friends that were living in San Juan del Sur. We flew into Managua on the ever lovely Spirit Air. I don’t recommend traveling with this airline but it is cheap and when you are traveling last minute cheap is always good. One of our flight attendants actually said “Yadda Yadda Yadda” while reading the usually flight instructions as we were taking off. It was great. There isn’t much to see in Managua so we loaded up our Suzuki Jimny and headed down the road to Granada.
Granada was a really cool little city with a beautiful central district full of churches and shops. It’s on the coast of Lake Nicaragua so we walked down to see the water. Not really something that you would want to swim in…but I think that’s the case in a lot of lakes in Central America. We had a touristy lunch and sampled the first of many Victoria beers. Next stop was a quick drive through the locals shopping area which was absolutely crazy and a bit sad to see how much poverty there is in this country. But even though they are poor the Nicaraguan people are extremely friendly and crime is relatively low compared to neighboring countries. We decided we better get out of town so we could be to San Juan by sunset for happy hour…so we picked up some roadies and hit Route 4 south.
San Juan del Sur is the most popular travel and vacation destination on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast and offers a lively mix of local culture and tourist amenities. Direct access to a wide variety of activities such as surfing and fishing along with beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife made San Juan del Sur the ideal location. Robin and Becca had a great little place above an Italian pizza joint and lucky for us they were working at the Cerveceria so we stopped in to say hello and have some of their craft beer. Next up was finding surfboards to rent and figuring out where to go. There are a bunch of zones for surfing in the area including Playa Yankee, Playa Hermosa, and the most popular, Playa Maderas. We decided to go there to break ourselves in and test our boards. The rest of the week consisted of surfing every morning although late February and March are typically pretty windy in this part of the world so it wasn’t the best conditions but still a great time surfing and exploring a new country. Would love to go back again with an addition to traveling to Costa Rica…here are the photos from the trip. I didn’t shoot as many as I would have liked because the good surf was always during the sunsets but I got a few nice ones.
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