Wavehunters Nicaragua- Popoyo Surf Lodge
The world famous Popoyo Surf Lodge is nestled into the valleys of Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast in Playa Guasacate. PSL rests on on a 14 acre spread of tropical gardens, amidst a surfer’s paradise, intimate and personal, with access to a seemingly endless supply of world class surf breaks. These breaks receive year round swell from the southern hemi’s and the waves are groomed to perfection by the consistent, prevailing offshore winds.
We are the premiere surf destination in the country and have been hosting surfers in Nicaragua since 1999. Our mission is to provide you with a surfing experience unique to any other. We have an unparalleled knowledge of the waves, the breaks and the the local community. Come in and check out why Popoyo Surf Lodge continues to be the best choice for surfing in Nicaragua, consistently, year after year.
Who should come here?
Popoyo Surf Lodge caters to surfers of various ability levels from advanced beginner to the most experienced of surfers and welcomes both shortboarders and longboarders (as well as boogieboarders and stand up paddle boarders). Our guides offer hands-on surf coaching throughout the tours to help bring your surfing to the next level. Although we are not a learn-to-surf school, it is possible to learn to surf in Nicaragua but best to come during the smaller wave season from November to March and make a special request for instruction and we will meet it.
If the focus of your trip is surfing and/or seeing and experiencing the real Nicaraguan countryside, beaches, community and people, and you're not looking for a tourism resort or a party scene, then Popoyo Surf Lodge is the right trip for you. Our accommodations and facilities (restaurant, bar, lounge, pool) are the best in the Popoyo area, our waves, surfing tours and surf guides are the best in Nicaragua, so if you're looking for the best surf camp or surf lodge in Nicaragua this is it.
Popoyo Surf Lodge guests will be met at the international airport in Managua by Popoyo staff and transferred directly to Popoyo Surf Lodge which is 2.5 -3 hours away depending on road conditions. Packages include fully air-conditioned casita or cabina accommodation, 3 meals per day, most non-alcoholic beverages and daily surf tours with morning and afternoon sessions, as well as fishing.
Popoyo's hardware includes a fleet of LandCruisers and Toyota 4x4 trucks and 2 boats, a 25ft boat w/soft roof and 140 hp Suzuki outboard, and a 26ft boat w/hard roof and 140hp Suzuki outboard. Both boats are fully outfitted for surfing and fishing.
Popoyo Surf Lodge's signature facilities include:
- 10-acre property in the center of the best surf in Nicaragua
- Main rancho (big palapa restaurant/bar) with free Wi-Fi
- Cash bar which sells cold beers and mixed drinks.
- Air-conditioned lounge w/sitting area, darts, ping pong table, and pool table.
- Swimming pool and sundeck.
- WIFI internet and Satellite TV ensure you can remain connected to the grid as much as desired.
Surfing at Popoyo
At Popoyo and in the vicinity you will find a plethora of surf breaks both lefts and rights including A-frame beachbreaks, rock reefs, and even a few points (lefts), as well as some massive outer reef breaks that come alive on the biggest swells. These surf breaks along Nicaragua's southernmost Pacific coast enjoy offshore winds over 300 days per year due to effect of Lago de Nicaragua. The near constant offshore winds groom the swells into clean hollow lines and almond-shaped barrels, and even when the winds are slack or slightly onshore there can be some great waves to be had!
The surf here is often good all day, so plan on surfing 2-3 sessions per day, bring plenty of sun protection, and arrive in good physical fitness. There are surf breaks here which work on all tides, high, mid and low, so the action never stops!! Popoyo Surf Lodge's surf guides are ON IT, and will make sure you get into the waves suitable for your ability level.
The local surf shop now offers a decent selection of rental surfboards if you are having trouble bringing your boards with the airlines or are not sure about your equipment.
When to Come?
Almost any time of the year can get really good in Nicaragua. Although commonly misunderstood, the South swell season is not limited to just a few months a year and runs year-round. The biggest swells normally occur from April to October, but March or November can also pump. November to March traditionally has more moderate sized surf and is a great time for less advanced surfers to visit who are not seeking bigger waves.
Mar/Apr: Dry season months with moderate to strong offshore winds blowing all day and consistent swell usually moderate+ size and sometimes big especially in April.
May/Jun: Big south swells frequent and swells very consistent. Transitional months between the dry and wet season. Still lots of offshores but not as strong as Mar/Apr, with possibility of some onshores developing (mostly in the pm).
Jul/Aug/Sep: Continued peak season south swell similar to May/Jun. Lots of moderate offshores. Some possibility of onshores (mostly in the pm) which can become more prevalent during tropical weather fronts which are more likely towards the later part of this period.
Oct: This can be the rainiest month of the year or may not rain hardly at all and be the best month of the year. Every year is different so roll the dice, or not. Possibility of onshores, particularly in the PM hours.
Nov/Dec: This is the beginning of the dry season. Sandbars at their best and many new surf breaks form. Consistent S swell still hits Nicaragua throughout this period but more moderate in size typically compared to peak season. Ideal time for beginners and intermediates. Generally completely uncrowded.
Water temps: Range from 75F-82F, with the coolest water temps likely during the period of the heaviest offshores from Dec-Apr and the warmest temps likely from May-October.
(5) Casitas: Poolside, nice decor, modern construction, AC, full sized double beds, TV w/Satellite, designer bathroom w/hot water, sitting area w/furniture.
The floor plan of the Casitas is open with spacious living and sleeping areas. We offer accommodation on a Private or Shared basis.
(3) Cabinas: Renovated original Popoyo Surf Lodge accommodations for the traveler on a budget including AC and private bathroom w/hot water. 2 Cabinas have a double bed, and 1 cabinas has 2 twin beds.