Government to build coastal road • El Nuevo Diario

The government plans to build a coastal road in the Pacific , as announced yesterday by Vice President Rosario Murillo, who also said that it will be President Daniel Ortega who will give details of the project in the coming days.

The project aims to unite the beaches of the Nicaraguan Pacific coast, from the department of Rivas to Managua.

Map of proposed Coastal Road

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In the coming weeks will work on a first stretch of the road that is expected to bring greater investment to the country, added Murillo in her daily speech.

The route of the road, according to Murillo, will start on the southern border in El Naranjo, and will tour the beaches of El Ostional, Playa Coco, La Flor, Marseille, Majagual, Las Maderas, El Gigante, Guacalito, Las Salinas, Tipilapa, Huehuete, Casares, La Boquita and Masachapa.

The coastal road has been raised in different administrations.At first it was designed under the administration of former president Enrique Bolaños. The project was to be built by the company called Inocsa-Edicro.

In 2010, during the first administration of Ortega, it was announced the construction of at least 2 kilometers of road from San Juan del Sur. It was also said at that time that there was funding to cobble another 5 kilometers of road.

At that time the cost of the project was $ 600,000 per kilometer paved, not including bridge construction and drainage system.

A year later, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure announced the award of a concession to an Italian consortium for a period of more than 20 years and estimated that the investment cost of the project was 200 million dollars.

In its original design , proposed during the administration of ex-President Bolaños, the coastal road covered 131 kilometers paved and covered eight beaches in the country.

Source: Gobierno construirá carretera costanera • El Nuevo Diario

This news from El Nuevo Diario newspaper certainly comes under the heading of interesting and potentially transformative Nicaraguan news! Thing is though, there was a big push in 2010 (and many years before, in the mid-2000’s, during the Bolaños administration) for a coastal road and at one point they had even awarded a contract to an Italian firm and it was going to be a toll road.

Then a few years later it was sort of quietly announced that the project was dead. Well, like many a monster movie, It Lives! If this project is actually completed end-to-end that would be fantastic for vacationers and anyone who is a beach lover because you could actually visit several beaches in one day.

Of course, the people who would be the most “stoked” would definitely be the surfers! As it is now, for example, if you are staying in San Juan del Sur and after surfing a few days at the beaches near there, as a wandering visiting surfer, you’ll naturally want to try some other beaches. Well, on the map, the beaches of the Tola, Rivas area don’t look too far away, but if you actually were staying in SJdS and wanted to surf, say Popoyo beach, it would be a good hour and maybe twenty minutes to get there. When (and if!) this coastal road is completed, you’d be able to zip up there in maybe 20 minutes, 30 minutes top.

Thoughts and/or comments? What do you think? Please let us know below.

Accommodation: Granada, Mombacho, popoyo vs playa maderas

Greetings Kelly:

You’ve already got some very good advice here, so I’ll just add my dos centavos. For your surfing, I would recommend Popoyo more than Maderas. There is a beginner’s break right in front of Magnific Rock and just to the north is Popoyo reef, but it’s not super sharp or anything. If you go out on the higher tides you’ll be fine. Plus if you are coming in January, the surf won’t be real big anyway… Now if you do want the option to go to San Juan del Sur, then Maderas is the call. I’ve dropped folks off at Hulakai and when they came back to stay with us again they said it was really nice. There is a little bit of a dining scene at Maderas whereas while Popoyo/Playa Guasacate has fewer restaurants albeit some much better and more international flavors then in past years.
For your transportation budget, you might save a bit if you stay at Maderas as you can bus to SJdS then take a taxi which won’t cost too much, max $20 as it’s only fifteen minutes away.
That’s it from me, have a great vacay!
Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

The power of the Popoyo waves is attractive for surfers.

The power of the Popoyo waves is attractive for surfers.

Source: Accommodation: Granada, Mombacho, popoyo vs playa maderas

Buying a Surfboard – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

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Buying a surfboard

I will be doing a 2 month workaway, one month in Nicaragua and then a month in Costa Rica, so I decided it will be cheaper to buy a surfboard rather than renting (as I will be living in San Juan De Sol and then going to Pavones and plan of surfing most days).

I have read some people posting saying about how its hard to find boards in Nicaragua, but everything I read hasn’t told me how to get one.

Does anyone know surf shops around the area I can contact to buy a used one or know of a website I could find them from?

Please and thanks!

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Greetings Aly:

The most obvious thing would be that there are several surf shops in SJd SUR where you can find a board to buy.

Not sure if this would exactly work out, but another idea is to put an ad in the local craigslist advertising what type of board you are looking at and what you might pay and hope someone sees it on a couple of days before you get here to try to sync up with someone leaving the country who would rather have a couple hundred bucks than have to pay to get the board back home with them.

Good luck out there Aly…

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

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2015 ISA World Surfing Games Official Teaser – Popoyo Beach, Nicaragua

Video teaser for the 2015 ISA World Surfing Games to be held in Popoyo, Nicaragua 31 May to 7 June, 2015. This is some great news for surfing in Nicaragua, the International Surfing Association has decided to host a third world championship contest here in Nicaragua! I have been to both of the previous events and they are really fun with a great team spirit to be found amongst the competitors and some really good waves too!

This year the event will be held from May 31st to June 7th, giving a week during which we can only hope that a great big south swell shows up! Popoyo is a really fun wave and when it gets bigger it is a challenging spot, offering both a left and a right breaking off of a rock reef. The lefts are generally longer and better but the right can sometimes be great too, albeit a shorter ride. If it get really huge (like a 3 meter swell) they might be moving the contest to the big wave spot at the same location, Outer Reef.popoyoouterreefWhile the odds of that happening aren’t great (as a commenter pointed out, actually purt near impossible), it is a real possibility that the wave might be breaking and would be even more awesome than the regular break. So that first week of June is a great week to come down for a surf vacation and to see some of the best in the world have an exciting competition!

If you are coming down, consider using the Farmstay as your first night place to stay. While we’re not on the beach, flying in at night usually means an expensive night at a chain hotel that does not have the location and ambiance that FEPV does. So if that’s you, let us come and pick you up at the airport and take you to our comfortable bed and breakfast that first night. The next morning you can enjoy a fresh farm breakfast and head on down to Popoyo to start the competition. We can host groups of up to 16!


World Surf Competition will be held at Popoyo beach • El Nuevo Diario

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The power of the waves is attractive for surfers.

The power of the waves is attractive for surfers.

  •  Rivas
  •  March 6, 2015

Nicaragua’s Pacific beaches are back in the eyes of the world between May 31 and June 7, with the realization of a world of surf organized by the International Surfing Association (ISA, for its acronym in English).

The sporting event ISA announces on its website, which highlights that the location of the event will be the paradisiacal beach Sardina, the municipality of Tola, which is also known as Popoyo.

This will be the third surf event organized by the ISA on the beaches of Tola, and the fourth to be staged in Nicaraguan waters.

Lucy Valenti, honorary president of the Nicaraguan Federation of Surf, explained that these international events have made surfing one the core activities for tourists entering the country. He said that this has allowed the earning of better income for people in the coastal areas.

“According to the Central Bank of Nicaragua, surfing has become one of the main activities of tourists and on average these athletes spend about $100 per day, which is twice the average spent by tourists coming to perform other activities,” he said.

At the same time, he said that these world-class events have placed Nicaragua as one of the top surfing destinations, “due to media impact.These championships that have been made have reached more than 150 countries and 250 million people who now know about Nicaragua thanks to the transmissions that are made,” he said.

Similarly, it was reported that a delegation from ISA, commanded by Vice President Karin Sierralta, and conducted an inspection at Sardina beach to see the conditions of waves and logistical issues.

“Here the waves are constant and that they liked, because it is a pristine beach, which is ranked as one of the best in the world for surfing. Therefore, we are already preparing for the wave of surfers coming,” said Gerald Membreño, general manager of the Finca Popoyo tourism project.


According to Membreño, on a hilltop farm Popoyo him into the sea-which is opposite the broadcast booths and judges will be installed and bleachers for public office ISA and other area will be allocated for parking vehicular.

“We as hosts are already working to provide good logistics and now we have hired 16 workers, because these global events promoting tourism dedicated to surfing and generate interest in acquiring coastal properties,” he said.

The three global surf contests that have been made in the country have allowed the entry of more than a thousand people between competitors and family, said Valenti, and the greatest impact has been the town of Tola.

The first event was staged on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast was the World Masters Surfing Beach held in Colorado, Tola, in July 2012. The following year he moved to stage Jiquiliste Beach, Tola, and World occurred Surf with Remo at Spa La Boquita, Carazo, and the Lake Nicaragua.

Competencia de Mundial de Surf se realizará en playa Sardina • El Nuevo Diario.

This is an additional data point for those looking at Nicaragua as a real world-class travel destination. At least for surfers, Nicaragua is a proven, consistent destination for excellent waves and fantastic conditions to hold the surf contests. These contests bring in teams from all over the world, and expose Nicaragua to the eyes and ears of millions of people.

First the hard-core surfers come down and fall in love with the place, then they bring their wives, girlfriends and family. Pretty soon they have a regular thing going with Nicaragua, they may buy properties, or even move down here to start their own businesses. Nicaragua is well into that cycle.

I attended the first event at Playa Colorado and the second event at Jiquiliste (Santana) and both were very well-run, had good local turnout, and had really good surf for the contest. If anyone wants to get this experience of seeing the surfing scene at these contests, I highly recommend attending this year’s ISA World Championship!

Top Four “Off the beaten path” Nicaraguan Surfing & Fishing Villages

Your author, surfing Pipes

Your author, surfing Pipes

Top Four”Off the beaten path” Nicaraguan Surfing & Fishing Villages

I had someone contact me via TripAdvisor in a personal message asking about where one might look for a nice surfing family beach vacation for a group of five that might not be located in San Juan del Sur, as they were perhaps aware that SJdS can be a bit of a Nicaraguan version of Key West. The family is looking for something different. Here are my suggestions.

  • Zone 1: Tola, Rivas area.
  • Zone 2: Carazo
  • Zone 3: Leon
  • Zone 4: Chinandega


Some places to look at for an off-the-beaten path surfing vacation with a cultural element of a small fishing village in Nicaragua would be Playa Gigante and Las Salinas/Popoyo in the Tola, Rivas area. Each of these beaches has a local evening scene.

Gigante has a few beach bars with live music and DJ/techno playing on weekends. Gigante also has a good learner’s surfing break, and is a short panga boat ride to the top Tola area surfing breaks. There are a few nice looking homes for rent in this area:

Las Salinas/Popoyo/Guasacate has three names because they often get confused and are all right next or if you look on Google maps, on top of one another. I believe it is correct to say what is usually called Popoyo is really Playa Guasacate, while the area slightly south and inland of the beachfront is called Las Salinas. Anyway… Popoyo the surf break is across the estuary mouth to the south of the tip of the end of a  sort of peninsula running towards San Martin at the north end of Playa Guasacate.


Huehuete and La Boquita are nice beaches, with some neat rock formations that create some interesting little pools and act as breakwalls against the surging Pacific surf. But there are some beachbreaks, and you can also rent panga boats to take you to some nearby surf spots that are not very frequented and you might have the spot to yourself and your buddies. La Boquita is a more organized tourist spot, with beachfront restaurants and small simple hotels.


El Transito, Playa Hermosa, Miramar and Salinas Grandes are all surf and fishing villages. Not too much to be said for their nightlife (little to none) but the surfing is good and they are not that well traveled by most surfers. There’s a great little off-the-grid beach house I know of for rent in Salinas Grandes that is perfect for a romantic couple’s getaway or a few guys and gals on a surf trip.


Los Asseradores, Aposentillo, and Jiquilillo is a stretch of very nice coast up in the furthest northwest of Nicaragua. The Asseradores/Aposentillo area has a few up and coming restaurants like Al Cielo aka “The French Guys” which is an outstanding restaurant considering its remote location. Jiquilillo is Baja-Nicaragua, a real end of the road feel, with a simple fishing village atmosphere and sometimes excellent surf. Again, not much nightlife, but there are a few hostel bars that can be fun, and a couple of local dives that may be interesting if nothing else.

I hope you enjoyed this overview of some of the overlooked, lesser-known, off-the-beaten path areas of Nicaragua for the surfing enthusiast who would like a bit of local exposure, not just be in a tourist trap.File:Las Penitas Beach Rock 3.JPG

BBC – Travel – Nicaragua’s legendary surf camps : Surfing, Central America

BBC – Travel – Nicaragua’s legendary surf camps : Surfing, Central America.

San Juan del Sur Nicaragua

The first step in learning to surf is figuring out how to let go. And there is no place better to let it all slip away than in the chilled-out surf camps on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast.

After all, it is hard to worry about mortgage payments, taxes and the rising price of health care when you are charging down a wave at 30km per hour, with a turquoise chamber of liquid zen enveloping you on all sides. Patrick Swayze had it right in the 1991 classic movie Point Break: “Surfing’s the source man.”

But luckily for most mere mortals, you do not need Patrick Swayze’s bronzed abs to chase this rush. You just need a few basics, a few bucks, a decent instructor and some choice waves.

Somewhat surprisingly, this is a good, informative article. With some decent selections and mentioning some beaches that are definitely off the beaten track for most surfers. Go BBC!