The Best Surf Camps in Nicaragua

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Spend your days surfing in the Central American sunshine at these surf camps in Nicaragua. No matter if you’re just learning to surf or a keen surfer in search of perfecting your technique, there’s a surf camp that’s right for you.

1. Los Clavos Surf Camp

Every type of surfer will find something to love at Los Clavos Surf Camp in northwest Nicaragua. You’ll sleep in eco-friendly bungalows on the beach where you can study the waves from your own deck. The shared rooms accommodate up to 4 people and come with a private bathroom. Early morning surf sessions in the nearby Nahualapa Bay will be followed by delicious meals and yoga in their tranquil shala. Before dinner, guests will enjoy a “happy hour” where they can meet and mingle while enjoying appetizers, cold beer, and fresh juice.

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2. Verdad at Costa Dulce

Beginner to Intermediate surfers will get the complete surf experience at Verdad at Costa Dulce. This camp offers small class sizes with professional instructors as well as a complimentary post-surf massage and a fun night out in San Juan Del Sur. Guests can choose from their choice of Ocean View Cabinas or Pool Rooms. The Cabinas have large, comfortable beds and an outdoor shower. The poolside rooms come with air-conditioning and private baths. In addition to the full meals, the package includes a special “lite” breakfast for early-risers who like to be up with the sun.

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3. Miramar Surf Camp

Located in Puerto Sandino, Miramar Surf Camp is suited to newer surfers looking to brush up on their skills. As part of your stay, you’ll be housed in either an Oceanview Room or AC Room. The Oceanview Rooms offer more privacy and comfort while the AC Rooms are geared toward the budget-minded guest. There are no fixed schedules at this camp so you’re free to spend your time as you’d like. Hang out with new friends in one of their many common areas or take in a boat trip, yoga, or massage.

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4. Free Spirit Surf Camp

At Free Spirit Surf Camp you’ll be in the company of friends, family and, yes, free spirits. The atmosphere is inviting and the location in El Transito puts you steps from the beach but far from the crowds. Body flexibility and strength is an integral part of their camp so along with 4 beginner surf sessions, guests will have daily yoga and theory classes. Whether you’re a solo traveler or part of a group, the on-site hostel provides a variety of room types. The guest kitchen is always open for socializing, as well as the pool and bamboo bar.

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5. Nicawaves

Guests at Nicawaves will have comfortable accommodations, epic surf breaks and an unforgettable time in Popoyo. Their hotel is a mix of casitas and dorm-style rooms and they all come with WiFi. Casitas have AC and the dorms come with fans and lockers. As part of their package, guests will receive a day trip to Las Salinas hot springs and a complimentary massage. The food at the Rancho restaurant is top-notch and proudly homemade. After an awesome day on the waves, kick back for “movie night” or lounge in the hammocks and cabanas with your new friends.

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6. Selina Surf Club

At Selina Surf Club in Playa Maderas, it’s all about an authentic experience both on and off the water. You’ll catch good waves (and good vibes) in a region known for its amazing year-round surf conditions. Guests will get 6 lessons and 7 night stays at Casa Maderas. There are 5 types of rooms to choose from – dorm, private, standard, deluxe, or unique – so amenities can be customized to fit your budget and group size. This all-levels package also comes with three meals a day, transportation, and surfboard rental.

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7. Las Dunas Surf Resort

Come play on your surf holiday at Las Dunas Surf Resort. Along with unlimited access to surf and paddleboard rentals, guests can choose from a long list of daily activities like horseback riding, yoga, fishing, or visiting a volcano. There are 10 private cabanas available, all with AC, private baths, and resort amenities. The resort offers an on-site bar and a restaurant with fresh, daily meals, including vegetarian options. After a week of sun-soaked fun, guests get to take home professional surf photographs from their sessions to commemorate the experience.

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8. Giant’s Foot Surf Camp

Giant’s Foot Surf Camp is for the experienced surfer craving peace and quiet in a rural setting.  This all-inclusive retreat, in Playa Gigante, is 45-minutes from the nearest town. The package includes 7 surf sessions (with video analysis) so you’ll have ample time at some of the best breaks in Nicaragua. You’ll feel right at home in one of 6 cozy rooms and have access to the shared bathroom and large common areas. Boat trips start at dawn and continue all day until you’re ready to turn in your board for a stool at the bar or a lounge in the hammock.

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9. Iguana Surf Camp

Advanced surfers will like Iguana Surf Camp for its proximity to pristine Playa Colorado. Their packages are tailored to surfers who are already confident on the water and want to continue developing their skills. Along with transportation and lodging, guests will receive 2 boat trips, 2 half-days of surf photography, and 2 massage sessions. Both the casita and condo options at Hacienda Iguana have beach access and come with AC and WiFi. The retreat also offers golf, hiking, volleyball, and bike rental to round out your daily activities.

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10. Starfish Surf Camp

The package at Starfish Surf Camp is all about getting the royal treatment. From luxury villas to delicious meals to 6 days of surf instruction from top guides, this will be a first-class experience. The comfortable rooms of Villas Coral and Casa Costa Azul come with modern amenities and panoramic views and can accommodate every kind of traveler. Along with classes on surf theory and professional photos, transportation by boat or van to nearby breaks will also be covered. Their multi-lingual staff will be on hand to ensure you have everything you need. All you have to do is have fun. 

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