To surf at Playa Maderas in Nicaragua can really help you work on your surfing skills. The wave-consistency allows you to keep your focus and get better in battling the waves. Surf, eat, sleep, repeat. In this guide you will get tips on how to get the perfect surfing experience at Playa Maderas in Nicaragua.
If you have a little interest for surfing, no matter the level, plus you wanna see pro-surfers in action and have great waves to surf on all day long, you should visit Playa Maderas in Nicaragua. This is one of the many destinations pro-surfers from all around the world travel to, especially the best ones in Central America. The reason is mainly because the breaks and waves are both bigger, better and more consistent here. Plus it is one of the cheapest destinations in Central America.
You can stay on the beach at one of the hostels or rent your own house just a few minutes walking from the beach. The most savage ones bring a tent and sleep on the beach. If you are one of them, remember that the tide is pretty unpredictable and changes a lot from day to night. Make sure you know if it will go from high to low og low to high during the night, before you go to sleep. Nobody wants to wake up in a soaking wet tent…
The seasons in Nicaragua are pretty much the same as Costa Rica. The peak season is from November to April, with no rain and perfect waves for both beginners and pro’s. In April/May it’s perfect surfing conditions for advanced surfers, but it can be a little dangerous for beginners. Take precautions and listen to the locals at Playa Maderas, they know the ocean. September and October is rain season, which means you can experience some massive tropical rainstorms.
Playa Maderas may seem like a place for backpackers who like to surf and party, but it’s absolutely no party beach. After dark you can get a drink down at the beach, but before midnight it’s closed everywhere. Yet Playa Maderas Surf can make your day joyful.
Go to Hulakai Hotel on Tuesday’s for Taco Tuesday – tasty food, music and dance performances and good vibes!
To dance and party you need to go to SJDS – Lost in Translation play good music Thursdays and Fridays (hip hop, reggae and R’n’B).
We had a perfect stay in our little tree house at Playa Maderas. It’s just 3 minutes walking to Playa Maderas, but you have your own little tranquil place that you can retreat to after a day of surfing. Nicaragua is known for almost just offering hostels, especially at surf spots like Playa Maderas, so this place is pretty unique.
Nicaragua is not as well developed as other countries in Central America, so don’t expect good Wi-Fi everywhere. The electricity disappears sometimes at night and will not be back until noon the day after. But that’s life sometimes when you live in the jungle…