Playa Maderas: Surf, Sleep, Repeat


Playa Maderas: Surf, Sleep, Repeat

Near Nicaragua's famous – San Juan del Sur

Not a fan of hostels, but eager to travel to one of the biggest surf spots in the world? You came to the right guide. At Playa Maderas in Nicaragua you can rent your own house just a few minutes walking to the beach, and surf at sunrise, mid-day, afternoon and nighttime. Wave-consistency is the best thing about this place.


  • Excellent seafood at Donna Chilio, Playa Marsella  – you need to ask locals at Playa Maderas or Marsella about this place to be able to find it. It’s like being invited to a Nicaraguan family for dinner. The mother of the kitchen use her time to make the perfect meal, but the wait is definitely worth it, one of the best seafood meals I’ve ever had.
  • For lunch or just a snack on the beach, go to Maderas Sunset, Playa Maderas  
  • Italian pizza at Pueblo, Playa Maderas 
  • Lunch at Del Barrio, SJDS 

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  • Ice coffee shake at Pueblo, Playa Maderas 
  • Ice coffee at El Gato Negro, SJDS 
  • Fresh juices at Maderas Sunset, Playa Maderas  
  • Passion fruit juice everywhere  

Note: Nicaragua is the country of passion fruit! You find many different types and they taste so good.  

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Playa Maderas  – pretty crowded surf beach. One of the best surf points around San Juan Del Sur. Magnificent sunsets with the famous shark tale.

Playa Mathilda (Maderas) – more tranquil beach further right on Playa Maderas, about 10 minutes walking. You can find a place to be alone and it feels like you are on a deserted beach. You are closer to the shark tale and the sunset is just stunning!

Playa Marsella – big beach about 15 minuets walk from Playa Maderas. Just one place to buy something to drink, so make sure to bring water. Beautiful sunrise.

Playa La Flor – the turtle beach of Rivas. Huge, elongated beach, you need to pay around 20 córdoba to park here, but it is for the people working to protect the area and the turtles. Come early in the morning to see turtles (maybe), but you will definitely find prints and holes.

Note: It’s no beach bars; so don’t plan a whole day here

Playa El Coco – more crowded, family beach with two beach bars. When you visit Playa La Flor it’s perfect to drive here for lunch.


Everybody with a little interest for surfing, no matter if you are a beginner or pro, you should visit Nicaragua. But especially if you want to see pro-surfers in action, you should visit Playa Maderas Nicaragua Surf . This is one of the destinations many pro-surfers from all around the world travel to, and specially people from Central America. Much because the breaks and waves are both bigger, better and more consistent here. Playa Maderas Nicaragua Surf  is also much cheaper than the neighboring country Costa Rica. 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 bring a tent and sleep on the beach – if you are one of them, remember that the tide is pretty unpredictable and change a lot from night to day. Make sure that you know if it will go from high or low tide during the night, before you go to sleep. Nobody wants to wake up in a soaking wet tent…

Visit Ometepe Island  – beautiful Island in Lago Nicaragua with two volcanoes  

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Visit the cool and chill HulaKai Hotel – just 10 minuets walk up the hill from Playa Maderas. You can pay 10$ for a daypass and chill here with good Wi-Fi (!). Chill in the pool or play golf with spectacular view of Playa Maderas. Fresh juices/drinks and good food. 


A day in San Juan del Sur: visit Auric Surf Shop – cool, rare clothing for men and women made in Nicaragua   

Go to Rivas – the biggest city in this region. About one hour drive from Playa Maderas surfing spot.

Get a ride to different beaches for surfing with O’Shop San Juan del Sur 

Every Tuesday and Friday the fruit truck comes to Playa Maderas with fresh fruit and vegetables. Do your grocery shopping for the week (always better than the supermarket). 



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).


Dunia, the host, is one of the best hosts I’ve experienced on Airbnb. She lives upstairs and took such good care of us, without invading our privacy. Ask her anything – she gives great tips! 

We had the perfect stay in our tree house at tree house at Playa Maderas. It’s just 3 minutes walking to Playa Maderas, but you have your own little tranquil place. Nicaragua is known for almost just offering hostels, especially at Playa Maderas Surf spots like this. So this place is pretty unique.

Dunia, the host, is one of the best hosts I’ve experienced on Airbnb. She lives upstairs and took such good care of us, without invading our privacy. Ask her anything – she gives great tips!



Worth mentioning about going to Nicaragua:   

The seasons in Nicaragua are pretty much the same as Costa Rica. 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.

Nicaragua is not as well developed like 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…



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