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Surfing in Popoyo, Nicaragua

Popoyo is a Pacific coast beach town in the department of Rivas, Nicaragua. It is known as the best, most consistent wave in Nicaragua. The wave breaks from 2 to 20 feet and at all tides. The surf zone in Popoyo gets offshore winds 300 days per year. There are areas for waves of all skill levels, from beginner to expert.

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By car[edit]

Popoyo is 100 kilometers south of Managua and will take 2 to 2-1/2 hours to drive. 2 hours if you go via Masaya, and 2-1/2 if you use highway 1 (Panamerican highway). Either way, drive south until you get to Paso Real de Ochomogo, then turn west on highway NIC-62 (towards Popoyo). The road ends when you're at the beach.

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  • Buena Onda Beach Resort (Popoyo Surf Hotel), Playa Santana, +505 8 973 01 01. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Best beach resort in Popoyo.
  • Magnific Rock Popoyo, Playa Popoyo, Las Salinas (in front of Playa Popoyo), +505 89166916. Perched atop a 30-metre cliff on Popoyo beach. Best views of Popoyo, Outer Reef, Santana and several other surf breaks. Hotel with penthouse, apartments and shared accommodation. Excellent bar and restaurant onsite.
  • 1 Hotel Casitas Pacific, De La Bacana, 300 Metros Norte Playa Guasacate, +505 784 14 533. Check-in: 2pm, check-out: 11am. Modern hotel with spacious, clean rooms. Hammocks on the patio. On-site restaurant with good food, plus other restaurants nearby. Beach views, cold drinks. US$67.

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