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Surfing in Nicaragua: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Surf Season

by Los Clavos 19 févr. 2023
If you're looking for a surfing destination that offers consistent waves, warm water, and uncrowded breaks, look no further than Nicaragua. Thanks to its equatorial location and offshore winds, Nicaragua has great surf conditions all year round. But when is the best time to catch the perfect wave? 
In this article, we'll take a closer look at Nicaragua's two distinct seasons and help you find the best surf season for your skill level.

Dry Season Surfing in Nicaragua (November to April)

If you're a beginner or intermediate surfer, the dry season in Nicaragua, which runs from November to April, might be the perfect time for you! And this is not only because of Thanksgiving or Christmas vacation.
During this period, you can expect mellow waves and offshore surf sessions all day long, making it an ideal time to learn how to surf. The scenery is also breathtaking, with the green lush landscape from the wet season still visible. The waves are perfectly shaped and gentle and not too powerful. This means you'll have plenty of opportunities to catch waves during your stay at Los Clavos Surf Camp.
The water temperature is around 82° F at this time of the year so no wetsuit allowed!!
Experienced surfers will  find good waves during the dry season, especially in the first few months. In our area, The Boom is a world-class surfbreak that you’d better get to know during the dry season anyway.
However, if you're looking for big waves and massive barrels, you may want to consider visiting Nicaragua during the wet season instead.

Wet Season Surfing in Nicaragua (May to October)

For experienced surfers, the wet season in Nicaragua, which runs from May to October/November, is the time to be there. During this period, the consistent swells and offshore winds create ideal surfing conditions that are perfect for experienced surfers looking for a challenge. 
We get bigger swells and advanced surfers enjoy it. The waves are bigger, more powerful, and more reliable, making it an ideal time to score some big waves and deep barrels.
While the weather can be a bit unpredictable during the wet season, the constant influx of swells ensures that you'll always find quality surf. The water temperature is warm, and you'll be surfing in less crowded places.

Is wet season suitable for beginners surfers in Nicaragua? 

Absolutely! There is a dry window between mid-July and mid-August with smaller waves and less rain and our guests love it!  Why? Because there are even less people in the water than during the dry season. 
And anyway, bear in mind that around Los Clavos Surf Camp, we are lucky to be within walking distance from a very nice empty fall-back surf spot that works all the time even with big swells. It’s sandy bottomed so you will not get hurt no matter if you get wiped-out a few time. 

Why is wet season my favorite surf season? 

Well, if you come to Nicaragua for a vacation and you need sun and small or medium waves to have fun and to progress, I recommend you of course the dry season.
But if you have the chance to come back for a second stay or to stay longer, I can guarantee you that you will love the wet season. Everything becomes green again, nature is wilder, you feel really out of place!  So that's my local advice.

North Nicaragua: surf for all levels and all-seasons

If you're looking for a place to catch some of the best waves in the world, look no further than North Nicaragua. Located on the Pacific coast, this stunning region boasts some of the most consistent swells on the planet, making it an ideal destination for surfers of all skill levels.
At the heart of it all is Los Clavos Surf Camp, a cosy beachfront retreat that offers a truly unique surf experience. Our location in a remote fishing village means you'll have plenty of uncrowded waves to choose from, while our all-inclusive surf and yoga retreats provide the perfect opportunity to relax and recharge.
What sets North Nicaragua apart is the incredible diversity of waves. The region is home to a wide range of breaks, from beginner-friendly beach breaks to challenging reef breaks that will put even the most experienced surfers to the test. And with water temperatures hovering around 28°C (82°F) year-round, you won't need a wetsuit – just grab your board and hit the waves.

Surf and yoga retreat at Los Clavos

At Los Clavos, our experienced surf guides will take you to the best spots, depending on your level of experience and the conditions on the day. Whether you're looking to perfect your cutback, learn to barrel ride, or just catch your first wave, we've got you covered.
But it's not just the surfing that makes North Nicaragua such a special destination. Our location in a peaceful, untouched corner of the world means you'll be able to truly unwind and disconnect from the stress of modern life. Our retreats offer a unique blend of surf, yoga and relaxation, with plenty of time to explore the local area and soak up the natural beauty of Nicaragua.
So why not book your surf trip to North Nicaragua today and experience the ultimate surfing adventure at Los Clavos Surf Camp?


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