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Surfing in Nicaragua: Why the Emerald Coast is a favorite among seasoned and beginner surfers

If you’re unfamiliar with surfing, you may be wondering where to start. Knowing which break to try, or what board to choose can be confusing and crowded beaches can make learning a little tricky for novice surfers – that’s where Rancho Santana comes in. 

Nicaragua has long been a jewel in the rough, a well-kept secret, and a favorite among experienced surfers or those looking to get started. With over 30 miles of coastline, the Emerald Coast has emerged as one of the premier surfing destinations in the world, and it’s no wonder why. Its location right between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific means the Emerald Coast is one of the few places in the world to enjoy offshore winds about 300 days out of the year.

The friendly culture of the local communities and the pristine landscapes further drive home the renowned surf breaks in the area. From the aptly-named Beginner’s Bay to the magnificent barrels at the neighboring Playa Colorado: when it comes to surfing, the Emerald Coast has it covered. Rancho Santana’s prime location right in its heart with five beaches of its own, three of which are highly popular with surfers, makes it the perfect destination to discover Nicaragua’s best breaks. But don’t just take our word for it, The Ranch is home to many ex-pats who have either made the move completely or work remotely during the surf season. Roger Hochman owns a home overlooking Playa Escondida, he comes down regularly to enjoy the daily surf while working remotely.

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“We have the perfect trifecta – Offshore winds almost every day, warm water and many spots that produce a variety of waves for everyone from beginners to hard core chargers.” Roger Hochman

Surfing in Nicaragua Rancho Santana
Woman surfing in Nicaragua at Rancho Santana Nicaragua surf resort
Surfing in Nicaragua Rancho Santana

Gray Gardner has been living here for years now and can often be seen surfing at Playa Rosada, we asked him what makes this such a great place for surfing:

“Probably the biggest attraction is the consistency of the conditions. The prevailing wind being offshore 300+ day x year is something you don’t find many other places in the world. That alone pretty much covers one of the 3 main factors for good waves. Conditions, Swell & tide. Nicaragua is pretty well situated in the Southern Hemisphere swell path, so during that season (March – Oct) there is very little shortage of swell. Basically, you only have to check the forecast models to know how much swell is in the water and pick your place to surf based on wave height and tide. Oh, and 82° water is a big bonus too.” Gray Gardner

Playa Santana, our namesake beach, offers multiple barreling peaks that go left and right. Throughout the day, you can view locals and tourists enjoying the waves. Playa Rosada is an advanced left point break only recommended for highly experienced surfers and beginners. Playa Los Perros’s slower and smaller waves and forgiving sandy bottom are the best bet.

The secluded nature of The Ranch creates an ideal environment for beginner surfers, and with our very own Beach & Surf Club with experienced instructors from the local surfing community – there’s no better and safer place to learn.

Our team has taught families of varying levels of experience over the years, so we’re equipped to handle all skill levels from beginner to intermediate and offer everything from guidance, rentals, and lessons depending on your needs.

Next time you’re planning your vacation, make sure to take some time to stop by The Beach & Surf Club; whether you’re looking to learn or really fine-tune those skills, our team will be happy to help you to make the most of the amazing waves of the Emerald Coast.  

Surfing in Nicaragua Rancho Santana
Surfing in Nicaragua Rancho Santana
Surfing in Nicaragua Rancho Santana