Located in Southwestern Nicaragua in the province of Rivas is blessed with unbelievable natural beauty, some of the most laid back and friendly people on earth, perfect beaches and, of course, amazingly consistent surf with offshore winds for most of the year! It is the ideal destination for a Nicaragua Surf Trip. The closest city is about an hour’s drive away (Rivas). Nicaragua is considered the new “hot spot” for surfers in Central America.

Being a true tropical paradise, air temperature range between 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F) year round. Water temperatures range in the 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F) around June and are at their lowest in February, in the range 24 to 28°C (75 to 82°F). Year round warm ocean temperatures mean that a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Sometimes in the Jan. – March months the am winds can kick up an upwelling and add a slight chill to the water so a vest is not out of the ordinary for dawn patrol surf sessions.

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There are many high quality surf spots in Popoyo, Nicaragua and surrounding areas. All surf breaks in the area are accessible by boat and/or vehicle:

Playgrounds: An easy beach break, Playgrounds is a fun and playful wave hence the name.

Lance’s Left: A left hand point break, Lances is more a of a mellow flatter wave, when the swell picks up it can stand up on the outside with rides up to 500 yards.

Popoyo: A popular point break with right and left options.  The break has a channel on both sides of the wave for an easy paddle.  It can hold large swells and offers a paddle to an outer reef for a bit more excitement.

Playa Santana: A beach break with typically 3 A Frames peaks created by the water refracting off the rocks in front on the Rancho Santa resort.

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The surf in this wave rich region is extremely consistent with excellent surf options for all. From perfect barreling beach breaks to long drawn out point breaks to heavy outer reef bombs…the variety of surf here is plentiful and enough to keep any surfer engaged at all times!

A key component of our teaching philosophy is video and photo reviews, helping to track your progress and giving you focused goals to work on throughout the program. All progress tracking, photos and videos we take of you are yours to take home at the end of your SSA adventure, giving you a great reference for continued progression whenever and wherever you surf. Our goal is to accelerate your learning curve across the spectrum of the surf lifestyle to become a confident and skillful Surfer. This in combination with complimentary Yoga, fitness and breathing techniques will offer you unrivalled progression and improvement.

In all our locations, SSA supports local projects which help alleviate the problem of marine garbage and marine plastics. On every surf adventure with us, you will have the opportunity to learn more and get involved with our sustainability vision.





  • Round trip transportation from Agusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) to the SSA Hotel and back via private shuttle taxi
  • Nights accommodations at the amazing Safari Surf Hotel sitting atop a hill looking over the Pacific
  • (3) Gourmet meals a day from the hotel restaurant with full menu access
  • All waters, juices, coffee
  • All land and sea transportation to all of the surf spots around the island
  • Daily surf sessions with surf coach in the water / surf sessions videoed
  • Daily surf analysis sessions with our surf coach to break down your current surf skill set and focus on improving your overall approach in catching and surfing waves
  • Safari Surf Adventures concierge / staff to help with on location details if / when needed
  • Participation in some local adventure / cultural activities
  • Copy of all video & photographs of your surf trip
  • Final video analysis – providing you a guideline on what you need to continue to develop as you move forward with your surfing


  • Any tips for boatmen or other services provided
  • Insurance (we recommend everyone to carry an insurance to cover health / injuries, damage, travel) – You will need to sign a liability waiver with SSA


Round o’ Golf

Need some time to hit the sticks in a tropical paradise? We have a great 9 hole course only 15 minutes from our location that can be a nice afternoon top off to the day.

Horseback Tour

Explore the local beaches and jungle on horseback with a guided tour of our gorgeous area.


Nothing feels better than a well-deserved massage after surfing for hours. Rejuvenate your body and keep in in tune …treat yourself to the life of luxury.

Stand Up Paddle Tour

Glide the local river to the ocean or ride some waves!

San Juan Del Sur Night tour

Want to get on your dancing shoes, go for some shopping or just check out the local culture?

Catamaran Sunset Cruise

Enjoy an amazing Nicaraguan Sunset on a full size catamaran with all the food and drinks (rum too!) that you can down!



Your Safari Surf Adventures surf coaching program will be led by our experienced and passionate local team. We will guide you to level appropriate waves and employ the unique SSA training curriculum in and out of the water.

In all our locations, SSA supports local projects which help alleviate the problem of marine little and marine plastics. On every surf adventure with us, you will have the opportunity to learn more and get involved with our sustainability vision.