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Tacos, Tonias and surf: Staying at Nicawaves

Going to Central America was always a bit of dream, and finally I was going to spend 3 weeks surfing it.

We decided to have a base in one place, Popoyo. With waves for different levels all around, it meant that the way more surf experienced boyfriend could get his share of nice waves and so did I, each to our abilities.


We opted for Nicawaves. Which turned out to be a pretty good choice.

Our room was really spacious with 2 balconies and a hammock, the place quiet and the food was nice.  Mike the owner, who could possibly be Kelly Slater’s brother (no, really you have to double take), and his staff really made us feel welcome. You have Gerry the surf coach/guide, who knows the area like the back of his hand, always up for a beer and chat. Milo the driver is possibly the smiliest guy on earth, and Karen at reception/bar and all the ladies in the kitchen are lovely, polite and dedicated to help you at any time.


The pool was my favourite spot, always immaculate and scrubbed everyday, and all the hammocks around it made it a great place to hang out after long hours in the surf. We also loved all the dogs! If you don’t like them..well too bad because there are 5 decent size dogs in the resort but they are lovely animals who will walk with you down to the beach and always around for a good pat.

We spent our days in Nicawaves between dawnies, hearty breakfast, chilling by the pool, more surfing, beautiful sunsets and tacos all washed down with a cold Tona beer. What more could you want in life?



Nicawaves is not on the beach but transport can be very easily arranged with them. It was a 10-15 min or so walk to Popoyo reef, a good 25min to Santana beach, and obviously any other spots you will need a 4×4 trip or a boat as they are more remote. If you can’t be bother to walk, it’s about $5 to $10 for a lift to the different spots.

The neighbours 

We rented our boards there. Selection was good, quite a few performance shortboards , a couple of minimals type and then a mix of 6’0 to  6’6 or so. (10$/day)

I would just warn that in the evening unless your have a car or take a taxi, there isn’t a million option for food, either stay at Nicawaves or the near by Magnific Rock restaurant…. That’s about it.

We also met a wicked crew to go surfing with! 

When we were there, it was mainly chilled couples, so it was not a party place, which we definitely loved as we just wanted to surf and relax!

This was a great first introduction to Nicaragua and I cannot wait to be back for more!


Price: Double bed private room with bathroom $15 each/night
Food: Pico de Gallo galore, tacos and classic burgers. Dinners are a little bit expensive.
Atmosphere: Relaxed, quite a few couples, no crazy partying.
Tip: Check out the restaurant at Santana beach. BEST. FISH. TACOS.EVER.
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