This consistent, sand bottom, beach break is located approximately 15 minutes by car (slightly longer in the rainy season) from San Juan Del Sur. Most days, it’s a playful wave, fast and racy with occasional barrel sections. It's safe for learners although it can get up to double-overhead. The best tide is usually, mid-incoming, but high tide down to mid-outgoing also breaks well at times. It is rarely good at dead low.
Playa Hermosa is one of our favorite beaches. It is a 2 mile long white sand beach with a number of river mouths, sand bars and other sections to surf at.
It is a great spot for intermediate - begginers (becuase there is so much open space to stay away from other surfers). There is a great place to eat and drink right on the beach, and if you want to stay the night, there is a very reasonably priced eco-lodge hostel right on the sand as well!
This is the closest break to San Juan del Sur, just 10 minutes south of town. It is a beautiful white sand bay with a small bar on the beach and shaded areas open to everyone. This beach provides long gentle rollers, making it an easy paddle out and fun for all standards of surfing. Ideal for learners!
When swell is too big Playa Remanso boasts some incredible waves. Make sure to ask in local surf shops when is a good time to visit this break depending on your surfing level. If you like cruising longboarding waves this is the beach too head to.
Playa San Juan del Sur
This beach will most likely be on your doorstep as it is right in the centre of town. Lined with restaurants smelling of delicious garlic and seafood, you can sunbathe and swim whilst watching fishermen boat in with today's fresh catch. Make sure to try the fresh Ceviche from one of the restaurants one lunchtime. One of the freshest and tastiest local dishes.
This beach is just a 5 minute walk North of Playa Maderas. It is absolutely stunning and and you can walk a fair distance around the coastline. Although people have been know to surf around this point, it is usually quite a strong shore break and current so be careful not to get out of your depth.
Playa Marsella is a non surfing beach directly South of Playa Maderas, and about 10 minutes north of San Juan del Sur. It's a beautiful deserted white sand beach, great for swimming and bbqs with friends. There are a few little bars and restaurants on the beach and nearby.
This is a fantastic break South of San Juan del Sur, boasting great views of Costa Rica.
The wave at the south end of the beach is a wedge that produces an incredible almond shaped barrel. It is a sand bottom all the way along the beach, and this should only be ridden by the more experienced surfers.
Ask in the local surf shops for rides to this break.
This is a beautiful beach located 45 minutes south of town. There's a restaurant and a few places to rent, so it's pretty quiet and makes a great getaway. The place is good only for absolute beginner surfers and you'd have to bring your own board or rent in town. However, a postcard perfect beach you should visit. You're also very close to the Turtle Reserve at La Flor for those night time expeditions to see the Turtle eggs hatch.
Playa La Flor
La Flor is one of several beaches where the Olive Ridley turtles come to lay there eggs. These sea turtles weigh about 45 kg and have their nesting sites in this area of the world, as well as Asia and Africa, but despite this dispersion the Olive Ridley population is threatened and in some places endangered with extinction. In Nicaragua there is a fairly big population, but egg harvesting and destruction of nesting sites is having an impact on this population.
The Olive Ridley turtles come to the beach en masse, during so called arribadas in which thousands of turtles arrive at the same time to lay their eggs. This way, the hatchlings will swarm the beach in huge numbers and in doing so they increase their chance of survival.