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Surf Camps in Nicaragua?« on: December 27 2005 19:12:00 »
We are thinkning about a Nicaragua surf trip in the spring. We are short on time but longer on money. After reading the posts in reference to southern Nicaragua compared to the rest of Cent. Amer. it seems there are too many fake postings by tour operators and too many rediculous replies by grumpy expat "local" surfers trying to scare away well intentioned travelers from going to south Nic. Does anyone have bonafide advice or suggestions for surf camps, etc. for the 1 week surfer?? Has anyone stayed at a surf camp and have any REAL advice?
RE: Surf Camps in Nicaragua?« Reply #1 on: January 11 2006 14:01:00 »
I am from Nicaragua; my sister and brother in law (a gringo) live in Gigante Beach;(rivas) they own a restaurant and cater to group of surfers 9 months of the year; check in the internet for Dale Dager; he usually have good deals.
RE: Surf Camps in Nicaragua?« Reply #2 on: January 22 2006 13:01:00 »
going to Popyo in April....same situation as you, with little time toreally explaore but ok on the money. made the decision to go a camp instaed of on my own, will let you know how it is.
RE: Surf Camps in Nicaragua?« Reply #3 on: January 30 2006 21:01:00 »
The coolest people and the best surf camp hands down is Giants Foot Tours (giantsfoot.com). Jack, Zach, Chapin, and Carol are wonderful, down to earth people, and Gigante is the perfect place to unwind and a great base for surfing the south coast. And yes, Keith and Maria serve up some excellent food at the Pie de Gigante restaurant. If you want night action (bars, etc.), go to San Juan and hook up with Tom Eberley's tour. If you want the surf ghetto experience, go to Popoyo.
RE: Surf Camps in Nicaragua?« Reply #4 on: October 21 2006 14:10:00 »
I personally stayed at the Gigante surf Camp with 12 of my best high school surf pals August 2006, and we surfed excellent waves two or even three times a day in peaceful uncrowded conditions. We had to research all of the existing camps very well as my guys are older, well traveled and not willing to put up with undesirable conditions. I must say in all honesty that Jack, Zach, Chapin, Carol, Jerod, John, Paul and their entire staff did a marvelous and dedicated job at every aspect of the surf camp and I would return in a minute. I have surfed Mexico dozens of times, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Hawaii (many times) Morrocco, France, Spain, Indo and gotta tell ya that Gigante was one of my best trips ever.
RE: Surf Camps in Nicaragua?« Reply #5 on: November 05 2006 17:11:00 »
I am heading to Central america at end of this year.
Am planning to head for a few months.
It seems you have to hit one of the camps to get good waves.
Do you reckon its worth it to cruise by yourself?...
As im not travelling for a week, I cant really afford camps
RE: Surf Camps in Nicaragua?« Reply #7 on: November 03 2007 11:11:00 »
I lived on the Pacific coast of Honduras for over two years and I loved it but unfortunately there is absolutely no surfing. The southern part of the country is unbelievably all year long and from about December to May it is hot, dry, and ugly. That being said, the north coast is great. There is a huge national park called Pico Bonito that would totally be worth checking out. The north coast is much more tropical and the islands of the coast have some of the best scuba diving anywhere.