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Topic: Crowds are not a problem
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Topic: Crowds are not a problem
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steve

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Crowds are not a problem

Crowds are so relative.  Yes, south can get 30 guys out, but if you're from Cali, that's easy to get great waves.   At the same time, most of the tourists go to SJDS because there are hotels and boat operators there.  It's like saying Costa Rica is too crowded because there are 50 guys surfing Jaco Beach or Baja is packed because there were 40 out at San Miguel.  

Get in a car and be adventurous.  Buy a surfing map and surf alone or with your buddies.  Don't complain about crowds if you stay in the surfing Capital of Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur and 10 miles north or south which is where the boats will take you.  You haven' even explored 90% of the country.



By:

steve

RE: Crowds are not a problem

I'm replying to my own post because it sounds a bit neg. on SJDS. You've got to also realize there are 20 or so breaks around SJDS.  

I always tell my friends to take 10 days, rent a 4X4 and you'll never regret the extra cash for it. You'll get local knowledge and find some of the best, most uncrowded surf of your life. And you'll be wearing nothing but shorts and rash gaurd, surfing some empty beach.

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andrew

RE: Crowds are not a problem

im coming up from costa rica on the way to puerto escondido.  should i stay in sjds?  seems like the easiest option.  if i stay in the town how far is the walk to the nearest decent break?  any advice, im only staying 7 days.  crowds are not a factor.

p.s.  i dont snake or drop in.  :)



By:

steve

RE: Crowds are not a problem

Yes, I'd stay there simply because accomodations elsewhere are difficult.  Also, if you're up for it, you should check loscardones.com just west of Managua. One of best/heaviest waves in Nicaragua.

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andrew

RE: Crowds are not a problem

not too big on surf packages.  ill probably stay in sjds.  would it be possible to hitch in and camp near the left point break and paddle out by myself?  would that not be cool?

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steve

RE: Crowds are not a problem

You can definitely hitch or take buses.  With gas prices what they are you can throw in a buck and they'd be stoked.  

Definitely do not camp.  There are robberies on the beach at night in SJDS.  I'm all for camping...did it in Baja for years, but not so sure I'd do it here.

By:

andrew

RE: Crowds are not a problem

no i mean camping near las cordones.  when im in sjds i will stay in a hostel.

By:

steve

RE: Crowds are not a problem

Gotcha. doubt you'll have a problem.

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Frank

RE: Crowds are not a problem

Whats up Steve?  Just came back from Nica-great place. I agree with all your knowledge. I didnt have the chance to go to San Juan Del Sur, scored to good in Las Salinas area and did it like you said with 4x4(easy).  I was thinking of going again, is SJDS really that rough? Whats up with robberies on the beach bro?



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steve

RE: Crowds are not a problem

Hi Frank,  Glad you had fun.  No, SJDS is not rough, but there are robberies at night on the beach..people getting held up for $.  This is not a big deal, but a typical problem in a tourist area in a poor country.

Yes, Roads around SJDS can be rough, but it's more about the mud if you do rainy season.   You'll have rivers to cross and thick mud makes hill driving difficult.  Las Salinas is great, and I'm glad you agreed with my opinions here.  I try to be honest and as unbiased as possible.


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