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From San Juan Del Sur, go north on La Chocolata - it's the only major road headed north before you come into town, so it's hard to miss. Then, just stay in this road for about 15 minutes. Just before a wheel falls off your truck, you'll go over a tiny bridge. Take the next Left. You'll cross through a riverbed (a river in the rainy season - don't worry, you can make it in a 4wd). After that, stay left at the Y, following the signs to Playa Marsella. At the next two Y's stay Right. Go up and over the big hill and then you'll be there. If you get lost, ask somebody. Maderas is a popular beach and everybody knows how to get there - except you if you are reading this.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Alternative name Punta Quilla
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionDon't know
Good wind directionDon't know
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Consistent, sand bottom, beach break located approximately 15 minutes by car (slightly longer in the rainy season) from San Juan Del Sur. Maderas picks up both south and north swells and will hold up to double-overhead waves. Most days, it’s a playful wave, fast and racy with occasional barrel sections. Chances are you won’t fear for your life surfing here. 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. There are two main peaks at Maderas. The primary peak is a peeling right hander that breaks in the middle of the beach, in front of the north end of the parking area. The very next peak to the south comes the opposite direction and is usually a bit shorter and faster, but still a peeling left hander. At the very south end of the beach, in front of the rocks, there is another left peak that breaks on bigger swells. Most of the time it is a short and mushy wave but at times, has a barrel section. There are also more peaks to the North, but they are usually not quite as good as the main peaks and thus, not surfed as often -not a bad place to go if you want to avoid the crowd or if you are learning how to surf.
Maderas is arguably Nicaragua’s most crowded surf break (Popoyo is a close second). While it is still easy to get waves here, it is unlikely you will be surfing alone. On it’s most crowded day, expect to find approx. 30+ people in the water although more often, there will be less than 20. Since Maderas is usually a broad mix of beginners just learning to surf, locals and traveling surfers who are staying in San Juan Del Sur, the vibe is typically mello. Come to Maderas to get wet and have fun, not to fight for waves. As with most places in Nicaragua, you can beat the main crowds by surfing early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
well, this is one of the best surf spots in Nicaragua. pretty cool by the waves, people and enviroment. near of the city, easy to access,friendly local surfers! its fine!
if u are coming to Nicaragua, visit this surf spot! u will enjoy it!
By Wandering_Gonad , 27-03-2012
Great wave, but the crowd is stifling - The waves at Playa Maderas are fun and sometimes picture perfect. I just don't like the crowds. I've been there many times over the last 10 years. It's been crowded every single time (weekday, weekend, morning, afternoon, etc...).
By miiiii , 28-02-2012
- just back from playa madera. confirming the info about the spot. it's great. waves can be big and racy but rather safe. atmosphere is mellow. one can rent boards at the beach from the hostel and a shop just behind the beach. one has to be careful to not step on stingrays that crowd the sand bottom. but this seems to be an issue in many spots in central america.
want to add a comment on huehuete and casares, two beaches further north. they are not classified as spots but advertised on the web as “perfectly surfable waves.” this is bullshit. the waves are long 1/4 mile walls that break at once, ie totally closed out, and there are numerous rocks (except at a beach called tupilapa and on a short stretch from where huehuete fishermen take the sea), plus strong tides. don't go there!
By Anonymous , 08-10-2009
- Scored some alright waves and was pretty uncrowded. Was staying in the hostel right on the beach and had my room broken into and basically everything i own - passport and all - stolen. Also had a mate kidnapped in a taxi on the way to San Juan del Sur - knife to throat, got his pin number and withdraw around 2000 Euros. Watch your shit around here.
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