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1 hr drive from Managua, in front of the 5-star Hotel Gran Pacifica. Right out in front of the restaurant.
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Hotel Gran Pacifica
Wave qualityRegional Classic
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouth
Good wind directionEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionHigh tide only
Best tide movement
Ledgy hollow fast left breaking over sedimentary rock reef. Reef bare at low tide. Starts to feel crowded with more than half a dozen folks on it, but there are usually more than that out.
As of 06/2010, the sign at the front gate of the Gran Pacifica said it cost $15 per person to access the beach with a $10 voucher for the restaurant but the guards let us in for $5.00 each (no voucher).
It's gonna suck for the gringo land sharks when the Nicas revolt and reclaim their motherland.
By chrisnica , 22-08-2012
yes and no - since the last entry two years have passed and I can say that there is still some truth to all the previous entries. Entry DOES cost money but if your willing to walk a bit and leave your car unattended in the tiny village closeby you don't have to pay anything.
sewage is a problem now and then (I've been living in Managua for the last 1.5 years and going to San Diego about twice a month)as area is getting more and more developed. I haven't got an infection yet but just the smell out in the water can be a bit upsetting. also when Nica tourist show up the beach is covered with plastic bottles and other trash.
waves can be spectacular if conditions are right but always people out and always people who know how to surf well (with me being the exception)!! be ready for cuts and bruises and a competitive vibe but yes, if your lucky also some amazing barrels.
Popoyo is definitely worse with crowds but crowd includes all levels of surfers and the wave allows for the crowd to spread out more so in the end you might actually end up catching more than in San Diego with 8 semipro people out.
By Danny SoCal , 26-12-2010
Hemmoroids - Whats with all the trash and bottles? You Nicas have to learn to pick up your trash. Seems like the river collects and dumps trash right into the ocean. Roll your windows down and take all belongings out of your car. This way they won't have to break your window. Go during a high tide. Wear some booties in case you step on the spiny sea urchins. Access to the beach is $10 now. $5 goes to the restaurant and the other goes to resort. Better places to surf in Nicaragua then this spot. Water quality was sort of sketchy from run off. Be careful after rain storms. They do not have proper sewer treatment etc, water regulation. You will get sick if you go after rain storm. Any open skin cuts will be infected.
By Mike Thompson , 07-07-2010
Ha ha ha - I love these guys who make up these stories about spots so nobody will go there. There is nothing and I mean nothing worse than some douch who moves somewhere or buys land somewhere and tries to claim a wave is his. Best way to get waves anywhere in the world? Respect the locals. They will take everything you think you own if you don't. Basically if the comment is 'anonymous' it's bogus, too.
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