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Access through private resort called Rancho Santana. Break is called Perfect Peak. It lined up perfect everyday, larger waves at beginning of incoming tide low to high.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Hard to find
Public access?Public access
Alternative name Ranchon Perfect Peak, Rosada
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South, SouthEast
Good wind directionNorthWest, West
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Perfect Peak is a one spot take off area. How ever, it was consistent providing wave after wave on the incoming tide. No reason to fight over, just get in line and take the next wave.
Rancho Santana is a private resort and an ideal location for all surfers, from beginners to experienced. Access can be gained by renters or owners to the resort or by passing the resort entrance by about 1-2 km and following a marked dirt road to the beach. Once at the beach, you will find a nice beach break that stretches for several kms. A short walk south around the lava flow brings you to Perfect Peak. Access to Oysters can only be gained by 4X4 through Rancho Santana unless you wish to paddle over a km south. It is named after the local oyster divers. It is a nice size A frame over a deep water reef. It is for all surfers.
There is a new resort right on Santana Beach called Buena Onda Resort, it offers clean, comfortable and affordable accomodation (rancho santana is expensive). It also offers boat trips to other surfspots, board rentals, fishing trips, horseriding, yoga, ..piece of paradise! You find more information on the web.
This was one of the best uncrowded spots I have surfed. The waves were perfect every day with offshore winds that originated from Lake Nicaraga. Driving from Managua to the surf was easy on newly paved roads. I recommend the short stop at the active volcan Masaya. No hassles and the locals are more than happy to cook you a meal for some cordobas. Playa Madera, near San Juan del Sur, a popular spot provided good surf with a few more people. A two hour drive north to La Boquita offered clean glassy waves with only one local boogie boarder who enjoyed our company. Glad we escaped the growing crowds of Costa Rica.
Uncrowded spot with 300+ days offshore breeze per year!
By Greco Surf , 23-11-2010
HEAVY! - Dude, this place gets super super heavy on a lower tide. I was messing around out there with a triple fiberglass stringer softy and it snapped that thing like a tooth pick. Really fun wave. I think most experienced surfers would enjoy it on an offshore day (which is 90% of the time).
By Anonymous , 13-06-2010
Not bad, but crowded... - This beach closes out some of the time, but does have the odd barrel and makeable wave at other times... But it is super crowded! Rancho santana is bad enough as it overlooks the break, then there's a surf camp very close, and now there's Buena Onda hotel on the scene too. On top of that there are boats that turn up! I'm not sure why, since there are a dozen spots that are as good further up the coast. I'd explore...
By giantsfoot , 19-04-2010
fun times - Santana is a fun sandbar, generally providing 4 or 5 shifty peaks down the beach and a couple more predominant a-frame peaks at the south end. It doesn't hold a ton of swell though. if it gets to big or too low of a tide it will closeout on an outer reef. You can gain access as described by other posters or by boat. Checkout us out at giantsfoot.com for info on boat charters in the area as well as hotel packages.
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