Nicaragua Vacations For Yoga, Surf & Hiking Adventures

A beach hidden from crowds, consistently warm, and filled with untamed nature... this is Playa Maderas

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November 22 - 27 2022

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Surf Yoga Beer NYE

December 27 2022 - January 2 2023

Surf Yoga Beer NYE

New Years Eve 2023

Remote Nicaragua

January 2 - 21 2023

Remote Nicaragua

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March 4 - 9 2023

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Nicaragua, located between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its volcanic landscapes, wave-battered beaches and colonial architecture.

Nicaragua

'The Land of Lakes and Volcanos'

Nicaragua boasts as many as 50 volcanoes running along its Pacific coast, but fortunately only 7 are considered to be active. The country is also home to Central America's largest lake, Lago de Nicaragua.

What's in a Name?

Nicaragua comes from the combination of two words, “Nicarao” and “agua.” The Nicarao were the Indian tribe who occupied the shores of Lake Nicaragua when the Spaniards arrived in the 1500s. “Agua” is the Spanish word for water, so Nicaragua translates as “the land of the Nicarao by water".

The Path Less Traveled

Abandon the beaten path with this hidden gem, often overlooked in favor of neighboring Costa Rica. You'll find open areas, stunning beaches, volcanic landscape, and some of the best surfing in the world.

Stay Stoked

Learning to surf in Nicaragua is the stuff of dreams. Think open waves, consistent surf, and incredible scenery.

Our Specialty: Surf & Yoga

Look no further for your next hidden gem paradise. It’s only relatively recently that Nicaragua has truly become known as a top-tier surf holiday destination, and we’ve been shredding the waves here long before your cousin’s best friend posted about it on the ‘gram.

Picture this: You’re on a sun-filled beach. There’s a breeze blowing through your hair and the sounds of waves crashing against the soft, sandy shore all around you. You look out to the vast Pacific and see surfers dotting the water, waiting for the next break. The waves today have been incredible. A local beach dog runs up to you for a scratch while you make your way to the ocean, surfboard under one arm and a smile on your face knowing that life truly does not get any better.

With consistent off-shore winds, average waves at least shoulder-high, and relatively uncrowded beaches compared to alternative surfing destinations in this part of the world (we’re looking at you, Costa Rica), it’s the stuff of dreams. And it hasn’t taken long for word to spread. In recent years, there has been an uptick in the availability and popularity of surf tours in Nicaragua, as well as a rise in the number of local surf contests. Big wave energy, baby.

After a long day of riding waves, it is time to zen out. Nicaragua has become an increasingly popular destination for yoga retreats in 2023 due to its peaceful environment and views of jaw-dropping beaches to inspire and hone your practice. There is no better place to centre yourself and reap all the physical and mental benefits that yoga can offer than a destination filled with natural charm. If you know, you know.

Get In My Belly

With influences of indigenous Native American, Spanish, and Creole flavours, Nicaragua may just be your next foodie destination. Its cuisine is renowned for its richness, as well as an abundance of fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, and some of the largest avocados you will ever see. The locals are experts at using ingredients native to the area, and this has remained a hallmark of Nicaraguan cuisine to the present day.

Whatever you’re craving throughout your stay in this part of Central America, you can expect to find a range of tempting traditional dishes, along with some of the comforts from home. With irresistible local options like gallo pinto, desayuno Nica, quesillos, nacatamales, or tropical smoothie bowls, fish tacos, and freshly ground coffee, what more of a reason do you need to book a surf and yoga retreat in Nicaragua?

We’ve Got What You Need

With the best beachfront hotel in Nicaragua, all in-country transportation, extensive fitness programming by some of the best coaches in the industry, and much more included in our Nicaragua adventure travel tours, there is no need for you to look further for your once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Nicaragua travel offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the most picturesque environments in the world. It’s a place that reminds you that there really can be more to life than the 9-to-5. And who doesn’t need a little break from reality once in a while? Join us. Paradise is calling; will you answer?

HIGHLIGHTS

Beach Bootcamps

Palapa Yoga

Ridin' Waves

Boat Days

Salut Sunsets

SYB Squad

Quad Rides

Champagne Showers

Bonfires

New Friends

Road Races

local cervasas

Disco Divas

Beach Bar Shots

Fresh Eats

Jungle Gym

cool stuff people said

TESTIMONIALS

@nick_ansara

Traveling is my happy place! Already ready for the next adventure!


Glad I found this crazy group of people and got to experience a new place with them! @surfyogabeer you do it up big and I’m here for it!

@thecoastalyogi

nicaragua* dreamin’ on such a winters day 🎶

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it’s always hard to pick a favorite moment from @surfyogabeer trips—from boat day to sunset yoga to the NYE party and everything in between, each moment is so unique and special. this highlight reel is my best attempt at capturing all of the magic and love that was #SYBNicaragua 🤍

@exzactprice

Thank you, SurfYogaBeer, for affording me the opportunity to experience the most memorable and re-energizing adventure of my life. Although only spending 1 week together, I feel like I've known this group of amazing people forever, and the bonds we made will last for years to come. 

@whugue

Sunsets by San Juan del Sur

@stephen_pwright

There are so many things to be grateful for this year. Learning how to ride the waves, celebrate the wins, and learn from the loses. I'm immensely thankful for everything that surrounds me today and excited for what's on the horizon for tomorrow.

@jessiepcronan

An amazing trip with amazing friends

The Location

Fly into Liberia, Costa Rica, at Guanacaste International Airport (LIR) or Managua, Nicaragua, to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA). From there, we head to the beautiful Playa Maderas, where we will be for the duration of our time here!

San Juan del Sur is located on the island's southwest side, but just twenty minutes north, Playa Maderas boasts some of the world's most famous surfing. Playa Maderas is located on the island's Pacific side, surrounded by lush jungles to protect you from the mainland, cliff formations to the north, and other stunning beaches. 

Once a tiny beach town fishing village, Playa Maderas has evolved into a peaceful and tranquil surfer's paradise. 

Our Accomodations

Villas Playa Maderas is a stunning getaway located in the heart of this lush beach town. With a unique outdoor gym, large wooden terraces perfect for yoga, access to the beach & a private chef for our group, this experience will be unforgettable. 

This accommodation is one of a kind, just 30m above sea level, nestled in the Nicaraguan jungle, with breathtaking ocean views and beautiful sea breezes. 

Money in Nicaragua

The Cordoba is Nicaragua's currency. However, most establishments accept USD. 

We suggest bringing about $300 to $400 to use at bars and a few of our dinners, but otherwise, we've got you covered! For reference, prices of alcoholic drinks range from $6 - $12 USD. 

Playa Maderas has no ATMs, and most establishments will charge a 5-6% extra charge for car payments, so remember to withdraw your cash in your home country!

Fuelling Our Bodies

Nicaraguan cuisine combines indigenous Native American, Spanish, and Creole cuisines. On the Pacific coast, traditional cooking includes corn, rice, beef, beans, tortillas, poultry, and local fruits. 

Our trips often have private chefs for our group, allowing us to immerse ourselves in local cuisines, fresh produce & the most delicious meals. We even sometimes head into town to get a taste of local culture!

Let's Talk Water

Tap water is considered undrinkable in Playa Maderas. So instead, we will have bottled water provided throughout the trip to keep you hydrated! 

Safety in Nicaragua

Playa Maderas is one of the safest regions to visit in Latin America. However, there are risks of petty crime and pickpockets - we suggest not carrying all your valuables with you. 

Our accommodations will have safes for us to leave our valuables in, and we suggest leaving all important items in the safe while we are out exploring - but maybe keep your Yeezys and nice jewelry at home!

Fly into Liberia, Costa Rica, at Guanacaste International Airport (LIR) or Managua, Nicaragua, to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA). From there, we head to the beautiful Playa Maderas, where we will be for the duration of our time here!

San Juan del Sur is located on the island's southwest side, but just twenty minutes north, Playa Maderas boasts some of the world's most famous surfing. Playa Maderas is located on the island's Pacific side, surrounded by lush jungles to protect you from the mainland, cliff formations to the north, and other stunning beaches. 

Once a tiny beach town fishing village, Playa Maderas has evolved into a peaceful and tranquil surfer's paradise. 

Villas Playa Maderas is a stunning getaway located in the heart of this lush beach town. With a unique outdoor gym, large wooden terraces perfect for yoga, access to the beach & a private chef for our group, this experience will be unforgettable. 

This accommodation is one of a kind, just 30m above sea level, nestled in the Nicaraguan jungle, with breathtaking ocean views and beautiful sea breezes. 

The Cordoba is Nicaragua's currency. However, most establishments accept USD. 

We suggest bringing about $300 to $400 to use at bars and a few of our dinners, but otherwise, we've got you covered! For reference, prices of alcoholic drinks range from $6 - $12 USD. 

Playa Maderas has no ATMs, and most establishments will charge a 5-6% extra charge for car payments, so remember to withdraw your cash in your home country!

Nicaraguan cuisine combines indigenous Native American, Spanish, and Creole cuisines. On the Pacific coast, traditional cooking includes corn, rice, beef, beans, tortillas, poultry, and local fruits. 

Our trips often have private chefs for our group, allowing us to immerse ourselves in local cuisines, fresh produce & the most delicious meals. We even sometimes head into town to get a taste of local culture!

Tap water is considered undrinkable in Playa Maderas. So instead, we will have bottled water provided throughout the trip to keep you hydrated! 

Playa Maderas is one of the safest regions to visit in Latin America. However, there are risks of petty crime and pickpockets - we suggest not carrying all your valuables with you. 

Our accommodations will have safes for us to leave our valuables in, and we suggest leaving all important items in the safe while we are out exploring - but maybe keep your Yeezys and nice jewelry at home!

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