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6 Days Luxury Surf Camp in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Nicaragua Surf Camp

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 10 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer included

Experience the best that southern Nicaragua has to offer whilst learning or improving your surfing skills! Join Deseo Surf Travel in this luxurious getaway and let the Nicaraguan national surf coach and team take you out to uncrowded surf breaks to impart their knowledge of and passion for surfing, while a professional photographer captures all these sea moments for you. Your days will go way beyond an epic surf experience, and the memories will be endless.

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  • Daily yoga classes
  • 1 day surf photography session
  • Instruction from national team director and surfers
  • 2 boat trips, one on a luxury yacht and one in a panga
  • All beverages including national rum and beer
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious daily meals
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport
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You will be accommodated in the HulaKai Hotel and Ecological Community. This hotel offers a boutique experience with a down-to-earth style, hosting a splendid collection of soulful people united by place and time.The management and staff truly care about the clients' well being, which prompted them to create spaces and a feel that reflect and cultivate a style of living called the HulaKaiWay. People come to life in this community.

This is a place where travelers, adventurers, artists, foodies, and surfers all stay, some even for months, each one looking to enjoy the lifestyle. During your stay, you will get to share dinner like a family, make good friends, and hopefully make some cool memories. The hosts and residents live in the hotel to guide your stay. It's a place to be and enjoy sharing space, helping you fall in love with Playa Maderas as each day passes.

You will stay in double rooms called eco-pods. The eco-pods are one of the highlights of the hotel, offering clean and minimalist lines punctuated with local artwork. These rooms were designed as modern private cabanas overlooking the surf break at Playa Maderas, and with views of the tropical forest valley. Enjoy a spacious screened-in bungalow with a king-sized bed, single day bed, private porch, and private bathroom with a double sink and shower.

Access to all of Hulakai lodge's facilities is included in your stay. You can lounge by the pool, sip on cocktails at the bar, or enjoy tasty cuisine at the restaurant. There is WiFi coverage in all of the common areas and rooms.


The coast

Whether you are looking to experience that very first ride or get the barrel of your life, the coast surrounding San Juan del Sur is the place for you. Three hundred days of offshore winds create clean, crisp, and hollow waves, with your choice of a dozen breaks just a short drive or sail away. You will be taken to a variety of beaches away from the crowds, each with equally breathtaking views.

Sit in the water and watch the coastline unfold while the famous local rays glide underneath you, and the occasional turtle pops its head out of the water for a breath or two. Spot dolphins and whales splashing out in the distance, having as much fun as you are in your new environment.

The coaches

You will be left in the capable hands of Nicaraguan national surf team director Dexter Ramirez. Dexter is the camp's lead coach and will draw support from his national team members when needed. All of these guys are well-versed in teaching at every level from beginner to expert. They will fill you in on each location's intricacies and always keep you in the right spot to ensure that you get the best rides possible.

Learn about these new paradisiacal spots, refine your technique, and, most importantly, catch more waves in diverse types of breaks. The retreat coaches and guides will gauge the swells everyday, picking the best beaches for the day's conditions. There are also plenty of sheltered bays around for days when the biggest swells hit.

If you are a confident surfer, the coaches will surf at the peaks with you, helping with all aspects of your surfing, from wave reading, paddling and general posture techniques, and rail game, to taking it above the lip. If you're lucky enough to be around for a national or international tournament, you can come and cheer for your new friends and learn by watching the best that this wonderful surf nation has to offer.

Below is a sample of what this Playa Maderas surf holiday typically looks like. Each trip may have slight variations in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Deseo Surf Travel will work extensively with you in the pre-arrival stages to make sure that your desires and ambitions for your vacation are taken into account. Using local experience and knowledge, they will choose the best breaks to surf each day based on current conditions, tides, and the participant's abilities. All off-site transportation is included in the price.

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive in Managua and be met by your leaders at the airport terminal. Transportation is provided to the beautiful HulaKai Hotel overlooking Playa Maderas, outside of San Juan del Sur. This will be your home base for the week. Enjoy welcome drinks, meet your guides, decide on preferred boards, and take a look at the unforgettable week ahead of you.

Take some time to settle in to your accommodations and meet the other retreat participants. Depending on arrival times, you may be able to sneak in a sunset surf. End the day with aperitifs and a group meal at HulaKai, overlooking the surf and sunset.

Day 2 - Explore the south

If you have the energy, take a short stroll down the hill with your board for a sunrise session at Playa Maderas. Enjoy breakfast and an optional daily yoga session. Jump into four-wheel drive off-road vehicles and head to the beach. Based on your abilities and wind and tide conditions, your retreat group will surf one of the three stunning area breaks. A delicious lunch will be prepared for you on the beach once you have worked up an appetite in the water.

Surf a little more after lunch or simply relax on the beach. Return to the hotel for happy hour or, if you are keen, have a sunset surf at Playa Maderas. Venture out to Café Artesano or visit a secretly-selected private home for a unique dinner served up by a Michelin star chef. After dinner, replay waves in your head as you try to fall asleep so that you can do it all again the next day.

Day 3 - Survivor day

Start your morning in the same wondrous fashion as the previous day. Enjoy a sunrise surf and head back up for a freshly-inspired breakfast. Stretch out with some yoga on the balcony or compose yourself for the day ahead. Late in the morning, you will make your way to the Playa Hermosa Beach Club where this day will be mostly spent. Get some instruction and pointers from the guides and explore the expansive beach, which was the setting for the television show, Survivor.

If you're feeling up for it, you can join the leaders on a 15-minute walk to a lesser-known, often empty break instead. You will then return to the hotel around mid-afternoon to prepare for the evening's activities. After heading to San Juan for happy hour or exploring a little around town, you will cap off the night at G+G’s Gourmet with a specially-prepared private dinner.

Day 4 - Panga day

Begin the day with surfing at Playa Maderas. Follow up your session with breakfast and an optional yoga class at the hotel. Spend the rest of the morning lounging by the pool, getting a massage, or just relaxing with your group. The afternoon will be spent on a panga, or open fishing boat, that will leave from a neighboring beach. Depending on what breaks are looking best for that day, your group will head out and surf.

After the surfing session, try your hand at catching fish on the way home while enjoying rum drinks and the company of the group. Take in the sunset as you cruise back to the Playa Maderas area. Return to the hotel for dinner or, if you desire, take a cooking class with private local chefs to get a first-hand experience of Nicaragua's fresh cooking style. Use the rest of this night to relax with your group and share stories from the previous days.

Day 5 - Yacht sailing

Today will be spent almost entirely away from the home base. You will cruise to San Juan in the morning, allowing some time to buy souvenirs, shop local boutiques, and take in some of the town. After that, you will head to the town port to embark on an epic day trip aboard a 50-foot wooden-decked sailboat specifically designed for surf expeditions.

You will be treated to amazing food, stunning views, yoga, and fishing as the yacht sails north to some of Nicaragua’s best waves. This day also guarantees a water photographer. Enjoy the amenities on board as you head back towards San Juan. Back at the hotel, you will have a final dinner together, followed by awards and a beach bonfire.

Day 6 - The final surf

If flight times allow, you will head to the beach for one last surf, followed by goodbyes and the always-challenging task of packing up and leaving a very stunning place. You will then be accompanied to the airport and left with a lifetime of memories and new friends to keep you company on your journey home.

Included excursions

During this retreat, two boat excursions are guaranteed with options for more. Two boat trip operators in the area have been hand-selected to collaborate with in bringing you an unforgettable experience, namely Two Guys Adventures, with its luxury charter called The Pirate Ship, and Mango Rosa, with its boat named La Panga Rosa. Deseo Surf Travel's strong relationships with these outfitters allow them to bring you on excursions that are not offered to the everyday customer.


Dexter Ramirez


This surf camp will take place in Nicaragua's Playa Maderas and its neighboring areas. You will be traveling by boat or four-wheel drive off-road vehicles to the different spots in the vicinity, depending on the desires of the group.


All three daily meals are included in this retreat. Deseo Surf Travel takes great pride in bringing you to the region's best culinary experiences which are always fresh and always special as authentic style is blended with modern twists. Breakfasts are typically eaten at the hotel and are served a la carte, made available whenever you desire throughout the morning.

Lunches will be made for you by the Deseo hosts in collaboration with the hotel chefs. You will have a fresh and beautiful spread awaiting you as you paddle back to the beach or the boat. Dinners are served at various boutique restaurants and private homes with stunning pacific views. the dinner locations are carefully selected each night to ensure that you are not only well-fed, but uniquely impressed by the flavors, presentations, and service.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

Deseo Surf Travel can assist you in booking massages at an additional cost. They partner up with a local masseuse who is the best therapist in the zone by far. She is widely sought out by surfers and travelers alike. The Deseo staff is always able to get appointments in her jungle studio just below the hotel, despite the fact she is usually booked out weeks in advance.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 4 dinners
  • 2 boat trips, one in a luxury yacht and one in a panga with shade
  • 1 day surf photography session
  • Daily breakfasts and lunches
  • Ground transportation and trips on four-by-four vehicle
  • High-end and world-class customer service from guides and hosts
  • Quality surfboard rental for the whole stay
  • Surf lessons and expert coaching from the national surf team
  • Yoga classes
  • Additional excursions
  • All Taxes
  • Service Charges & all other fees

What's not included

  • 1 dinner
  • Any additional activities or trips
  • International airfare costs
  • Massages
  • Staff tips and gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Deseo Surf Travel will pick you up from the airport. Kindly coordinate your arrival details in advance to maximize your experience on travel days.

Airport: Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport Airport transfer included: Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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