Nicaragua’s legendary surf camps
On the idyllic Playa Jiquilillo, Monty’s Surf Camp offers weeklong stays that include surfing and volunteering for local poverty reduction initiatives, plus rooms at a quirky beachfront hotel. If you ever get tired of the breaks, head out to Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua’s answer to pipeline, or Playa Asseradores with its hollow waves and remote beach.
Southern Pacific Coast camps
An excellent budget option, the Playa Hermosa Beach Hostel offers easy access to about five beach breaks, plus plenty of tanned and toned surfing bunnies and beaus.
With a private oceanfront beach house, the Playa Gigante Dale Dagger’s Surf Lodge offers boat trips to the bigger waves just outside the sleepy village.
Also in Gigante, Giant’s Foot Surf Camp caters to beginners in the off-season, with chilled-out yoga-slash-surf retreats.