About Managua

While Managua is predominantly an inland department (and home to the Nicaraguan capital city of the same name, which houses the international airport), it does have a small stretch of Pacific coastline, situated between Carazo department to the south and Leon to the north. The waves in Managua are a bit too far north to really enjoy the offshore winds created by the country’s large, inland lake, but are still offshore in the mornings and quite fun when conditions align. Pochomil is a resort town only an hour’s drive from the capital city, and features a slow, forgiving A-frame peak, just south of town. Meanwhile, Masachapa has a right-hander that gets good when the conditions align, as well as a pier that sucks in swell and creates peaks. Those staying at the private resort at Montelimar have access to a soft left-hand point break that has occasional moments of glory. A better left-hander farther north also enjoys private access through a gated community near Gran Pacifica—great if you are staying in the resort, but a bummer if you aren’t.While you will likely plan your Nicaraguan surf trip around the country’s other regions, Managua has enough waves on offer to keep you busy if you find yourself with a day to burn before your flight.

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