Nicaragua is my favorite place on the planet, and the safest country in Central America (yes, it’s safer than Costa Rica!) With warm water, uncrowded surf, friendly locals, and located a relatively short flight away from the US, it’s the perfect place for a week-long escape. There are great waves to learn to stand up on a surfboard for the first time or get the barrel of your dreams.
Escape reality for a week of unforgettable adventure!
It all starts with surfing.
Whether you are ready to catch your very first wave, become more confident in the water, transition to riding a shortboard, or improve your existing skills while making new surfing friends, we will help you achieve your goals. There are great waves for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and experienced surfers all within walking distance. Getting you into the best waves is our top priority. If you are willing to think positively, push yourself, and listen to feedback you will leave the retreat a better surfer.
After surfing we’ll do yoga.
Yoga is so good for your body and mind. After a morning at the beach and an awesome meal, we’ll head up to the elevated ocean-view yoga studio. Yoga is a great way for surfers to work on core strength, flexibility, balance, and breathing. The yoga sessions will vary between strength building and restorative yoga. The instructor will provide modifications of poses so that every yogi will feel supported and challenged.
If the wind cooperates and the waves are good in the afternoon, we’ll head back to the beach for a second surf session. Otherwise we’ll set off on an adventure. We’ll hop on horseback and gallop down the beach, take a day-trip to the colonial city of Leon and hike up, then board down an active volcano, get dressed up and indulge in incredible French food at a hilltop restaurant with a 360 degree view. If conditions permit we may take a boat cruise to check out a secret surf spot.
The difference between Surf with Amigas and other women’s surf and yoga retreats is attitude and experience. Unlike other places where the instructors are barely intermediate surfers themselves, when you stay with us you will be coached and supported by Holly Beck, a professional surfer with a keen eye for how to help you specifically improve. We video every session and go over the footage so that you can see what you’re doing right and what little changes might help you really improve.
We also create a culture of support. The other girls will become your new surfing sisters, yelling and cheering and clapping and dancing in celebration of your awesome rides. You just don’t get that anywhere else.
$1,700 all inclusive package includes ($1,600 early bird special if booked 2 months in advance):
- two-way shared airport transfer (if you get a flight that arrives on the first date of the retreat between 11am and 2:20pm and departs on the last day after noon.)
- 7 nights accommodation in a shared cabana
- 3 deliciously healthy meals per day
- all beverages (juices, sodas, beer, rum)
- daily surf lessons with professional surfer Holly Beck and video analysis of every session
- all afternoon activities such as yoga, horseback riding, volcano boarding, estuary cruising, and other surprises
- professional video footage of you riding the best wave of your life
Typical Daily Schedule looks like this:
6:30am wake up for buffet breakfast of coffee, juice, cereal, toast, yogurt, fruit
7:30am – 11am surfing, surfing, surfing!
11:30am delicious lunch
4pm second surf session or other adventure
7pm dinner with new friends
See the Schedule Link for available dates
A 50% deposit secures your spot. Contact email@example.com for booking info or other questions
- Fly into Managua International Airport (MGA)
- Taca (via El Salvador), American Airlines (via Miami), Delta, and Continental (via Houston) all have reasonable schedules, but Continental occasionally does not allow surfboards so if you plan to bring your own, check to make sure you are allowed.
- Nicaragua charges a $10 tourist tax that is collected at the airport when you land. They only accept cash so it’s convenient to have a $10 bill on hand when you arrive.
- No vaccinations are needed to travel to Nicaragua. Malaria is not a problem on the Pacific Coast, but protecting yourself from mosquitoes is always a good idea.
- You and the other girls will be met at the airport by our driver holding a “Surf with Amigas” sign. We schedule the shuttle to leave the airport around 2pm so try to time your flight to get in between 11am-1pm so you don’t have to wait too long. You can get something to eat at the airport.
- Health insurance coverage is mandatory. We recommend travel insurance that covers changes to travel plans, cancellations, lost baggage and supplementary health coverage. The one we use is Travel Guard (click the button below to sign up)…
- Sun protection: sunscreen, hat, long-sleeve rashguard, etc.
- refillable water bottle
- flashlight or headlamp
- light weight long sleeve top and pants for wearing in the evenings to protect from mosquitoes
- yoga wear and yoga mat
- sturdy, closed-toe shoes for volcano boarding
- jeans for horseback riding
- one cute outfit or sundress for dinner at a nicer restaurant
- beach towel
- beach bag
- adventurous attitude
Things you don’t need
- blow dryer
- voltage adapter (Nica is the same as the US)