Return to Nicaragua

We love Nicaragua and Can’t wait to be back!

 

In April, Civil Unrest Temporarily Put Retreats on HOld

Up until June 2018, Nicaragua was the primary location to join Surf With Amigas on a weeklong adventure of surf, sun, new friends, and awesome good times. When anti-government protests broke out in April of 2018 and turned violent, we hoped they would pass quickly. Months later, daily bad news led us to make the very difficult decision to temporarily shift all our retreats to Costa Rica. You can read more details about the situation in a blog post we published in June via this link. 

Right now the situation is much calmer, but the struggle isn’t over. The Nicaraguan people have decided they want a new president, but his term isn’t up until 2021 and he has shown no signs of stepping down early.

Nicaragua is safe for tourists

For now the situation in some areas of the country, particularly the areas around universities, is still tense. Protests and the government response to those protests are ongoing. But, word from our friends on the ground is that everything at the beach is now, and has always been, totally peaceful. Tourists can travel freely and safely between the Managua International Airport and the coast. Once at the beach, the situation is like it was eight or nine years ago – great waves with many fewer surfers in the water!

Most of our staff that had built a life in Nicaragua are returning this year. I am going myself for two weeks in October and bringing my 2 and 4 year old kids. I obviously wouldn’t be doing that if I was worried about safety. I will also be there for a month in Jan/Feb and we have decided to add one retreat to the schedule during that time.

Join us for One retreat this winter in Nicaragua February 9-16

February 9-16 we will be running a one week retreat at our old home base in Northern Nicaragua. We’ll open it up to men and women in case you ladies would feel better bringing your menfolk along. February is a great month with all day sun and typically awesome wind patterns. That week also has high tide mornings which is ideal for the best breaks in the area.

I am incredibly excited to host this retreat alongside our team. Will you join us? For more info on the location click here: Northern Nicaragua Eco Resort

Our local friends and partners might be even more excited than I am. The sudden drop in tourism has left so many Nicaraguans without work, struggling to feed their families. They need us to return!

To book your spot, email me at holly@surfwithamigas.com

For more information on the situation in Nicaragua as it concerns surf tourists, see the Surfline article below:

Nicaragua’s New Normal from Surfline

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A Couple Take A Surf Trip Without Their Kids to Rekindle Their Love

A couple’s getaway

Amber and Shane Yoder currently live on boat in Florida with their two young girls. Amber first joined us on a retreat several years ago in Costa Rica and has been back a few times to Nicaragua. She even brought Shane and the kids on one of our family retreats two years ago. For this trip to Costa Rica in May, they left the kids with grandma and escaped for a week of surf for just the two of them. They joined us on one of our advanced short and longboard retreats, looking to be guided to awesome surf spots, have their surfing critiqued so that they could improve, eat delicious food, do yoga, but also just get a chance to surf their brains out without worrying about the kids!

“Kids take all your energy and sometimes you forget who you are as a person, she said. It was so good for us to take a surf trip and reconnect with how we fell in love in the first place, through surfing!”

Raise your arms if you feel that one busy mamas! Wouldn’t a surf trip your man be pretty awesome right about now? It’s hard to leave the kids behind, but so good to recharge that energy and focus on you for once!

Couples Surf Retreat

If you are lucky enough to have a surfing partner and want to get away on a surf trip for just the two of you, leaving the babies (human or fur babies) at home, we do have two couple friendly retreats happening in the fall – Nov 24-Dec 2 and Nov 8-15, both in Southern Costa Rica. 

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Short or long board, Amber and Shane rip!

CoEd Advanced Retreat in Costa Rica Highlights

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Coed Advanced Retreat in Costa Rica

Our first Co-Ed Advanced retreat in Costa Rica was amazing. All the guests improved their surfing after 1:1 surf video coaching and in water encouragement. We got nice medium sized waves most of the week and surfed a variety of spots including right out front, a super long rippable left point break and even took a boat trip to the other side of the gulf for some longboard action.

Classroom surf theory sessions

In between surf sessions there were surf theory classroom sessions. One session covered aspects of style and all the participants were encouraged to try a soul arch. You can see that those soul arches were nailed! Other classroom topics included learning about the differences between surfboards (fins, rails, bottom contours, materials), how to read a surf forecast, how to get more waves in a crowded lineup, and the essence of style.

Join us on our next advanced retreat

Join us in Costa Rica to take your surfing to the next level! Any of our Costa Rican retreats are good for advanced surfers but if you want to attend a week of only more experienced surfers where we will be doing classroom surf theory sessions daily, then an advanced retreat is a great choice. See the schedule for our next advanced retreats in Costa Rica here!