Nicaragua emerges as a leading surfing destination
The Central American country of Nicaragua is fast becoming a surfers'' paradise and many avid surfers from all over the world are heading to the shores to take to the pumping waves. Some of the most popular and best surfing spots in the country include San Juan del Sur, Las Pinitas, and Playa Madera.
Surfing enthusiasts are renowned for travelling the world to find the best waves and while destinations such as Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii and the United States are among the favourites, lesser-known emerging surfing spots are beginning to attract the wave-hunters.
Nicaragua is one of these emerging surfing destinations thanks to having coastlines both on the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. With approximately 330 days of offshore winds, sunny weather nearly all year-round, and waves that rarely drop below two feet (and up to 12 feet), this a fantastic place to enjoy the sport.
Bordered by Costa Rica, the country is the largest in Central America and leading surfing destinations include San Juan del Sur, Playa Colorado, and Las Pinitas which located nearby to the bustling city of Leon.
Las Pinitas is a small sleepy coastal village on the Pacific Coast with a long sandy beach. The surf is good all year round but the best months are between March and October and surfers must look out for rocks and small boulders submerged in the sand.
Playa Colorado is a private beach that can be accessed either by staying at Hacienda Iguana resort or via boat. The spot is now fairly well-known among the surfing community bit there are some great left and right barrels to be enjoyed.
Located on the Pacific coast in south-western Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur is a magnet for surfers with is beautiful beaches and excellent surfing conditions. Leading surfing spots include Playa Maderas, Playa Majagual and Playa Marsella.
As well as surfing, tourists can enjoy an array of activities while visiting Nicaragua, such as trekking through thriving national parks and cloud forests that are home to an array of exotic wildlife including monkeys and colourful birds; touring historic coffee plantations or cigar factories; or hiking to the smoking crater of the active Masaya Volcano.
The colonial cities of Granada and Leon are leading tourist attractions with historic churches and museums, while the Corn Islands on the Caribbean side are a favourite for travellers seeking beach breaks and nature holidays.
The country's capital, Managua, has historic sites and attractions including Palacio Nacional, the ruins of the Catedral de Managua which was damaged in an earthquake in 1972, and Tiscapa Lagoon, a fresh water lagoon in the crater of an extinct volcano.
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