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Popoyo Beach
Broken Clouds
92º - 79º
11.5 mph

   Playa Popoyo Surfing

Popoyo Beach has 3 primary surf spot and many more close by.   Compared to waters in Northern Nicaragua the waters tend to be a little more chilly. 

Jiquelite ( Santana ) – The Southern most beach  in Popoyo is Playa Jiquelite, also referred to as Playa Santana.   The wave here is heavy and fast.  It’s a wave that is good for proficient to expert surfers, not beginners.   It’s a popular spot so it is not uncommon to find anywhere from 10 – 20 surfers on it at any one time.   You can access this break by driving to the the North side of Jiquelite Beach.  There is a free parking area there where you can walk straight to the waves. 
Sardina – Just to the north side of Magnific Rock is a reef-bottomed slow rolling wave.   This area is called Beginners Bay and is good for just that, Beginners.   
Surf Schools hold sessions here often so this area is usually also busy with groups of Surfers.   You can access Beginners bay easily by entering at the North part of Jiquelite and walking for 3 minutes to the North Side of Magnific Rock.  You can also walk South from Playa Guasacate for about 10 minutes. 
Finca Popoyo – Finca Popoyo is one of the larger waves in Nicaragua.   It is located in between Playa Sardina and Playa Guasacate.   It’s right in the middle of Popoyo.  Finca Popoyo is a favorite surf spot to many in Popoyo.   It has two prime sections with a lot of space to surf.   It’s not uncommon to find 15-20 surfers here at busy time of the day but if you go at the right time you can find yourself all alone with the waves to yourself.   Entry by road is by a gated road that is private to the owners of Finca Popoyo.   Sometimes they will charge a fee for entry which is about 100 cordobas or $3.   You can easily reach the brea for free by walking South from Guasacate Beach or walking North from Jiquelite or Sardina Beach.  

Playa Popoyo Travel Report


Planning to travel to Nicaragua in 2022?  Learn from those that make the trip often.  There are many things that can go wrong without proper preparation.  Even if you are prepared there is a lot of information that is hard to find and no one will tell you before you start planning.   Don’t let this keep you up at night, we’ve got your back.  Read our NICARAGUA 2022 AIR TRAVEL GUIDE  before you start planning your trip so everything goes smoothly for your arrival to Nicaragua.   We give you a variety of ways to get there ranging from the cheapest to the most care free. 


Driving to Playa Popoyo is a bit of a task compared to other Beaches in Nicaragua, but well worth it.   You can get there with a car but its recommended to have a 4 wheel drive vehicle.   If you are traveling light, and its possible, we recommend a motorcycle.   Navigating around the local roads will be much quicker and easier on a bike.    Very often large trucks or slow vehiciles will block the roads and on a bike you can easily get around them.   The first 2/3 of your trip, if coming from MGA airport, will be all well maintainted, paved roads.   The average speed limits are 60 – 80 kph (37 – 50 mph)

   The last 45 min – 1 hour of your drive to Popoyo  (VIDEO 2)  is a rough dirt road (Rt-26) that seems to be in perpetual repair.   View our video to see exactly what its like.   Popoyo is one of the most popular destinations in Nicaragua and it looks like plans to have this road paved are in the works.   


Generally, if you get a Taxi from MGA airport expect to pay around $200 – $250. 

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Contact us here and we’ll get you our local hook up.

We have contacts with local drivers that can take you one way for around $125 during the day and $150 – 175 at night time.  

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A Taxi Ride from MGA to Playa Popoyo will usually take about 3.5 hours pending there is no traffic.   If you are traveling anytime from 1 pm to 5 pm you can expect the trip may take another 20 – 30 minutes due to Managua traffic.


From Managua there are buses that will travel to Playa Popoyo.  
This method of travel is very cheap but is inefficient.i    Buses are usually infrequent and take a long time due to their many stops.  You will also need to make a couple transfers on this journey to Playa Popoyo.   Trips have been known to take up to 6 or 7 hours.    For this reason we do not recommend taking public transit.       

The Drive to Playa Popoyo

  6 minute time warp drive from the town of El Crucero to the turn off of NIC-1 to go toward Playa Popoyo.  Each minute of video is 10 minutes real time.

– Adjust video speed and resolution on the settings wheel. 

   6 minute time warp drive to Popoyo Beach on Rt-62 from the turn off NIC-1, the main highway.  Each minute of video is 10 minutes in real time.

– Adjust video speed and resolution on the settings wheel.


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