Nicaragua has gained popularity over the last few years for their great waves and its diversity both geographically and culturally.
Nicaragua has a range of microclimates, on the Pacific side, invierno (winter), or rainy season, runs May to November. It is at its rainiest in September and October. Verano (summer), or dry season, is November to April, the best time for hiking, camping and partying, and there is still plenty of good surf to be found! (December to March).
Nicaraguan culture has strong folklore, music and religious traditions, deeply influenced by European culture but enriched with Amerindian sounds and flavors. The Pacific coast around Mark and Dave’s Place has strong folklore, music and religious traditions, deeply influenced by Europeans. Nicaragua was colonized by Spain and has a similar culture to other Spanish speaking Latin American countries. Consequently, Spanish is spoken by about 90% of the country’s population.
If you are interested in learning more about Nicaragua in general terms please refer to the resources below.
Lonely Planet Guide to Nicaragua
The following information will give you a rough idea about what to expect once you touch down in Nicaragua.
1. Once you arrive into Managua a representative will greet you in the baggage area and transfer you to a waiting van
2. On the way to Mark and Dave’s you will travel back in time through a landscape of grass fields, active volcanoes, and colonial cities that exist as though they have been trapped in time. Cold drinks will be provided in the van along with a stop ( around 2 hours into the drive) in Rivas for a Pizza lunch. Pizza is ordered in route, so there will be little time wasted.
3. Back on the road we wind our way towards the ocean and eventually onto a 12 mile (35 minutes) dirt road to the main gate to Mark and Dave’s Place.
4. With some of the best surf at your doorstep and a private golf course. Once inside the gate there is very little reason to leave.
5. Your daily routine will focus on the waves and activities available inside the compound; however, if you are interested in surfing another beach, going fishing, or doing anything else, our ground staff in Nicaragua will coordinate whatever you desire.
6. Once your trip is complete, you’ve got your last surf in and are ready to go – you will head back to the airport 2 1/2 hours away, catch your flight, and we’ll see you again next year!
The best advice when packing for a surf trip is to pack as light as possible. The following list is divided into two categories: In the Water and Out of the Water.
In the Water
Out of the Water
Q & A:
Frequently asked questions:
1. What do I need to bring?
2. What are the waves like?
3. What health precautions should I take?
4. Can I check my e-mails and get online?
Yes! Unlimited Wireless Internet is available at Mark and Dave’s Place – “no extra charges” – bring your laptop and plug in – electrical outlets are the same as the United States.
5. How much money do I need to take?
6. What happens when I arrive in Managua?