About Manzanillo

Manzanillo is one of the Pacific side's most fickle waves. When it's on, however, it's one of the best waves in Nicaragua. Manzanillo requires both a very specific swell direction from the SW and a certain size before it begins to show its true form. (The wrong direction can render it mushy or a closeout, or both.)

Source: Manzanillo Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

No real locals here, but it still can get intense.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Yes, when the swell is good.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Can get good but fickle.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Medium

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Fair

Additional Information

Hazards

Turning your back to the ocean.

Access

Private development. Boat access only.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Rock.

Best Season

April-August

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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