About Panga Drops

Located at the north end of Playa Iguanas, Panga Drops is a fun alternative to the heavier Colorados. Pangas enjoys the same offshore bathymetry benefits as Colorados, but it is a horseshoe reef rather than perfectly crafted sandbars. On a proper SW swell, the reef will peel off both shifty lefts and rights that can barrel. On big days, the right at Pangas can sometimes give you a feel of Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu. This wave can break way out there, and there have been accounts of bull shark sightings on this reef.

Source: Panga Drops Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Best suited for good to advanced surfers when its on, but ok for average surfers when smaller.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Usually mellow.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Usually mellow with mainly visiting surfers. Colorados is crowded with locals and tourists.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

When Panga Drops is solid, it's a great wave. Colorados is one of the best waves in Nica.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Depends on size and consistency, but usually a lot of paddling as it breaks far out and long rides.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not bad unless the river is flowing with farm runoff.

Additional Information


Shallow impact zone. River debris after rains. Sharks.


Stay at Iguanas. Otherwise, you'll need to boat or hike in.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard


Rock reef (sand at Colorados)

Best Season

All summer. Prime season is April through September. Much of October typically sees onshore wind and heavy rain, while November is a sleeper month with late season pulses and good conditions.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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