About Playa Colorado

Colorados is a very good and consistent beachbreak that works best on SSW-SW swells and during medium tides (depending on swell size). A river flows out here and keeps the sandbar replenished. The surf tends to always be best from just on the north side to right in front of the river mouth. The south side of the river mouth is usually always walled out. Colorados' perfection size is typically from around chest-shoulder high to 2-3 feet overhead (depending on sandbar quality and tide) -- anything bigger will usually wall out. Incoming sets will first bump up some on a reef way outside (which will even break on larger swells), before sinking back down then rising again at the lineup. The wave/peak can be quite shifty (which spreads out the crowd a little bit) with a fast peeling right, quite often with a hollow barrel. The lefts are usually a little less hollow than the rights, but still very racey, ripable, and hollow enough. Colorados is best and most hollow on a low-mid to mid-high tide. On the peak higher tides, it becomes a bit backwashy and less hollow, and peak low tides can get drained out with bad rips. The best wind is obviously calm or light offshore (anything from north to east). Although Nica is known for the steady offshore flow due to Lake Nicaragua, sometimes it can blow a little too hard offshore. When these offshores are strong, you can often spot people getting pitched over the falls trying to get over the ledge. Colorados is one of the most popular spots in Nicaragua, frequented mostly by visiting surfers, however the number of local surfers is steadily growing (especially among the kids). Unless you are staying at Playa Iguanas, access is often obtained by boat, or a long walk south from Rancho Santana.

Source: Playa Colorado Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced - pro

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Depends on conditions and size of the crowd. Always show respect though.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Thick when good at Colorados, but usually pretty spread out, as there are a few different peaks to choose from.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

One of the best waves in Nicaragua when it's on and its on lot -- certainly one of the best beachbreaks. Long draining barrels are not uncommon here.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Depends on size and consistency, but typically not so bad.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Usually clean, unless the river is flowing with farm runoff, which then can be quite dirty. The river is usually flowing heavy in October.

Additional Information

Hazards

Shallow impact zone, which the wave can slam you hard in; caught inside on a big set; river debris after rains.

Access

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

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

April-August

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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