About Playa Maderas

Maderas is the closest beach to San Juan Del Sur, which makes it one of the cultural centers of Nicaraguan surfing. Local surfers flock here and there are contests happening year-round. The wave itself is kind of average -- not as good as the beachbreaks to the north, generally -- but it's a stunning setting and a nice place to relax.

Source: Playa Maderas Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels -- Depends on size of course.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Can get intense, but often mellow.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Crowded with locals and tourists.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Often just an average wave but it has its good days.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Can be a lot of paddling when good/consistent.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Usually always clean.

Additional Information




Thirty minutes north of San Juan del Sur, over the mountain. Or by boat.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard



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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