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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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Central America

Location: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Costa Rica and Honduras
Geographic coordinates: 13° 0' N, 85° 0' W
Coastline km: 910 km km
Climate: tropical in lowlands, cooler in highlands
Terrain: extensive Atlantic coastal plains rising to central interior mountains; narrow Pacific coastal plain interrupted by volcanoes
Elevation: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Mogoton 2,438 m
Natural hazards: destructive earthquakes; volcanoes; landslides; extremely susceptible to hurricanes volcanism: Nicaragua experiences significant volcanic activity; Cerro Negro (elev. 728 m, 2,388 ft), which last erupted in 1999, is one of Nicaragua's most active volcanoes; its lava flows and ash have been known to cause significant damage to farmland and buildings; other historically active volcanoes include Concepcion, Cosiguina, Las Pilas, Masaya, Momotombo, San Cristobal, and Telica
Currency: cordobas (NIO)
Population: 5,995,928 (July 2010 est.)
Languages: Spanish 97.5% (official), Miskito 1.7%, other 0.8% (1995 census)
Capital: Managua
Divisions: 15 departments (departamentos, singular - departamento) and 2 autonomous regions* (regiones autonomistas, singular - region autonoma); Atlantico Norte*, Atlantico Sur*, Boaco, Carazo, Chinandega, Chontales, Esteli, Granada, Jinotega, Leon, Madriz, Managua, Masaya, Matagalpa, Nueva Segovia, Rio San Juan, Rivas

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Playa Maderas
By morlo
Dec 21, 2009
Nica 1ra San juan - Impresionante offshore todo el dia... bueno la llegada Pobre carrito  bueno llegamos  unos pocos surfistas mas que todo extrangelos, el agua muy clara olas pequeñas y divertidas, izquierdas y derechas sufee de 6 a 9 , luego el desa

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Trip: Nica San Juan del Sur
By morlo
From Dec 20, 2009 to Dec 23, 2009
Inicio como una propuesta de visita a un familiar pero con plan de ir a conoce la Bahia de San Juan del Sur, Investigando en internet fue marcado como un posible SurfSpot, imediatamente compre un boleto ida y vuelta en Bus , arme mi maleta de


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By Jeff33 , 23-11-2010

Accomodation near popoyo - Heading to Nicaragua in March & April and I'm looking for some accomodation near Popoyo or Santana. I dont wanna stay in a surf camp or condo as prices are ridiculous. Can anyone recommend a descent place run by locals? cheers

By Anonymous , 19-11-2010

Surf the Boom! - Cam I'm keen buddy. I just saw there was a last minute cancellation so the cabin is available until December 21. I'm in San Juan del Sur right now but can get to Aserradores today. Email me asap and we'll score some tubes!

By Cam , 09-10-2010

Surf the Boom - I like the look of this new website Pumping tubes in north Nicaragua and three bucks a day! I just need to find two more people to share the cabin and I'll stay for a few months! Anyone interested email me at

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