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Latitude: 12° 22.202' N
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Located just 13 miles/18 km west of the Colonial city of Leon. 20 minute bus ride (10 cordobas/$.50). Las Penitas is 4 km south of the village of Poneloya. Bus will drop you off right in front of the Playa Roca Beach Hotel, less than 150 ft. from the surf.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Las Penitas
Wave qualityWorld Class
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Right in front of the Hotel Playa Roca. The point is only meters from the Bar/Restaurant.
Was picked by Quicksilver to host the first International Surf Contest in the history of Northern Nicaragua
Still very unknown to the general surfing population. Has great beaches, San Juan Venado Island Wildlife Reserve for tours, hiking, fishing. Playa Roca has dorms, private rooms, excellent bar and restaurant right on the BEACH.
By Kevin , 15-08-2009
Las Penitas - Was in Leon Mar/Apr 09 and took a bus ride out to Las Penitas to check it out. No swell at all when I got there and talking to a local dude and he mention it is actually not very consistent, but when it hit, it hits hard. watch out! Very strong rips.
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