We’re right on the beach in beautiful Playa Gigante! Only a short paddle to the boat, and you’re on your way. Playa Gigante is centrally located for easy access by boat to breaks as far south as Playa Yanqui and as far north as Playgrounds and all of the breaks in between!
Experience surfing a variety of wave types and different breaks along the coast. With GFS’s prime location and an experienced surf team, we’ve mastered how to experience maximum surfing fun with minimal crowds.
You will be surfing the best waves around every session.
Best time for surfing in Nicaragua
If you are looking for consistent waist to head high swell, Nicaragua is best for surfing between march and september. Southern swell arrives at the end of march and builds over the next few months. In april, the swell is good and crowds are minimal. The only exception is Semana Santa (Holy Week), when Nicaraguans head towards the beach looking for enjoying the holiday.
With May comes the rains. Temperatures cool off a bit and the swell continues to build better consistency. May through august is prime-time for southern Nicaragua. Hands down the best time to surf in Nicaragua. The swell is dependable and big days can generally be expected. What makes this time of year best for Southern Nicaragua is the wind created by the lake effect. All sorts of weather conditions go into making each break work at its best; swell height, swell direction, tidal conditions, and steady offshore winds. Most spots have wind conditions that tend to be predictable, but they will shift directions at different times of day. Down here in the Rivas province, Lake Nicaragua creates steady daylong offshore winds. That’s not to say that onshore never happens, but Playa Gigante isn’t like some places where the wind always turns onshore after noon.
September and october are the peak of the rainy season. In October, the wet season tropical storms start to hit Gigante. Occasionally these storms will arrive in september but it is uncommon and the swell is still good.
November is the dry season. During november and december waist to head high waves, comparable to high season can still occur. You can definitely score until mid-January, but good swell transitions from being the norm to the exception as time moves on.
This also means that from November on is a great time for beginner surfers. If you are looking to learn to surf or aren’t quite to the point where you are hunting for barrels yet, november through february are the time of year you want to come down.
Our lodge is nestled on the south end of the beach in Playa Gigante. There are six rooms capable of single or double occupancy. All rooms have their own private bathroom and air conditioning units. The lodge's center is a common space filled with books, guitars, and a smart TV for streaming. Most of our time is spent outside, right by the beach. The common eating area and hammocks are in the sand under our shade trees, listening to the waves crash.
Our vision is to offer a one-of-a-kind surf camp experience, giving our guests the best surf Nicaragua has to offer combined with the best hospitality. We want to bring you back to the camaraderie of surfing!
We pride ourselves in running a surf camp that makes guests feel at home. Our clients always arrive as guests and leave as friends. While feeling cozy and welcome, we also provide you with a high level of service.
If you're here to learn, we're not here to only get you standing up long enough for a photo. We're here to teach you to surf! Paddling, reading waves, positioning, and standing techniques.
With the hard work of our team, our surf camp family, we continue to succeed in providing expert guidance with a personalized touch. We are your friendly hosts, knowledgeable surf buddies, and hard-working staff. All rolled into one!