Nicaragua is known for its world-class waves and some of the best point and reef breaks in Central America. The best time for surfing is during summer, from June to September, especially during July and August.
During autumn, from September to December, swell is still consistent, with some good waves. The weather can be rainy, but this results in fewer crowds surfing. In winter, from December to March, the swell is less consistent, waves smaller, and the water temperature is lower. During spring, March to June, south swells make their way into the beach breaks and reef breaks. Swell starts picking up again by March.
ThunderBomb Surf Camp is directly located on the beautiful beach of Santa Maria Del Mar and was designed to have an appearance of a small resort without taking the home away from home feel. Our brand new large house is on a small property and you will have all the privacy in the world with only steps away from the waves.
All our neighbors are friendly Nicaraguans that only visit their beach houses a few times a year. Fun times for all when our neighbors visit but mostly very, very quiet here. All our rooms have the luxury of A/C and are very large. Did I mention the second-floor balcony? It is our center point for yoga, massage, and wave watching. Our downstairs houses hammocks, tables for dinner, or playing games with our friendly team members. Our camp was designed for the addicted surfer, keeping in mind a great ambiance for a family vacation or group surf trip. With our green surroundings and great sunsets, we hope you make it home yearning to return to ThunderBomb Surf Camp.
Our camp is fully equipped to provide the maximum surf experience. We have Toyota Safari 4x4's to get to our destinations and work closely with local boat captains to surf all of our prime locations and conditions. Of course, you'll enjoy a lot of your time at ThunderBomb in the water, but we have designed our surroundings to be a perfect place to relax outside of the water as well.
We hope you'll enjoy drinks on the beach, lounging in an oceanside hammock, and everything that paradise has to offer. You'll feel right at home... or far from it! We strive to make your experience as memorable and enjoyable as possible. We mainly use local (and seasonal) produce and other products for your culinary delights. Our team members strive to keep our area clean, green and treat the locals with the same respect as we treat our guests. We would love to share the beauty of Nicaragua with you.
A typical day
For all you hardcore surfers out there or joining our yoga retreat, we aim to please! Early wake up, yoga/fruit /toast /coffee, transportation to local breaks or long-distance breaks, then big breakfast, 2nd session at ideal spots (wind permitting), tasty lunch, sunset session, chill time, and then a great dinner, hang out with us, the locals or get ready to do it all again tomorrow with a good nights sleep!
We live and breathe surf here at ThunderBomb Surf Camp in Nicaragua. Our team is comprised of dedicated people that want to ensure you have the ultimate surf adventure, beginning with the owners, Jonathan Griffin, and Albertus Valkenburg.
Jonathan Griffin (who moved to Nicaragua to feed his surf addiction) was born and raised in Boston, MA, and will be your host in and out of the water.
Albertus Valkenburg grew up across the Atlantic in Holland and will be managing your stay to perfection. Additional team members include Xiomara, our local chef, and German, our Guide and manager. Don Ever, security guard/gardener, is always smiling and willing to offer a helping hand. He keeps things running at ThunderBomb surf camp while we’re out doing what we do best – surfing!
Marines in housekeeping, she ensures that things stay tidy. Last but not least, we have Antonio (Father of Alex, local surf champ), our boat-captain and local fisherman who knows ‘his waves’ better than anyone.