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Private rooms
6+ nights
Nearest major airport
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA)

Waves for every skill level, everyday of the week

"Perched on a breezy hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, at Chancletas you will witness the best that Nicaragua has to offer. Come and surf incredible waves, take in spectacular natural scenery, savor fresh and deliciously prepared cuisine, and experience paradise as we know it!"

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell

Chancletas is in the secluded region of Northern Nicaragua, near the town of Chinandega. There are very small towns with ranchers and mostly dirt roads along the coastline in this rural region. This is classic, old-school Nicaragua.

Chancletas is directly in front of the world-class beach break, "the boom". Surfers come from all over the world to score this spot and there's no better place to stay than here. The other surf spots are abundant, but hard to get to. That's where we come in. We'll be taking off-road vehicles and boats if we want to explore.

The main season for pumping waves is in April - September. The dry season (Oct-March) can still have fun waves but is less consistent. Advanced surfers will most likely want to come in the wet season, while beginners can come anytime and we'll get you into some friendly waves.

The lodge

Set on a breezy hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Chancletas is nestled next to a sleepy fishing village, in front of the most legendary wave in Northern Nicaragua - we remain the only resort on the Boom Beach. The coastline is shaped by an estuary mouth to the south, where sailboats and fishermen pass, and a rocky headland full of shells and tide pools to the north.

Our amenities include air-conditioned rooms, exclusive access to the beach and famous surf breaks, gated resort security, pool with cushioned lounge chairs and deck shade, highspeed wifi, bocce ball court, corn hole, backup electricity, and once a day maid service. There are also surfboard repair shop services available.


Our restaurant serves a fusion of local and American cuisine based on what is fresh and in season! We are also happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have - just let us know ahead of time! Our meal plan for resort guests includes a pre-surf continental breakfast, hot breakfast, lunch, & dinner with dessert.


We offer additional tours and activities, such as ​surf excursions, professional photo/video services, volcano trekking, stand-up paddleboard tours, fishing, horseback riding, massage, yoga, and more. All activities are available for an extra fee.


Getting there
Fly to Managua, we are a three-hour drive away from there. We will arrange an airport transfer for you with one of our privat... read more

Chancletas Beach Resort

Leading trips since 2003
Shay O'Brien
Founder & owner
Shay O'Brien
Shay O'Brien

Founded by Shay O’Brien and his family in 2003. Over the last two decades, Chancletas Beach Resort has been a cornerstone in establishing and growing surf culture in Northern Nicaragua. Since its inception, the resort has also remained a family-owned and operated business, and Chancletas takes pride that its entire staff is from the surrounding community.

Languages: English, Spanish
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

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What's included?
Exclusive Boom Beach access, high-speed wifi, all resort amenities, once-a-day maid service, and round-trip airport transfer per group, and extras depending on the package.
What's not included?
Flights, surf excursions, professional photo/video services, volcano trekking, stand-up paddleboard tours, fishing, horseback riding, massage, yoga. All are available for an extra fee.
What do I need to bring?
Insect repellent, flashlight, running shoes & light long pants (if you plan on doing any offsite excursions), USD cash for gratuities, alcoholic drinks, and additional tours and excursions, any gently... read more
Are there ATM's close to Chancletas?
The closest ATM is in Chinendega which is a 45-minute drive from Chancletas.
What is the currency used in Nicaragua?
The official Nicaraguan currency is called Cordobas. However, Chancletas (as with the rest of Nicaragua) accepts USD and Cordobas. We are not able to accept other currencies or travelers' checks at th... read more
Does Chancletas accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, and Amex.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
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