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Accommodation
Private beds, rooms & studios
Duration
2+ nights
Nearest major airport
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA)

Inspiring adventurous souls

"We are an all-inclusive, eco-friendly boutique surf resort & yoga retreat. Malibu Popoyo is grounded in Nicaraguan culture, a neighbor to ten world-class surf breaks, and powered by a team committed to delivering an experience that inspires revival and transformation."

The surf

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Playa Santana is a surf haven. With more than ten world-class breaks within 30 miles, our priority is surf. We offer everyone waves ranging from longboard peelers and beach breaks to deep and hollow reef breaks. Nicaragua enjoys 300 plus days of offshore winds a year.

The ideal tropical climate and deep-water swells create the perfect conditions for year-round surfing. There are two main seasons, wet (May to November) and dry (December to April), with occasional tropical showers throughout the year.

The most consistent and most significant water swells hit the coast from March through November. Waves come in fast, averaging from shoulder to overhead on fun surf spots but often reach double overhead or higher at more adventurous breaks. October is an off-season month due to strong onshore winds and frequent heavy rains, although the weather gets more fair towards the tail end.

November still sees heavy winds and strong swells. For those who like to brave the elements, this is the least crowded time in Nicaragua as the weather becomes cooler. December to February have stronger offshore winds that create waist to shoulder high surf. The water is also cooler at this time. Exhaustion and dehydration can be your biggest enemies here, so make sure you drink lots of water. Mosquitoes are not a problem in the dry season, but be aware of scorpions and other assorted critters.

The lodge

Nestled in the trees just off the beach at Playa Santana, Malibu Popoyo centers around a beautiful pool, lounge area, and cantina. We aren’t just a hotel, a surf break, a retreat center, a restaurant, or a yoga studio. We are all of these and so much more. We offer a curated experience with something for explorers, adrenaline junkies, and first-timers.

Our goal is to immerse you in nature, culture, and vitality so you leave with more life in your mind, body, and spirit. At Malibu Popoyo, you score an all-access pass to soak up all that Nicaragua has to offer.

Restaurant

Enjoy healthy meals prepared using only fresh ingredients from La Quinta, our local organic farm. Our cantina serves amazing and healthy meals inspired by an authentic fusion of Central American and Western cuisines. In addition, we offer various dishes packed with flavor and designed to sustain your energy and vitality throughout your stay.

Activities

With more than 10 world-class breaks within 30 miles, our priority is surf. We offer something for everyone with waves ranging from longboard peelers and beach breaks to deep and hollow reef breaks.

Our beautiful open-sided, wooden-floor palapa was specifically crafted for a relaxing and revitalizing yoga experience nestled among our lush Nicaraguan gardens and neighboring ocean waves. After yoga, take a post-surf dip in our 16-meter pool and lounge while listening to live music or a mellow playlist. Our poolside cocktail service includes locally-inspired craft cocktails and organic cold-pressed juices.

Sometimes we need deep relaxation to propel us into a higher state of adventure-seeking. For that, treat yourself to a rejuvenating full body massage, reflexology, detox scrub, or facial. If the mood asks for more adrenaline, immerse yourself in the Nicaraguan lifestyle and explore our adventure collection. We offer an adventure for all seasons and interests, including hiking, horseback riding, and local tours.

Location

Getting there
Fly to Managua airport. We are located on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, about 2.5 hours from Managua and 3 hours from Liber... read more

Malibu Popoyo

Leading trips since 2010
Ernesto
Manager
Ernesto
Ernesto

After traveling the world searching for surf, Jade Sheppard opened Malibu Popoyo in 2017. Since then, Jade is focused on delivering an unparalleled experience in both surf and lifestyle. Malibu Popoyo is genuinely a paradise from both a design and activities perspective. Jade has brought on a team of an amazing staff and built a beautiful boutique hotel.

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

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Questions?

What's included?
Accommodation, daily surf guiding with transportation (1 surf session) and all meals.
What's not included?
Flights, airport transfers (available for an extra fee), boat trips, alcoholic beverages, smoothies, kombuchas, spa, 2% tourism tax, surf lessons and board rental.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 30 days before the trip starts.
Risk-free booking
Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund.
Change of plans? No worries. Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund, no questions asked.
Best price guarantee
If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
Booking with Thermal never costs more. If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
Connect directly
Speak to the team on the ground, instead of a travel agent.
Instead of a travel agent, we connect you directly to the team on the ground for the answers you need.
Exclusive experiences
We have a roster of amazing, one-off trips in the works.
Each week brings something new to discover. We have a roster of amazing, one-off experiences in the works.