Hacienda Nicaragua Mark and Daves

Nicaragua: Southern Nicaragua

Exclusive rent for 8 people is possible at this beach front camp with a swimming pool, open-sided palapa and wave right out front.

LowPressure’s Stormrider Surf Guide says

General Conditions

The bulk of Nicaragua’s coastline makes up the Mosquito Coast on the Caribbean side, where an extensive, shallow shelf drains what meager swells are available. Most of Nicaragua’s known surf spots are concentrated in the developed southwest corner where a narrow stretch of coastline separates Lake Nicaragua (the largest lake in Central America) from the Pacific. This huge body of water creates the perfect atmospheric conditions, causing winds to blow offshore for most of the year, around the San Juan Del Sur area. Surfing in Nicaragua started to grow a decade ago as the newly established democracy allowed the return of a bunch of self-exiled locals that had discovered surfing in Florida. They then started tapping into their own country’s wealth of excellent beachbreaks and left points.

Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide’s website.


Condition descriptions provided by the Operator


Nicaragua is blessed with an abundance of good waves, offshore winds, and sunny weather almost all year-round. Mark and Dave’s Place is situated in front of the best waves the country has to offer with a climate that averages around 80 degress and water temps that hover between 75 - 85 degrees as well. The surf rarely drops below 2 feet at any time during the year and bigger swell events are likely - up to 8 feet - between April - October.

Instead of searching for waves via boat or on a sketchy 4 wheel drive mission our guests are are already on the most wave fertile beach in Nicaragua… no boat or car required and no reason to go anywhere else! With the wind almost always offshore due to the Lago Nicaragua effect be prepared for a good mix of barrels, beachbreaks, reefs, and points during your visit.

Since Mark and Dave’s place is located directly on the beach you can pick and choose when you want to surf, hang out in the pool, hit up a round of golf, or capture another magical sunset in paradise - we’ve got you covered!



Colorado’s is arguably one of the best beachbreaks in Nicaragua, if not Central America. Any hint of south swell gets funneled into A-Frame peaks groomed to perfection by the constant offshore wind. For most surfers visiting Nicaragua, Colorado’s is only accessible by a lengthy boat ride requiring you to wake up at 5:00am, head to the dock, load up, and head for the break. At Mark and Dave’s you will be able to wake up, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, rub the sleep from your eyes, and simply look down the beach to get the latest surf report.

The wave itself is a neverending mix of barrels, peaks, sections, and ramps that revolve around the mood of the ocean and tides. No two days are ever the exact same but one thing is for certain, Colorado’s can dish out incredible barrels when the elements come together. Its power will surprise you at times, it is one of the most consistent spots in Central America as well. Be prepared to break a board or two during your visit, but also be prepared to get some of the best rides of your life over one of the best sandbars imaginable!


Ponga Drops

Ponga Drops (aka: Mark and Dave’s) is a deepwater peak that breaks over a relatively tame rock reef. It is an absolute magnet for swell and has the uncanny ability to turn any ripple the Pacific Ocean throws at it into something overhead and rippable. Ponga Drops is more sensitive to stiff offshore winds than surrounding waves because it breaks pretty far offshore; but, with lights winds or no wind at all you should expect a very playful right that breaks all the way through to the inside as well as a mellow left ideal for multiple cutbacks.

Ponga Drops (aka: Mark and Daves) is located directly in front of Mark and Dave’s Place and the view you see above is the view you will undoubtedly see during your trip as well. It can hold any size without closing out and has been compared to a tame Sunset Beach in Hawaii crossed with a fun day at Wind and Sea on some of its better days. Best of all your friends can heckle you from our infinity pool as you drop in!.


The Right

The Beach stretches for over a mile and is highlighted by Colorado’s and Ponga Drops… Besides these two, superb waves the entire beach has the ability to transform into a very good beachbreak depending on wind, tide, and swell. The area directly out front of Mark and Dave’s Place can get remarkably good on a mixed up swell and the area to the north of the house, next to the cliff you see in the picture above has the ability to fire on any given day as well.

“The Right” down the beach is actually a mellow right pointbreak that hugs the corner of a picturesque rock cliff. The waves here refract and bend around the headland andultimately open up for a very entertaining 50 - 75 yard right that eventually extinguishes itself into a closeout when the rest of the swell catches up to it.

Other breaks in our vicinity that you can access if you decide to rent a truck or let us set up a guide for you include Astellero, Chacosante, Manzanillo, Outer Reef, Playgrounds, Popoyo, Rosada, Santanas, and many more!

PP/Night from US$ 207