There are some places you arrive at and feel exactly where you are meant to be. Surf Tours Nicaragua’s camp at Miramar Point is such a place.
After a 40-minute drive from Leon, we strolled through the gates and were lead up the steps to the raised wooden deck overlooking the glorious Pacific Ocean. Having spent the previous weeks curled up in freezing cold cabins and hiking through rain-soaked forests in Peñas Blancas and generally moving faster than we normally would, a few days of sun and salt were exactly what we needed.
We yearned for a place to relax and unwind, and we couldn’t have found a better spot. After two months away from the ocean, it felt good to be back. There were waves to be caught and feet to get sandy.
We parked ourselves in one of half a dozen hammocks bathed in afternoon light, put up our feet and were rocked into a drowsy bliss by the gentle breeze as the waves rolled in before us. Take a beer. Take a book. Take a nap. We soon found that a hammock up on the deck was the perfect place to while away the afternoon.
But with a rack full of surf boards calling to us and the waves just 20 paces away we weren’t about to spend all day in the hammock.
The crew rises early for first breakfast (yes, there are more than one) and a surf check on the deck. We sat in our line-up of rocking chairs, swaying back and forth, watching the sets roll in, getting bigger and better with the rising tide. After downing the last of our coffee and shaking off any remnants of sleep we waxed our boards and headed out onto the sand as the first rays of sunlight crept their way down the beach.
We were in for a ripper of a morning.
After three hours of scoring wave after wave, high fiving in the water, good vibes and one too many run ins with the reef we turned in for the morning to hear to gentle jangling of the breakfast bell. Our steaming hot second breakfast was freshly served on the dining table.
If only every morning on the road could begin like this.
Between walks on the beach and surf sessions at the first and last light of the day, our days were spent soaking up the sun over books in the hammock to a backing soundtrack of a gentle guitar strumming and waves breaking on the shore.
But, as always, our three days here passed by far too quickly. We could have easily spent a week or two in this perfect hideaway by the sea.
Surf Tours Nicaragua is an all-inclusive surf camp with laid-back vibes and none of the fuss of a resort. The hosts are friendly, helpful and make you feel immediately at home. As we were told on arrival, ‘mi casa es su casa.’ After evenings of all you can eat pizza, playing pool to our choice of tunes and daily sunset beers on the deck we sure wished it was our casa. If you’re looking for a hassle-free surfing trip with uncrowded waves on your doorstep we would highly recommend staying with Surf Tours Nicaragua.
To fit in with early morning surf sessions two breakfasts are served. A very welcome break from gallo pinto, there are cereals and fruits for the early risers, and a hot breakfast around mid-morning. For lunch and dinner it’s Nicaraguan dishes with a twist. Indian spiced or zesty lemon and pepper chicken (probably the best chicken we had in Nicaragua, and we had a LOT of good chicken) with tangy pico de gallo and a variety of sides. Meals are served family style around the large dining table.
There is also a weekly pizza night with seriously scrumptious pizza with imaginative toppings and a trip to a local restaurant that serves huge and delicious portions of grilled lobster, chicken and fish.
Tea, coffee and filtered water are available all day.
Rooms are bright, colourful and cosy with private bathroom, air conditioning and fan.
Door-to-door transfers are offered between Leon and Managua. An open-air gym, yoga classes, massages and surfboard rental are also available.
Surf Tours Nicaragua also have a boat which can be used for fishing and surf trips to more remote locations guaranteeing you will have access to the best waves in the area.
To fully experience Surf Tours Nicaragua we received a complementary stay. However, as always, all opinions are our own.