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water temperature now?

We are going to be in SJDS on Saturday...staying for 8 days. We are all hoping to surf everyday. Just wondering how the water temperature is? Should we bring insulated tops or are regular rash guards OK? The surf sites say that the water temp is 79 degrees F and that seems warm to us.

Managua, Nicaragua
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Greetings atravelam:

Hey, you guys are from New Hampshire and worried about cold water? :)

In the Tola and San Juan del Sur, Rivas areas the offshore wind is strong so the temps get cool during the current period, say February - April by the extended upwelling of the deep ocean waters.

The cold isn't so much in the water as it is in the offshore winds blowing against your rash guard. An insulated top would be the call but I have a feeling you'll be fine with just a rash guard except for very early morning sessions. If you go up the coast away from Rivas the wind is a more normal offshore/onshore flow so the water temps stay warmer.

Cheers,Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde

New Hampshire
posts: 33
reviews: 4
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hey Mike -

Thanks so much for your reply! It makes sense that the constant offshore winds will blow out the warmer surface water and bring in the cooler water. We are staying close to Playa Maderas and are hoping to be able to surf there often, but would like to try other breaks as well. Being from NH we are definitely used to cold water and wetsuits year round!...just hoping to escape that for a bit in Nicaragua!

Managua, Nicaragua
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Have fun. Live free or die NH!

New Hampshire
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Ha!...thanks!...On our way to Nica now!!

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