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Address: Nicaragua

This beach is gaining a following as one of the best surfing beaches...

This beach is gaining a following as one of the best surfing beaches anywhere.

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Beautiful, relaxing and great for surfing

I enjoy Popoyo for many reasons. Number one being the Rancho above where you can get out of the heat and enjoy the views, good music, grab a bite to eat, something cold drink... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2016
Christy K
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New Mexico
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90 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

The beaches of Popoyo are lovely. They are renowned for the excellent surfing. The beaches are very clean and have areas of white sand, black sand, and rocks. Often, we were the only people in sight. The waves are beautiful and strong. This is ideal for amazing surfing, but not ideal for folks who want to just chill out and... More 

1 Thank AbqErica
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

I enjoy Popoyo for many reasons. Number one being the Rancho above where you can get out of the heat and enjoy the views, good music, grab a bite to eat, something cold drink. It's one of the safest beaches I've ever been on worldwide. The views are stunning and the surfers make good eye candy.

1 Thank Christy K
Gimli, Canada
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49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Playa Popoyo is. One of the great surfing spots in Nicaragua. The waves can get absolutely huge, but they seem restricted to the far northern end of the beach area, leaving the front beach quite acceptable for swimming. There are plenty of bars and small restaurants right on the beach. The winds were very extreme when we visited in February,... More 

Thank Wapikianimoosh
Seal Beach, California
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63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

this little beach city has alot to offer. Plenty of little hotels with good cheap food, cold Tonas and an amazing view. Has a sand bottom beach for kids to play in when the surf isnt too big. A few minute walk, there is a world renoun surf break (both rights and lefts) that breaks over a reef. A bit... More 

3 Thank LinLaz
Calgary, Canada
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131 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

Popoyo beach is a great area for surfing! Just be aware that it is not an area where you can really swim. At the time we visited (January) we learned that it is known to be quite windy (January and February, actually). There were moments on the beach where we felt we were in a sand storm and couldn't really... More 

2 Thank 1_4_adventure
Ottawa, Canada
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195 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Returned for third year to my small family-owned hotel right on this magnificent beach incorrectly listed by this website..as I pointed out in last yearz's review, Popoyo beach rightly famous for its professional break surf is further North past the MagnificRock hotel which sits high on the point if land betweenvthectwo beaches. The nearby Rancho Santana gated community and boutique... More 

6 Thank Donald R M
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60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Love the beach, the surf, and the tidepools!!! You can even sit in this giant pool! There is a super rad lil bar up on top of the break

Thank BriA143
Las Salinas, Nicaragua
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65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

The owner of Finca Popoyo goes way out of his way to keep the beach safe and clean as well as he has Rancho above called Finca Popoyo for surfers to take a break, get a beverage, snack, hot meal! Mixed drink ! Family friendly and world class surf ! I could write a book on this place! Foot note... More 

1 Thank Sassytravler95
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

One of the best places to be in the whole country. I lived here for a year (Nicaragua) and there aren't many places I prefer more.

2 Thank Lewis J
Birmingham, Alabama
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

A 2.5 hour trek through a bit of a desolate area and some bumpy roads (coming from Masaya), this was worth the journey. Words can't describe the beauty of this beach. Magnificent rock formations, beautiful waves and such sweet locals make for an ideal locale. Highly recommend for surfers, adventure seekers, families, couples, ANYONE who wants a more quiet version... More 

3 Thank Nathania N

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