Nicaragua: SEASONS & WEATHER
All Day Offshore Winds
Unlike Costa Rica to the south and the other breaks to the north in Nicaragua and El Salvador, the Popoyo Surf Zone receives 300+ days year of all day offshore winds funneling in from Lake Nicaragua. The combination of tropical conditions, near constant offshore wind and deep-water swells creates great, year round surf.
Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast climate is Marine Tropical and has two main seasons: green and dry.
The green season from May to November and generally enjoys sunny days with occasional short tropical showers in the afternoon or night. Plants get plenty of sun but very little rain during the Nicaragua summer or dry season that runs from December through April.
Air temperatures along the coast do not change much throughout the year and are generally 75 to 90 during the day and 70 to 75 at night.
Water temperatures are also generally ideal year around. This is the tropics, and all that implies warm air, warm water, palm trees, sandy beaches and cool drinks.
The best surf season in Nicaragua is March through November when they receive the largest and most consistent southern swells. The waves tend to be fast and hollow. Wave heights during this time average shoulder to overhead, but are often double overhead or larger at some breaks.
October is the least crowded month in Nicaragua surf season with plenty of swell but onshore winds and heavy rains can make surfing and travel a challenge.
November is one of the best months to visit with great weather, strong swells and fewer travelers. Although larger swells hit form time to time, from December to February stronger off shore winds tend to create waist to shoulder high surf and upwelling can produce slightly cooler water temperatures.