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A popular destination that is easy to pull together last minute is Nicaragua. As long as there is swell chances are you will get some great waves. In case you didn’t know there is a huge lake located on the southern end of the country that is responsible for creating offshore winds 300 days a year - it allows the trade winds from the Caribbean to flow right over Nicaragua and straight out the other side.

Obviously if you are looking to get barreled, offshore winds really helps your chances.  So we saw some swell, called some buddies and in no time at all Jesse Columbo, Mike Pitt and myself were booked and ready to roll.

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When I go to Nicaragua I like to stay at the Hacienda Iguana development in the Tola Province.  The reasons are numerous:  First this is where Colorados is, which is one of the best beach breaks in Nicaragua.  Also, the place has great lodging options from awesome 6 bedroom mansions on the beach like the Wave Garden or where we stayed, the Colorado Surf Condo which is perfect for 3-4 guys on a quick surf trip or ideal for a small family. Watch a short video of this place made by Tony Roberts HERE. Maggie is a great host, and she will make sure you have everything you need, right down to restaurant recommendations and where to get a massage.   She also happens to be Surfbreak’s 3rd listing ever, so we are particularly fond of her for taking a chance and listing with us.

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There is a 9 hole course as well as a couple restaurants within the development.  If you like places where you can show up, and if you don’t want to get in a car again the whole time you are there, this is the place. Of course you can still drive around and explore up and down the coast if you want, or you can just surf thumping barrels the whole time directly in front of your place.image

Surfbreak has plenty of lodging options for this part of the country for all budgets. We also have over 100 rentals in Nicaragua so chances are we have the perfect place for you to call home for your next adventure.

If you are looking for an awesome photographer to capture your sessions, check out Tony Roberts.  He is the man,  Not only does he shoot  awesome photos but he rips and is a great all around guy. Tony stayed with us a couple days and is still fired up like a grom - he was always up the earliest to check it, cooks tasty healthy snacks and really knows the place and what you could expect on virtually any swell, wind combo.  To book Tony, check out his Facebook page.

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Here are some more pics from the trip.  It really didn’t come together like we were had hoped, but the water was warm, the company was hilarious and there was still plenty of surfing to do.  Even when Colorados is on the small side, it still packs a punch. So know your limits down there, some people call this break Puerto’s little cousin, so just remember the sandbar there is like cement.image

Another cool tidbit about Colorados is there happens to be a beach club directly in front of the main break which has a pool, delicious lunch/dinner spot and a bar.  This makes for a hangout spot for surfers in between sessions as well as families with their kids going swimming.  This really helps for a family vacation because at times the ocean can be a little rough and probably not the best place to be taking an infant swimming.  So for sure, the pool comes in handy.  Nothing better than having an ice cold Tona after surfing all day watching the sunset in the pool and reliving the days glory and heckles!

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New Portugal listing: @lisbonsurfhouse. Modern city life, heaps of culture and real waves nearby

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@saltystate living the Indo dream - by @mick_curley_photo

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Late playful south swells, Kauai

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Central America

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Northern Ca by @adamwarmington

One of my favorite places in the world is Puerto Escondido, Mexico.image

 Maybe its the fact you will never conquer that beachbreak.  Maybe it’s the people and the warm smiles people give you as you stroll along Playa Zicatela.  Maybe as the more you go down there, you start to understand how the place works, who you should know and what you should do, which ultimately comes from experience.image

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Puerto has taught me so many lessons about life and surfing.  #1 Puerto will always kick your ass, no matter what the size.  #2 if the waves don’t kick your ass, a local very well could if you get out of line.  That’s what I love about Puerto, its a flashback to the days of the surfing wild west.  It’s really not about airs or new school moves, as we all know Puerto is about packing big fat barrels.  It’s about bigger boards and making the drop.  It’s also about waiting your turn.  Over the years, I have seen a couple big shots face the grim reality of stepping out of turn and have their whole trip come crashing around them.  I guess i kind of like that stuff deep down inside.  It’s nice knowing there are places where its not only about your ability but as you get to know some of the boys, they will share and urge you to go ( sometimes not on the best ones) but never the less, it’s a good time and your bonding with some really cool people and amazing surfers.  Say Hi to Oscar Moncada, Lucano Hinkle and Edwin Morales.  Give boardshorts to Celestino and the lifeguards.  Give an extra tip to the nice lady when you are getting your morning coffee at Cafecito.

I recently went down there with a couple good buddies and great guys to travel with, Jesse Columbo and Marty Magnussen.  My idea of the ideal travel partner are guys that you can make fun of, have thick skin, are easy going and can roll with the punches.  I’m not looking for any pre- madonnas or guys that are too dead set with taking a particular path.  Surf travel is always evolving and you have to be able to roll with the changes and adapt.  I’m not just talking surfing, it could be where to eat, what activity to do etc.  Also rule number 1 of deciding whether not to travel comes down to one simple question.  Can they take a heckle?  If not, then it’s no dice, plain and simple.image

When I go down I stay at Hotel Ines.  It’s right across the street from the main zone of Puerto and is a historic mainstay.  It’s family owned and operated and they are the nicest people ever. The food is awesome and one of the things they do which I like the most is you settle up the bill at the end.  It’s so much more relaxing to not have to deal with money while you eat your meals.  Then you are not worrying about currency conversion, waiting to get your check and all the other things that go with paying.  Sometimes you just want to eat, get up and stretch out in your room where the AC is ice cold.  Ice cold AC is the best, especially after being outside for awhile.  Little pleasures like that are things you may take for granted anywhere else, but down there its like you found your own little igloo amongst the humid hotness of southern Mexico. image

 

Enclosed are some pics of my buddies and I. Puerto is a magical place.  Remember the pride runs deep and rightfully so, these men have based their lives around surfing this wave and you need to show the respect they deserve.  The people are nice and I can’t tell you enough that showing reverence and being humble goes a long way.  Also bring extra board shorts for the lifeguards.  They don’t make a lot but will risk their lives to save yours, so make a friend and do something nice for someone.  Ask around about local restaurants.  There are other spots to surf around there too.  You can go to the Punta at the end of the beach.  It gets good, sometimes pretty crowded but I find sometimes its cool to mix it up in between swimming all day at Zicatela.

So, here is some down and dirty info you for your next trip to Puerto Esondido:

1) how long does it take?

Getting to Puerto at least from either SF/ LAX is a pain in the ass.  you basically catch a red eye and generally have a 4 hour layover in Mexico City.  Then you grab a connector to either PXM or HUX.

2)  What time of year? Spring/Summer- so basically it starts around April and can go to November

3)  Ideal Conditions?  Harder the south the better.  Offshores basically necessary, especially when it’s big.

4)  Boards?  Bring a short board for small Puerto and the neighboring points.  As for the big stuff- you need more board than you think.  Trust me.

5)  Local Services- Puerto has everything you need- if you are looking for photos or video there are plenty of people that take photos.  Support them.  They are artists doing what they love to do and being a photographer isn’t cheap,  Support the local economy.  Guys like Edwin Morales and Lucano Hinkle’s work are often see all over surf media publications and are very cool people.  

6)  Favorite Places to stay? These are some of our favorite listings in Puerto that we personally use, http://www.surfbreakrentals.com/listings/2352http://www.surfbreakrentals.com/listings/1811

7) Other activities?  At Hotel Ines there is a dive shop.  You can hook up with them and go scuba diving.  There are also really cool places to go snorkeling and if you just like exploring beaches, rent a car and cruise around

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Puerto is a magical place.  Using www.surfbreakrentals.com makes life easy as we have a lot of the core places to stay all over the world at your fingertips.  In the future, we will be looking for surf travel correspondents to share their stories too.  Stay tuned for more on that when we figure out the format.

Thx for checking our first travel article out.  If you have anything you want to say, please email me:  matt@surfbreakrentals.com

Cheers,

Matt

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Central CA nook and cranny explorations

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Kauai bound view of home

ISA Team Hawaii Gold Medal Story

Surfbreak Rentals was super stoked to sponsor Team Hawaii for the ISA Masters event located at Montanita Ecuador.  Take a tour of the Ecuador Beach Rental the winning team stayed in!

Team Hawaii’s Masters and Juniors teams has been using Surfbreak Rentals for a couple years now.  So when Mike Latronic called and mentioned that the Masters team had a requirements for lodging we knew there may be some specific needs to help accommodate the team. They wanted to stay somewhere that was close to the action and the surf but still relatively removed from the party scene so they could rest and not have any distractions.  Montanita is known as a bohemian party town.  It’s been called the South American Bali for good reason.  It’s super laid back, good food, mellow people and if you know South American partying, you know they like to start late and end later!  Surfbreak knew exactly the right vacation rental to recommend and it paid off! ( we’re only taking a little credit for supplying a nice place to stay that was relaxing, Team Hawaii could of still won and probably slept on the beach every night- they are that good.)  

Team Hawaii brought back the gold in convincing fashion by literally dominating every division.  Sunny Garcia placed first in the Grand Master and 4th in the Masters.  Kalani Robb placed second in the masters.  Rochelle Ballard placed second in the Womens.  Mike Latronic was the man of the hour by taking 1st in the Kahunas division.  Love Hodel placed as well.  Team Hawaii brought good vibes, spread aloha and when we asked Kalani about the waves he mentioned that we should have been filming down here 15 years ago!  The waves break a lot like Upper Trestles- super rippable, easy to get into to and all around user friendly.  Surfbreak has multiple rental choices in Montanita for your vacation pleasure and we look forward to helping you out on your next beach vacation!  If you are looking for a great place to stay, want to surf, don’t mind a little nightlife mixed in, then a visit to Ecuador could be in the cards for you.  Enjoy the slide show from the ISA event!