A Surfer’s Playground in Nicaragua
It’s not easy to get to, but it’s definitely worth it. Perched high above the beautiful surf oasis Playa Maderas, sits a hip boutique hotel designed to bring you and your inner surfer as close to flow state as possible. With 360 degree unobstructed views, there are few places that boast such beautiful views. Look to the East, and you’re looking right at Costa Rica, to the left the rugged rocky outcrop that symbolize the wild nature of this part of the world.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff welcome you upon arrival and help you get settled, which trust me, comes quite easily. Drop your bags and crack a Tona, you’re home. The bar offers all the lively libations you could possibly want to slide into vacation mode, and a menu best described as beach side comfort food.
The lounge and common areas are a great place to get to know other fellow adventurers passing through, as well as the ideal place to catch a few surf tips from the local residents that pop over for happy hour. Now about that happy hour, drink specials are affordable on any budget, but it’s hardly the only reason to make your way uphill in the late afternoon. Playa Maderas is hands down the most spectacular place to watch the sunset. Bright purples, pinks, yellows and virtually every other colour imaginable stream across the sky in a dance for the ages. There is no better place to take it all in than at Hush, where a beach chair or infinity pool offer the perfect viewpoint for the show.
Love surfing? This is your place. Playa Maderas is a few miles from San Juan del Sur, with a fraction of the competition to catch waves. The breaks are consistent and depending on your experience, there’s a time and tide for every level.