What to do when there is no surf in Popoyo
During our recent trip to Nicaragua we planned to surf in Popoyo, so therefore booked to stay in the area for four nights. Unfortunately we hit a dry spell just as we arrived, and as much as it looked like the swell was going to arrive, it didn’t. Here is a list of thing we got up to whilst we waited patiently.
Watch the sunsets
The sunsets are stunning in Nicaragua. Pretty much most days you can head over to the beach and catch a cracker. One thing I noticed which made them even more beautiful, is most evenings a flock of pelicans would fly past, meandering up and down and into the horizon.
Popoyo is a great place to kick back and relax. Even though we were desperate for a little wave or two, it was also quite nice to use the opportunity to really unwind. So I highly recommend finding yourself a hammock, grabbing a cold beer and get stuck into a good book!
Yoga became part of my daily routine during this trip. It was amazing getting down the beach just after sunrise to start the day with some invigorating vinyasa flows. We also managed to find a great morning class that was ran by a local yoga teacher f0r $15.
Hangout and wait for the waves
If you get fed up of your digs and want a break from your book, Popoyo has a great selection of cafes and restaurants where you can hangout and wait for the waves a little more. The coffee in Nicaragua is pretty good, especially if your not ready to get stuck into their amazing Flora de Cana rum.
Go to Magnific Rock
The highlight of Popoyo for me was watching the sunset at Magnific Rock. To get there it’s about a 2o minute stroll along Popoyo beach. Its better to go at low tide (unless you want to swim or get a taxi) because you need to cross a river mouth. If you stay too long, it can be quite tricky crossing it in the dark. The bar has incredible views, amazing cocktails and a great vibe so well worth the visit.
Although it’s a small place, there are still some nice things to do when there is no surf in Popoyo. It was a real shame to miss out on the waves and not get a chance to experience the different breaks, but sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. That’s always the problem with any surf trip, it’s never guaranteed your are going to score waves in every place.