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Nicaragua

A tranquil and secluded surf retreat in Northern Nicaragua

 
 

Nicaragua

A tranquil and secluded surf retreat in Northern Nicaragua

 
 

Nicaragua

A tranquil and secluded surf retreat in Northern Nicaragua

 
 

Nicaragua

A tranquil and secluded surf retreat in Northern Nicaragua

 
 

Nicaragua

A tranquil and secluded surf retreat in Northern Nicaragua

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The Best Surf & Yoga Retreats
Central America Has To Offer

Rise Up is more than just a surf camp – we are a familia. Join us for our all-inclusive surf retreats in Central America! Come for the surf, stay for the people.

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Nicaragua

A Tranquil and Secluded Surf Retreat in Northern Nicaragua

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IMPROVE YOUR SURFING

Our surf coaching program is all about personalization – focusing on your unique goals and intentions. Paired with a small group based on similar surf level, your coach will be sure to give individualized attention to each student. Our surf coaches are experienced in delivering programs that help everybody achieve their goals. We can guarantee that not only will you see improvements in your surfing, but you will also have the time of your life with our Rise Up familia. The bond you will form with our staff, in and out of the water, is what sets our surf retreats apart from the rest.

GROUND DOWN THROUGH YOGA

At Rise Up, we believe yoga to be the perfect compliment to surfing. We offer daily yoga classes to restore and stretch sore muscles, learn helpful breathing techniques, and calm busy minds. Surfing, like any repeated activity, can cause tightness and imbalances in the body – yoga restores that balance. Our classes are for all-levels and our  experienced yoga teachers will tailor each class to the needs and abilities of every student.

CONNECT WITH OTHERS

One of our guests said it best:

“This is more than just a surf vacation. This is an experience where you become part of a family—a community. The friendships that form are unique and really make me feel so grateful to have an amazing tribe of surfer friends all over the world. If you are looking for the ultimate surf retreat—whether beginner or advanced, this trip has it all.”

AlixRegular Rise Up Guest

Join the Rise Up Familia for a surf retreat you will never forget!

OUR DESTINATIONS

Travel to the best surf and yoga destinations in Central America

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GIVING BACK WITH RISE UP SURF

Rise Up Kids

We are committed to bringing a better future to younger generations. Our NGO, Rise Up Kids, supports the children living in our Nicaragua community. Through education and empowerment, we see the possibility of a better world.

Check Out Our Current Projects

Environmental Impact

Sustainability is important to us. We are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and leave a positive impact on the communities where we host retreats. We hope to leave every community better than how we found it.

See Our Sustainability Policy

Don’t just take our word for it…

John Simoniello
John Simoniello
March 7, 2024.
My time at Rise Up was fantastic. Even in some challenging surf conditions at El Paredon, Guatemala, Dennis, Rita, Justin, and Vendela were invaluable coaches in the water and on land. The food was amazing, and the side trips really rounded out the whole experience.
William Kephart
William Kephart
March 7, 2024.
This was so much more then a surfing trip! The experiences, memories and friend ships made will last forever. The staff was knowledgeable, energetic and always positive. You could easily tell they loved what they were doing and cared greatly about your success and enjoyment. The accommodations were fantastic. An inviting room that was freshened up everyday by an awesome cleaning staff. A beautiful pool that was always maintained and clean. A wonderful meeting area where we sat together, both staff and clients, and enjoyed each others company. The chef, a true renaissance man, created meals to die for. The smells of a great kitchen permeating the resort throughout the day. This place was truly holistic in many ways from the people, classes (yoga/ breathwork), and unforgettable surf locations which we can't wait to get back to.
Christine
Christine
March 1, 2024.
If I could give this experience more than 5 stars, I would. In addition to the beautiful and luxurious accommodations, this retreat was expertly planned down to every detail. As an intermediate surfer, I wanted to push myself. The coaching staff were incredible. While I expected that the in-water instruction would be good, the skills of the instructors surpassed my expectations. I found the video analysis to be extremely helpful. The Debis and Kira helped me to set goals daily and followed up in them in the water and during our video sessions. They were able to help me build confidence and manage fear in the water. As someone who struggles to focus on yoga, I enjoyed the breath work sessions that Mitch provided. This is not normally something that I would seek out and try. Not only did it help me find calm and manage my anxiety, but I was immediately able to put it to use in the water. I feel that I gained an invaluable tool that I will make part of my surfing practice. The food (from a truly gourmet chef!), extra activities, staff and overall vibes were perfect. I can’t wait to go on another retreat. It felt like a vacation, but I also improved my surfing!
Harrison Winder
Harrison Winder
February 22, 2024.
The Luxury Escape week was such an incredible break from reality. From the moment I was welcomed at the lobby of the Mandla Hotel I felt so comfortable. It was like I had known the Rise Up instructors for days or weeks already. Everyone, including the staff of Madla Hotel, were so kind, friendly, welcoming and accommodating with great senses of humour and relaxed laid paid energy. The week is run like a well oiled machine with all the logistics and planning taking care of. There was nothing to worry about. The days are nicely laid out and all I had to do was show up (or not if I wanted some down time by the pool or a nap instead). The food was absolutely incredible and the hotel is landscaped and appointed with such attention to detail. With the great instructors to student ratio I was able to progress quickly. I was so happy with how far I’d come by the end of the week. The yoga sessions were the perfect relaxing compliment to the physicality of the surfing. The beach locations are gorgeous and none more than a 30 min drive from the hotel and provide for a fantastic surf experience. I can’t say enough positive things about the Rise Up Luxury Escape.
Taryn Hyland
Taryn Hyland
February 7, 2024.
Life changing surf retreat! I can't even describe how incredible it was. Book it!
Nicole Moore
Nicole Moore
February 7, 2024.
I can't recommend this surf retreat company any higher, they are truly the best! From the surf coaching to the food, accommodations and extra activities, it is at the top of their game! The retreat co-hosts, like Kassia Meador, are epic and so fun to hang out with. Their "Surf & Sound" retreat is so good, with sounds baths, gestalt practices, ice baths, massages with cupping, and ceremonial Temazcal sweat lodge experience. The retreat staff (and chefs) all take such good care of the guests, from airport arrival to departure. The food is so delicious and healthy, this is a true "wellness" retreat while still being adventurous and exciting. It was so relaxing while still being action packed and surfing the best waves at the perfect times each day, they were diligent about getting us to PERFECT waves for our abilities. The coaches are so kind and fun, the yoga is the perfect compliment to surfing, and Kim the coach works so so so hard. :) I love this retreat company and I am hooked, I want to try all the locations! I have been to Nica and Guatemala and I loved them both.
Kimberly Preciado
Kimberly Preciado
February 7, 2024.
This was one of my favorite trips of all time. This was my third time to Rise Up in Nicaragua. This time I was fortunate enough to experience the Kassia Surf and sound retreat. If you have the opportunity to book this retreat do it. You will experience top-notch Surf instruction with video analysis, eat nutritious and delicious food, and have the opportunity to bond with some pretty amazing women. I left this retreat with such a strong sense of community, at times overwhelmingly so(In only good ways☺️). I also laughed with plenty of things to work on in the water. The setting for the resort is over the top. Lots of open space, Chic, open air bungalows with outdoor showers and bathroom, gorgeous sunsets, and the ability to walk down to the beach, to serve some pretty epic waves. The food was delicious, nutritious, and quite abundant. You will not leave hungry.😏. Sasha and her staff went above and beyond to accommodate my dietary restrictions. Siri was always fresh, and obviously cooked with Love. Most importantly, the staff. Corinna and her staff, including the instructors, kitchen, staff, Masseuses, housekeeping, drivers are exceptional. you will feel welcomed and cared for the entire time. If you haven’t booked a trip with Rise Up, just do it. Epic!☺️
Tamara Cesarec
Tamara Cesarec
January 30, 2024.
The crew of incredible people, great coaches, an amazing location, beautiful waves, delicious nutritional meals and fun activities... Rise Up sets the bar high and I can't wait to come back as soon as I can for more.
Ann Levine
Ann Levine
January 29, 2024.
Just returned from Luxury Escape at El Transito Beach, Nicaragua. I've never traveled like this before, and I will absolutely do this again. First, the employees of Rise Up and Mandla Resort are amazing - they make your trip. Best surf instruction I've ever gotten (Denis!), fantastic yoga by Jess, food never disappointed. I loved the early start to the schedule, but also that everything is flexible.Take what you need and leave the rest. The staff works to meet your level and your needs. Surprise highlights for me were the ice bath and skate surfing sessions. I made friends, came home feeling both accomplished and refreshed - and inspired. (By the way, in case it matters, I'm 50, other guests were early thirties and early 40s - wide range). All were pretty beginner level surfers at the beginning of the week - everyone improved tremendously and had fun doing it. I'd also like to say this - I came away with a better understanding of surfing and the ocean thanks to surf theory sessions. I felt safer in the ocean - especially since the conditions are different than those I surf in at home in California - thanks to the care of the instructors. Their passion and knowledge combine for an A+ guest experience. (they also took my board to ding repair for me when I arrived and wrapped it meticulously for the trip home).
Rachel Davis
Rachel Davis
January 24, 2024.
Location location location. Rise Up Surf Retreat Tranquil Escape is a place where every cabana has an ocean view and dawn patrol means you get the waves to yourself. 5-minute walk to the surf. But you'll have to work for it. Shuttle ride from the airport takes 3 hours. Cabanas are shared but really quite spacious and protected from the powerful midday sun. Food. There's plenty of it, that's for sure. My favorite was the perfectly roasted plantains. I don't think we ever had a repeat lunch or dinner. Every meal was delicious and WAY healthier than I eat at home. Coaching. Best I've encountered. Leveled up after a 7-year plateau. Had A LOT of fun doing it. Photography. There where and when you needed them with sunshine and artistic flair. And boy do they deliver.
William K
William K
So much more then a surf trip!!! This was so much more then a surfing trip! The experiences, memories and friend ships made will last forever. The staff was knowledgeable, energetic and always positive. You could easily tell they loved what they were doing and cared greatly about your success and enjoyment. The accommodations were fantastic. An inviting room that was freshened up everyday by an awesome cleaning staff. A beautiful pool that was always maintained and clean. A wonderful meeting area where we sat together, both staff and clients, and enjoyed each others company. The chef, a true renaissance man, created meals to die for. The smells of a great kitchen permeating the resort throughout the day. This place was truly holistic in many ways from the people, classes (yoga/ breathwork), and unforgettable surf locations which we can't wait to get back to.
Mark S
Mark S
Totally worth it! Great surf trip for surfers (beginner-intermediate) who want a safe, relaxed and fun experience with an opportunity to grow😉. The hotel (Mandla) was beautiful and located right on the beach. There were many spaces to hang out including the pool deck, hammock nook space and the common social area. The staff was very attentive and available. The meals were freshly prepared and cooked. The drinks from the bar tender were served with pride and care. The surf breaks were user friendly and the coaching to guest ratio was perfect. Other activities including yoga, breath work and surf skate made this a well rounded experience. I am a lifelong surfer who travels without boards. Rise up had a solid quiver of boards that fulfilled my needs. Highly recommended 🤙
T8385GLelainew
T8385GLelainew
Best Trip In A Long Time The Luxury Escape week was such an incredible break from reality. From the moment I was welcomed at the lobby of the Mandla Hotel I felt so comfortable. It was like I had known the Rise Up instructors for days or weeks already. Everyone, including the staff of Mandla Hotel, were so kind, friendly, welcoming and accommodating with great senses of humour and relaxed laid paid energy. The week is run like a well oiled machine with all the logistics and planning taking care of. There was nothing to worry about. The days are nicely laid out and all I had to do was show up (or not if I wanted some down time by the pool or a nap instead). The food was absolutely incredible and the hotel is landscaped and appointed with such attention to detail. With the great instructors to student ratio I was able to progress quickly. I was so happy with how far I’d come by the end of the week. The yoga sessions were the perfect relaxing compliment to the physicality of the surfing. The beach locations are gorgeous and none more than a 30 min drive from the hotel and provide for a fantastic surf experience. I can’t say enough positive things about the Rise Up Luxury Escape. Harrison
Juliet K
Juliet K
Best coaching out there I had an incredible experience at the Tranquil Bay retreat in northern Nicaragua. The surf coaching is the best out there, truly. The learning never stopped. I was so grateful I had a notebook with me so that I could write down the dozens of things I wanted to remember. I felt that I really progressed during the week. The location is really perfect because there are multiple breaks to chose from, so depending on the level of the group there's likely always something. I felt stretched on some days but not in a bad way, I always felt extremely safe and well taken care of. The food was outstanding. The chef is extremely observant of what the guests are eating and adjusts as the week goes to ensure everyone is totally satisfied. Her food was a delight! The accommodations are rustic, but very comfortable. I slept amazingly well after a night or two of orienting. Personally I prefer this kind of place over a hotel - I loved being outdoors and the fresh air, sound of the waves, etc.
Safari07013776725
Safari07013776725
Best Trip of My Life The trip was life changing. I cannot wait until I can book my next retreat! Best trip ever! Do not hesitate to book. The staff are incredible. The food is amazing. The accommodations are beautiful. It was better than I could have even imagined.
Nicole
Nicole
Best Surf Retreat in Central America, hands down! I can't recommend this surf retreat company any higher, they are truly the best! From the surf coaching to the food, accommodations and extra activities, it is at the top of their game! The retreat co-hosts, like Kassia Meador, are epic and so fun to hang out with. Their "Surf & Sound" retreat is so good, with sounds baths, gestalt practices, ice baths, massages with cupping, and ceremonial Temazcal sweat lodge experience. The retreat staff (and chefs) all take such good care of the guests, from airport arrival to departure. The food is so delicious and healthy, this is a true "wellness" retreat while still being adventurous and exciting. It was so relaxing while still being action packed and surfing the best waves at the perfect times each day, they were diligent about getting us to PERFECT waves for our abilities. The coaches are so kind and fun, the yoga is the perfect compliment to surfing, and Kim the coach works so so so hard. :) I love this retreat company and I am hooked, I want to try all the locations! I have been to Nica and Guatemala and I loved them both.
kittyworldwide
kittyworldwide
Epic surf retreat! This was my third trip to Rise Up. My last trip being over 10 years ago. This trip was the Kassia Surf and sound retreat. The experience was nothing short of amazing. Starting with the resort itself. The setting is spectacular. it is beachfront with gorgeous double bungalows. Bungalows themselves are spacious and chic. Outdoor shower is amazing. The showers are not heated. However, you will welcome the cooler shower after a day in the Nicaraguan heat and sun. The beds are comfortable. Each bungalow has its own veranda and hammock which is great for an afternoon nap. The common area is spacious with a pool and plenty of lounges and hammock to relax and chill out. Now let’s talk about the food. The food was amazing on my last trip many years ago, and Rise Up has managed to step up that game as well. Sasha, the chef, prepared, nutritious and delicious buffet style meals daily. I am that person with many dietary restrictions. I was nervous about having enough food to eat. The kitchen staff, Rise Up went beyond to make sure that I had plenty to eat. I appreciated my special meals on small plates labeled with my name. I definitely felt well taken care of☺️ The surf,, as usual, was amazing. On this retreat, I didn’t bring my own surfboard. There were plenty of options to choose from in terms of boards. The break out front is one of my favorites A mostly mellow beach break. Lots of peaks to be had. based on our ability, we were taken to the spot with the best waves on that particular day. The surf coaches were awesome. Each and everyone of them were supportive, encouraging, and fun to hang out with in the water. The daily yoga was spot on. The yoga chalet is open air with ocean views. I appreciated that the yoga was geared toward surfers with an emphasis on recovery and restorative poses. Kathleen, the yoga instructor was fantastic. Lastly, and most importantly, the staff. Corinna went above and beyond to make sure that all of our needs were met. Communication was always very timely. While on retreat, Corinna and her staff, we’re always available to help with any issues that arose. If you have not yet stayed at a rise I can’t say enough wonderful things about the warmth and generosity of the staff☺️❤️ My Rise Up serve trips been some of my favorite trips of all time. I have yet to stay at their other locations but I’m looking forward to doing so. I was at Rise Up for the Kassia Surf and sound retreat. This retreat is nothing short of epic. The surf instruction, video analysis, sound baths, far exceeded any expectations that I had. But most importantly The support both physically and emotionally the staff and other guests was beyond☺️. This was my first all women’s retreat. And admittedly, I was a little nervous. I had the time of my life. I left with many new friends and new surf buddies. If you are looking for amazing weather, great waves, delicious, food, a strong sense of community, and lots of stoke, book your next Surf trip with Rise Up☺️
Tamara C
Tamara C
Rise Up I have absolutely loved my Rise Up Surf experience. The location is beatiful, the coaches and all the staff amazing. I suffer social anxiety, yet I was made feel at home from the moment I got there and wanted to never leave. Thank you again for everything. See you again!
Rachel D
Rachel D
Peak surfing experience Location location location. Rise Up Surf Retreat Tranquil Escape is a place where every cabana has an ocean view and dawn patrol means you get the waves to yourself. 5-minute walk to the surf. But you'll have to work for it. Shuttle ride from the airport takes 3 hours. Cabanas are shared but really quite spacious and protected from the powerful midday sun. Food. There's plenty of it, that's for sure. My favorite was the perfectly roasted plantains. I don't think we ever had a repeat lunch or dinner. Every meal was delicious and WAY healthier than I eat at home. Coaching. Best I've encountered. Leveled up after a 7-year plateau. Had A LOT of fun doing it. Photography. There where and when you needed them with sunshine and artistic flair. And boy do they deliver.
RoseB60763
RoseB60763
Luxury Escape in Nicaragua Our group does a yearly surf trip to Rise Up, and this year's trip at Luxury Escape in Nicaragua was amazing! We rang in the New Year with our Rise Up familia. The location is perfect - right on the beach. You can gaze at the ocean while sipping a drink from the pool's swim up bar. Pepe is the best bartender. You can tell he enjoys his work, and he's fun to talk with. He made excellent alcoholic drinks, and there are also mocktail options. Also, the food was delicious. It was like Bayardo, the chef, read my and my husband's minds about the food we love to eat. I couldn't believe we had mac & cheese and pasta, and we had a sushi night. So good! I had Denis as my coach. He's an excellent coach. He took the time to thoughtfully review our videos and gave great feedback which was easy to understand and implement. Not to mention, he put up with our shenanigans in the lineup. Hopefully, I'll be able to practice more of what he taught us while I'm surfing my home break. According to my friends who were on this trip, all the coaches were amazing. The videographers and photographer (@bbsbea) did such a great job capturing our surf sessions, fun times, and the beautiful nature. And along with some great yoga by Jess, we did ice baths and surf skate lessons. I love these more surf-focused additions to the lineup of activities. If it were up to me, I'd vote for this location for our annual trip with Rise Up again for next year!

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