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 Our core mission is to change the lives of others, with once-in-a-lifetime surf and yoga retreats. At our home base, we are often the only ones walking along the beach, surfing the best waves, or exploring all of North Nicaragua’s hidden gems. We like to keep things simple, which is why our packages are all-inclusive and guaranteed carefree. Once you book leave the rest up to us!


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Surf Coaching, Yoga & Adventure

Spend the week learning to surf with our team of amazing instructors and indulge in the surfer lifestyle with fun adventures, daily yoga, relaxation by our ocean-front pool, and in-depth coaching to ensure you’re reaching all of your goals.

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The Quest

Come with us on a trip along the coast of the Northern region of Nicaragua’s best breaks. This package is designed for intermediate to advanced surfers who want to surf as much as humanly possible during their stay.

On The Road

Rise Up On The Road

Rise Up Surf is hitting the road. The same surf and yoga adventures you’ve come to know and love in Nicaragua, but now we’re global! We’re kicking off this season with Costa Rice & Barbados.

Yoga Stretch

Invigorate Yoga & Adventure

Relax and recharge with a week of healthy food, restorative massage, and daily Yoga classes in our ocean-view studios. This package is designed to bring some much-needed tranquility into your busy life and is perfect for any level of student.

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Host A Retreat

We work with you to create a truly extraordinary experience. While you focus on creating an amazing retreat, we take care of all of the logistics. Whether for surf or yoga, we have the facilities to support your vision.


6 Stretches You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Surf

Emilie is a yoga teacher from New Zealand, dedicated to offering her students holistic practices based on the 8 limbed path of yoga. She teaches a combination of vinyasa, slow flow, hatha, yin, restorative and yoga therapy styles. Her yoga is tailored to be the perfect compliment to a day of surfing...

June 12, 2019

A day in the life on a Costa Rica surf retreat

You've heard about the perfect peeling waves, exotic wildlife and amazing culture in Costa Rica. But what does a day look like on the road with the Rise Up familia? Holly joined us as a guest on one of our epic Costa...

May 27, 2019

Meet the Costa Rica Crew

At the heart of all Rise Up Surf Retreats is the people. Our staff are committed to providing authentic and adventurous surf and yoga retreats that leave a lasting impression on anyone that joins us. Learn a bit more about the amazing folks behind the scenes...

photo: Matt...

May 3, 2019

5 Reasons Why Barbados Should Be Your Next Surf Destination

If you’re looking for a unique surf destination with uncrowded beaches, friendly locals and fresh cuisine, look no further. Read on to find out more from Rise Up's owner, Phil, who hails from the island paradise of Barbados.

The owner of Rise Up Surf, Phil, just returned from a...

April 18, 2019

Give a Little Bit

If you read our last post about the Rise Up familia, you would've seen that well over half of our staff are locals. They're the ones that make Rise Up the success that it is, and they're also the one's working quietly behind the scenes, day in and day out, all year round, to make sure that every...

March 20, 2019

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"Hidden Gem"

You are given a highly experienced coach for the week and they take you to one of many surf breaks in the area that fits your level of surfing. My coach for the past 2 trips has been Norvin and I can honestly say his kindness and skill in the water in working to make me a better surfer has been one of the biggest blessings to me in one of my life goals to lead a more adventurous life in my 40s. This area of Nicaragua has so many beautiful, empty surf breaks for all levels of surfing. You and your friends from Rise Up will normally be the only ones out there catching beautiful waves.

- Jennmarie456 | February 2019

"Can't wait to return!"

"Just returned from a week at Rise Up and have already planned my return trip. Beautiful setting overlooking the ocean and wonderful staff offering excellent surf instruction and tons of fun. Instructors take you surfing in the morning and play beach volleyball with you in the afternoon. Instructor gave me great feedback after each wave which I really appreciated. Very well-organized yet relaxed and safe. Excellent value and the most private surf breaks I've ever visited. I've traveled extensively and felt safe starting from my arrival at the airport, during the entire stay and all the way back through Managua on the return ride to the airport. If you're considering it, you should go. Or don't- More waves for me. :)"

- EBinTN | March 2019

"Consistently Awesome"

I just got back from a week at Rise Up, it's my 3rd time there and as in previous visits Rise Up absolutely rocked it! Beautiful people, incredible location & so much fun and laughter that I never want to leave!! The surf instruction is great and the resort is very well run and organized, creating an inviting and chill vibe all around.The perfect holiday in my opinion!! As for the safety factor in Nicaragua, I saw absolutely no signs of unrest or danger during our entire adventure. I felt completely safe and secure and will be going back to Rise Up Surf as soon as I possibly can!

- Nicola C | March 2019


"I just got back from a week long stay at Rise Up. First time there. Simply amazing. Well organized, awesome people, well fed. Also my first time surfing and everyone was very welcoming and supportive. Lots of relaxation and down time if you just want to chill. One of the best vacations I have ever had!"

- Greg C | February 2019

"Best surf vacation I've ever had, will be back ASAP"

"I can't recommend Rise more highly. Honestly, 110% commitment from the hosts to providing a safe, comfortable, fun, memorable experience. Fresh homemade healthy meals three times a day plus amazing treats like homemade banana bread and desserts.. From the moment they picked me up from the airport to the moment they dropped me back off at the airport, I felt so safe. My surfing improved dramatically. The instructors are OUTSTANDING. I ignored the US travel advisory,which is honestly ridiculous, like one political thing happened in the major city one day last year... Best decision I ever made. I am already planning my next trip back!"

- Azize S | February 2019

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Breakfast 3


Have a look at some of the meals you’ll enjoy while staying at Rise Up

Wake Surfing


We do so much more than surfing and yoga. See more of what’s on offer

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You’ll need a comfortable place to rest after a fun filled day of activities

New Dates Now Available!

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We have lots of new dates available from November through til April for Nicaragua!
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