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Nicaragua

A Tranquil and Secluded Surf Retreat in Northern Nicaragua

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Surf & Yoga Retreats in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the original Rise Up destination, and where the owners of Rise Up have called home for the last fifteen years. Our local knowledge, connection to the community, and love for this place, makes for an authentic surf retreat experience.

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The Surf

Surf with backdrops of vivid green palm trees and perfectly blue skies. From small and gentle longboarding waves to fast and barreling A-frames, Nicaragua has waves for every style and every level. Whether you have been surfing for years or have never been on a board before, we will be sure to take you to the right spot for your abilities. The beach directly in front of the resort has a right and left point break, as well as a beach break in the middle. We are also lucky enough to be just a short drive from the world class barreling wave – The Boom. Each day we will take you to the best spot based on surf conditions and goals. Look forward to surfing the nearly empty waves of Northern Nicaragua!

Looking for a more advanced guided surf experience? Ask us about our Quest Package.

Included:

  • Maximum 12 guests
  • Accommodation in a beachfront resort.
  • 6 days of surf coaching alongside an experienced coach and guide to the best waves in the region for your surf level.
  • 6 days of video analysis or surf theory sessions
  • Surf Coach ratio of 2:1
  • All surf equipment except for rash guards.
  • Incredible food prepared by our in-house chefs
  • Round-trip transportation to and from the airport at set pick-up times.
  • One evening of guided meditation.
  • Rise Up goodie bag – t-shirt, pen, Rise Up notebook, personal sunscreen and homemade Nicaraguan towel (starting Christmas)
  • 1 weekly ice bath session
  • Daily breath work and mobility session
  • Daily yoga session
  • One dinner out at a local Restaurant
  • 2 surf skate sessions depending on surf conditions
  • Weekly visit/ presentation to see what Rise Up Kids projects are doing or some other community-based activity
  • Activities and adventures at the resort and to the surrounding community and environment, such as horse riding with tortilla making, bonfires at sunset, movie night, chocolate making, community visit and a boat trip to explore mangroves.
  • An incredible team to ensure you have the best retreat experience ever.
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The Yoga

Enjoy peaceful yoga classes overlooking the stunning landscape of Nicaragua – where green jungles meet the blue sea. Offered as the perfect compliment to daily surfing, let your body and mind relax and reset. Our highly experienced teachers will tailor classes to the needs of the group, so that everybody is welcome to unwind and enjoy the endless benefits of yoga.

The Adventures

Nicaragua is where the majority of our Rise Up staff call home, so get ready for all the fun adventures that only the locals know!  The week is packed full of activities so you can leave knowing you immersed yourself fully in the land of lakes and volcanoes. Here are some examples:

  • Sunset horseback ride on the beach 
  • Learn to make tortillas the Nica way
  • Go on a boat trip and wake surf through the estuary
  • Get involved with our NGO, Rise Up Kids!

The Food

At Rise Up, we believe food should not only taste good, but make you feel good.  Using fresh and local ingredients, all of our meals will fuel you for the week. Our talented chefs create delicious and nutrient dense meals and will cater to any dietary need. We enjoy all of our meals family-style in the breezy, open-air dining area. With four meals on offer every day, plus appetizers and dessert, you will be able to cruise through each day with energy and a full belly!

Here is an example of a daily menu:

  • Cold breakfast: Fresh fruit, homemade banana bread and peanut butter, yogurt, almond granola, fresh juice, coffee, and tea.
  • Hot brunch: Mango-chia chocolate yogurt cup, scrambled eggs, tomato basil salad, roasted veggies, avocado toast, and gallo pinto (a Nica staple!)
  • Lunch: Veggie burgers with beetroot hummus, yucca chips, cabbage salad, and fried plantains
  • Appetizer: Local fish ceviche
  • Dinner: Thai green curry, green mango, and fried rice
  • Dessert: Roasted banana with rum toffee sauce and a coconut cookie

The Familia

At Rise Up, you are welcomed into the family the moment you arrive in Nicaragua. The week is designed to make you feel at home – so that you can relax, have fun, and create lasting connections. We cannot wait to share an unforgettable week with you!

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Our Beautiful Nicaragua Locations

All three of our retreat locations offer something unique – which one will you choose?

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Eco Bay

A hidden tropical paradise located on the Northern Pacific coast of Nicaragua.

Luxury Escape

An exclusive oceanfront property, offering guests unrivalled luxury on Nicaragua’s central coast.

Tranquil Escape

An intimate escape, where minimalism meets luxury.
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Jordan Silberfeld
Jordan Silberfeld
September 6, 2023.
Wonderful week-long surf experience. Real focus on theory and body mechanics through in the water instruction and video analysis. The Rise Up team took great care of us both in and out of the water, with plenty of delicious food and activities outside of the direct surfing. The Eco Bay Retreat camp was rustic and beautiful, tucked inside the northern countryside of Nicaragua. Would highly recommend for anyone interested improving their surfing and getting off the grid. Stoked to do it again
Esther Naujoks
Esther Naujoks
September 3, 2023.
Unforgettable Surf and Adventure Time I highly recommend Rise Up Surf Retreats to anyone who is passionate about surfing and wants to improve. Joining their intermediate coaching was an absolute game-changer for me. The coaching provided was nothing short of amazing - professional, engaging, and fun. I caught so many more waves, and I wish I had done something like this years ago, as I learned so much! Spending a week surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals, sharing adventures and experiencing so many beautiful moments, forged a bond that felt like family. I have traveled to numerous destinations in the past, but I must admit that Nicaragua will hold a special place in my heart. The surf spots we went to were often secluded, with only a handful of surfers, if any at all. It was a surreal feeling to have those waves all to ourselves. Moreover, I had the pleasure of experiencing two of their accommodations, and they were just stunning hidden gems. The beauty and tranquility of these places left me in awe. Oh, and let's not forget about the food... delicious, fresh, healthy, and super tasty!
Chelsea Broderick
Chelsea Broderick
August 17, 2023.
The Rise Up team and experience greatly exceeded my expectations. The program is so well run - everything from transportation, meals, and activities throughout the week are taken care of very smoothly. All of the instructors and staff were attentive, knowledgeable, and kind. The accommodations at the Luxury Escape location in Nica were amazing - clean rooms, right on the beach, and amenities like a pool, bar, hammocks, etc. made the surf-intensive retreat definitely feel like a luxury experience at the same time. I’ve taken several surf lessons and have tried to learn on my own for years, and made the most progress during this week than I ever have. I would recommend Rise Up to anyone looking to improve their surfing or even just get into some world-class waves with experienced guides. Thank you thank you, Rise Up team!! I hope to return some day.
Martina
Martina
August 14, 2023.
Such an amazing experience I don’t know where to begin! I stayed at Luxury Escape in Nicaragua and the accommodations were stunning. Pictures don’t do it justice. The Rise-Up team was awesome. I was a beginner surfer and the coaches were so knowledgeable, compassionate and patient. The beaches were nearly deserted which meant we pretty much had the waves to ourselves! I traveled solo and everyone was so warm and friendly - they felt like family in the end 🙂 The extra activities (horseback riding, tortilla making, volcano boarding, and wake surfing) were soooo much fun and a nice break from surfing. We had our own private chef and the food was first class. I couldn’t recommend Rise-Up enough. Everything from the time that I arrived to the time that I left was on point.
James Kim
James Kim
August 11, 2023.
First time with Rise Up and i'm sure it won't be the last. I had the best time surfing the amazing waves and being hosted by the Rise Up family. If you're looking for a fun getaway trip then look no further, these retreats are a total blast. Their all-inclusive package style made everything extremely convenient - all you have to do is show up and they take care of the rest! The food is great, the coaches are all amazing surfers; go and sign up and treat yourself to an unforgettable experience.
Lula Galeano
Lula Galeano
August 8, 2023.
Rise up is a great retreat for everyone, even for ultra beginners like myself. All the coaches are great and have patience and know what they are teaching. I would recommend it to everyone. The team is wonderful, the chef, the coaches, the photographers, it was one of the best weeks in Nicaragua and I would definitely return and become a regular.
Valéry GREGO
Valéry GREGO
August 8, 2023.
Spent a week there with my partner. Everything was perfect it’s such a great place and such a great group of people. They created such a nice experience. I will definitely come back. Amazing surf and coaches, super food. I cannot recommend enough
Tom Kim
Tom Kim
July 23, 2023.
Coolest kids in the water
Elisha WC
Elisha WC
July 22, 2023.
Echoing all the other reviews, Rise Up is def everything it offers to be and more. The Nicaragua trip was excellent - the staff were super chill, super helpful, and super fun; the food was amazing - fresh and local; the location was awesome; the activities were a great way to see more of the local community and experience living there. And of course, the surf was SO FUN. 10/10 would do again.
Rosalin Brueck
Rosalin Brueck
July 21, 2023.
Our group of friends have been going to Rise Up for about 5 years now, and it never disappoints! The food is fresh and delicious, accommodations are clean and comfortable, and staff and surf coaches are awesome. We have been to multiple locations in Nicaragua and to Costa Rica. This year we are doing 2 trips with Rise Up. They have a great selection of boards to choose from and take you to the best breaks for your ability. I highly recommend booking your trip now!
Esther N
Esther N
Unforgettable Surf and Adventure Time I highly recommend Rise Up Surf Retreats to anyone who is passionate about surfing and wants to improve. Joining their intermediate coaching was an absolute game-changer for me. The coaching provided was nothing short of amazing - professional, engaging, and fun. I caught so many more waves, and I wish I had done something like this years ago, as I learned so much! Spending a week surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals, sharing adventures and experiencing so many beautiful moments, forged a bond that felt like family. I have traveled to numerous destinations in the past, but I must admit that Nicaragua will hold a special place in my heart. The surf spots we went to were often secluded, with only a handful of surfers, if any at all. It was a surreal feeling to have those waves all to ourselves. Moreover, I had the pleasure of experiencing two of their accommodations, and they were just stunning hidden gems. The beauty and tranquility of these places left me in awe. Oh, and let's not forget about the food... delicious, fresh, healthy, and super tasty!
Carla V
Carla V
Dont even think twice, just book it! Its been a week since Ive returned from Northern Nicaragua with Rise Up, and I'm still in denial about being back in reality. The whole experiance from the team, the food, the location...... has left me absolutely speachless. I have traveled and lived through central and south america ALOT, and this has moved to my number 1 favourite spot and surf retreat ever. Dont think twice about booking with Rise Up, I promise you wont regret it.
Jen DJ
Jen DJ
JUST WOW What an incredible experience! I stayed at the Luxury Escape in Nica and can’t think of anything about this stay that wasn’t stellar. The location is breathtaking. It took me a bit to absorb the beauty; it felt like a dream. The Rise Up staff members were so warm and friendly, they went above and beyond. I had never surfed before and my coach was very patient and so helpful that I was able to catch my first waves. The food was fresh and delicious. The extra excursions were so much fun. I could go on & on. I was a little nervous about coming by myself, but had no reason to be. There were only a few of us and we hit it off right away. I never chose to spend any of my downtime alone because I was having too much fun with my new friends. Thanks so much Rise Up for an amazing week!
Martina
Martina
Luxury Escape Nicaragua - AMAZING Experience !!! Such an amazing experience I don’t know where to begin! I stayed at Luxury Escape in Nicaragua and the accommodations were stunning. Pictures don’t do it justice. The Rise-Up team was awesome. I was a beginner surfer and the coaches were so knowledgeable, compassionate and patient. The beaches were nearly deserted which meant we pretty much had the waves to ourselves! I traveled solo and everyone was so warm and friendly - they felt like family in the end 🙂 The extra activities (horseback riding, tortilla making, volcano boarding, and wake surfing) were soooo much fun and a nice break from surfing. We had our own private chef and the food was first class. I couldn’t recommend Rise-Up enough. Everything from the time that I arrived to the time that I left was on point.
Hilary N
Hilary N
Best surf camp The most amazing surf trip. Coaches and staff are amazing, everything is taken care of for you. Food is fresh, healthy and delicious. Had the best time on this trip and met some wonderful people. Will be returning again for sure.
James K
James K
Beautiful surf and great hosts Rise Up was such a fun and unforgettable experience! The staff was wonderful, I loved my stay with them; and of course the surf was absolutely incredible. You won't regret signing up for one of their retreats; I'm certainly looking forward to my next one :). Thank you again, Rise Up family!
Tiffany S
Tiffany S
Highly recommend! Beautiful resort with incredible staff! The instructors were so supportive and helpful, I came as a beginner with a lot of fear after a few bad wipeouts, I left confident and loving surfing again ❤️ the food was great, the excursions were super fun! I would absolutely go back again!
mx00k
mx00k
The surf trip of my dreams. Can't wait until next time. I spent a week at Rise Up's Luxury Escape in June 2023. From the moment I exited the airport the trip was an absolute dream. All of the logistics were very smooth, the food was fantastic, the surf coaching was effective and fun, the lodgings were super comfortable, and the staff was A+. Most importantly we had fun, uncrowded waves the whole week. Can't wait for my next Rise Up trip.
EWC
EWC
10/10 would do again Echoing all the other reviews, Rise Up is def everything it offers to be and more. The Nicaragua trip was excellent - the staff were super chill, super helpful, and super fun; the food was amazing - fresh and local; the location was awesome; the activities were a great way to see more of the local community and experience living there. And of course, the surf was SO FUN. 10/10 would do again.
Staci K
Staci K
When can I go back? What a ride! The Rise Up retreat in the Osa Peninsula / jungle experience in Costa Rica was a structured, organized, entryway into the unfamiliar rugged jungle landscape. And your surfing will improve!The accommodations were rustic and beautifully crafted. The mosquitoes nets and fans are your best friend at night. The best parts of this retreat are the surfing, yoga, delicious abundant fresh food, and community of like minded surf folks that you will meet. The local surf coaches are great and all of the staff crafted a safe and fun environment to surf in. The surf instructors really care about your experience and Vendela is a really awesome person and effective teacher. Yoga with Maria was without a doubt an essential partnership in this retreat. After a surfing session, her surfing focused yoga classes targeted your sore areas. All while monkeys are playing in the trees overhead. The entire team at Rise Up is super. I’ve learned so much, improved my surfing, and have great photos and videos. Def sign up for the photo / video package. I’ve met new friends for life and have wonderful memories. Would definitely do another surf retreat with Rise Up in the future.

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