Located in Rivas Province, Nicaragua, Manzanillo is an excellent left point that really put Nicaragua on the map when it appeared in Surfer magazine. The set-up creates a long performance wall into an inside barrel section. The waves here are challenging to surf and break for up to 200 meters over a rock bottom. You’ll need a boat to access it, but it’s worth it when it’s on.
What are the best surf conditions for Manzanillo?
Gets good between waist-high and double overhead. We recommend riding a shortboard then a step up as the size picks up. This break is suitable for intermediate and advanced-level surfers. The surf here will break some of the time (5/10) and won’t be too crowded (4/10). The best winds are from the Northeast. The best swells are big and from the South. Works best on a mid-tide.
We recommend wearing board shorts or a bikini year round as water temperatures range between 29 and 27 degrees. See the temperature chart below for more data on this.