Hotel Chancletas is a small surf camp/hostel tucked into the most northern stretch of Nicaraguan coastline. The bulk of the camp is fairly basic, offering a selection of accommodations that range from a simple room with a few beds sprawled out under a ceiling fan to a private 3 bedroom house with air conditioning. The closest social hub is a small town called Chinadega, which is a 30-minute drive away. Aside from Chinadega, the surrounding area consists mostly of tropical lushness and farmland. Suffice to say, you won’t find much of a party scene here — if that’s what you’re looking for, we recommend you consider another option. This place is better suited for a surf holiday with very little extracurriculars.
However, what the area lacks in luxury and nightlife, it makes up for in character and wave quality. One of the world’s best beach breaks waits just outside your doorstep. The Boom, as it’s called, is a black sand stretch of beach that offers a plethora of peaks. Just pick one, paddle out and you’ll have a hard time not getting barreled. The Boom is the main attraction here. The camp employs the region’s best surfers, which means that the guy serving you dinner at night will be the same guy you’ll see in the lineup at first light the next morning.
In conclusion, a stay here is ideal for those in pursuit of a low-budget, low-stress trip with a focus on getting good waves. You’ll wake up early, surf all day, eat, drink, rinse and repeat. If you find beauty in simplicity, then this place is for you.