Our aim at NicaWaves is pretty simple: we want to provide a genuine Nicaraguan surf experience for surfers traveling to Popoyo. We have a great location with very consistent and world-class surf breaks on our doorstep. Our stylish and comfortable accommodation , bespoke surf package, quality onsite restaurant and excellent hotel facilities are the perfect ingredients for your tropical surf trip.

I love when our guests catch the best ride or best tube of their life during their stay with us – Mike, Owner

Mike surfing Popoyo 2005 (with hair!)


Mike’s original Popoyo surf shack, 2005 (demolished in 2013 to build restaurant)


Mike surfing Popoyo 2016. photo: Gerald


Mike came to Popoyo over ten years ago in search of world-class, Nicaraguan surf, fell in love with this spot and never left. He found a beautiful 2 acre Popoyo property in 2005 and with the help of a few local friends, the first small house was built later that year.
Over time the property was expanded to 7 acres and hundreds of fruit and ornamental trees were planted amongst the grounds. More casitas were built, and in 2009 Nicawaves Hotel opened. Ever since then, we’ve been really pleased to welcome thousands of guests to this piece of paradise. All enjoying the mellow vibe, comfortable setting and within walking distance of epic Nicaraguan waves. In 2015, we realized the dream of installing a swimming pool. Also in 2015, we proudly hosted the Costa Rican surf team, who stayed with us when they won the world championships. Today Mike still lives on the grounds with his wife, son, and daughter.


Mike grew up in South Carolina and learned to surf on the East Coast and Hawaii. Surfing has always been a big part of his life and after becoming a two-time finalist in the US surf championships, visited Central America in search of incredible surf. After visiting Popoyo in 2005 he knew he had found a very special place, which he wants to share with others.

Our staff with Team Costa Rica, Nicawaves guests during their 2015 World Surfing Championship Victory

Our all-star surf guide and photographer Gerald

High-season evening staff


Gerald is our local Nicaraguan surf guide. Born and raised here, he has a wealth of experience of the local Popoyo surf spots. Whether you’re on one of the daily tours as part of our Surf Package or taking a lesson, Gerald is all about keeping you stoked and getting you into the perfect type of waves you are looking for! He also takes high quality action surf photos. Gerald speaks Spanish and English.
I will get you on the best waves available and shoot photos of you! – Gerald, Surf Guide
Our friendly team are all here to help with anything you need and ensure you have the best possible vacation and are all Popoyo locals. Maria manages the Nicawaves reception and is on hand to get you settled in and answer any questions. Gabriela and our bartending team are ready to take your order and can make some excellent cocktails. All of our team speak Spanish and English.
Denis is our head chef and is passionate about cooking delicious food in our onsite restaurant. Don’t miss his nightly specials, cooked with fresh, local ingredients. The pizza nights are awesome too! Mayella and Maria are our other cooks and together they whip up the tasty dishes from our menu. We are all really proud our restaurant is rated the number one Restaurant in Popoyo on TripAdvisor!
I will dazzle your tastebuds, amigo! – Denis, Head Chef
You will see Luis, our maintenance man around the grounds, watering and trimming the plants to keep the tropical gardens looking great. Rosaura, our maid, is on hand to clean your room or wash any laundry. Bayron is our night watchman and always has a smile on his face.

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