Dale Dagger Surf Lodge • Operating in Nicaragua Since 1998 • Surfing Central America Since the 70's
Explore with us - Surf Nicaragua
Welcome to Nicaragua
Welcome to an authentic Nicaragua Surf Trip. You'll be experiencing life in a third world country for a week, and you'll be scoring some tube time while you're at it. You'll be staying in the rustic, and charming fishing village of Playa Gigante, which has a local population of about 400 people. One should hardly expect fancy five- star accommodations here, but should expect adventure, comfort, fun, and relaxation. Though we might not have the finest goat cheese, proscuitto or Starbucks… we’ve got the nicest place in town. Expect to find a custom built Nicaragua Surf Lodge right on the beach, warm water showers, crips-cool air conditioned private rooms, and two fully equipped surf charter boats at your disposal. We've got all the necessities like wireless internet, massage therapists, world class surf, fishing gear, surf lessons, delicious home cooked meals, surf board rentals, cold beer and a smiling staff ready to please. The tropical Surf Camp Nicaragua vibes will keep you relaxed, and surfing Nicaragua will keep you amped. Come Surf Nicaragua with us.
Don’t expect to find pavement, shopping malls, fast food, (fast anything), ATM’s, parking lots, cruise ship tourists, nightclubs, champagne, veggie burgers, or Wal-marts. Just expect awesome waves, good vibes, relaxation, and the best Nicaragua Surf Trip of your life. Welcome to Surf Camp Nicaragua.
Surf Camp Nicaragua
The Surf Lodge
Our beach front Nicaragua Surf Lodge is the ideal home-base for a surf vacation. Our Surf Lodge isn't some fancy upscale place like the Ritz Carlton, but that's part of the charm too. It's squeaky clean, really comfy, and fully stocked with all the essentials for the perfect nicaragua surf trip. Additionally you'll find that the location is as good as it gets, and the vibes are prime for relaxing at the beach. This is surfing Nicaragua at it's best.
Our Nicaragua Surf Lodge has four comfortable rooms, each with a private bathroom, comfy beds, and crispy-cool air conditioning. We have an eight person capacity, and normally friends room together. The Surf Lodge has a large living room perfect for lounging, and is stocked complete with satellite TV, surround sound, DVD player, surf vids, outside stereo system, wireless internet, an outdoor patio that spills onto the beach, and two extra large hammocks hanging from the trees. There's an outdoor kitchen complete with BBQ grill and fish filet station, a large book selection, purified water, and a fridge filled with cold Toña beer, Fresca, Fanta, Coca cola and Diet Coke, and juices. Our staff will cook all your meals and clean up everyday.
Our Nicaragua Surf Lodge is a prime spot for chilling, partying, hanging at the beach, watching surf vids, watching sunsets, and is generally just a super comfortable place for relaxing. The location couldn't be better. We're right on the beach, and also right in the the charming little fishing village of Playa Gigante. If you want to do any exploring you'll find that there's plenty of exploring to do within walking distance...you're not just stuck at some boring hotel with nothing else to do. In between surf sessions you can go mingle with locals, explore neighboring beaches, meet other travelers, party, or just relax, and log some much needed hammock time. Come Surf Nicaragua with us.
Surf Charters to the Best Waves in Nicaragua
The Surf Boats
Come surf Nicaragua with us. We have two surf charter boats, The Michelle and The Masayita. The Michelle is your surfing boat rigged with foam to cushion your boards, and the Masayita is our cadillac boat that can surf or fish. You will be accessing the best waves in Nicaragua with one of these surf charter boats. Our captain will visit you every day in the morning to check on your surf schedule. After meeting the captain, it will be easy to coordinate when you’d like to surf next and we normally go twice a day. We'll keep you up to speed with the conditions, and which waves are ideal at what times. You can take the boat to any surf break within our seven designated daily spots. Most of the waves are only accessible by boat, and some are located on private beaches. We go further than just about other surf camp on our surfing charters; as far North as Vera Cruz, and as far South as San Juan del Sur. Because these trips are so long for the boat, captain, and yourselves, we only do those twice a week. Anything is possible here, so if you want to go more times to the longer destination, we will absolutely accomodate you for a reasonable charge.
This is Nicaragua, and there are always waves breaking, regardless of the time of year. If there is “no surf” by your standards, we’ve got plenty of activities in the village and don’t kill us… We can’t control mother nature. The greatest news is that the best surf in Nicaragua is only a 5 minute boat ride from our awesome beach front surf lodge. You can see how it is breaking from our front yard with binoculars. Our Surf Charter Boats are exclusive to the guests, and you will see a few unlucky folk making the hour long sun-baked walk over the ridge who wish they could be on your boat. Our Surf Charters are but one of the ingredients that makes this the ultimate Nicaragua Surf Trip. Welcome to Surf Camp Nicaragua. This is surfing Nicaragua at it's best.
The best waves in Central America
The Surf Breaks
We can't stress enough just how amazing the waves are here in Nicaragua. Surfing Nicaragua offers more hours per day to surf, and the wave quality is the best in Central America. It's a unique combination of things that really makes this region of Nicaragua one of the most blessed surfing locations on planet earth. Lake Nicaragua draws "trade winds" from the Caribbean. This phenomenon gives southern Nicaragua offshore winds 24/7, over 300 days a year. This means perfectly groomed waves ALL DAY LONG. You don't have to wake up at 5:am for dawn patrol just to see the winds turn onshore by 10:am. You can surf literally at anytime of day with perfect conditions. As a result you'll simply get to surf a LOT MORE waves than you would traveling to anywhere else in the world...yet another reason to put a Nicaragua surf trip on your to-do list. Come surf Nicaragua for yourself, and you'll see just how amazing surfing here is. Now aside from the ideal offshore winds, we also have over a dozen named surf breaks (a few secret surf spots too) within a short boat ride from our surf lodge. Most of the waves are high quality, fast, barreling surf breaks that are best suited for intermediate to advanced surfers. We do have plenty of spots to cater more to beginners too, but if you already know how to surf, and you're looking for some great waves... Dale Dagger Surf Tours is the perfect place for you. We have world class beach breaks capable of creating 8+ second barrel rides. You'll find heaving slabs with enough power to scare you. You'll find consistent reef breaks, and peeling point breaks with mechanical perfection, and long leg-burning rides. We have surf breaks with critical, racing barrels, and we have playful waves with fully rip-able faces. If you have an appetite for surfing really good waves... a Nicaragua Surf Trip needs to be on your to-do list. Come on down, and surf with us...let us show you why we love Surfing Nicaragua, and come soak up some Surf Camp Nicaragua Vibes.
Delicious - Local - Natural - Homemade
The Surf Food
We serve just about anything you want (that we can get here), and are open to suggestions. Breakfast, on average, consists of homemade granola with raisins and yogurt, fresh local fruit, steel cut oats, golden pancakes, smoothies, cheddar and bacon breakfast burritos, gallo pinto and peppered eggs. Not always all together… depending on your appetite. Lunch is Snapper tacos with homemade mexican flour tortillas, mamas chicken soup, quesadillas with fresh pico de gallo and taco salad, Nicaragua favorite arroz con pollo, fresh local ceviche and hearty chili with a kick. Dinner can be grilled garlic & lime local fish, Home-made vegetable lasagna, zingy caesar salads with fresh homemade croutons, barbeque chicken and dill potato salad, beer battered lobster tacos, whole fried fish with the eyeball and everything, fried plantains, and sometimes the biggest pile of sashimi you’ve ever seen (depending on our fisherman/boat captain Walter). Truth be told...we think our meal selection makes the perfect combo with a Nicaragua Surf Trip. This is Surf Camp Nicaragua food at it's best. Surf Nicaragua, Eat deliciously healthy home cooked meals, and enjoy the beachfront surf lodge.
We’ve also got snacks, cookies, popcorn and soda for you junk food lovers. Beer is a buck and Soda is free and stored in our extra cold Beer fridge on the outdoor patio.
FYI – the fruit & veggies that we get here are local only and depend on the season. We always have an abundance of bananas, pineapples, plantains, tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers, carrots, and peppers. In the spring season we have mangos, avocados, cantaloupe, and papaya. You won’t find plums, grapes, strawberries, or kiwis unless you want to pay big money to have them shipped over.
Welcome to Playa Gigante Nicaragua
The Surf Town
We are based in a tiny fishing village that rarely sees life from the outside world. People live in shanty’s and shacks, and make a living off of fishing. They are kind, wonderful people and extremely friendly. There is one main pulperia (little convenience store) where you can find chips, beer, candy, Gatorade, Flor de Caña Rum, wine, home-made sweet bread, cookies and tons more. There is a hostel at the South end of the beach that often times has planned parties and/or live music. There are other local restaurants that serve the catch of the day… grilled or fried, with rice and beans, plantains, and vegetables. The nearest city with a grocery store and gas station is 40 minutes away down a dirt country road, so don’t forget to bring cash if you want to dabble in any of the vendors outside of the lodge, Most businesses deal with cash, and the last ATM is in Rivas. This is Playa Gigante, and we love. We think you'll fall in love with it too. It's the ideal setting for a relaxing vacation, and is perfectly located for the ultimate Nicaragua Surf Trip. It's a calm protected bay, which is not only ideal for swimming, but also the perfect place to anchor our surf charter boats so you have immediate access to all the best waves in Nicaragua. Come soak up some sunshine in Playa Gigante, and surf Nicaragua with us.
TIN (as in...This is Nicaragua)
Oh, such a beautiful place… filled with not-so-every-day-life kinds of things. Sometimes in this wonderful country, we lose power…as in, there might be no electricity for a few hours. Thankfully, we are one of the only places in town with a generator, so you won’t even notice…
Come Surf Nicaragua with us
You will want to bring cash for things like massages, booze, tips, souveneirs, yoga and surf photos. There is no ATM out here, and most places in town only accept cash.
All the staff works very hard to make your stay pleasurable, and would be thrilled to have a little extra. We recommend taking 10% of your trip cost and contributing to the people who make it all happen. They are a staff of rock-stars who are super passionate about what they're doing, and are genuinely stoked to share the experience with all of our awesome guests. They're always very grateful for any token of appreciation that is shared. Don’t forget to bring cash as there are no ATM’s out here at the beach.
We have several surf boards for rent…. These boards are not the prettiest, but sufficient and durable. All boards are $20 per day and come with leashes and fins.
- Ding damage fees apply
- All boards are repaired in- house or official board repair shop in town
- If a board is broken, the client will be charged the value of the board. If inexperienced, please be cautious when surfing because of the “break it you buy it” rule. Boards are very hard to find and/or get down here.
- 1/2 Day…………………….$100
- Full Day……………………$200
A masseuse on hand offers massages at the Lodge in the comfort of your own room and is trained in sports therapy & deep tissue massage. A nice massage is an ideal way to wrap up a day after all that surfing.
- 30 minute massage – $30
- 60 minute massage – $60
- Massage therapist accepts cash only
Trained Yoga instructors, India Reinartz and Carly Chivers, offer daily Yoga classes in town for $6 per class. She is also available for private sessions at the lodge for $20 per session. She has Yoga mats for use as well and run surf / yoga retreats at www.papayawellness.com. A little zen-time might be just what you're looking for in-between sessions.
Life is good - Pay it forward
The crew here at Dale Dagger Surf tours is happy to contribute a percentage of your Nica surf trip to giving back to our community. Not only do we employ several local townspeople, but we also started a non-profit organization of our own to benefit rural Nicaragua and beyond, starting with our humble village. School supplies and uniforms are supplied for all the families of our Nica employees and this school year we provided uniforms, school supplies and backpacks for thirty-two other Gigante kids! We also create opportunities to financially help the others in need of supplies and transportation to school, as well as supporting the local sports teams including women’s softball and the junior surfers. As we support the primary school in Gigante as much as possible, they are always is in need of school supplies. Often times the teachers don’t even have notebooks to write in, or the kids don’t have tape to display their projects usually done on used paper. We ask our guests to bring any school supplies if they can.
If you would like to donate, or for more information, please visit: http://www.sweetwaterworld.org
NicaSurf is the Original Nicaragua Surf Camp. We have a super comfy' beachfront surf lodge, two fully stocked boats anchored out front, and we're located in the heart of the best waves in Nicaragua. With nearly 20 years under our belt here in Nicaland, you can be confident you're with the most experienced surf camp in Nicaragua. Buckle up, and let's get barreled!