On the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, about an hour's drive west of Rivas is the small indigenous community of Las Salinas. Las Salinas is home to Popoyo, arguably one of the best surf breaks in Nicaragua. Located on a small headland in Las Salinas, Magnific Rock overlooks both Popoyo and Playa Santana. This convenient position of Magnific Rock means it's only a short walk to two of Nicaragua's premier surf breaks.
Because of the country's consistent offshore winds surfing is a popular tourist attraction in the area. Popoyo Outer Reef is the most challenging wave in the area, and is advised for experts only. It is a powerful reef break that goes both left and right and offers long, powerful walls and sometimes a thick barrel section. Playa Santana is a consistent beach break 20 minutes from the town of Popoyo. The Popoyo Surf Zone is a miracle of points, beach and reef breaks that capture the power of the frequent south swells and adds an all day dose of offshore winds funneling in from Lake Nicaragua to create great surf.
Popoyo has a tropical savanna climate with a short dry season from January to April and a lengthy wet season from May to October. Temperatures remain steady throughout the year with the dry season being slightly cooler and range from 77.9 °F in January to 81.9 °F in May. The average annual precipitation is 53 inches per year.
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