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Located in the north-east of the Rivas department, the Guasacate beache counts to the most beautiful ones in the area. It belongs to a set of several beaches, commonly known [...]

Guasacate, Tola, Rivas, Nicaragua

Located in the north-east of the Rivas department, the Guasacate beache counts to the most beautiful ones in the area. It belongs to a set of several beaches, commonly known as the Tola beaches. Guasacate is an ideal place to relax and to withdraw from the daily routine. The long stretched beach is quiet and is provided with beautiful nature and an impressive countryside. It is the ideal place for long walks at the beach, and also one of the best surf spots in Nicaragua. The Tola beaches have even been the setting for many international surf competitions.

Guasacate is a dead-end street, where most accommodations are located. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxed and due to its rather isolated location, the place is still a secret spot off the masses. Guasacate has consistent and endless beach breaks. There is often great surf, especially at the north end. As many surfers prefer other spots around the area, the Guasacate beach break is often overlooked and less crowded. Best time for a surf is at mid to high tide.

The accommodations are all close to the beach, if not even at first line with the beach front. That means walking to surf every day, nice vistas from your room and a really chilled out summer feeling. Beginners can take surf lessons, and most surf camps also have boards for rent. At the Guasacate road, you will find everything you need to enjoy your stay. Several restaurants can be found along the road. At the the end of the dead-end street, you will even find a small supermarket, with basic food supplies. The fruit and vegetable truck comes around two days a week. However, it is advised to bring some basic food supplies from Rivas, if you plan on staying longer.

The beaches Popoyo and Guasacate are located right next to each other and you can easily reach the Popoyo breaks by foot. Cross the river mouth of Río Nagualapa and you are there. Be careful though, the river fills up during high tide and you may need to swimm in order to cross it. Do not take any electronic gadget with you, in case you do not want them to drown. Guasacate also offers several other outdoor activities, like fishing trips and horse riding. Close by are also some nice and secret hot springs ‘Salinas de Nahualapa’, which are worth a visit.

How to get there

You can take a public bus to Las Salinas and get off at the praying 'Pink Panter' sign. Buses from Rivas to Las Salinas leave at 5am, 9am, 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 4pm, 4.30, and 5pm. Alternatively you can take a taxi from Rivas to Guasacate. That should cost about $35.

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