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Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
Livin' Tranquilo

The South Pacific of Nicaragua is your haven for surf, beach parties and the island sanctuary of Ometepe. Add to that the low cost of living and you have yourself a perfect 10-day escape to Central America’s hottest destination! On top of having some of the best breaks and places to learn how to catch a wave, the funky surf town of San Juan del Sur is home to the infamous Sunday Funday Pool Crawl! You’ll also get to experience either Mag Rock, with its incredible cliff-top sunsets and huge choice of waves, or Free & Easy’s very own Casa Horizon Surf Retreat on the private beach haven that is Playa Escameca. You’ll then leave the sand behind for the peaceful jungle oasis on the volcano island of Ometepe. Visit the South Pacific of Nicaragua and you’ll be saying ‘Diacachimba Amigos!’ in no time!

 
Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
San Juan del Sur

The stunning half-moon cove that San Juan del Sur is built around frames one of the coolest surf towns you're sure to ever experience. Old colonial buildings, a huge boardwalk of beachside bars and restaurants, and an all around laid-back surfer vibe are all part of the reason why being in San Juan is so awesome. The host town of our massive Nicaragua New Years trip each year and a staple on all of our Nicaragua trips, San Juan del Sur is the perfect place to have wicked beach days and wild party nights. The gateway to a huge score of amazing surf beaches all within a short drive from town makes San Juan an ideal destination for any surfer or beach lover and the town's ability to turn it up at night and host some of the best parties on the travel scene makes it so the fun never ends! Consistently good weather, endless cheap rum and very good waves… what more could you ask for?

 
Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
Escameca

Arguably one of the nicest beaches in Central America, you won't find Playa Escameca in any travel books…that's because this spot is uniquely Free & Easy! This incredible stretch of beach is hidden way south on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, almost in Costa Rica, and boasts not only gorgeous scenery but also some seriously gnarly surfing conditions that you can enjoy all to yourself. Because the best part about Playa Escameca is that there's nothing there - no hotels, no bars, no other people! There's just the gorgeous bungalow style Casa Horizon: our very own FnEZ-built retreat. Days in Escameca can be spent in so many amazing ways. Whether you're simply soaking in the serene beauty of the surroundings, grabbing a surfboard and catching some waves right in front of the lodge, practicing yoga, swaying lazily in a hammock, or kicking back with some cervezas next to a beach fire, you won't find anywhere more different from your everyday life. Here you can do as you like and experience the true freedom of getting away from it all.

 
Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
Mag Rock

Magnific Rock (or Mag Rock as it’s known to most) is home to some of the best surf break in all of Nicaragua. No joke, it’s incredible! When you wake up in the morning and look out over the ocean you can see four different breaks happening, and if that doesn’t get you itching to grab your board and dive in, we don’t know what will. Our accommodations are set up on a point that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, so not only are you guaranteed killer surf, but the awe-inspiring sunsets will blow your mind. Be prepared for a real-life watercolour sky of pinks and oranges every night as the sun meets the ocean. And after a full day of crushing out the best waves in Nicaragua, there’s nothing like chilling in the pool with an ice-cold Toña and the best view around. From yoga, to surfing, booze cruisin’ and having a grand old time down on the beach, we guarantee that you’ll be begging us not to leave Mag Rock.

 
Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
Isla de Ometepe

Rising from the depths of the massive Lake Nicaragua is the majestic pyramid-like Concepción volcano and connected to it by a thin strip of land is the smaller but equally impressive Maderas volcano forming Isla de Ometepe, a twin-volcano island that is an amazing sight to behold and a delightfully relaxed place to visit. The island is filled with lush jungle vegetation and nice beaches that border the fresh water lake that stretches out like an ocean as far as the eye can see. The island's perfect soil makes it an ideal home for tons of small farms and plantations that grow about everything possible and make for some tasty and organic food options. Kayaking down rivers, hiking to waterfalls and relaxing in natural water springs only add to the beautiful experience of travelling to Isla de Ometepe.

10 days in Nicaragua
Livin' Tranquilo

Livin' Tranquilo

The South Pacific of Nicaragua is your haven for surf, beach parties and the island sanctuary of Ometepe. Add to that the low cost of living and you have yourself a perfect 10-day escape to Central America’s hottest destination! On top of having some of the best breaks and places to learn how to catch a wave, the funky surf town of San Juan del Sur is home to the infamous Sunday Funday Pool Crawl! You’ll also get to experience either Mag Rock, with its incredible cliff-top sunsets and huge choice of waves, or Free & Easy’s very own Casa Horizon Surf Retreat on the private beach haven that is Playa Escameca. You’ll then leave the sand behind for the peaceful jungle oasis on the volcano island of Ometepe. Visit the South Pacific of Nicaragua and you’ll be saying ‘Diacachimba Amigos!’ in no time!

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Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
Livin' Tranquilo

The South Pacific of Nicaragua is your haven for surf, beach parties and the island sanctuary of Ometepe. Add to that the low cost of living and you have yourself a perfect 10-day escape to Central America’s hottest destination! On top of having some of the best breaks and places to learn how to catch a wave, the funky surf town of San Juan del Sur is home to the infamous Sunday Funday Pool Crawl! You’ll also get to experience either Mag Rock, with its incredible cliff-top sunsets and huge choice of waves, or Free & Easy’s very own Casa Horizon Surf Retreat on the private beach haven that is Playa Escameca. You’ll then leave the sand behind for the peaceful jungle oasis on the volcano island of Ometepe. Visit the South Pacific of Nicaragua and you’ll be saying ‘Diacachimba Amigos!’ in no time!

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Itinerary for this adventure

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Day 1-4 San Juan del Sur
Group flight arrives into Managua in the evening. Get to know your group over a couple of beers in our private A/C bus to the Pacific coast. Arrive late in the evening at the funky beach town San Juan del Sur. The following days will involve beach trips and surf lessons (incl), Jesus statue lookout hike (incl) and the infamous pool crawl party of Sunday Funday!
Day 5-6 Isla Ometepe
Take morning shuttle to San Jorge ferry terminal, board the ferry to the dual volcano island biosphere of Ometepe! Optional activities include volcano hike, horseback to a waterfall, take a dip in a lagoon, kayak the estuary or visit a local rodeo!
Day 7-9 Playa Escameca
Take a ferry back to the pier, then private A/C minibus to Escameca. Get off-the-beaten-track at this amazing beach. Activities include surfing, frisbee, beach bonfires and hammock time or seeing baby turtles hatch(seasonal) on a nearby beach reserve (incl). There will also be an optional Booze Cruise day with Snorkelling and lunch ***** NOTE Certain times of year we will go to Mag Rock beach instead of Escameca.
Day 10 Managua
On the last day take group transfer to Managua airport for departure.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Hike The Cristo De la Misericordia Viewpoint

The Christ of Mercy, or Cristo De La Misericordia, is the iconic statue overlooking the San Juan del Sur bay. But it's way more than that...it offers an incredible 360 degree view of the entire town and south pacific! At sunset, it's one of the most incredible views you will come across. Not only that, but at over 26m high, this Jesus statue is the largest statue of Christ in all of Central America and one of the largest in the world. Grab your travel buddies, a water (and probably a beer too) and hit the slope. You might find yourself enjoying the best view of your life! *hike, admission fee included in price

Swim Through Phosphorescence

Phosphorescence (or bioluminescence) is the emission of light created by a variety of tiny, almost microscopic creatures as a defence mechanism. Perhaps the most fascinating display of this phenomenon takes place in the ocean when thousands of bioluminescent plankton scintillate a beautiful blue-green glow that brightens as the plankton are agitated. They can be stimulated by anything from crashing waves to moving boats or from people playing in the water! This opportunity to feel like you're creating magic occurs at times in almost every country we travel to and sometimes the plankton arrive in a magnificent density, creating some of the most unforgettable nights on our trips – most notably in Lao Liang and Koh Ang Thong in Thailand, but also along the Pacific Coast of Central America. So just because the sun has set doesn’t always mean the fun in the water is over! Always be sure to take a few steps into shore and check if you may have the opportunity to swim through phosphorescence because it's one of the most fun and beautiful experiences you may ever have!

Surf a Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that 7 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru & South Africa) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it. *** PLEASE NOTE surfing is dependent on the right conditions and not always possible

Hike a Volcano in a Rare Island Biosphere

Ometepe is a two-volcano island in the middle of a freshwater lake–the only place in the world like it. The base of the smaller of the two volcanoes, Volcan Maderas, is right near our accommodations and can make for a great day trip. At 1394m above sea level, and through a combination of diverse rainforest and tropical environments, it isn’t for the faint of heart. But you will feel like Indiana Jones as you clamber up large rocks, through vines and spend the day in awe of the rare island biosphere! If long hikes aren’t your thing your Free & Easy trip leaders can also organize horseback riding up to a waterfall along the other side of the volcano, or a kayak tour through the river mouth between both volcanoes! Regardless of your choice of adventure, keep your eyes open for exotic birds, monkeys and wider than normal smiles!

Catch a Fish and Eat It, Too

We get so many people who come on our trips that say they don't like seafood and won't eat it - usually, they're not from a coastal town. So when we serve up a fresh barracuda or tuna or some other tasty fish that the fisherman caught that morning and we convince them to give it a try, the first thing they say (with a satisfied smile) is that this doesn't taste like the seafood they've tried. There's just no getting around it, fish is meant to be eaten fresh! And the only thing tastier than a fresh fish is one that you caught, too! Catching the fish that you eat used to be a part of life and still is in many parts of the world, however, more and more people are buying from the commercial fishing industry which is unsustainable and is destroying the ocean's eco-system. We offer the option to go fishing on nearly all of our trips with friendly, local fisherman that show you their tricks - it's an experience that not only teaches you the importance of fishing but is also a hell of a good time: on a boat, with friends, with beer, in the sun, drifting down a tropical coastline… 'nuff said!

See Baby Turtles Hatch

Seeing streams of baby sea turtles burst through the sand on a tropical beach and scramble for the ocean is an incredible sight and is only possible on a few beaches in the world. Sea turtles have an astounding sense of radar and always return to the same beach they were born on to lay their eggs and two of these beaches are located in Nicaragua and Costa Rica and we visit both of them on our Central American adventures. The best time to see baby sea turtles hatch is at night around a full moon as the light from the moon guides the near-blind babies to the shore to catch a wave out to sea and the darkness helps protect them from predators. And if you’re lucky you may also see a full-size sea turtle ride a wave into shore, dig a deep hole on the beach and lay her eggs! *NOTE: THIS ACTIVITY IS SEASONAL FROM JULY TO FEBRUARY

Practice Yoga on the Beach

Practicing yoga on the beach in warm, tropical weather provides you with the perfect environment to learn how to find a calm within yourself and feel your mind truly relax. Listening to the sounds of the jungle and the crashing of the waves on shore only adds to the bliss of this experience. You can experience practicing yoga in a beautiful and isolated setting under the expert guidance of yoga instructors on several of our our trips. So take an hour or so out of your day to stretch, breathe and enjoy one of the best yoga sessions of your life in paradise!

Have a Sunday Funday

Beers, babes, beats… tasty shots, infinite rum, super soakers full of booze… tropical weather, amazing views, and a pool crawl - together that spells Sunday Funday! Experience the best day of the week in proper Nica fashion with the legendary Sunday Funday pool crawl, taking you to the best party spots around the infamous surf town of San Juan del Sur all day. Each spot has the same thing in common, a nice refreshing pool to take a dip in and dance around, wicked music pumping, and tons of drinks flowing! With hundreds of rowdy young travellers attending each Sunday, this event has grown into one of the best parties in Central America and why not, because who doesn’t love to have fun on Sunday? Get weird, get freaky, get wet, get wasted, do whatever you want because this party starts early and goes as late as you want it to go!

Pacific Coast Booze-Cruise!

Nicaragua's southwest coast is arguably Central America's nicest stretch of beaches. With one massive sprawling beach after another framed by rocky cliffs and fascinating fauna from cacti to palm trees, seeing as much of this coast as possible is must for any visitor to Nicaragua. Unfortunately, the coastal roads in Nicaragua are not very accessible to say the least and so really the best way to see all these beaches is by sailing the open sea! Boarding a catamaran sailboat stocked with ceviche, guacamole and as much beer and rum as possible is the way we like to do it to fully enjoy spending the day gawking at the stunning natural setting while at the same time, throwing down and having a party fit for such a glorious sailing experience. Oh and we almost forgot to mention the wicked surf breaks at almost all of these beaches, so there's always the option of tossing the board in and paddling into some gnarly sets before continuing on our way. Some crazy stuff tends to go down on this adventure as it's always a highlight of the trip, but you'll just have to experience it for yourself to see what's possible when you disembark into the Nicaragua's pacific coast with an arsenal of friends armed with all the makings for an epic good time!

Accommodations and Transportation

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation (Central Trips)

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
  • Rooms will be a mixture of 2-6 person rooms throughout the trip

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Activities: Nicaragua (10 Days - Tranquilo)

  • One surf lesson and 1 day board rental
  • See baby turtles hatch (seasonal)
  • History Tour of Fortress
  • Entrance to Ojo De Agua nature spring
  • Chill out around a beach fire after a day of surf

Optional Activities: Nicaragua (10 Days - Tranquilo)

  • Experience the famous Sunday Funday
  • Hike up to the San Juan Jesus statue viewpoint
  • Yoga
  • Fishing
  • Climb a volcano
  • Horse Back Riding through the jungle to San Ramone Waterfall
  • Kayaking
  • Cruise the Pacific on a catamaran
  • Get a Massage over looking a private beach
  • Stand up Paddle Boarding

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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