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Nicaragua

Pacific Nicaragua Trip: 10 Days

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Livin' Tranquilo

The South Pacific of Nicaragua (and 2 days in Costa Rica to cap it all off) is your haven for a laid-back "sand, surf, party, repeat" experience. Add to that the low cost of living and you have yourself a perfect 10-day escape to Central America’s hottest destinations!

On top of having some of the best breaks and places to learn how to catch a wave, the funky surf towns of San Juan del Sur and Tamarindo, you’ll also get to experience Free & Easy’s very own Casa Horizon Surf Retreat on the private beach haven Playa Escameca. You’ll then leave the sand behind for the peaceful crater lake Laguna De Apoyo. Visit the South Pacific of Nicaragua and you’ll be saying ‘Diacachimba Amigos!’ in no time!

I've travelled Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Indonesia with FnEZ and they were some of the best experiences of my life! Perfect mix of adventure, beach, partying, and culture. They are also very aware of current events so you always know you're safe! So much fun, would travel with FnEZ again without a doubt!

- Emily, October 2018 

Itinerary

  • Day 1-3   (San Juan del Sur)

    Many flights arrive into Liberia, Costa Rica, so the 1st morning of the trip will start from Liberia and travel 2.5-hours to the funky beach town San Juan del Sur. Travellers can also fly into Managua airport, and meet us directly in San Juan! The following days will involve beach trips, surf lessons (incl), Jesus statue viewpoint hike (incl) and the infamous pool crawl party of Sunday Funday! (*The order of the 3 destinations is subject to change on every trip, depending on Sunday Funday ;-)

  • Day 4-5   (Playa Escameca)

    Take 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 6-7   (Laguna De Apoyo)

    Laguna de Apoyo is a pristine lake inside the crater of a dormant volcano. After being declared a national nature reserve in 1991, Laguna de Apoyo has been fiercely protected from invasive resorts and remains a beautiful natural refuge. The stunning lagoon is warmed to a comfortable temperature from the earth's core and is widely hailed as having the cleanest water in Central America. A variety of exotic wildlife can be found around the lake, but time is best spent here relaxing in one of the cozy lakeside houses.

  • Day 8-10   (Playa Tamarindo)

    Lastly, we take a shuttle transfer to Playa Tamarindo in Costa Rica. The following days will involve beach road trips, surf lessons (incl), frisbee, beach bars, hammock time and pacific sunsets!  We depart via the airport in Liberia, Costa Rica.

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.

What's included?

  • The Free & Easy Commitment

    We strive to ensure everyone who wants to travel has the opportunity to have the most epic experience ever. Free & Easy delivers awe-inspiring travel experiences and creates lifelong connections between incredible people + incredible places.

    See below for more details about what else is included in this amazing adventure.

  • Included Experiences: Nicaragua 10
    • Surf lesson with local professional instructors
    • See baby turtles hatch (seasonal)
    • Chill out around a beach fire after a day of surf
    • Catamaran trip from one destination to the other with Lunch and Cocktails - $75pp ( or at least $5 pp for transportation ) 
    • Entrance to Jesus Statue lookout and cocktail ( $7pp. 2 for entrance $5 per person for the drink)
    • Entrance to an active volcano 
    • Shopping in Masaya Artisan market, 
    • Kayak around the laguna  
    • Swimming in an old volcano ( mineral water ) 
    • Surf some of the most famous breaks in Nicaragua*
    • Access to Fitness and workout center*

    *Only on the trips including Popoyo

  • Accommodation: Nicaragua 10

    All accommodations - We send our trip planners to each of our destinations so they can do on the ground, research. Checking for the best location, comfort and vibe that we can get for our budget while also supporting local businesses.

  • Transportation: Nicaragua 10

    All transport - This trip will find us taking private A/C vans and boat.

  • Leaders: Nicaragua 10

    1-2 group leaders - Our staff is consistently ranked as the #1 reason that people loved their trips. We meet most of our leaders while traveling with them so we can see in person if they are fun yet responsible, cool yet down to earth, professional yet laid back. This creates that perfect mix which makes our "tours" feel like a group of friends.

  • Optional Experiences: Nicaragua 10
    • Experience the famous Sunday Funday
    • Yoga overlooking the ocean
    • Snorkel and swimming
    • Scuba diving in an old volcano 
    • Kayak the Islitas de Granada
    • Boat tour of the Islitas de Granada
    • Day trip and shopping in Granada (the oldest town in Central America ) 
    • Hike around the Laguna de Apoyo
    • Get a Massage overlooking the Ocean or Laguna 
    • Get a Petacure / Manicure in Paradise
    • Stand up Paddle Boarding in a Laguna, Ocean, and River 
    • Rent an ATV and explore the beaches of San Juan del Sur
    • Zipline
    • Go Fishing with local fisherman and eat what you catch.
    • Horseback riding on the beach and to a Waterfall
    • Overnight Glamping overlooking both Lake Nicaragua and the pacific ocean
    • Experience Sunday Funday Pool Crawl
    • Make your own Pizza and eat it
    • Go on Funky Karaoke Sunset Booze-Cruse in the Laguna
    • Take surfing to the next level with Advancded lessons*
    • Charter Boat to go to secluded surf breaks *
    • Visit Hot Springs *

    *Only on the trips including Popoyo

  • 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

    Find out how much spending money you will need here.

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