Rapture Surfcamp Nicaragua
Laid back and budget-friendly surf camp nestled into the jungle above Playa Maderas.
Rapture Surfcamp Nicaragua is a casual and social surf camp for travelers of all budgets. Located in southern Nicaragua near San Juan del Sur, Rapture sits on a hillside property above Playa Maderas with sweeping views of the jungle and ocean.
This new property is small yet spacious, with a stunning infinity pool that looks out over the jungle, Pacific Ocean, and amazing sunsets. With cozy hammocks, plentiful common spaces, and a community atmosphere, this surf camp is a great spot for anyone looking for a social yet low-key surf vacation.
Rapture has multiple types of accommodation to suit a variety of budgets – choose from roomy 4- and 8-person dorm rooms, light-filled modern private rooms, or very cool glamping tents equipped with comfortable king size beds, ocean views, private decks and private bathrooms.
All nightly accommodations include a delicious daily breakfast and dinners from Sunday to Thursday, as well as trips to surf spots and guided surfing (from Monday through Saturday). Surf lessons, surfboard rentals, yoga classes, and other extras can be added a la carte, so you can build your own package depending on your needs.
With rave reviews, a unique jungle setting, and fun waves nearby, Rapture Surfcamp is a perfect spot to surf and explore the beautiful Playa Maderas.
VIBE: Social surf house
LOCALE: Jungle hideaway
ROOMS: 9 total / 4 private rooms, 2 private glamping tents, 3 dorm rooms
FAMILY FRIENDLY: Yes
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua
PRICING: Dorms from $43 per person, per night / Private rooms from $122 per night
Lush Palm Perk
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One complimentary welcome drink and yoga session per guest.
The open-air communal spaces are spacious and comfortable. The main dining/living/bar area has high vaulted ceilings, a pool table, and plenty of spots to hang. The dorm rooms are airy, with 4- and 8- bed options, and private rooms are simple but comfortable (both A/C and fan options available).
On a hilltop surrounded by jungle on all sides with panoramic views, the property is a secluded spot, yet it’s only about a 15-minute walk to Playa Maderas. Around the infinity pool there are plenty of places to relax – post up on a chaise lounge, comfy sun bed, or a hammock on the lawn.
Eat & Drink
All stays include a delicious daily breakfast, dinners from Sunday to Thursday, and unlimited purified drinking water. Fridays are Pizza Night and Saturdays are BBQ Night, which are not included, but a great deal. There’s an onsite bar, and more dining options on the beach at Playa Maderas.
Nicaragua is known for an abundance of consistent waves and 300+ days of offshore winds – which enable you to surf all day, almost every day. The peak surf season is March through August when the larger and more consistent south swells show up, but if you’re a beginner any time of year is good. In the area near Rapture, there are a number of excellent surf spots and the camp’s surf guides look for the best conditions every day to shuttle you to the spots that are working best. If you would like to visit the famous breaks in the north (Playa Manzanillo, Playa Colorado, Panga Drops, etc), daily boat trips are available at an extra cost.
WATER TEMP: 80 – 84 °F ( 27 – 29 °C) all year long but can get a bit cooler once in a while
PEAK SURF SEASON: Mar – Aug
SHOULDER SURF SEASON: Sept, Nov – Feb
SURF EXPERIENCE: Beginner to advanced
Large and quiet glamping tents feature a comfortable king-size bed, mosquito screens on windows, private deck with beautiful ocean and jungle views, and a private bathroom with hot shower.
MAX GUESTS: 2
RATE: from $122 per night
Fan suites are located on the second floor and have a comfortable queen-size bed, mosquito screens on windows, ceiling fan, beautiful sea view terrace, jungle views, and a private bathroom with hot shower.
MAX GUESTS: 2
RATE: from $122 per night
Deluxe A/C suites are on the second floor and feature a comfortable king-size bed, A/C, mosquito screens on windows, flatscreen TV, private terrace, views of the pool and jungle, and a private bathroom with hot shower.
MAX GUESTS: 2
RATE: from $146 per night
This spacious open-air dorm sleeps four people and features a palapa-style roof, ocean views, canopy beds with mosquito nets, and an attached shared bathroom with a separate toilet and rustic wooden jungle shower.
MAX GUESTS: 4
RATE: from $54 per person
This spacious dorm room sleeps eight people in comfortable wooden beds with an attached private bathroom that has a natural shower and separate toilet.
MAX GUESTS: 8
RATE: from $43 per person
All rates include:
– 3 course daily breakfast
– dinners (Sunday – Thursday)
– surf guiding (Monday – Saturday)
– beach transfers (Monday – Saturday)
– surf theory for beginner/intermediate surfers
– video analysis for advanced surfers
– information on Nicaragua surf spots
– unlimited purified drinking water
– complimentary wifi
CHECK IN: 2 pm
CHECK OUT: 12 noon
8-Bed Dorm: from $43 per person
4-Bed Dorm: from $54 per person
Fan Suite: from $122 per night
Glamping Tent: from $122 per night
Deluxe A/C Suite: from $146 per night
*Note that rates for dorms are per person and rates for private rooms are per room.
Good to Know
At Rapture Surfcamps Nicaragua you can tailor your trip to your needs with surf lessons, surfboard rentals, massages, motorbike rentals, and airport transfers, which are all available at an extra cost.
Surf Lessons: $37 (for 2 sessions per day of 1.5 – 2 hr)*
Surfboard Rental: $12 per person per day**
Surfboard Insurance: $7 per person per day
Massage (45min): $12
Motorbike Rentals: pricing on request
* All surf lessons include surfboard rentals
** All types of boards available for rent (from beginner to professional)
Cancellation Insurance: $56 per person
– If guests have an injury/illness before their check-in date, this insurance can be
activated to refund the booking.
Playa Maderas is a tiny beach village near the town of San Juan del Sur on the southwest coast of Nicaragua with great surf and chill tropical vibes. The beach break at Playa Maderas is one of the best in the San Juan del Sur area, with pumping year-round consistent (and sometimes hollow) surf.
The best option is to fly into the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua, or you can also fly into Liberia Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica (although this is less advised because you have to cross the border which can be time-consuming). Rapture offers airport transfers at an additional cost of ~$86 (for 1 – 4 people, each way) from/to the Managua Airport, or ~$123 (for 1 – 4 people, each way) from/to the Liberia Airport.
The Small Print
To secure a reservation, full payment is required upfront.
If a cancellation is made 61 days or more prior to the check-in date, you will receive a full refund. If a cancellation is made 60 days or less prior to check-in, you will be charged by the following schedule:
60 days in advance 10% charge
45 days in advance 20% charge
30 days in advance 40% charge
20 days in advance 70% charge
12 days in advance 100% charge