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The Surf World Cup final in Colorado Beach is coming

Faustino Salcedo | Jul 18, 2012

A surfer in his turn during the competition. | Photographer: Ariadna Ramos

Article with practical information and our invitation to witness the end of this great sporting event.

Whenever a championship in any major sport and with extensive experience competitors is develop, as the event unfolds great expectations for the finale are created. Such is the case of the World Master Surfing Championship Nicaragua 2012, which is being held in Colorado Beach. If you want to travel to the final of the competition, you need to know some practical and basic elements for a smooth trip, info which you will find in this article.


On July Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd the end of the championship will take place. Beginning at 8:00 am the competitors will be in the waves. The public may attend without any problems. The recommendation is to get there early, due to the high influx of people. Get your suitcase ready and take a trip where you can enjoy the beauty of Colorado Beach, besides enjoying the final of the World Master Surfing Championship Nicaragua 2012, which promises a high quality entertainment with top-level athletes.

You can attend the event every day this week, not only to the final. Today playoff rounds are completing, and on Thursday the final stages begin. To attend the event you should note some data that we’ll provide below, so you can enjoy this event -that takes place for the first time in Nicaragua- without any problems.

The Beach

Colorado is a beach whose sand is white and clean. It is rarely visited and its access by land is private. To get to the beach you must get to the Hacienda Iguana, a resort. If traveling by private car, you must leave it in the parking lot of the establishment, and from there board a bus which will take you to the beach for free. The organizers and competitors of the event are staying facing the waves. The entrance to the championship is totally free. The competition rounds are held from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Practical Data

If you want to travel to Colorado Beach and spend the day, you need to arrive early, because the road can be congested, it is also possible that you have to wait for several minutes before being transferred to the beach from the parking lot.

On the beach itself there is a stage located in front of a small stream at the southern end, there are several restaurants of the department of Rivas offering their services. It has chairs, which you can use to enjoy the event. You can also find street vendors of beer and other beverages. Visitors can swim in the estuary and at sea, as long as it is not on the side that the competition is been developed.

If you want to be on the last days of the championship and stay in the area, the most recommended is to stay in the city of Rivas, or in San Juan del Sur, because the hotels in Tola and surrounding areas are full. But if you want to camp, you can do it with no problem at Colorado Beach, across the estuary. You can also camp in Amarillo Beach, located next to Colorado. If you choose to set up your own camp you must store it during the day to do not obstruct the other visitors. For security reasons, it’s recommended to enter the water only by the estuary part, to do not interfere with the competition.

We present to you our profile of Playa Colorado, where you can find its geoposition by clicking on the small world map that you will find inside: Colorado Beach

Getting there

To get to Colorado Beach from the North (Managua, Granada, Masaya, etc.) in private transportation, you can do in two ways. The first one is to take the South Panamerican Highway and reach the Ochomogo River bridge, then you must turn right and take the road to the Salinas of Nagualapa, once there, signs will guide you. Another way, always coming from the North, is taking the South Panamerican Highway, addressing Rivas, and three kilometers before reaching the city, take a detour to Tola. Once in Tola you must continue until the signs of the “Instituto Nicaragüense de Turismo -INTUR-” (Nicaraguan Tourism Board) that indicate the way to the beach, go straight until you reach the Iguana Livestock.

If you want to travel by public transportation you can take a bus from Managua on the market C$60. If traveling from Jinotepe, you must take the bus at the stop in Santiago. The key will be to reach the bus terminal in Rivas. Once in the city bus terminal, you must take a bus to take you to Tola, this leave from the municipal market. At Tola you can take a taxi, which generally tend to charge C$20 per person to the Hacienda Iguana.

Another way can be taking the buses that go from the market of Rivas to the Salinas de Nagualapa, and ask to be drop at Hacienda Iguana. You can also travel by boat, leaving from the Bay of San Juan del Sur, we do not know the prices exactly, but you can get them in the place with the owners of the boats.

Translated by Aída Pichardo