paradise found

 

Photo Essay by Will Saunders

"Dale! Dale!” scream the local surfers as the set rolls in, encouraging you to take the next wave. A few paddle strokes later and you’re up, slicing through the saltwater under the tropical sun.

Nicaragua isn’t a destination for professionals seeking world class surf conditions. But let’s be honest, most of us don’t care! For those looking to drop the wetsuit, ditch the crowds, and catch wave after wave, the Pacific coast of Nicaragua offers a casual paradise, or at least that’s what photographer Will Saunders found when he ventured to the surfing hot spots of Popoyo and Playa Santana.

Here, cheap hostels offer board rentals, lessons, and a welcoming environment where you’re expected to revel in the surf, sunburns, and soreness of a day in the water. Add a Cerveza Toña, or three, and vacation has officially begun.