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Like most remote and magical hidden corners, we heard whispers and rumblings from friends and colleagues about Nicaragua as a travellers' delight.
Before you dip a toe into the water, take a few minutes to do some reconnaissance from the beach. Chat with people coming in from a surf, watch for rocks and rips in the water and how the waves are breaking. This due diligence is important not only for your safety, but also to avoid needlessly getting in anyone's way in the water.