Two Brothers Surf Resort
Two Brothers Surf Resort is owned and operated by Robert Gregory in the true spirit of “minimal impact tourism,” promoting conservation, sustainability and surfing. Robert’s goal is to plant, preserve and provide for the wildlife and habitat on their property, while creating beautiful architecture that does not draw away from the natural beauty of the land.
The designs of the accommodations reflect the organic principles of nature, with much inspiration coming from the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi, whose attentive observation of nature led to surprising and different architecture making interesting use of color, form, and space. The results are magnificent.
Two Brothers is home to the Gregory family, their chocolate lab, a small stable of gentle horses, several blue-headed parrots, small wild fox, large green iguanas, curious porcupines, chirping geckos, and more exotic creatures. An eco adventure and array of activities at your doorstep!
Situated in the center of Popoyo, where guests have easy access to well over a dozen surf spots that break year round. Two Brothers Surf Resort is stoked to receive worldwide recognition in articles published in the New York Times Style Magazine and the Wall Street Journal Magazine. Frommers travel guide lists Two Brothers as a Top Luxury Hotel in Nicaragua and Moon Travel gives them their highest recommendation of 5 stars. Not bad for an intimate family run surf camp in a rural Nicaraguan beach town!
Two Brothers strives to provide unique, design inspired accommodations for surfers, travelers, and families seeking adventure without sacrificing luxury, security, or comfort. We currently offer four private villas featuring handcrafted décor and artifacts collected from our years of surf travels all over the world.
Every villa was built using traditional materials by local Nicaraguan craftsmen. Each unique villa is clean, spacious and comfortable while offering unparalleled views to the waves, ocean, and dry tropical forests that surround the resort. At the very peak of this lush hilltop property you will find the main house, dining quarters and special board storage room.
- Four totally unique villas with gardens and private terraces.
- Gaudi-inspired pool with swim-in lounge and spectacular views.
- Hand-carved and painted Indonesian temple doors and archways.
- Authentic, locally-crafted Granada floor tiles.
- Hand-crafted Mexican ceramic sinks.
- Kitchens thoughtfully supplied with coffee presses, microwaves, refrigerators, stovetops, dishware, cooking utensils and an outdoor grill.
- Air-conditioned villas with ceiling fans, architectural lighting, hot water, indoor and outdoor showers, and custom tiled bathrooms.
- Each villa provided with high quality linens, comfortable beds and exotic decor.
- Wireless High Speed Internet
- Best Board Rental in the Popoyo – over 50 boards!
- Ping Pong Table; Well Equipped Weight Room (free weights); Speed and Heavy Bag for Boxing and Kick Boxing.
Surf & Seasons
The best surf season in Nicaragua is March through September when they receive the largest and most consistent southern swells. The waves tend to be fast and hollow. Wave heights during this time average shoulder to overhead, but are often double overhead or larger at some breaks.
There are offshore winds just about every day all day except for the month of October. November and December are pleasant months in Nicaragua with everything lush and green. With light offshore winds, swells can be from head high to triple overhead just about any month of the year.
The surf is typically shoulder to head high. There are 12+ quality breaks in the area and there is usually something fun for most skill levels. With the exception of powerful, “overhead plus swells and “pros only” days at the Outer Reef, most surfers ride their “everyday” board and bring a back-up that is a little bigger just in case. However, Two Brothers has a large selection of rental boards at your disposal should you decide not to hassle with board fees or packing your own.
The surf is typically shoulder to head high. There are 12+ quality breaks in the area and there is usually something fun for most skill levels. With the exception of powerful, “overhead plus swells and “pros only” days at the Outer Reef, most surfers ride their “everyday” board and bring a back-up that is a little bigger just in case. However, Two Brothers has a large selection of rental boards at your disposal should you decide not to hassle with board fees or packing your own. See: Two Brothers surfboard rentals
Season and Weather:
Peak: March – September
Good: November – February
Average Shoulder high, up to Triple overhead
Offshore 90% of the time
Air: 75º to 90º (day) • 70º to 75º (night)
Water: +68º to 90º (Tropical)
12+ quality breaks (fun for most skill levels)
This is truly a ‘land of plenty’ where waves are pumping and the winds are offshore 90% of the time. The air temperature is warm year round, making for a tropical adventure in an endless summer. The Popoyo Surf Zone receives 300+ days year of all day offshore winds funneling in from Lake Nicaragua. The combination of tropical conditions, near constant offshore wind and deep-water swells creates great, year round surf.
Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast climate has two main seasons: green and dry. The green season is from May to November and generally enjoys sunny days with occasional short tropical showers in the afternoon or night.
Plants get plenty of sun but very little rain during the Nicaragua summer or dry season that runs from December through April.
The resort is within walking distance of numerous coves that are home to large tidal pools providing sanctuary to an astounding variety of tropical fish and sea life, including the occasional octopus. Near the fishing village of El Astillero are protected coves that provide opportunity for spear fishing, plucking lobsters from the rocks, or simply exploring the underwater paradise. Snorkeling gear is available for resort guests upon request.
Refuge de Vida Silvestre del Rio Escalante is situated just north of Two Brothers Surf Resort and is one of the best areas to observe thousands of Paslama Sea Turtles nesting between the months of July and January. Chacocente is where the Rio Escalante reaches the Pacific Ocean and is a protected zone where these turtles come to lay their eggs. Chacocente is one of the seven most important places on the continent for this massive turtle spawning known as “arribadas.”
At Two Brothers, you can do as much or as little as you like. The ocean, the land and the cultural activities in Nicaragua are extraordinary and varied. There is plenty to keep you thoroughly busy, or you can simply practice the fine art of doing nothing at all.
Two Brothers Surf Resort is one of the few resorts in Nicaragua that is ideal for the “surfing family”.
- Turtle Watching (between July and January)
- Ride horseback through rolling hills
- Lounge at the pool and watch the waves roll in
- Hike through tropical foliage and discover howler monkeys
- Relax in the natural hot springs in Las Salinas
- Take canopy tours and crater walks around Mombacho Volcano
- Explore the craft markets of Masaya and Catarina
- Experience traditional rural markets in Rivas
- Buy fresh coffee, fruit and vegetables from local vendors
” You made our trip so much better! We would have been lost without ya’ll! Mmmm… good food. Good people. Good waves. Love this place! It will always be in my heart and soul.”
Program to be sold as a 7 night stay Saturday/Saturday; with shorter stays falling within one Sat/Sat time frame. Sat-Sat trips are recommended but not required. Please inquire for stays longer than 7 nights
Single passengers only accepted during periods when other guests are already booked.
Children 5-12 years of age 50% discount
Children 1-4 free of charge
Children on the surf boat allowed at the discretion of the captain on a trip by trip basis
Rates Include: Comfortable boutique style air conditioned bungalow accommodations with private bathroom facilities, hot water showers, 3 meals per day + snacks & non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited daily surf transfers by boat &/or truck depending on conditions and group size, round trip airport transfers from Managua (one per group, additional airport transfers $160 per vehicle each way), Local Taxes.
Things That You Will Need $$$ For:
Entrance fee at Immigration ($10)
Additional airport transfers if needed ($140-$160)
Surf Photography if arranged ($200+)
Yoga and horseback riding ($10, $35)
National Park fees to turtle reserve ($5)
Side trips to non-surf locations ($200/group)
Beer and Alcohol ($1+)
Surfboard rentals ($15/day)
Extra money is essential. The nearest ATM machines and banks are a 2/hour return trip so you will want to plan in advance for the funds you will need during your stay. Be sure to bring smaller newish bills such as $5’s, $10’s, and $20’s. Two Brothers does not accept credit cards at the resort.
Tipping is another thing to bring extra money for. Please keep in mind that it is customary to tip surf guides and the cooking/cleaning staff at the end of the week. Normal and customary gratuity at surf camps in Nicaragua is about 10-15% of your total stay. Typically the housekeeping staff is given $2/day per guest, the chef and kitchen staff a minimum of $5/day per guest, and surf guides $15/day per guest. Your tips will be combined with the tips from all of the other guests and distributed at the end of your stay. If you feel that someone’s service was exceptional you can tip more; if you feel that it wasn’t that great please let us know!
Tipping is always up to you. If you do the math, you will figure that you are tipping the chef about $1-2 per meal and tipping the guide about a $1 an hour for his time, which doesn’t seem like much, but is greatly appreciated. Guides work solely off tips and all of our staff are local.
Essential Things To Bring:
- Bathing suits, board shorts and rash guards
- Lots of good sunscreen
- Beach Towel
- Wet/Dry bag for boat
- Flashlight and camera
- Wetsuit top or spring suit Nov-Mar
- Light rain jacket Aug-Oct
- Personal Meds, epi-pen, toiletries, shampoo
- Extra Cash and ATM card
- Bath and pool towels are supplied along with soaps in bathroom
- Soap supplied in bathrooms, but not shampoo and toiletries
- Credit cards are not accepted on site
- Power outlets 110V, same as US
Due to potential poor surf conditions mid September through October as well as January and February bookings are only taken by special request. If you are interested in traveling during these months please reach out for more detail.