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Immerse yourself in a unique coastal experience for San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. You will have the opportunity to visit incredible surf beaches, the iconic colonial city of Granada and San Juan del Sur, a lively port town with a rich local culture and international vibe. Participate in applied sustainable tourism studies and hands-on volunteer work with plenty of time for twice daily surf sessions and exploring the local area. Stay at two main beaches with access to world class surf breaks and gain real life experience in the field of sustainable surf tourism – all while earning three units of college credit.
March 29-April 6, 2014
This program provides three units of SDSU resident credit through structured experiential coursework. This course fulfills the General Education IV Cultural Diversity Requirement.
RTM 404 Cross-Cultural Interactions in Tourism-Nicaragua Sustainable Surf Tourism (3 units)
Concepts, definitions and measures of the essential cultural components of surf tourism in Nicaragua. Integrated view of interrelated socio-cultural tourism issues with an understanding and appreciation of diverse Nicaraguan cultures. (SDSU General Catalog & Announcement of Courses, 2011-2012).This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of culture, social contact and interaction, values, perception and satisfaction and the complexities associated with examination of cross-cultural behavior in the context of international surf tourism.
Beyond the Classroom
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua has intense views, dramatic headlands and sandy coves that draws you in. Besides the vibrant surfing scene, the welcoming personality of a small fishing village is growing into a tourist destination, locally and internationally. This will be a perfect place to understand the juxtaposition of surf travels impact on traditional culture. While there we will be staying in a few different places for optimal immersion experiences, education, and surf (subject to change):
Granada - Alhambra Hotel
Playa Hermosa - Playa Hermosa Surf Camp
Playa Maderas - Buena Vista Surf Club
Managua (last night for early flights) - Best Western Las Mercedes
March 29 - Managua/Granada
Arrive in Managua | Drive to Hotel in Granada (30 min from Managua Airport)
March 30 - Granada/Playa Hermosa
Breakfast and Orientation | Tour of Granada | Hike and Coffee Tour on Mombacho | Drive to Playa Hermosa | Afternoon Surf | Welcome Dinner
March 31 - Playa Hermosa
Surf | Lecture | Volunteer Project | Surf
April 1 - Playa Hermosa/Playa Maderas
Surf | Lecture and Case Studies | Lunch in San Juan del Sur | Surf at Playa Maderas
April 2 Playa Maderas
Surf | Lecture | Educational Outing (working with the local community Jam Project or Comunidad Connect) | Surf
April 3 Playa Maderas
Boat Trips for Surf | Coastal Tour | Afternoon and Dinner in SJDS | Evening Lecture and Film at Buena Vista
April 4 - Playa Maderas
Surf | Lecture | Surf
April 5 Playa Maderas/Managua
Surf | Lecture and Case Studies | Drive to Managua | Dinner in Managua
April 6 - Managua
Departure from Managua
There is plenty of time built into our schedule for surfing and exploring. The surfing information below is from NicaraguaSurfReport.com.
Playa Hermosa is on one of the best kept secrets South of San Juan Del Sur. At over one mile long, the beach is accessible only by boat and features lots of empty peaks with no local surfers! The wave quality is better than average and features lots of peaks, long walls and the occasional barrel. This spot is fun for almost all skill levels. Because it is located South of SJDS, Playa Hermosa needs more swell than other beaches to break, but this touch of inconsistency is more than offset by the lack of people in the lineup. You will never have to share a peak here if you don't want to. Advice: If you are coming to Nicaragua to surf alone, stay in SJDS and take the short boat ride to surf Playa Hermosa. The best months are April through September. Mid to high tides are best. Watch Out For: Empty peaks.
Playa Maderas is predominately a beach break and breaks year-round. It's a rippable wave that caters to a variety of surfing abilities. Maderas scored high marks for consistency and wave quality and low marks for crowds. San Juan Del Sur is home to many local rippers as well as busloads of wannabe surfers so expect to share the lineup when you are here. Advice: If you zig when all the other's zag, you can still get fun and uncrowded waves at Playa Maderas. When the swell is small, try showing up at low tide. You'll most likely have the beach to yourself and there will be some fun corners to ride. This also works when the swell is big, when most people go surf somewhere else and it's too much for the casual surfer to handle. Watch Out For: Other surfers and submerged rocks!
The College of Extended Studies does not accept responsibility for any changes to program activities.
Included in the Fee
- Tuition for three units of SDSU resident credit
- International travel insurance
- Most meals
- Ground transportation in Nicaragua
- Surf boards available
- Instructional materials
- Local trip host and guide
- Tours & excursions
NOT Included in the Fee
- Additional snacks and drinks
$20, paid to the College of Extended Studies
$1,000, paid to Groundswell Educational Travel
$321, paid to the College of Extended Studies
$1,159, paid to Groundswell Educational Travel
January 15, 2014
Admission and Prerequisites
- Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public.
- SDSU students must be in good academic standing.
- Minimum age to participate is 18.
All participants must complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation. Details will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements as airfare is not included in the program price.
For questions about program fee payment, program itinerary, and location please contact:
For questions about course registration, or the pre-daparture meeting please contact:
College of Extended Studies
Phone: (619) 594-1138