As authorities around the globe began to advise against visiting Nicaragua, people fled en masse and businesses closed, ravaging the nascent tourism industry. AdvertisementEl Tránsito, Nicaragua Oliver PilcherIn the years that followed, I lived in some of the all-time greatest surf destinations – Indonesia, Brazil, California and now Nosara in Costa Rica, about four hours from the border. facebook.com/casaananasnicaraguaRead next The best things to do in Bath, Somerset Destinations The best things to do in Bath, SomersetPOPOYOBedroom at Malibu Popoyo Oliver PilcherMALIBU POPOYOThis is the ultimate check-in, chill-out surf lodge. malibupopoyo.comBook your staySurfer at Mandla Oliver PilcherGA SURFBOARDSBuying a custom board from renowned Giezi Amador is almost a rite of passage for surfers in Nicaragua. Food turns the tide on the usual surf fuel, with tropical smoothie bowls served in coconut shells and platters of intricately plated sushi.