Consistent, sand bottom, beach break located approximately 15 minutes by car (slightly longer in the rainy season) from San Juan Del Sur. Maderas picks up both south and north swells and will hold up to double-overhead waves. Most days, it’s a playful wave, fast and racy with occasional barrel sections. Chances are you won’t fear for your life surfing here. The best tide is usually, mid-incoming, but high tide down to mid-outgoing also breaks well at times. It is rarely good at dead low. There are two main peaks at Maderas. The primary peak is a peeling right hander that breaks in the middle of the beach, in front of the north end of the parking area. The very next peak to the south comes the opposite direction and is usually a bit shorter and faster, but still a peeling left hander. At the very south end of the beach, in front of the rocks, there is another left peak that breaks on bigger swells. Most of the time it is a short and mushy wave but at times, has a barrel section. There are also more peaks to the North, but they are usually not quite as good as the main peaks and thus, not surfed as often -not a bad place to go if you want to avoid the crowd or if you are learning how to surf.
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Directions to Playa Maderas: From San Juan Del Sur, go north on La Chocolata - it's the only major road headed north before you come into town, so it's hard to miss. Then, just stay in this road for about 15 minutes. Just before a wheel falls off your truck, you'll go over a tiny bridge. Take the next Left. You'll cross through a riverbed (a river in the rainy season - don't worry, you can make it in a 4wd). After that, stay left at the Y, following the signs to Playa Marsella. At the next two Y's stay Right. Go up and over the big hill and then you'll be there. If you get lost, ask somebody. Maderas is a popular beach and everybody knows how to get there - except you if you are reading this.