The construction of Magnific Rock began in the early 2000s, when a Danish settler discovered and quickly took a lease on Magnific Rock from the local Indigenous community. He had a vision to build a great, one-of-a-kind hotel on the spectacular Magnific Rock headland.
However, construction was never completed, and the hotel never opened. Magnific Rock sat for 5 years, abandoned, regressing to nothing more than a shell of a building on a rock. There were no floors, no plumbing, no windows, no electricity. Many thought it was a lost cause.
At this time, Jackson and his father David took a trip to Nicaragua looking for land. Jackson had a dream of creating a surf, yoga and adventure creative paradise. A real estate agent took the two of them up to Magnific Rock, as it was a good vantage point to see another piece of property the agent was trying to sell. However, upon seeing Magnific Rock, and the incredible waves in front and surrounding it, Jackson and David knew they’d found the magical land they’d been looking for.
They made an agreement with the local Indigenous community to take over the lease, and that was the beginning of Magnific Rock as we know it today.
Today, the Magnific Rock team consists of approximately 50 staff. Led by 3 young Australians, Jackson, Amy and Chef Scott, the Magnific Rock team works together with the shared dream of creating a world-class space, combining entertainment and holiday fun with active, healthy lifestyle and integration with the local community.
Magnific Rock is truly committed to being a part of the Nicaraguan community, and is very proud to be involved in a number of exciting community development initiatives. Contact us if you’d like more information on how you can be involved too
CircAsana Community Circus
Magnific Rock is the home of CircAsana’s community Circus by the Sea. CircAsana produces a number of shows at Magnific Rock each year. Recent shows involve around 40 performers, from both Nicaragua and abroad, and attract audiences of over 200. See if you can time your visit to catch one of these amazing, beautiful community events. Alternatively, enquire on arrival about joining in with some of the training sessions (or even trying your hand at performing)!
Tola Rugby Club
Founded and sponsored by Magnific Rock, the Tola Rugby Club now has a number of rugby teams comprised of locals from around the area. They meet on a weekly basis for training, and travel the nation wide to compete with other Nicaraguan teams. Feel free to join one of their weekly training sessions, or come along and cheer at one of the matches!
Education in the Community
Magnific Rock believes in contributing to education and opportunity within the local community. We work towards this goal through the following local community initiatives:
- Scholarships to the local schools;
- Funding for, and hosting of, community events (including the annual English singing competition and national school competitions);
- Sponsorship of local suffers and surf contests; and
- Sponsorship of local English classes.
Working with Non-Profits
Magnific Rock is also very proud to host a number of amazing non-profit organizations, which do great things within our community. For example, Surf For Life visits us a number of times a year, constructing new school classrooms and now working on the improvement of a local medical center.
Select from a range of transport options to arrive at Magnific Rock in your own style.
You have airport options! The Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua is a 2-3 hour drive to our place, and we will happily arrange an airport pick-up for you. Transfers are USD 120 each way in our air-conditioned, comfortable vehicles.
You can also now fly into the new Costa Esmeralda Airport, from either Managua, Nicaragua or Liberia, Costa Rica. We are a 20-minute drive from there, and can arrange a transfer for USD 30 each way. Check out the Costa Esmeralda Airport for flight details: http://www.aeropuertocostaesmeralda.com
Contact us to arrange a private taxi for you, from anywhere in Nicaragua. Prices and estimated travel times as are as follows:
|Managua Airport||USD 120||(2-3 hours)|
|Costa Esmeralda Airport||USD 30||(20 mins)|
|Rivas / San Jorge||USD 40||(40 mins)|
|San Juan del Sur||USD 70||(1 hour 15 mins)|
|Costa Rican Border||USD 80||(1 hour 20 mins)|
If you are driving to Magnific Rock, first make your way to the town Rivas. From there, follow the signs to Rancho Santana (approximately 40 minutes). Once you pass Rancho Santana, continue along the road for another 10 minutes until you see a sign on your left for Magnific Rock. Turn left at this sign, and follow the road to the very end to find our magical place.
Take the bus in Rivas that leaves for Las Salinas or El Astillero. Get off in Las Salinas at the Amanda’s local store. From there, it is about a half hour walk to Magnific Rock. You can also give us a call once you arrive in Las Salinas and we can come and pick you up.
Stopover Visitors Welcome
We have a secure parking lot for vehicles if you intend to simply drop by for a meal (and perhaps a surf or yoga class).