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CHICABRAVA Surf Camp

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Chica brava exceeded all of my expectations and then some! As a complete beginner surfer, chica brava provided me with enough skill, confidence, and understanding of the waves to be able to go out on my own. By the end of the week I was able to paddle into my own wave, pop up, and surf down the line! The...

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My week at the surf house was one of the best travel experiences I've had. The instructors were all amazing in their own way. They helped me gain confidence in my surfing ability by pushing me outside my comfort zone. We all became close with the instructors which made for a tough goodbye. I'm currently traveling with two of the...

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Reviewed 29 October 2016

I stayed in the surf house and the location was great, the house very clean and comfortable. The staff were super-friendly and the instructors provided a great learning experience for a newbie like me :). Am definitely hoping to return in the near future!

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Thank Mireya V
Washington
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Stayed at Surf House for one week and it was the most empowering experience I've had in a one-week period. I contacted someone via the Chicabrava website to ask them a few questions prior to booking and I was told I'd probably be the only student/guest there for the period I wanted to come (which is during the off-season). I...

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Reviewed 23 September 2016

The Chicabrava experience is one that should not be missed! From the moment you get there, it is a well-organized program with safe, clean, and beautiful living quarters (even the surf house downtown). Upon arrival, a jeep picked us up for the ~2 hour ride to the adorable town of San Juan, where we were greeted with home-made, refreshing, passion...

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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Chicabrava truly upholds its mission "Empowering Women through surfing" for an entire week I surfed for the majority of each day and enjoyed some of San Juan Del Sur's finest surrounding beaches. My surf skill improved tremendously through-out the week all thanks to the encouraging and incite-full instructors: Elsi, Steph, and Angie. Traveling alone, this was a great place to...

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Reviewed 18 September 2016

The staff does an excellent job teaching people how to surf and setting them up for a fun week! From the theory lessons to individualized instruction and filming, I learned a lot about the sport and am excited to continue surfing back at home. I also loved CHICABRAVA's philosophy, the organization's work with young girls in the community and the...

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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 9 August 2016

I booked this trip based on what the other reviewers had said about the surf camp, and it exceeded my expectations! With the opportunities for Mother/ Daughter adventures dwindling as my daughter is starting her own way in life, this was the perfect combination of activity and down time that we both wanted. AND the staff!!! Enough cannot be said...

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Oaxaca, Mexico
Reviewed 7 August 2016

The instructors at Chicabrava, first and foremost, are outstanding. They are intelligent, talented, patient, and somehow always seem to be in an authentic great mood. Smiles abound, and I never felt like I asked a silly question or that my feelings were disregarded in any way. The accommodations were great - The Cloud Farm was absolutely breathtaking, with service so...

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Barcelona, Spain
Reviewed 30 July 2016

What a wonderful experience for my life! I had never surfed before, but wanted to try something new and adventurous. An old friend recommended Chicabrava, we went together, and it was incredible. All of the staff do everything they can to make your week wonderful--teaching the theory behind surfing, supporting you out there in the water, and sharing local culture...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
CHICABRAVA is the first and best all-girls surf camp in Nicaragua. We are an elite camp for adventurous women who appreciate comfort as well as challenge. We have two locations - the Cloud Farm and the Surf House - that allow you to join no matter what your desired budget. The Cloud Farm is a private retreat within a gorgeous and secluded 500-acre private reserve and farm overlooking the town of San Juan del Sur and its picturesque bay. The Farm has hundreds of acres of indigenous forest, fruit orchards and organic gardens. Most of our food is organically grown right here! This is the perfect choice for guests who want to "get-away-from-it-all" at our gorgeous open-air surf retreat and enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature! Price is $1600/person for the ALL-INCLUSIVE week. $100 discount for traveling with a friend. The Surf House is right on the beach in San Juan del Sur. It's a great option for those who would like to be closer to all of the action and local flavor in town, and save a bit of money while doing so! The Surf House has loads of space in the hip open-air lounge area. Relax in the hammocks, on the couches, or hang out in the beachfront store at the front of the Surf House! Our three rooms are cozy and private with cold A/C and two shared baths. Price is $990/person for the week. $100 discount for traveling with a friend. ... more   less 

Additional Information about CHICABRAVA Surf Camp

Address: Cloud Farm and Surf House locations, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Chicabrava Surf Camp Hotel San Juan Del Sur
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“If you stay at the Surf House downtown, bring ear plugs- it gets loud. Other than that, it was perfect!”
 of 5 bubbles alysez2016, 22 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Cloudfarm is the luxury, all inclusive camp, and the Surfhouse is more do-it-yourself, kick it downtown location.”
 of 5 bubbles paperairplanes, 6 Aug 2016 | Read review
“All rooms at camp are similar. Can pay extra for private but not really necessary.”
 of 5 bubbles 371gaylat, 18 May 2016 | Read review
“You share a room with Chicas so just be prepared”
 of 5 bubbles Squirreletta1, 3 May 2016 | Read review
“If you stay at the dorms near SJDS I would recommend bringing earplugs, there are a few discos near by that can be quite loud.”
 of 5 bubbles wrencoe, 6 Apr 2016 | Read review
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