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Buena Vista Surf Club

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Playa Maderas | San Juan Del Sur, Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur 0000, Nicaragua
Buena Vista Surf Club
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I had a lovely couple of days tucked away in the jungle at Buena Vista! Before we arrived, we were sitting by the pool at our hotel in Granada working away on our phones, totally stressed out even though we were on vacation. Buena Vista's digital detox was exactly what we needed to get into real vacation... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I recently spent two nights at BVSC and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The cabins are basic but comfortable. The owners try very hard to give the place a great feel. The group breakfast and dinner were a lot of fun.As I was travelling solo it was a nice way to meet people. Do not expect luxury. Expect a very comfortable,... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Marc and Marielle had a brave vision 11 years ago, prior to anyone else coming to this very unique beach area. Over the years they have created an environment that I am sure My Wife and I will return to many times in the future. We have traveled around the world and have grown tired of the 5-star hotel man-made... More 

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MidAtlantic
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We had a fun stay at BVSC and we're glad we stayed there. The main lodge is beautiful and we found the cabanas to be well kept and clean, although I wouldn't call them tree houses, but rather attractive and rustic cabanas situated on the side of a steep slope. We came during the dry season and found the cabanas... More 

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BVSCNicaragua, Owner at Buena Vista Surf Club, responded to this review

Hola, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to write a review. In general it's always good for guests to do some research before staying somewhere, not just for our place We however try to provide future guests with as much information as possible and with the help of all the reviews, they should be able... More 

Bicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Every time I go to Nicaragua, I visit Buena Vista Surfing Club during the weekend. Last time was four years ago so I was worried that it could have change for worse during this time. Far from it, it is now better than ever. BVSC retains everything that has made of it one of the most amazing places I have... More 

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BVSCNicaragua, Owner at Buena Vista Surf Club, responded to this review

Hola, It was great seeing you back again after all those years and thanks for the nice words! It's definitely challenging, but we always do our utmost to make sure we deliver the same quality and experience and are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay again! Hopefully we can welcome back many more times! Hasta luego, Marc... More 

paris
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I enjoyed my stay at Buena Vista Surf Club due to the atmosphere and the people I met - both staff and guests. It has good access to Playa Maderas which is a great little beach with nice breaks. The food was also pretty good and I enjoyed the 'family style' meals. But I can't give them a 4/5 in... More 

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BVSCNicaragua, Owner at Buena Vista Surf Club, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay, but based on your other Nicaraguan reviews as well, we might not have been the right place for your luxury travel standards. We're definitely not trying to be a luxury accommodation, but believe that we do offer good value... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights and it was heaven. The rooms are beautiful, cozy, private and tucked away in the jungle. It's quite at night, best sleep I've had all trip. The infinity deck is a nice place to watch the sunset and star gaze. Meals here were incredible, we felt spoiled. There is generous portions and lots of variety.... More 

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BVSCNicaragua, Owner at Buena Vista Surf Club, responded to this review

Hola, Thanks for staying with us and for the cool review! Glad we could make your last 2 days memorable! We would like to add the saying that "bad roads bring good people"! Hopefully we can welcome you again in the near future! The BVSC team More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

If you're looking to get away from it all look no further. Smack dab in the middle of nowhere, Buena Vista Surf Club has it all - amazing views, awesome food and outstanding service. Whether you're looking to surf, practice yoga, or just relax this is the the perfect place to do it.

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Your own private treehut in the middle of the jungle waking up to the sounds of howlermonkeys.. what more can you wish for. This place is perfect to get away from all the city noise. The rooms are super clean, comfortable and look amazing. The family style breakfast & dinners are delicious. You can wake up with a yoga class... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This places give you a really unique experience. The tree house accomodations in the jungle, the "family" dinners and breakfasts, the proximity to Maderas beach, the unbelievable sunsets, and most of all the fantastic staff all contributed to our amazing time at Buena Vista Surf Club. Thanks for everything guys and we hope to be back some day.

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