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“This place is heaven.” 5 of 5 stars
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600 meters east of Playa Santana, Rivas, Nicaragua   |  
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“This place is heaven.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011 via mobile

Stayed with them last month for my birthday/10 year ann. Waves were perfect, food was excellent, staff was super friendly, rooms were clean. They went above and beyond to make sure we had a wonderful time. It was the best vacation yet and we will definitely be back soon!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011 via mobile

From the moment you arrive you are welcomed as if you were a long lost friend/ family member..great location, quiet, clean and perfect setting.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2011

to Rob and jill, tony and nacey, the gardeners,the kitchen staff and whom i left out. thank you for all that you did to make our stay an unbelievable time. if you want a want a vacation that the sense of time is nil this this the place for you. no clocks no worries. .we will be back. saftey was never an issue. we miss our early morning walks on the beach

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

The Surf Sanctuary is the perfect, relax and peaceful place to recharge energy after a great surf session in the many just-walk-distance top surf breaks of Nicaragua.

The houses and rooms are nice and clean, the pool is refreshing, the beers are perfect cold and the food is incredible!

I´ve stayed here many times, the owners Tony and Nancy are the friendliest people ever, always happy to share the waves, a good laugh and a cold one.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

Maybe I am selfish,but I really want to keep this place to myself! Every morning I woke to a beautiful sunrise over the mountains, walked to the beach and explored the rocks, then came back and had a fabulous breakfast at the restaurant. While my husband surfed, I could lay on the beach or spend time in the hammocks by the pool. Whenever we needed something, the whol staff was right their to get us what we needed, be it bug spray, a ride somewhere or boxed milk! One week just wasn't long enough! We felt completely safe and secure on property and off. The drivers were fantastic and everyone who works there is welcoming and ultra friendly. There are not many resorts where you get to hang with the owners at the pool or at dinner. Overall, it was one of the best travel experiences I have had and we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Doctors Inlet, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2011

Tucked away in a corner on the Pacific Ocean is The Surf Sanctuary. Beautifully landscaped and designed. Staff is wonderful, the casitas and homes are fabulous! Ideal vacation for surfers and those just wanting to get away from it all. World class surfing and fishing!! Will definitely go back again (and again!).

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2011

i am reluctant to do this, because i don't want this amazing place to get overrun with the wrong type of crowd. but i have to say, i just got back from a week with these guys, and it hurts someplace deep inside my soul not to be there right now. the sanctuary is beautiful and run by wonderful people, and the staff is exceptionally good (not to mention the food, the pool, the hammocks, the beer, and the outdoor showers, all of which are great). this is the perfect place for the low-maintenance traveler looking for seriously good surfing, ridiculous fishing, outstanding fresh fish eating, and a community of open-hearted people who are willing to share a small slice of their phenomenally good life. i would without hesitation recommend this place to my friends (but to nobody else). please don't go if you're a total jerk -- this is a special place, and i hope it stays that way.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Surf Sanctuary

Address: 600 meters east of Playa Santana, Rivas, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Rivas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Rivas
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A friendly & comfortable surf resort just a few minutes from one of Nicaragua's finest surf breaks. The Surf Sanctuary is family owned & operated. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Surf Sanctuary Nicaragua/Rivas

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