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“Perfection” 5 of 5 stars
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Km 49 Carretera Montelimar, 15 Km Oeste, Pochomil, Nicaragua   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Pochomil
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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“Perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

My husband and I spent 2 amazing weeks at Los Cardones Surf Lodge. The surf was amazing (every day!), the staff (both Spanish and English speaking) were phenomenal, the food was absolutely delicious and the friends that we made there helped create very special memories in our hearts. We were even lucky enough to be a part of a sea turtle hatching and got to assist in releasing those beauties into the magnificent ocean. What an experience!! I am so thankful that we spent our time in Nicaragua with Los Cardones and I hope to get back there soon for some more amazing adventures!

Room Tip: The stilted bungalows received a bit more of a breeze in the evening, which made sleeping a bit more...
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

My best friend and I just spent three nights and three days at Los Cardones and were sad to leave. The staff (everyone from the owners to the managers to the Nica wait staff, cooks, and massage therapists) were incredibly attentive and wonderfully kind. The food was delicious - there was a lot, so ask for smaller portions if you no tengo hambre and be sure to try the calala tart, wow! The beach was ours. The surf perfect for beginners to intermediates. Morning yoga lovely. The bungalows were simple and thoughtfully designed. (Pay more for the stilted bungalows if you can as they get more of a much-needed breeze) The no electricity thing never seemed to bother anyone and is a credit to the environmentally friendly approach the owners have taken with all aspects of the lodge. I want to go back and share this experience with other friends and family.

Room Tip: If you can afford to pay more for the Stilted Bungalows, do it. They are lifted off the ground and c...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

The beach break directly in front of the lodge works for a couple of hours either side of high tide. Great surf. The lodge is simple. No electricity, drop toilets but beautifully done, lots of cabanas each with it's own shade, lounge chairs and hamocks. Suitable for kids. Local staff are friendly and, great and paid well. All sorts of tours and activities and the lodge doesn't charge a commision ensuring the local community benefits from your stay. They also run a turtle rescue program collecting eggs that would otherwise end up in the markets in Managua, incubating them and releasing the young. They also run a mobile library for the local schools.

Room Tip: Cabanas on stilts are cooler and have their own toilets.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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West Yellowstone, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Los Cardones is a little slice of heaven. Excellent staff, great food, and fun waves. This was our second time visiting Los Cardones and we'll be back again. Special thanks to JB, Travers, Captain Dan, and the whole Nica crew for making our trip even better.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Cayman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

There is absolutely now way to express how fabulous this little slice of paradise is. Izic and Laure are by far the best hosts ever! The atmospher is perfect the beaches enchanting the lodging unique, clean, comfortable, hammocks galore! the food is heallthy and delicious. Did not want to leave- Epic holiday. Def recommend Los Cardones- and when you go make sure to bring your Connect 4 A game! Only recomendation- if you plan on booking your trip for 1 week- alow yourself 2. 'cause its never enough time. We will see you guys again soon!! Jac & Andre

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 September 21, 2011 via mobile

Loved my two nights here. The location is right on the pacific ocean. We were welcomed like friends and made to feel like we were at home. It is very laid back and so cool to relax on the hammocks with a cold beer. The evening meal was lovely and everyone eats together.
Rooms were comfortable, remember this is an Eco lodge so there is no electric and the ocean cools you down.
Highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 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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Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

no A/c, no TV, no power outlets, no lights, no flush toilets, no hot water. Absolutely loved it. Have been back three times now and will stay again next time I am in the country.
Friendly staff, good vibes, always a wonderful mix of guests. Great food, and lots of Tona's.
Will see you in the line up.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Km 49 Carretera Montelimar, 15 Km Oeste, Pochomil, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Managua Department > Pochomil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Pochomil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Los Cardones Surf Lodge is a Beach Resort on the most pristine surf spots of Nicaragua. Surf, get back and snap a cold beer, eat delicious meals, wake up and do it all over again... Empty waves roll in all year. The beaches are exposed to both SW and NW swells, making the surf very consistent. An epic left point break, a right reef break, excellent beach breaks await our guests, just one hour from the airport of Managua. Surf, laugh, meet people… allow your soul to play and fall in love with Nicaragua. Engage meaningfully with our local community... Volunteer with us at the local school. Become one with nature… Save endangered sea turtles. Find fulfillment in simplicity. Nurture your body with healthy food and activity… massages, yoga, surf lessons, horseback rides, bicycles, beach volley ball, ping pong, slackline, delicious, homemade, wholesome meals, mangroves and luxuriant forest, fresh air, warm ocean. This Nicaragua Surf Resort is an acclaimed Eco Resort verified by Rainforest Alliance with the highest compliance to sustainable tourism in Nicaragua. Our values: Friends and Family, Protecting our Planet, Sustainable Community Development, Healthy Living, Learning through Sharing. ... more   less 
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Los Cardones Surf Lodge Nicaragua/Pochomil

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