Traveling solo to surf (for the first time) I was a bit nervous and apprehensive. Upon arriving in Managua I was expected to be greeted by the Chicabrava pick-up with the hour. Slowly and hour past and then more, I begin to get nervous that I had missed my ride as I checked my phone and had no email or text from Chicabrava. I saw another lone female traveler waiting around and asked her if she was also waiting for the Chicabrava pick-up, she was indeed! I begin to tell myself that I was in a country where anything could happen and that perhaps our driver was delayed or stuck in traffic. It was 1.5 hours after the pick-up time and still no show, no word. Finally a nice driver from a local hotel in Managua asked who I was waiting for… he happened to know the driver for Chicabrava and called him for us. He was on his way… ah…a sigh of relief. There was another chica arriving on a later flight so the driver waited to pick us all up at once. I have to say, being alone traveling and expecting a pick-up at a specific time, it would have been nice had someone at Chicabrava contacted me and let me the time had changed.
The second I arrived in San Juan Del Sur everything changed. As soon as I meet my instructors Noelani and Elise I knew I was going to have an AMAZING vacation. Both were anything but the average surf instructor… they were the BOMB. They were constantly in the water with everyone working on pop-ups, form, making sure we caught as many waves as we possibly could. I felt that they were 100% dedicated to making sure I got the amount of surf time I wanted, and they paid close attention to me in telling me ways that I could improve my skills. Not only were they the BEST surf instructors, but they were also A+++++ hostesses. The knowledge of Elise growing up in the area and Noelani vivacious spunky personality made the two an amazing pair. I feel like Noelani went over and beyond her duties to make everyone felt at ease, had fun, and enjoyed themselves as much as humanly possible. Cloud Farm was an amazing treat, a little oasis nestled up in the hills overlooking San Juan Del Sur. The casa was extremely clean, and the infinity pool was a relaxing spot each night with a tona (local beer) or mojito. I would recommend staying at Cloud Farm if you are looking for a more chillaxing experience. The staff were very pleasant, laundry was offered twice during our week, and the food was delicious.. fresh fruit juices with each meal!! I really can’t wait to get back down there for more surfing with these chicas at Chicabrava!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Chicabrava Surf Camp Hotel San Juan Del Sur
- CHICABRAVA Surf Camp Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur