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“It's like living in a treehouse” 5 of 5 stars
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Buena Onda Backpackers
Barrio frente sur, San Juan del Sur 99999, Nicaragua   |  
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“It's like living in a treehouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Just spent a great few nights at Buena Onda in San Juan Del Sur. nothing to do with the same hostel in Matagalpa of the same name.
The owner is fantastic, so kind and helpful and v generous to boot - fresh watermelon juice anyone?
The hostel looks and feels brand new, and is a great location. Only 5 minutes out of town, gives you the best views of the sea and surrounding area, minus all the craziness of being in the centre.
If you have the choice I would take a room upstairs. Yes it may be closer to the communal areas, but it gets more of the breeze and is further from the bugs that Nicaragua is so good at housing.
I took a mosquito net and was really glad I did to give me peace of mind, but not essential by any means.
Would I go back? In a heart beat, I had a fantastic time.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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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  • Location
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

Me and my friends started our long journey in san juan del sur, nicaragua. Our first stay was at buena onda. We couldn't have had a better start. The owner is an amazing guy who helped us with exactly everything when we didn't know anything. It's very relaxing and the best place to stay at if you want a quiet hostel with a beautiful view of san juan and it's bay!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We had a great stay! rooms are simple but beatifull, everything is clean. terace overlooking the bay it is awesome place to have an afternoon drinking your favourit coctail and just do nothing. If you forgot your beer and don't feel like going back to store, no problem, Baba has a fridge full of coooles beer in the city :)

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The only thing that I wish I could change about my experience is that I could have stayed longer. Buena Onda is more than a hostel, its a home away from home. The views are spectacular, the building is incredibly clean, the rooms are lovely, the atmosphere is calm, relaxed, and serene. The location was great; perched up on a hill with the best views in town definitely makes it worth the 3 minute stroll home from a long day in the hustle and bustle of town. Baba goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable and he is incredibly kind and friendly! He is also very knowledgable and can assist you with questions about San Juan and its surroundings. Thanks so much for an unforgettable stay, Baba! Will definitely be seeing you again soon! :)

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Came for a week... stayed a month! Kitchen, hammocks, every room overlooks the bay. The rooms are spacious and clean. Baba, the host is helpful and friendly. The beer is cold and the hammocks are soft. Walk up the hill is worth it for the view.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I've travelled quite a lot of countries and this hostel is one of the best I've ever stayed in. It's just a short walk from the center with a wonderful view over the bay, not only from our room but even more so from the common areas (a bar and terraces with hammocks and deck chairs), all of which Baba (the French owner) keeps immaculately cleaned. Baba kept our reservation for New Year's without any deposit and - in contrast to most of the other hostels in town - he did not change (i.e. double or triple) prices for this highest season. He is a really nice guy making you feel at home and his plate of lobster tails is fantastic. Thanks for the wonderful stay, Baba, hope that many of the travellers we met and recommended your hostel to have already showed up.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Buena Onda Backpackers is a very nice hostel with fair prices, short walk up the hill from the center of San Juan del Sur. The rooms are basic, but really spacious and spotlessly (!) clean. Its owner, Baba, is really what you call in Spanish "buena gente". He can recommend many things to do around the area and is always helpful and really makes his guests feel at home. He serves free coffee in the morning on the lovely roof top terrace, beautifully furnished, with very nice hammocks to relax and a stunning view over the whole bay. Make sure to try his lobster tails, they're delicious!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
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Additional Information about Buena Onda Backpackers

Address: Barrio frente sur, San Juan del Sur 99999, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 53 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful, calm, and welcoming space for travelers. Enjoy the amazing view from the rooftop terrace, have a drink in a hammock or a full plate of lobsters ! ... more   less 
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