I had such a positive experience at Club Surf Popoyo that I joined tripadvisor so I could post this review.
You can surf right in front of the hotel. The beach is lovely, unspoiled, & undeveloped, with 3 foot swells when I stayed there in mid-November. The rooms were clean & comfortable. The hospitality was welcoming and gracious. And the food (included in the surf packages) was spectacular.
I've visited Costa Rica several times, & Guatemala, but wanted a surfing vacation this time. Initially I looked at San Juan del Sur. But a Nicaraguan friend told me JSDS was touristy, & Popoyo was where the locals surfed.
I found Club Surf Popoyo through tripadvisor, & stayed for one week with 5 friends from Denver, Houston & Austin. Prior to our arrival, the owner, Filippo Biancu, responded to our emails within 24 hours. Filippo met us at the Managua airport, we loaded up his Land Cruiser, & it was a bumpy 3 hours to the Pacific.
Once we arrived, we headed directly to the beach (a 1-minute walk from our rooms), & were delighted to discover we had the beach to ourselves. Not one condo, beach chair, umbrella, or other sign of development. Later during our stay, the locals used a team of oxen to pull driftwood off the beach.
Club Surf Popoyo has modern conveniences like free wi-fi, private bathrooms with hot water, & air conditioning (not to be taken for granted in Central America). Filippo is an environmental engineer from Sardinia who fell in love with Nicaragua. Fortunately for you, he worked in a pizzeria in college, & you will have the best wood-fired pizza of your entire life, while hearing Pacific waves crash in the background. We had lobster, fresh fish, burgers, & perfectly cooked pasta. Filippo's partner Barbara is a delightful hostess as well. We looked forward to seeing her smile every morning at breakfast.
Filippo & Barbara really went out of their way to make my birthday wonderful, & make us feel welcome. We felt like we were visiting friends in Nica. In fact, we have invited them to come stay with us in Texas & Colorado, & I hope they will take us up on it.
Gerald is the resident surfing instructor/tour guide. You can surf right in front of the hotel, or he will take you to other surf breaks via SUV or boat. A special treat was taking a speedboat out to Lance's Left. Other surfers had to paddle out from the rocky shore. It's much easier jumping off the boat directly to the waves! Gerald will also take you to the local hot springs (very relaxing after surfing), or other excursions if you don't feel like surfing all the time. In-room massages are available for $20 an hour. Bring bug spray for mosquitos, & plenty of sun block.
Popoyo is a place for travelers, not tourists. We met surfers from all over the world - France, Australia, Hawaii... but we still felt like we had our own private beach.
Come to Nica, & stay with Filippo & Barbara for a week... You'll fall in love with Club Surf Popoyo, & want to come back!!
Beach-facing rooms are quieter than the ones by the restaurant.
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