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Dale Dagger Surf Lodge

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30 meters South of Gaviota Restaurant, Playa Gigante Nicaragua
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#1 of 10 Specialty lodging in Playa Gigante
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Dale Dagger's Surf lodge is the first and finest surf tour of its kind in Nicaragua. The lodge itself is located ON the beach, centrally located within fourteen different surf breaks, two of those being world class. It is a four bedroom custom built beach house with private bath in each room, two singles beds, AC, ceiling fans, WIFI and two rooms have private beach side entrances. Located in a village of pure Nicaraguan culture, this beautiful hotel will help you feel the comforts of home with a dose of adventure.
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Jared R wrote a review Sep 2021
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I really can't speak highly enough about the surf trip that Mike provides for you at Dale Dagger Surf Lodge. I'm confident that there is no better surf lodge in Nicaragua. I chatted with some other guests from different lodges while on my trip, and many of them felt like they were missing out since they did not have the boat access that Mike provides. Mike is dedicated to get you surfing the best waves possible for the given conditions. You aren't limited to one spot. He has all the breaks dialed and knows what it takes to put you in position to score the waves of your life. Mike also makes it his personal mission that you are having a great time, which is something you don't see from other surf lodge hosts. Everything at the lodge is amazing. The food is exceptional. You'll score waves for hours and then come back to hot delicious food ready to be devoured. Endless drinks are always available on the boat or at the lodge. It's truly all you can ask for on a surf trip. The rooms are so nice and comfortable. The AC works perfectly, and everything is super clean. WIFI is fast as well. Mike takes all the logistics out of the equation, and takes care of everything you need to have the perfect surf trip. His crew of surf guides all rip, and make you feel like a local out in the water. Most of Mike's guests end up returning because it's just a guaranteed epic time. I'll be back next year for sure.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Mike H, Owner at Dale Dagger Surf Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Jared! You are the man! Thank you so much for the kind words and five star review! We had such an amazing time with you at the lodge. The waves were firing and we all scored some dreamers. I can't thank you enough for the love and support. Thanks again, and I look forward to shredding the gnar with you again soon!
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Pierre wrote a review Sep 2021
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Thank you for this trip ! I coudn’t expert better ! Perfect crew, perfect waves, meal and big fish. First french at the lodge and i hope not the last ! Best trip from far, you really have to Go here ! Thank you all of you
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Mike H, Owner at Dale Dagger Surf Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much Pierre! We all had an amazing time hosting you at the lodge. You are a machine, surfing 3 times a day. Epic times my friend. Thank you for the love and support!
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DanBeverly wrote a review Jul 2021
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Staying at Dale Dagger’s with Mike and his crew is by far the best surf experience I’ve ever had, hands down. Five star hospitality, attention to every detail, and world class waves. Here’s what you can expect when you stay: Barrels: Overhead barrels, barrels that will make you laugh, barrels that will make you cry. Hollow barrels, deep barrels, small barrels, and everything in between. Barrels that will close shut, toss you around like a washing machine, bounce you off the sand, and make you want to do it all over again. Barrels that will break onto your friend’s head, and you get to watch as you paddle back out into the lineup and then make fun of your friend. Perfect Empty Waves with Nobody Else Out: Lefts, rights, softer waves, death pits, you name it. There’s a huge variety of waves for all skill levels, all within a short boat ride from the lodge. While several of the better waves in the area can attract a moderate crowd due to easy land access, Mike and crew put you in the spot with their boat, and you can easily score overhead pumping waves with just you and your crew. Mike has the place absolutely dialed, and will put you on the best waves based on his knowledge of the swell, tide, wind, etc. Elvin, Ramon, and Byron are the trusty surf guides who will get you into the best waves. Elvin is great on the jet ski. Five Star Hospitality: Mike and crew have the hospitality dialed, and they spare no detail in making sure you have a comfortable stay. The food is incredible, with 4 fresh local meals every day. Steak, lobster, shrimp, fish, too many amazing meals to mention. The lodge has AC and is kept immaculate. The Tonas are ice cold. There is wifi, if you need it. The lodge has all sorts of surf movies, surf magazines, and board games to keep you busy while you’re not surfing, if you’re not already out back watching the amazing sunset over the ocean or exploring the town. Come see what all the hype is about, and why this place has all 5 star reviews! You will not be disappointed!!!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Mike H, Owner at Dale Dagger Surf Lodge
Responded Jul 29, 2021
Dan the man! You are living up to your name my friend. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. You covered so many different topics and had me smiling the entire time I was reading this. Some people have a way with words and you definitely do! You are the man! Thank you for supporting my lodge over the years and being such a rad person! I can't thank you enough for all the love. I really appreciate it!
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Michael M wrote a review Jul 2021
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This is my second time traveling to see Mike and his crew down at Dale Dagger Surf Lodge. I thought nothing would beat our first trip two years ago, but Mike found a way to outdo himself. A few key things to call out for anyone considering making a trip to Nicaragua! 1. Travel during COVID - Mike had everything figured out for us to have a safe and seamless trip, even with regulations shifting as things change around the world. He was in touch with our group leading up to the trip, and was flexible and understanding as changing plans on how testing was going to work created adjustments in our schedule. I have to say, I was a little nervous about doing such a big trip during COVID, but this was at least as easy as our trip 2 years ago, even with the testing requirements, all because of the planning by Mike at the lodge. The at-home testing possibility meant we didn't even need to add a stop for testing into our trip! 2. Safety and logistics - Our crew of six felt incredibly safe from the moment we landed in Managua to the moment we left the runway on the way back. Mike has everything figured out with an excellent and friendly staff of awesome human beings. The group has a great sense for water safety and has a plan for everything, which is super important when the waves are pumping. 3. Paradise at the lodge - The lodge is homey, immaculately clean, and super welcoming. Amazing staff there, incredible food at every single mood, and perfect vibes as you recover from the sun and waves and plan for your next session. On top of that, Mike even put together a little surprise for me on my birthday at the lodge. It really put the trip over the top. 4. The Waves!!! - Of course, the whole reason to book the trip in the first place. This lodge, complete with its boat, has access to an incredible variety of world-class spots that work at different tides, wind directions, swell sizes, etc. Traveling to this lodge is the only place I'd consider in the area for a million reasons, but one of the key reasons is that you have the best access to scout the area for the place where the waves are working the best. We caught a beautiful, empty cliffside point break, a firing overhead reef break, world class beach barrels, fun wedging a-frames, and more. 5. The people - I've mentioned it in pretty much every section above, but everyone that has come here on the two trips I've now made has shared in one bonus surprise from visiting Dale Dagger Surf Lodge--actual friendships with the special people who work at the lodge. Mike, Elvin, Ramon, Byron, Fabiola, and all the rest of the staff at the lodge are kind, good-hearted people on top of being great at what they do, and getting to know them is one of the most memorable parts of staying at the lodge. . Thanks to the surf lodge crew for another all-timer!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Mike H, Owner at Dale Dagger Surf Lodge
Responded Jul 29, 2021
Wow! Thank you so much for the kind words and great review Michael! I really appreciate you taking the time to do this. It really means a lot to me! I honestly can't thank you enough for supporting the dream and choosing my surf lodge over all the other options in the world. Thank you so much my friend! I look forward to many more waves, good times and epic surf sessions with you in the future. By the way...you are a full on shredder now! Much love my friend!
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Nathan M wrote a review Jul 2021
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The best surf trip I’ve ever done. I don’t know if it’s possible to be more thoughtful than the way Mike and the crew treated us. The whole trip was planned out perfectly. We scored great waves and with their local knowledge we never missed out in being in the right place at the right time to get the best waves. Their chef is incredible. The food was always made around our schedule and the Quality was exceptional. They always had ice cold drinks ready on the boat while we went out on our excursions. A/C was in every room, which was key for a comfortable sleep away from the heat. I had a mishap while duckdiving alongside my sister and she had a little cut on her face that needed treatment. He went out of his way to get us to a clinic and get her stitched up immediately. Don’t look anywhere else to find the right place stay near Colorado’s... this place is a gem.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Mike H, Owner at Dale Dagger Surf Lodge
Responded Jul 9, 2021
Thank you Nate! It was a pleasure getting to know you and shred some waves. You and Jackie are a power surfing couple! It was rad to see you both our there shredding the gnar together! Thank you so much for supporting my surf lodge. It means a lot to me and my family! I hope to see you again in the future! Much love!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dale Dagger Surf Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Dale Dagger Surf Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Playa Redonda (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Dale Dagger Surf Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Dale Dagger Surf Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Dale Dagger Surf Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dale Dagger Surf Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pili's Kitchen, Restaurante Casa Maderas, and Casa Ananas.
Does Dale Dagger Surf Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Dale Dagger Surf Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Dale Dagger Surf Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Playa Gigante.
Is Dale Dagger Surf Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.