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Chica Brava Surf Retreat

1 1/2 block north of El Timon Street facing the sea, San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
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Chica Brava empowers women through the process of surfing and the genuine camaraderie that comes through sharing a lifestyle, a sisterhood, and a passion for the most rewarding sport on the planet. It’s about a pack of women together in the line up, united by what they love. This is your chance to let go, invest in yourself, and feel confident, invincible, and powerful regardless of your size, strength, or stature. At Chica Brava, the past doesn’t matter. It’s about the right here, right now, boundless opportunities that embrace you in the water.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Infinity pool
Free breakfast
Free airport transportation
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LaNy wrote a review May 2020
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
This is one of those reviews I'm conflicted on writing because I don't want this wonderful secret to get out!! Want it to all be mine mine mine and never have a problem getting a booking because I let the cat out of the bag! I stayed at the Surf House for two weeks and am so glad I did ... I loved being in the heart of San Juan. The house was comfortable and clean, the entire staff was so warm and inviting, the food and extra-curricular activities were great (yoga, massages, dinners and nights out, Spanish lessons and you can NOT miss the catamaran ride [A MUST]) and the other girls in the house were absolutely amazing! Elsi, Otilia, Jen, you're all amazing women and appreciate your teaching so much. Francia and Lyda were more than fabulous as well. Was hoping to be back for my birthday this year but the Coronavirus messed up those plans! Hoping to see you all again at the end of the year!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Avery F wrote a review Dec 2019
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I cannot recommend Chica Brava enough! I stayed at the Surf House and absolutely loved it. The house was clean and comfortable, and the women in my group were amazing. I had never surfed before but felt safe and supported the entire time, and was able to successfully pop up on my first day! The concepts were explained in a really digestible way, and the camaraderie the group had on the waves was awesome. Elsi and Otelia are fantastic instructors! In addition to being super knowledgeable about surfing, they’re also hilarious and supportive and made every moment fun (even after the tougher waves). In terms of the noise, I was honestly prepared for it to be louder at night than it was, although you could definitely hear the bars/clubs etc. I was so exhausted after a day of surfing that the noise wasn’t really an issue when falling asleep, but I do recommend bringing earplugs just in case. The house is in a great location across from the beach, near restaurants, stores, and ATMs. I recommend bringing good power bars for long days at the beach, as they weren’t super easy to find in San Juan. In terms of added activities, I highly recommend the catamaran tour! It was the only extra activity the group took advantage of, and it was a beautiful afternoon. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend surfing with Chica Brava. It was an amazing week and I definitely will be back!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
Annastacia W wrote a review Aug 2019
New York4 contributions6 helpful votes
If you are a woman and want to learn to surf, or improve your skills, book with Chica Brava, they have the best instructors. You spend a lot of time in the water and have a lot of very specific feedback, lots of video footage which really is the best way to see your progress. They are fun, smart instructors who are not just pushing you into the waves and you WILL learn a ton.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Room Tip: All rooms at the surf house have AC.
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Anna B wrote a review Aug 2019
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I loved my time at Chica Brava. I stayed for two weeks and enjoyed every minute. The surfing was incredible; the teaching was phenomenal; the food was tasty. Everything about this trip was excellent. I'm so grateful for my time there.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Traveled solo
mstamp77 wrote a review Jul 2019
Los Angeles, California6 contributions10 helpful votes
I've taken a few random surf lessons over the past couple of decades, but could never master the pop-up. These amazing ladies have the best pop-up method ever, and I finally got it! That was my goal coming into the week as a super beginner surfer, and I got way more out of it than that. We had an amazing group of ladies at the Cloud Farm (only two of us were friends beforehand), and adored our surf instructors, Otilia and Dani. Thank you for all of the fun, instruction, laughs and challenges, Chica Brava! I will be back! Oh, did I mention there's yoga? And massage? And AMAZING home-cooked meals? Truly an incredible experience all around!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chica Brava Surf Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Chica Brava Surf Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia (2.3 miles), Latin American Spanish School (2.0 miles), and The Art Warehouse (1.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Chica Brava Surf Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Chica Brava Surf Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Chica Brava Surf Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dale Pues, Café Mediterráneo, and The Beach House Nicaragua.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Chica Brava Surf Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to an infinity pool during their stay.
Does Chica Brava Surf Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Chica Brava Surf Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.