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#1 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Montanita
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Discover our BALSA SURF CAMP in Montanita, Ecuador, made by and for surfers! The perfect place, a little paradise, to discover a country and its waves, its culture and the wonderful art of balsa wood boards shaped by César Moreira, owner of the camp. It is a reconciliation, a union with nature. Imagine! Surfing a tree! Discover our beautiful style of Ecological bungalows only 30 meters from the surf! There is handcraft built by local carpenters using bamboo and wood. In a friendly environment, you will enjoy the Montanita surf!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Books, DVDs, music for children
Parking garage
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Yoga room
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Sauna
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Aerobics
Entertainment staff
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hammam
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
Waxing services
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Private balcony
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Wardrobe / closet
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Complimentary toiletries
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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Kailasht wrote a review Jul 2022
San Francisco, California8 contributions1 helpful vote
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Amazing food and setup - muy rica comida. You have to try their home made chilli oil or oil mixes. This is the 2nd time I've been after a gap of 5 yrs.... Balsa never ceases to surprise - this experience was all thanks to Sergio's hospitality and service.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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778nancyu wrote a review Jun 2022
Trabuco Canyon, California3 contributions
Luscious green environment and beautiful clean rooms! Healthy active people - offering Yoga, Jacuzzi, steam room and much more! We loved our stay and just a couple feet from the beach! Our kids played in the beach and papy Surfed! We walked to a local Mitador and church just a couple of minutes north next to Olon beach
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from JulieCesar Moreira, Propriétaire at Balsa Surf Camp
Responded Jun 24, 2022
Thank you so much for the amazing review! It's always so nice to read happy customers :) and see you enjoyed with your family our place and all the activities! thanks for your support, this help us a lot! thanks ! Take care and come back soon! Julie and all the Balsa tribe!
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Sergio wrote a review May 2022
Ljubljana, Slovenia13 contributions
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Balsa surf camp guesthouse was such a lovely experience. From the first minute I arrived I felt very welcomed. All the stuff is always very nice, professional and smiling, making the whole atmosphere feel like you are part of one big family. The place looks absolutely gorgeous with lots of attention towards small details. From common area with hammocks to chill out, to a spa area, a very nice yoga place, lots of trees and plants, nice decorative lights for the night and a really good restaurant right next to the reception. They even have an awesome room where you sleep in an old VW van - how cool is that?! They are located about 10 minutes from Montanita which was perfect if you want a more quiet and calm place. I've spent 2 great weeks doing morning yoga and learning to surf (which they also do!) and couldn't have imagined a better end to my 4 months trip.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from JulieCesar Moreira, Propriétaire at Balsa Surf Camp
Responded Jun 24, 2022
Thank you so much Sergey! It was so nice to receive you and we are so happy to know you had so much fun and enjoyed our place! Thanks a lot too to share this review with so much compliments! This help usa lot and give us strength to follow and keep doing with lot of love and wants! We hope you are ok and happy, and we will see again next trip here! Take care a lot! Julie and all the Balsa tribe!
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Rachèle G wrote a review Apr 2022
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I spent 3 weeks in Balsa Surf camp and I could say I enjoy the smiles and the dynamism of the working team. Everyone is nice and always wants to help you or tell you a nice " Hello! How are you ? :). The food of his Ja Ja restaurant is tasty and always fresh :) The massage therapists are really professional. It's a place where you feel just like if you were in family :). I will miss this place for sure !!!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from JulieCesar Moreira, Dueño at Balsa Surf Camp
Responded Apr 22, 2022
Thank you soooo much for theses kinds words <3 We are so happy to read that you felt so good with us! It's so a pleasure to receive and share with all our great hosts! I will tell to all my team yours kinds words, it's important to us, to give us more impulse and follow to work with love and good energy! Please come back soon, it will be a pleasure to receive you again :) Take care a lot! Julie and all the Balsa family <3
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Peter Huy N wrote a review Dec 2021
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I’m not sure where to start but I know I won’t be doing justice to this magical place without mentioning a handful of beautiful humans here. From the entrance of this wonderful space, you are welcomed by the most wonderful smiles of Johnny. He has helped me for weeks plan the best surf trip. My favorites were Frank, Carmen, Max, and Pete. Seriously, these guys were what made it. They made you feel at home. Like you were part of a family. I absolutely loved my interaction with them that eventually unfolded into friendships. The food at JaJa was amazing and always fresh and delicious. The yoga was phenomenal with the great poet Pete. The surf training with Andi was top notch. I can recommend this camp enough. Im so glad I had a chance to meet Rusty before the end of my trip. He truly is the heart of this place. An incredible and talented human.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from JulieCesar Moreira, Dueño at Balsa Surf Camp
Responded Jan 7, 2022
Gracias Peter! Wouah!!! what an amazing review! I almost cry :) Thanks you so much for sharing your experience and talk about so much hear about our little paradise and his truly treasure: our people! I hope meet you one day, please come back hahaha Take care a lot! And big hugs form all our balsa and jaja en balsa team! Julie Daumas
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Eefje wrote a review Nov 2021
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It was perfect and all staff is so very sweet!! Great to do the tour with the shaper! Big inspiration! Loved the yoga with horses, the Horsebackriding tours, the restaurant at Balsa surfcamp and the whole vibe!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from JulieCesar Moreira, Dueño at Balsa Surf Camp
Responded Jan 8, 2022
Muchas gracias! It was a pleasure to meet you both! Thank you so much to help us with this great testimony! We are happy to read that you loved your stay here with us and the workshop visit with Rasty :) I hope we will see you again one day soon! Take care a lot! Julie
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Julian S wrote a review Aug 2021
Miami, Florida20 contributions2 helpful votes
Our family including kids (8 and 10 yo) traveled to Balsa for 7 days with a surf camp package which was just amazing. This was our first time back in some years and arrived to find many new cool additions to the hotel, including a new and greatly expanded restaurant that invites not only to have wonderful meals with their in house Jaja In Balsa Restaurant, yet the space is great for working on the computer, playing cards, chess, reading. They really did an amazing job with this new addition to Balsa. WE also used their massage services which were incredible and in very well equipped cabins. The jacuzzi and spa were great after surf lessons. Finally the surf lessons which were handled by great and friendly professionals who took the time to aid us in every aspect and were great with the kids. Andy and Ademar were amazing instructors, they were with us the whole week aiding our progress with great attitude and full of passion for the sport. We also undertook their Yoga and Surf Training lessons which were of great help during our learning process. Finally touring Rasty's surfboard workshop gave us great history of the sport and provided inspiration to the kids. A shout out to the owners of this amazing heavenly place, one can tell that they put their soul and passion to make every detail amazing. Cant wait to go back!!!! Nothing like walking to the beach surfing and coming back to this amazing ashram full of great people and amazing spaces.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from JulieCesar Moreira, Dueño at Balsa Surf Camp
Responded Jan 8, 2022
Gracias Julian! What an amazing review!!! Thank you so much for taking time to share your experience with us and explain all with so much details and kinds words! You are so nice ! This help us a lot and give us more energy to keep working, enjoying so much with hosts like you and your family! I did'nt see you this time but I hope the next time to meet your family and see Pancho again!!!! Take care a lot!!! Big hugs from me and all the balsa team!
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Gabriel L wrote a review Apr 2021
Miami, Florida3 contributions
We've rented some boards from Balsa surf camp several times. Rasty handcrafts each balsa surfboard and it feels like a privilege to be able to rent and use one. The staff at the surf shop are very knowledgeable about the surf breaks and which board to use. The boards themselves were in really good condition and they have a variety from which to choose for every skill level. The surf shop and hotel is located basically in front of main surfbreak of montañita which is an awesome location. Additionally the vibe is super chill and cool at this hotel, it has a unique charm. Overall, highly recommend checking out this place if you want a place with great staff, knowledgeable surf guides and awesome rentals.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from JulieCesar Moreira, Dueño at Balsa Surf Camp
Responded Jan 8, 2022
Thank you so much for this great review! We are so happy to know you enjoyed Rasty'surfboards and our location and all our style! We always try to put so much love in our work, is our life here you know, and personally, I love to read when people can feel the vibe and touch and live the great life we have together here! It's help us so much and feel us wth so much love! I hope to see you again and soon! And thank you to help us with this review! Take care a lot!
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Nico P wrote a review Mar 2021
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We stayed 10 nights in the balsa surf camp and absolutely loved it! We booked a „surf intensive“ package which had everything included (surf training , functional and balance training, daily yoga classes, all the meals in the „JaJa“ restaurant which in located in the hotel, massages, jacuzzi sessions and more. The functional training was 1h each day with Andy. He is an amazing and very pleasent coach and has a big knowledge about surfing positions, balance training and more. The surf classes (2h/day) in the water was with Ademar, a very friendly and patient local surf teacher who has been surfing in Montanita his whole life and really helped us improve our surfing skills. Since we had all our meals included at the hotel‘s restaurant, we never left to eat at another place- and we had no reason to do so since the food there is amazing! They have a large menu and everything we had was super good. The area inside the hotel is very beautiful and makes you feel that you are somwhere in the jungle. The rooms are big and nice and we had a balcony with a huge hammock. We had also the chance to speak to the owners of the hotel, Julie and Rusty. Rusty has his own workshop where he crafts the boards you can use for surfing and he explained the philosophy of crafting sustainable boards out of wood. This spirit is also found in the whole hotel. What we liked and appreciated the most about our stay is that the whole hotel stuff, from the reception to the restaurant and all the instructers/teachers, is extremly friendly and obliging. We felt very warmheartedly welcomed during the whole stay and we would surely come back to this amazing place!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from JulieCesar Moreira, Dueño at Balsa Surf Camp
Responded Mar 23, 2021
Thank you so much Nico & Debi! It was a real pleasure to meet you <3 and is so nice to read from you and know you enjoyed so much our small paradise! thanks, you to share your time, energy, and testimony! i's help us a lot! I hope you will see you soon and keep surfing! take care a lot both! Julie and all the team Balsa!
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Jon Yuson wrote a review Jan 2021
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If i could give this more than 5 stars, I would. The place is amazing, clean, comfortable, unique with a lot of charm. It's like a little sanctuary and oasis in Montañita, far enough from town, but close enough to walk to. The staff is incredibly warm and friendly and provides a great community feel. This place is awesome for surfers, but you don't have to surf to love this place. If you're considering, look no further and book it. You won't be disappointed.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Response from JulieCesar Moreira, Dueño at Balsa Surf Camp
Responded Mar 23, 2021
thank you so much for this amazing testimony! I'm so glad you feel our community energy and you loved and enjoyed our place:) I hope see you again and soon! Take care a lot! Cheers and hugs from the Balsa Team!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Balsa Surf Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Balsa Surf Camp?
Nearby attractions include Montanita Spanish School - Day Classes (0.6 miles), Playa Montañita (0.3 miles), and Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Balsa Surf Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Balsa Surf Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Balsa Surf Camp?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Balsa Surf Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jajá en Balsa, Guadalajara Tacos al Grill, and Tambo Sabores Peruanos.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Balsa Surf Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna, fitness classes, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Balsa Surf Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Balsa Surf Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Balsa Surf Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.