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Surfing Turtle Beach Lodge
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Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Getting there is definitely the "journey AND the destination". We took a bus from Leon, then walked, then took a boat, then a horse draw carriage...all to get to this amazing secluded retreat. Rooms were open air which was awesome. Only complaint is lots of bugs - bring bug spray and a mosquito net!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you are looking for a hostel in a beautiful, remote location, you will love this place.

It's hard to know how to review this place - the setting is perfect, but the property could use some work. First the positives: The beach is uncrowded, clean, and gorgeous, with good surfing conditions. The vibe is extremely chill. It's a great place to relax on the beach, and/or meet fellow travelers. The people who work here are generally helpful and friendly.

However, the property needs some updating. For the price you pay for accommodations, it's not a great value. The dorm and private rooms are pretty run down (peeling paint, semi-functional fans, uncomfortable beds). The public spaces are better, although there are never enough beach/lounge chairs for the guests. It seems like the owners could invest some money in making the place more comfortable.

As others have said, you are a captive audience for supplies (they charge for water and ice), and for food, which is pretty expensive for Nica standards (C$160-220 for dinner). That being said, everything was tasty, and the portions were generous.

In summary: you are paying for a great location and atmosphere. If you are willing to look past the slightly run down conditions, you'll love it.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Bo L
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Surfing Turtle Lodge is truly a magical place. I volunteered here for a month and was in the company of the most generous and enthusiastic people I've ever encountered. From the owners to the locals, the warm and friendly energy is contagious. Waking up to the ocean waves, constant beautiful weather, amazing food, fun people, awesome music, engaging entertainment whether it was from a chess game to beer pong, and consistent good vibes made leaving this place a tragedy. Surfing Turtle Lodge is a paradise on Earth!

OH and the sunsets are to die for!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank palmerkr
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Already had a great trip in Nicaragua, but this was a dream ending of our holiday! The spot is awesome and the atmosfere great. You can chill on your own, surf, basketball, make nice conversation with friendly staff and other visitors and have fun at night playing games, if you like. Food is very nice! Thank you Aldo, B, Marcos, Charlie, Maylin and Pedro for great 5 days!

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

I volunteered at the Surfing turtle lodge for three weeks... my overall experience was overwhelmingly positive, I never wanted to leave! Hmm.. Where to even start? This place not only has the best sunsets that I've seen in the country, it also has incredible food, a constant crowd of cool people, tranquillo atmosphere during the days, fun party's at night, AMAZING music, and an overall unbeatable positive vibe. The lodge is located on a deserted island so it's really peaceful and close to nature, but there is so much to do, you can surf, go to the beach, hang out at the swinging bar, play volleyball, surf, horseback ride, and if youre lucky, release baby sea turtles into the ocean! The owners and staff members are all extremely helpful and just plain incredible, they put a lot of hard work and effort into ensuring that the lodge is constantly operating at its full potential, and it shows! This place is worth a million visits and I can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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