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Surfing Turtle Lodge
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Relaxation Vacation”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

I am currently living in Leon, Nicaragua, and have frequented the Surfing Turtle twice. Both times have been amazing. The staff is always very helpful and if you get the chance you should sit down and talk to Pedro about his story with the Lodge. We didn't actually get to see any turtles either time because it wasn't hatching season but we did get to see them burying the eggs which was cool to watch. They have volleyball tournaments every day and if your team wins, you get free drinks! The water is rough out there, but that's to be expected if you've ever been to Las Penitas. Just stick to what you're comfortable with! The dorms were nice, had lockers for you to put your stuff in. The only downfall is that this is the only place to get food and they do discourage you from bringing any of your own food or drinks. Therefore, it can get kind of pricey but overall, it's really good food, from what I've experienced. Also, service can be slower when everyone is ordering at the same time...just FYI. But they did have 2 for 1 Nica Libres both times I was there! Oh...and my sandals were stolen, so make sure if you're not wearing them upstairs, to at least just put your shoes away!

Also, bring bug spray! Sometimes at night, it can get pretty buggy. The WiFi was a plus as well! Great place all around!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Dublin
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

My friends and I spent 3 days there in July 2013 and it was an absolute pleasure!
Some of the highlights were waking up to the beautiful view, the chilled atmosphere, having the beach to ourselves and of course the free breakfast!
Marcos, the manager was a fantastic host, he organised activities during the day which were optional to take part in such as volleyball tournaments and then bomb fires at night. Whilst we were there, it happened to be our friends birthday, Marcos organised a delicious cake to be specially delivered from the mainland so we could surprise her! This really made our stay memorable!
Highly recommended; such a relaxing place!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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New York
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

You have to take a boat from the Poneloya bus stop, then trek 15 minutes along the beach or through a buggy forest to even get here.
The beach is full of trash and dangerous. The undertow is very strong, and there are rip currents every 100 feet or so. I saw 2 surfers dragged out to sea. Luckily, they were rescued.
A few hours after I ate, I was sick all night. I had a barfing buddy and we hung out all night in the bathrooms. Several other travellers I spoke to told me that they weren't "well" after dinner either.
The bunk beds are higher than usual, gave me some impressive bruises. Very noisy, loud music all night from the bar, not very clean. American staff will try to sleep with you, maybe that's a plus?

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Berlin, Germany
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed September 12, 2013

This place is more like a beach resort than a hostal! You can get privat cabins, but also a beautiful dorm with seaview. Fall asleep with the sound of the waves, get a free breakfast in the morning, go surfing, relaxx in one of the hammacks to Bob Marley music, even go for a little Yoga session on the upper deck, take part in the volleyball competitions with a free drink for the winning team, enjoy a beachwalk for ages, without meeting anybody, watch the sunset and then a beautiful starsky! If you´re lucky you can maybe see a turtle in the night! I always had an awesome time here, especially because of the nice people coming here and the friendly staff. If you like, you can get crazy parties in the night as well, or just play cards. The only thing is, that it´s not too easy to get there. You can take the public bus from leon to poneloya and then a boat. but if you call them they´re gonna pick you up with a horse, so you don´t have to walk with a lot of luggage!;-)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

It's great to get the private beach, but you cannot get here easily. It's because you have to take a local boat from the pier. You walk around 15 mins to get here. Then, you are trapped on this island. There were only 3 bathrooms at the lobby. I think it's not enough for a bunch of people there because the tourists who slept on the second floor of the lobby area had to use those bathrooms too. They had around 20 beds, so, at least 20 people there if they are full. Also, the whole people who hang out at the bar had to use it too. How can it be enough for? The bathrooms would start to get more dirty at night, therefore, you need to take a shower as early as possible if you need to use the clean bathrooms or you can swim at the sea, then, dry out by the sun. The dormitory was ok. Sometimes I think it's too much for 16 beds in one room, but it's not bad. The isolated beach was nice for sunbathing, but the water in the sea was not so clear on the Pacific coast as on The Carribean sea. The food was just ok. It's pretty expensive comparing to the quality. The breakfast was awful. You have to see when a lot of both small flies and some big flies swarming on food. It's like I was in India. You have to order breakfast the day before you get it because they would prepare it for you at the time you need, but that's a part of scary thing. They prepared it so long, so, I wasn't sure how long those flies were swarming on the food. It's so awful, but I had no choice.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Habana
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

If you are looking for a great place to relax, have amazing vibes, meet wonderful people and enjoy a very clean part of the ocean in Leon, this is your place!

The quality of the food is amazing, they even have WIFI! And the cabanyas and dorm are very very pleasant

I strongly recommend it to anyone!!

Leon can get quite hot and noisy and this place is teh perfect getaway.

If you are lucky you'll meet the Pedro, one of the owners and an amazing person too!!!

You wont regret. I will come back whenever I ahve the chance

Last time I was lucky enough to see some turtlees at the beach...Awesome

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Surfing turtle lodge is located on a massive private beach isolated from everything. A lovely lodge with great food, surfing lessons and boards available, hammocks and lounge chairs and a nice little bar. Only complaints are that it's a little difficult to get to(taxi, boat, walk), the food is expensive without any alternative option(nothing else on the island) and the beach is steep so the tide comes in very strong. But it's an amazing place to relax for several days

  • Stayed August 2013
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Additional Information about Surfing Turtle Lodge

Property: Surfing Turtle Lodge
Address: Isla Los Brasiles, Poneloya, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Leon Department > Poneloya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Poneloya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surfing Turtle Lodge is the only Island solar powered Eco-friendly hostel in Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. Located only 20 minutes from the historic city of Leon, Nicaragua, and a 5 minute boat ride from the beach town of Poneloya on a beautiful deserted beach in Isla Los Brasiles. The Lodge strikes the perfect balance for everyone: Enjoy the island’s natural beauty while having comfortable, exceptional accommodations and services. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Surfing Turtle Hotel Poneloya
Surfing Turtle Lodge Nicaragua/Poneloya

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