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“Pretty Awesome” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Surf Zone

Surf Zone
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Surf Zone
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Pretty Awesome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2010

On the whole, loved Surfzone and we look forward to going back with friends during the winter holiday. Beautiful spot, nice rooms, and walking distance to two stunning beaches. Totally off the grid and away from the heavy party scene in San Juan, but close enough if you wanted to catch a shuttle in for some people watching. Chely was a great host and beautifully maintains the property. Our only negative experience was our interactions with the property manager - Edwin - who is based in San Juan. We booked Surfzone unaware that there are two additional related properties. When we arrived in San Juan we were booked at a hotel different from what he had asked for - pretty sure he tried to up sell and booked us in a more expensive room. When we explained that we had wanted the resort closer to Playa Maderas he tried to downplay the resort that we were requesting, noting that his was a better deal. The things that we found a little lacking at Surfzone were no doubt due to the fact that Edwin didn't relay our reservations to the property manager (internet wasn't hooked up, had to ask for towels, didn't have meals available, etc.). Despite the annoying start and somewhat shady character, we highly recommend Surfzone near Playa Maderas and are definitely heading back in the near future!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Netherlands
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2010

We stayed in Surf Zone for three nights and it was amazing. The hospitality of the couple running the place is the best (try there delicious meals and cocktails!), the rooms are beautiful and because the hotel only has four rooms, you'll always feel that you have a luxureus hotel all for yourself! It's near to the best surfing beaches of San Juan and the hotel can hook you up with surf lessons of board rentals. If you're looking for a great chill out place out of town, Surf Zone is where you should be!

Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2010

This place, near city centre San Juan del Sur, is the best!!!! When you´re looking for a relax place to just chill out, surf, enjoying nice dinners (homemade by this very nice and charming couple) or the best cocktails in town you should check it out!!
It takes about 10 minutes walk to reach one of the best surfbeaches in Nicaragua. Compared to other places in this area it´s by far the cheapest (still not really cheap) place to stay and does have a swimmingpool. Breakfast is included (nice coffee, fruitsalade,toast and sometimes Belgium pancakes or Crepes) and all rooms are clean.
When me and my boyfriend got there the ping pong table just arrived. Our ¨private¨room (I suppose there is a small dormitory as well) had this very nice balcony to chill out. They got wireless internet and do arrange surf lessons including boards.
Feeling like having a good conversation, just a chit chat, playing games or prefere to be on your own???? All possible!
I definitely can recommend this place!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tel Aviv
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2010

cool place! one of the best ive been at central america and im sure ill be back
its super clean and the staff r really good people, but the best thing that it is really close to the maderas beach - great surf or massive chilling, i recommend surfing

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TelAvivNemo
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Heredia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2010

Very clean and comfortable, friendly owners! This place rocks!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CavanStudio
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Additional Information about Surf Zone

Property: Surf Zone
Address: Playa Marsella, San Juan del Sur 0000, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surf Zone is set around a sparkling swimming pool, with lush gardens and an open plan chill-out area. Surf Zone comes with a professional ping-pong table, wi-fi and a passion for surfing. A tasty breakfast is included and other delicious meals are available at reasonable prices. There are 3 main options; Bed & Board, Surf Camps and Venue Hire…you can choose your experience. Surf Zone is located only 5 minutes from Playa Maderas. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Surf Zone Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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