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Balsa Surf Camp
Ranked #1 of 42 Montanita B&B and Inns
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

We had such a great time here. The owners are great people and really put their hearts in to this place. All of the staff were great, the food was great, rooms were very clean, and the surfboards...KILLER. I love Rosty's balsa boards!!! And it is so convenient having a large variety of great boards to rent so you don't have to travel with your own. Thank you all so much and I look forward to returning soon:)

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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BalsaSurfCamp, Propietario at Balsa Surf Camp, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2015

Thanks you for your great comment ! It's so important for us to know and see that our hosts saw that we have a piece of our heart in the Balsa :) Thanks to see it, to love it and to share it ! Rasty is so happy too when someone connect with his balsa surfboard, it s mean a lot for him! I hope you are fine and maybe see you again! Take care, Balsa family.

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Reviewed July 18, 2011

We love this place!!

I can't really think of anything negative to say about Balsa Surf Camp. the guys that run this place are great and the accommodation is perfect. Its a stones throw from the beach and just far enough from the noise of the main streets.

We loved hanging out on the hammocks

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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BalsaSurfCamp, Propietario at Balsa Surf Camp, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2015

Thanks you so much for your great review :) we are always so happy to know that ours guests enjoyed our place and work! Thanks you to share it and to help us in our job! We hope to see you again and lots of blessings in your next trip! Balsa Surf Camp team.

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Reviewed July 16, 2011

We really enjoyed our stay in the camp. The beautifully constructed lodge with the staff that will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
We checked the hotel Kundalini before reserving Balsa, because of the ratings on tripadvisor, but thought that it was much inferior and unfriendly, though it was cheaper.
It's located right at La Punta, the best surfing spot of Ecuador, and it has an excellent selection of surf boards rentals and very chilled surf instructors.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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BalsaSurfCamp, Propietario at Balsa Surf Camp, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

Thanks you so much for yours great words about us and our place! It was a pleasure for us to share a surf experience with you :) Hope that you keep surfing! Take care a lot! The balsa surf camp team.

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Reviewed June 4, 2011

What a delightful oasis at the already very relaxed area of La Punta in Montanita! The rates are more expensive than at the other hostals at La Punta, but if you are looking for more upscale accommodations, with a peaceful garden, gracious hospitality, a choice at breakfast, and spacious, clean rooms with reliable hot water, then it´s definitely worth spending the extra money. Julie is a lovely host (Rasti´s a bit more aloof), and she´s always there to help you, whether arranging an early breakfast, calling a taxi and the local Spanish school (Marazul) on her cell phone, or answering any questions that you may have. Note that the surf camp is not on the beach itself, but the beach isn´t even a two-minute walk away, and you can enjoy the booming sound of waves crashing as you chill out on a hammock in the garden.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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BalsaSurfCamp, Propietario at Balsa Surf Camp, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

Thanks a lot for recommending us! And thanks too, to explain our price-quality relation and to be clear about our ubication at 30 meters of the beach :) You're totally right! Wainting to see you soon! Take care, Julie.

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Reviewed February 7, 2011

We stayed 1 week in montañita and the place was great. Julie and cesar ( the owners) go the extra mile to make you feel like home. We took some surf lessons too and we had a great time

  • Stayed: February 2011
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BalsaSurfCamp, Propietario at Balsa Surf Camp, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

Thanks a lot for yours great words! We are happy to know that you enjoyed the surf lesson and our attention :) Take care a lot and hoping to see you soon! Balsa surf camp team.

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Reviewed November 16, 2010

Balsa Surf Camp is a extremely beautiful eco-lodge in La Punta one of the quiets places in Montañita. The architecture of the place is incredible, anything was made from original ideas from Rasty and Julie and they take care of everything. The suft classes are great and the beach is just few steps from Balsa.

Nice place, delicious breakfast, nice room, comfortable bed, clean bathroom...

Go and try to find a better place in Montañita.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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BalsaSurfCamp, Propietario at Balsa Surf Camp, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

Thank you so much for yours kinds words and your help :) It was a pleasure for us to receive you! Take care and hope to see you again! Cheers! The balsa surf camp staff.

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Reviewed October 12, 2010

We also stumbled upon this place - and what a find! Owner/hosts, Julie and Rasty, are super friendly and willing to please.
We had a brilliant room with HUGE private balcony & private hammocks for $50 USD p/night - exceptional value & quality compared to other places in the same area. (NB: We checked out 'similar' places recommended in our guide book for Montanita and found them to be overpriced & of poor quality).
PROS:
Wifi. Excellent cooked breakfast including 3 different options to choose from. Good value set lunch & Dinner also available, upon request. Beautiful grounds. Large, comfortable rooms and huge balcony with hammock. Amazing design & workmanship of all buildings - everything seems locally handcrafted. Short walk to town along beach (10 mins). Very friendly staff. Onsite surfing school & shop including instructors & trips.
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None! We loved our time here!!!!
OVERALL:
Excellent - we wold love to return & highly recommend to other travellers to ditch the LP guide whilst in Montanita and stay at Balsa Surf Camp.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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BalsaSurfCamp, Propietario at Balsa Surf Camp, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your stay and our place! Thanks a lot for theses beautifuls words and your help! Take care and see you soon, we hope! Balsa surf camp staff.

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Address: at the Point, Montanita, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Montanita
Price Range: $56 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Balsa Surf Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover our BALSA SURF CAMP in Montanita, Ecuador, made by and for surfers! The perfect place 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 are handcraft built by local carpenters using bamboo and wood. In a friendly environment you will enjoy the Montanita surf! ... more   less 
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