“Time of my life” – 5 stars
“I had the time of my life. I started the trip unsure of myself and my abilities and I left with a passion for surfing and a new family. I didn't want to leave and I can't wait to go back. If you love to travel and feel at home at this same time this is the place to be. The staff will 100% take care of you and have your back in and out of the water.”
- Nicalena Iovino, Glendale, NY, Cloud Farm, 04/09/16-04/16/16
“Female Empowerment” – 5 stars
“What a wonderful and empowering experience spending a week with the lovely women of ChicaBrava. I have raved to all that have crossed my path that if they want to learn how to surf they need to spend a week with CB. The accommodations were very clean, safe and well decorated. The instructors and employees were all professional, friendly and enjoyable to be around (at all times!). Breakfast was included and all transportation to the nearby beaches based on the tides. Make sure to bring a good attitude and willingness to learn. Miss you girls!!!! xoxo”
- Wren Coe, San Francisco, CA, Surf House, 02/27/16-03/05/16
“Surf learnin’ with an outstanding group of women” – 5 stars
“Chicabrava is not just for beginner surfers. Many of the women in the camp during the week I visited were beginners, and everyone of them was up and catching waves in no time. There were also some intermediate level surfers in the group who made significant improvements by the end of the week. No matter your level the instructors at Chicabrava can help you meet your surfing goals. For me, I was happy to be turning left and right and riding down the line by the end of the week--something I had never done before!
I've done a few surf camps in the past, but this one was by far the most thorough in terms of instruction, and progress oriented sessions. Since surfing is such a male dominated sport, it's great to learn from other women who help you gain confidence in the water and encourage you to take your place in the waves. I highly recommend this camp to surfers of all levels. You will have a great week with fun women, and you will meet your surf goals.”
- Amy Compeau, San Francisco, CA, Surf House, 02/27/16-03/05/16
“Incredible experience and great people” – 5 stars
“This was by far one of the best vacations I have been on. The staff and surf instructors are incredible. Throughout the entire week, they ensure that everything is taken care and share some incredible stories. The lodging is beautiful. I highly suggest staying at Cloud Farm, where the meals are all provided and incredibly delicious. The camp as a whole is very flexible and although it offers three hours of surf instruction per day, you are able to do as much or little of that as you like. What I liked most about this company was their commitment to the community. All the food eaten on Cloud Farm comes from the property itself and they embrace using local businesses over the commercial ones in town. In addition, this camp helps you experience the local Nicaraguan culture. With the help of the instructors, you quickly find out about the best places to go and the usual way of life. I highly recommend this company to any and everyone.”
- Christen C, Annapolis, MD, Cloud Farm, 03/12/16-03/19/16
“Best time with wonderful chicas” – 5 stars
“Everything was just perfect: the location (close to the beach, in town, comfortable and very lovely decorated), the organization (from the first moment you feel so welcome and they are organizing you whatever you wish for, f.e. massages or sailing trips), the food (breakfast is amazing and they are organizing everyday a place you can go for dinner and they have great deals with local restaurants) the surf lessons (best teachers, so supportive and really professional, great organization, chose everyday the best beach for surfing and there are not more than 3 chicas per teacher). But the best thing are the people: All the girls really care, they are so much fun and so lovely and they make you feel like home!”
- Lea Klauser, Basel, Switzerland, Surf House, 02/27/16-03/12/16
“Surfs Up Chica” – 5 stars
“This review is long overdue. I stayed at Chicabrava in September during central America's independence day. Chicabrava keeps true to their word. The staff clearly represents this vision and also sets the example. Love that they do community outreach and teach other little girls to be strong and independent through surfing/other activities at camp bella. As a solo traveler- 110% recommend. I have done my fair share of solo traveling and am constantly considering the level of safety. Even though I knew the language and a bit of the culture before it is still really easy to venture out and be adventurous. Since sjds isn't huge you get to really know the area by just walking alone. The locals are super friendly and made lots of friends there. There are def a couple of other activities to do other than surfing.“
- Natalia Garcia, Jackson Heights, NY, Surf House, 09/12/15-09/19/15
“Awesome Experience!!!” – 5 stars
“There is nothing like taking a vacation and learning a new skill like surfing. The instructors were awesome at teaching surfing and working with us. The views from the cloud farm were amazing!! Yoga classes were also so fun! Definitely recommend as a vacation if you want to get out there and do something rather than sitting on the beach all day.”
- Julia McKenna, Annapolis, MD, Cloud Farm, 3/12/16-3/19/16
“Incredible trip and company!” – 5 stars
"The Cloud Farm camp experience was just perfect for me. It was very comfortable and beautiful, a wonderful grown-up camp experience. The instructors and staff are enthusiastic, encouraging, and incredibly helpful and fun!"
- Alana Herro, Berkeley, CA, Cloud Farm 2/13-2/20/16
“Life Changing Surf Adventure!” – 5 stars
"I stayed at the satellite location in the hills, and everything was heavenly! The house was wonderful, the pool was perfect, and the food-I couldn't get enough! As for the surfing, I was shocked by how different it was than other lessons I had. The instructors were very thorough and helpful. They gave great advice and made us feel comfortable no matter what our ability level. It was an experience that totally took me out of my comfort zone, and showed me that I was a lot stronger than I thought.
The staff is incredible! Each woman has a moving story that will inspire you to take control of your life and go after what you really want. They make anything seem possible. It is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience that really is about female empowerment. If you are in need of a change in your life, this is the place to go. You will learn so much about yourself in the whole process. I would love to go again!"
- Kaitlin Ryan, Davisburg, MI, Cloud Farm Satellite Property 2/23-2/27/16
“Amazing, empowering experience – a must for women!” – 5 stars
"I never ever imagined I would try surfing. I'm an adventurous woman who has traveled to over 40 countries, many solo, and have climbed Kilimanjaro, hiked the Himalayas, went tandem handling in New Zealand and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. But surfing was not something I had ever tried. Let me tell you, Chicabrava lives up to its slogan "Empowering women one wave at a time". It is a life-changing, transformative experience that is even better given the incredible, empowering staff of surf instructors and the gorgeous accommodations in the Cloud Farm.
The highlight of the trip of course is learning to surf and there is no better place or company than Chicabrava. The instructors are all highly enthusiastic, encouraging and empowering. If you have never surfed before or are improving your skills as an intermediate or advanced surfer, you are in the right place. You get daily classroom theory instruction followed by hours in the water. Each day is unique as you also get to do such great things as tour the Cloud Farm, go horseback riding, tour a local school that Chicabrava supports, and enjoy the beauty of San Juan del Sur. If you stay at the Cloud Farm, all your meals are prepared daily and it is some of the best food I've ever eaten. Delicious and five star! If you prefer to stay at the Surf House in town, you are right in the heart of all the action with nightlife, the beach and plenty of shops and restaurants."
- Nicole Melancon, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cloud Farm Satellite Property 2/23-2/27/16