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Nicaragua’s First and Best Surf Retreat for Women…

Welcome to CHICABRAVA®, the first and best all women’s surf camp in Nicaragua, Central America. CHICABRAVA is an elite surf retreat for adventurous women who appreciate comfort as well as challenge. Whether you are a beginner or advanced surfer, you will be challenged and come away knowing you are capable of more than you thought.

CHICABRAVA women’s surf retreat is principally located in the quaint fishing village of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, only 30 minutes north of Costa Rica. Our surf retreat program is unparalleled and includes surfing world class waves and enjoying spectacular accommodations, authentic local cuisine, yoga, soothing massage, and a variety of exciting activities in a safe environment whether you are by yourself or with a group.

From the moment we greet you at the airport until we send you off in style, our lively staff is committed to making sure that your journey is both amazing and unforgettable!

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The finest all girls surf retreat and womens surf camp Nicaragua has to offer!

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  • “Worth Every Penny” – 5 Stars

    "Three months ago my ex-boyfriend passed away unexpectedly. So, rationally, I dropped my semester and used my student loans to book three weeks with Chicabrava. I had been looking at their website for at least two years and I decided the best thing I could do was get away for a bit.  Best. Decision. Ever. I wish I hadn't waited so long however this trip was exactly what I needed at this time in my life. I was surrounded for three weeks by some of the strongest, bravest women I have ever met. I met women of all ages and professions who inspired me in and out of the water! And the staff! I can't say enough, all of them were so warm and encouraging (with a hint of drill sergeant when necessary.)  But Most importantly; the waves. The staff determined each morning which beach would best fit the group(s) needs. We were pushed but never to the point where we couldn't succeed or felt unsafe. Coming from Colorado I started out popping up in the white wash to being able to paddle out, determine what kind of wave I was catching and (for the most part) paddle into it/ catch it on my own! I left with more confidence in and out of the ocean and about twenty five new friends all over the U.S. and Canada. The food is great, the activities are incredible, both town and the cloud farm have out-standing service. I give it a ten out of ten. (Bring extra sun screen and energy bars. If you don't use them you can leave the extra with the wonderful instructors!)" - Kateri​, Denver, CO, Surf House & Cloud Farm, 10/31-11/21/2015
  • “Great location, inspiring instruction, exceptional camaraderie.” – 5 Stars

    Chicabrava is a very well run program. The location is perfect for access to waves as well as the local culture. We stayed at the Surf House in San Juan del Sur. The surf instruction was well organized, the accommodations clean and safe and there were plenty of other activities after surfing to help us experience Nicaragua. I recommend Chicabrava highly to anyone interested in a warm water surfing adventure. - Cynthia, Boise, Idaho, Surf House 11/07-11/14/2015
  • “Fantastic in Every Respect!” – 5 Stars

    "Staying at the Surf House was a great way to experience San Juan del Sur and Nicaragua while still being able to focus on what brought me there...learning to surf! The instruction was excellent and individualized to a high degree. Everyone in the group made incredible strides. Instructors were focused and professional, but also friendly and engaging. The breakfast was fantastic and Surf House a comfortable place to hang out when we weren't going for gelato. Don't miss Cultural Night at El Timon. Chicabrava staff seem to be committed to guest experiences and being good citizens of SJDS. I cannot come up with a con for this camp! Be sure to do your spine strengthening series' in yoga before you go!" - Holly, Atlanta, GA, Surf House 11/07-11/14/2015
  • “Great Experience” – 5 Stars

    "Great experience-- everything is well run. Pretty full schedule but everything ran so smoothly! Stayed at the surf house which is very nice, large and clean. Rooms are bright and spacious. It is loud some nights but the location is great and felt very safe. San Juan Del Sur is an awesome little town. You don't have to worry about anything-- they assign you a board and drive you to the beach-most nights we all ate dinner together. Food is cheap. Bring several bathing suits! You'll always have a dry one and you figure out which ones are comfortable and stay put for surfing and which don't. The instructors are great. They are so helpful and supportive. They seem to really enjoy what they do. Everyone made such progress. You WILL surf on this trip. Lots! We had quite a range of surfing experience on our trip and everyone could be at the level they needed and build from there. Bring extra $ for the surf shop. Lots of cute stuff! also--you get a water bottle with unlimited filtered water-you just fill it whenever you want.This is the only surf camp I've gone to--but I have no complaints. Seems like they've thought of everything and all the staff is exceptional and professional." - Dena, Albany, NY, Surf House 11/07-11/14.
  • “Fabulous experience!! Can’t wait to go back!” – 5 Stars

    "A great adventure that provides the skills to continue surfing in the future! The staff is the best, the accommodations and food were terrific. San Juan del Sur is a great town with wonderful people. The surfing instructors were fantastic. Each had their own story and experiences to share. There were 13 participants from all over the US and Canada. I hope to keep in touch with these ladies in the future. i would love to go for 3 weeks like Kateri!"
    - Leslie C, CF 11/14-11/21.
  • “Happier, Stronger, and Inspired!” – 5 Stars

    "The team at ChicaBrava is amazing- from the minute you arrive, to the minute you depart, you have a team of exceptional women focused on making every minute of your time count. By staying at Cloud Farm, the team took care of everything- all we had to do was have fun. The time surrounding surfing is great- but nothing compares to the time in the water. You have ladies with local knowledge of the breaks paddling you out, giving you tips and encouraging you to go for it. I can't say enough about Steph, Anna and Elsi- they have a knack for challenging you to do your best and coach you, but you feel like you're with friends." - Karlyanna K, Portland, Oregon, CF 11/28-12/05.
  • “AMAZING” – 5 stars

    "As much as I'd love to keep this a secret so I can book it again whenever I want... CHICABRAVA was hands-down one of the best holiday's I've ever had. Great people, incredibly well organized, good food, good waves, clean and spacious accommodation, and just SO MUCH FUN!!" -Rachel P., Australia. Surf House, August 2015
  • “SO much fun!” – 5 stars

    "I cannot say enough great things about CHICABRAVA. You spend your week surfing at beautiful beaches, making new friends, hanging out with a great staff who makes sure your week is perfect and fun, and staying in a great house that is clean and close to everything you need and/or want. I started planning a return trip before I left. I highly recommend booking this trip-you will not regret the decision. The surfing instruction is first class. You spend your time in a small group (2-3 total) with people at a similar level and an instructor that will make sure you catch waves. Everyone is super encouraging in the water and you cannot help but smile and laugh all day. This is a really well run camp and a truly unique vacation. I cannot say enough nice things about Chicabrava and the ladies that make it such a special place. I have not laughed so much in one week ever and cannot stop talking about my return. Just go!" -Ann-Maire V., Reno, NV. Surf House, August 2015 
  • “Quite possibly the best trip I’ve ever taken!” – 5 stars

    "I went into this experience hoping to meet a couple of cool girls and improve my surfing. What ended up happening was SO MUCH MORE!" -Reagan H., Denver, CO. Surf House, August 2015. 
  • “Just Go” – 5 stars

    "I have been trying to think of words to describe CHICABRAVA but nothing can come close to what the experience is like. I traveled with a large group (11 women) of 40 somethings, mostly moms. We spend our days nurturing and taking care of others while trying to slice out a bit of time for ourselves from our hectic lives. Every one of us came back from this trip renewed and grateful, ready for whatever may come down the pipeline. All the instructors and hosts are simply amazing human beings. They know how to encourage and teach in a way that makes it about impossible not to end up surfing. But it is more than that... they help in renewing your soul." -Jenny P., Austin, TX. Cloud Farm 40+, July 2015

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