“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
“Getting ready for trip #2” – 5 stars
"Best experience of my life. The girls were great, the food awesome and what about the surfing experience! I can't believe I was able to surf after day 1, what an accomplishment... I stayed at the house on the hill, gorgeous location. I have nothing else to write except for: JUST DO IT! I'm going back soon, that is for sure."
- Josee Duguay, Quebec, Canada, Cloud Farm 1/30-2/6/16
“One of the Most Empowering Experiences Ever” – 5 Stars
“I spent a few days with ChicaBrava last week and everything was just amazing. It truly was one of the best experiences of my life. We stayed on the satellite property up in the hills, the house was stunning filled with bougainvillea, a refreshing pool, air con, and a view like no other right down into the bay. At night we would drink wine and watch the stars from the sun-loungers. The food, my god, Catalina is a goddess in the kitchen. Home-cooked goodness three times a day, all super healthy and fresh, i loved the guacamole, the homemade tortillas, the fried plantains and the pineapple. Coffee is always on at six am which is great for early risers.
As for the surf camp its everything i hoped it would be, it helped me to find my feet in the water again and rediscover my love for surfing. the girls are all amazing and when they are beside you in the water you know you can trust them and they have your back. There is a lot of camaraderie there and even the rides out to the beach in the van are so much fun. My most memorable moment is the 5am dawn patrol session when there were only 5 of us in the water watching the sun come up and catching some perfectly peaceful waves. I'm leaving stronger, bolder, braver and a lot happier. I wouldnt hesitate to come back in a second.”
- Jodie Oakes, Manchester, UK, Cloud Farm 2/23-2/27/16
“Wonderful week!” – 5 Stars
“We had such a great time with Chicabrava. Everything was perfect!! We loved all the staff! The location and the food were amazing! And we had so much fun learning how tho surf!! Everyone met their goals;) We can't wait to come back again!!!”
- Andrée-Anne Bérubé, Quebec, Canada, Cloud Farm 1/30/16-2/6/16
“Great trip, great Waves, great girls” – 5 Stars
“I visited the CHICABRAVA girls for 1 week last February. Such a great team... Everything was perfect from the very nice welcoming to the surf sessions and all the other activities (yoga, in town dinner, boat cruise, etc) surrounding the camp. The girls (coaches, manager,etc) are wonderful, professionals and very attentive to your needs.”
- Genevieve Blanchet, Quebec, Canada, Cloud Farm 1/30-2/6/16
“Older chica’s first solo vacation” – 5 Stars
"I finally took the leap and signed up for this surf camp after reading the reviews on this website and the Chica Brava website. Everything far surpassed my expectations - from pick up to sadly dropping off at the airport in Managua. They say people make a place - and all the staff at Chica Brava were absolutely exceptional. Yes I did learn how to surf (at 55) which I really doubted would happen. But it was the camaraderie between staff and guests and locals - the crazy happy dance party road trips - the dinners back at the farm - the other girls that decided to just "do this", that really made this trip special. What fun. Anna - you the organizer queen! Love, love your stories and wish you could be at my dinner table every night! Sarah - what an inspiration you are - geez my life has changed just by knowing you. Angie - the memory of your smiling energy could carry anyone through a nasty winter! Lily - I want to save you for my son! Smart, funny, happy - I'll never forget our party wave. All of you amazing coaches in the water (not too shabby on the dance floor either). And professor Lindsey - she doesn't just look good in class - wow this chica can surf! The accommodations and meals and house staff were also first class!! Oh yeah I will be back!"
- Susan Smith, Pemberton, Canada, Cloud Farm 2/13-2/20/16
“Learned a new sport!” – 5 Stars
"I was a little worried arriving when I found out I was going to be the only one at the camp that week, however that feeling did not last long and it turned out to be a very good thing! Annaleigh, the pack leader, organized everything with a lot of detail and care, from extra curricular activities to surfing lessons, her energy is genuine and welcoming. I had daily lessons in the water with Elsi, who is the lead instructor, I was able to surf the green waves on my first day! She is very a strong instructor and also very caring. Other instructors, Angie, from New Zealand and Steph from Austria, often came surfing with me and Elsi. Anna was also there catching waves and kicking butt. It was very fun and I also learned a lot from them! The Chicabrava team is its highest asset, I soon felt integrated and supported. We often went out together after surfing, everyone is so generous, I felt truly blessed. Most importantly, I left the camp confident to go catching waves on my own. Since then, I bought a board and went surfing in Brazil. I found a part of myself in surfing. Thanks to the Chicabrava team for empowering me on this journey!"
- Bianca Schroeder, Brazil, Surf House 11/21-11/28/15
“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