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Nicaragua’s First and Best Surf Retreat for Women

Welcome to CHICABRAVA®, the first and best surf retreat in Nicaragua exclusively for women. Whether you are a beginner or advanced surfer, you will be challenged, empowered, and come away knowing you are capable of more than you thought.

CHICABRAVA women’s surf camp is principally located in the quaint fishing village of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, only 30 minutes north of Costa Rica in Central America. Our surf retreat program is unparalleled and includes surfing world class waves, comfortable accommodations, authentic local cuisine, yoga, soothing massage, and a variety of exciting activities in a safe environment.

From the moment we greet you at the airport in Nicaragua 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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  • “HIGHLIGHT OF MY TRIP!!!” – 5 stars

    "CHICABRAVA exceeded all of my expectations and then some! As a complete beginner surfer, chica brava provided me with enough skill, confidence, and understanding of the waves to be able to go out on my own. By the end of the week I was able to paddle into my own wave, pop up, and surf down the line! The surf camp provides such a diverse group of instructors that you get to spend time with to help you in different waves. I've never met such a amazing group of individual woman from all different backgrounds that have one common goal: to empower women, support women, help them gain confidence, achieve goals, stretch boundaries and be 'diakachimba' all while surfing! In and out of the water, I had such a blast at chica brava, experiencing the culture, eating the native dishes, trying to speak Spanish, participating in various activities, and of course.. The surf! I have made some awesome new friendships that I know will last - we even want to come back next year to advance more! Can't say a bad thing about this amazing place!" - Sara Gabelhei, British Columbia, Surf House 11/19/16-11/26/16
  • “Awesome week in the water!” – 5 stars

    "CHICABRAVA was the perfect girls' trip for our group. We all had beginners' level of surfing experience, but wanted to get better in a warm water environment. Chica Brava's instructors were patient, very helpful, knowledgeable and fun in the water. The accommodations were comfortable, clean and the breakfast every day was delicious! I really appreciated the daily video review to go over the previous day's surfing; it was so helpful to see myself in the water and see what I could do to improve. We all got tangibly better at surfing, less afraid of the water, and had a blast in the meantime. The group dynamic and the camaraderie with the other guests and instructors made this week in Nica one of the most memorable weeks of my life! Thanks to Anna, Lindsey, Elsi, Annie, Allie, Steph, Efrain and Belkys for amazing hospitality and a super fun week!!" - Ruth Selby, San Francisco, CA, Surf House 11/26/16-12/03/16
  • “Best Surf Camp Ever!” – 5 stars

    "I am just back from a week at CHICABRAVA Surf Camp and it was absolutely awesome. The instructors and staff were knowledgeable, professional, and more than anything incredibly supportive and fun to hang out with. I went to camp as a beginner (I think I have only "surfed" 3 or 4 times in my life) and I left feeling totally confident that if I keep at it surfing will be my new favorite pastime. I can't recommend this experience enough!!!" - Grace Stearns, Mexico City, Mexico, Surf House 11/26/16-12/03/16
  • “Amazing Week!” – 5 stars

    "I visited Chicabrava and stayed at Surf House this last week. I was on the trip with two of my girl friends and we honestly had an incredible time. It was hard to leave at the end of the week and the three of us are absolutely going to try to make it back! I started with a bit of surfing experience and was very keen to improve. I certainly left feeling like I have some solid goals to work on and will feel much more confident and competent next time I get out in the water. I got to watch all of the other girls at the camp (some of whom had never been on a surfboard) make some awesome improvements throughout the week. This was so cool to watch and it seems like it really speaks to the ability of the surf instructors. In addition to their excellent instructing abilities, all of the staff at Chicabrava were such warm, welcoming and fun people. Surf House is basically just as described - right in the middle of town (so it can definitely get loud - ear plugs are helpful with this). It's very comfortable, clean and safe accommodation. I would 100% recommend this camp to anyone, regardless of their surfing ability." - Tracy Gunthrope, Queensland, Surf House 11/26/16-12/03/16
  • “Dreaming of Waves” – 5 stars

    "Missing the ocean and comeraderie of cool surf campers, coaches and staff. I had only surfed four times before and the last experience was nuts. But I was determined to get back out there, and I couldn't have been in a better environment to do it than Chicabrava. I got super tips on the beach, in the water and back at surf house that have me wanting more surf! Since returning I've literally dreamed about catching waves. This winter I'll be in the pool getting stronger for spring in the ocean! The staff are amazingly hospitable, fed us tasty breakfasts and were always there to answer questions or make suggestions to make our trip as rad as it gets. As others mentioned, bring something to cancel the night noise around the house." - Haleh Hatami, Oakland, CA, Surf House 11/26/16-12/03/16
  • “The Adventure I was looking for” – 5 stars

    "I had zero surf experience, but love the ocean and was intrigued with the idea of an all women surf camp. I was not disappointed. Having never surfed before, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I thought the camp did a great job grouping people with similar experience in the water. I was impressed with each of the surf instructors - we rotated each day and each brought their own style. I felt safe and supported every minute I was in the water. I far surpassed my goals and, at the same time, gained an appreciation for what it truly takes to surf on ones own. [...] As someone who was curious and reasonably physically fit, but had absolutely no experience with surfing, I can not recommend this enough to others in the same boat." - Jennifer Bertron, Corning, NY, Surf House 11/26/16-12/03/16
  • “BEST WEEK EVER!!!” – 5 stars

    "My week at Chicabrava was absolutely amazing!! I had surfed a few times but wasn't really any good. By the end of the week I was catching waves that were over my head! The instructors are wonderful! Everyone is so supportive and helpful! The camaraderie of of all the girls was great! Everyone cheered each other on and made sure everyone felt included. Staying at the Surf House was fun and right in town. I always felt safe while walking around. I would recommend this camp to anyone, no matter what your surf level. You will not regret it!!" - Erica Nipper, Tampa, FL, Surf House 12/03/16-12/10/16
  • “BEST EXPERIENCE!” – 5 stars

    "My week at the surf house was one of the best travel experiences I've had. The instructors were all amazing in their own way. They helped me gain confidence in my surfing ability by pushing me outside my comfort zone. We all became close with the instructors which made for a tough goodbye. I'm currently traveling with two of the girls who did the camp at the same time as I did because we got along so well. We're talking about going back to Chicabrava together for a reunion because we had such good time. I highly recommend it if you're looking for an empowering experience!" -- Jaclyn DeDonato, San Francisco, CA, Surf House 11/19/16-11/26/16

  • “Empowering experience” – 5 stars

    "Stayed at Surf House for one week and it was the most empowering experience I've had in a one-week period [...] Your days are structured for you by the CHICABRAVA staff so you don't have to worry about anything before you go. The schedule is something that the CHICABRAVA surf camp concierge goes over with you each morning over a Nicaraguan breakfast (which is prepared on-site by a lovely woman who is an excellent cook). After that, you usually learn surf theory, and then proceed to go surfing for a few hours, with breaks to eat a snack and rest. The afternoons/early evenings are less structured (there are optional activities), and then you have dinner with one of the staff or instructors nearly every night. In terms of safety, there is at least one person employed by CHICABRAVA in the Surf House property 24/7. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. [...] The instructors who taught me how to surf were experienced surfers who are extremely supportive. They personalized the lessons to my comfort level and experience (I had never surfed before) and I felt challenged to go beyond what I thought I could do and also safe the entire time. They were also both really inspiring and wonderful people on a personal level, and I came away having made new friends! CHICABRAVA's mission is to empower women and girls, and while I did not expect this, the philosophy really seeps into how supportive and positive the staff are. Also, I saw this as an upside (but others may see it differently): CHICABRAVA employs many staff from the local community and some only speak Spanish, so it provides a unique opportunity to practice (or learn) Spanish in a semi-immersive environment if you so choose. My surf instruction was done entirely in English, of course, but in my down-time, it was nice to converse with the staff, who are all interesting and friendly people." -   Laura, USA, Surf House 10/08/16-10/15/16
  • “Highly recommended!” – 5 stars

    "I stayed in the surf house and the location was great, the house very clean and comfortable. The staff were super-friendly and the instructors provided a great learning experience for a newbie like me :). Am definitely hoping to return in the near future!"  - Mireya Vaca, Chicago, IL, Surf House 09/17/16-09/24/16

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