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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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  • “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
  • “AMAZING EXPERIENCE!” – 5 stars

    "The CHICABRAVA experience is one that should not be missed! From the moment you get there, it is a well-organized program with safe, clean, and beautiful living quarters (even the surf house downtown). Upon arrival, (...) we were greeted with home-made, refreshing, passion fruit juice. We settled into our rooms and the next several days were filled with delicious meals, yoga, and lots of surfing. I had surfed for several years before and wasn't sure what to expect, but they really are able to accommodate to any level (beginner to advanced). They were able to give me a lot of technical tips that I had never thought of before that helped me improve quickly [...]. The surf instructors and administrative people are all SO amazing and I can't say enough about the camp. I definitely plan on going back! - Alyse Zacuto, Davis, CA, Surf House 08/20/16-08/27/16
  • “Best Week at CHICABRAVA” – 5 stars

    "CHICABRAVA truly upholds its mission "Empowering Women through surfing" for an entire week I surfed for the majority of each day and enjoyed some of San Juan Del Sur's finest surrounding beaches. My surf skill improved tremendously throughout the week all thanks to the encouraging and incite-full instructors: Elsi, Steph, and Angie. Traveling alone, this was a great place to hang for a week, arriving at the surf house I was greeted like an old friend; all of the staff and instructors at the surf house were top notch. The environment is friendly and fun, it felt like I was visiting friends instead of staying at a hotel. Above all that their suggested itinerary helps you explore the town's best eats and activities. Thanks CHICABRAVA ladies, you rock! - Olivia Pedersen, Portland, OR, Surf House 09/03/16-09/10/16
  • “Unique experience with great instructors!” – 5 stars

    "The staff does an excellent job teaching people how to surf and setting them up for a fun week! From the theory lessons to individualized instruction and filming, I learned a lot about the sport and am excited to continue surfing back at home. I also loved CHICABRAVA's philosophy, the organization's work with young girls in the community and the experience of spending a week around strong, positive women. I enjoyed staying at the Surf House and being able to walk throughout the town for food, shopping or to be able to enjoy a great sunset at the bay." - Amanda Lasik, San Diego, CA, Surf House 09/03/16-09/10/16
  • “Best Mother/Daughter Vacation Ever” – 5 stars

    "I booked this trip based on what the other reviewers had said about the surf camp, and it exceeded my expectations! With the opportunities for Mother/ Daughter adventures dwindling as my daughter is starting her own way in life, this was the perfect combination of activity and down time that we both wanted. AND the staff!!! Enough cannot be said about the attentiveness of the instructors and Anna, the manager. They were available at all times to make sure we were having fun whether we were in the water or just wandering around town, showing us the best places to eat, shop, etc. In the end, being able to "stand" and take those brief, but sweet, rides on the waves was just the cherry on top of such an amazing experience! I'm already trying to figure out my schedule so I can return for another session of Camp!" - Christi Fig, Portland, OR, Surf House 07/02/16-07/09/16
  • “Amazing instructors, accommodation, and surfing.” – 5 stars

    "The instructors at Chicabrava, first and foremost, are outstanding [...] The accommodations were great - The Cloud Farm was absolutely breathtaking, with service so great i felt continually spoiled. The Surfhouse was more low-key, but still decorated great and clean, with excellent wifi and great community spaces, and a wonderful location. Beaches were fantastic - loved the diversity of settings we had the opportunity to surf at, and learning about each break and what each had to offer. An incredible experience! Difficult to really suggest any improvements to the whole package!" - Brynn Utela, Ashford, WA, Cloud Farm 06/25/16-07/02/16
  • “Unique, Empowering Trip” – 5 stars

    "What a wonderful experience for my life! I had never surfed before, but wanted to try something new and adventurous. An old friend recommended CHICABRAVA, we went together, and it was incredible. All of the staff do everything they can to make your week wonderful--teaching the theory behind surfing, supporting you out there in the water, and sharing local culture with you. It is empowering, and they will do everything they can to make your experience memorable. Patient teachers, enthusiasm, and getting to know the ocean in a new way. Cannot recommend it highly enough! Yay for Chicabrava!" - Kristin Cahill, Kingston, NJ, Surf House 07/16/16-07/23/16
  • “Amazing Trip!” – 5 Stars

    "CHICABRAVA was the most amazing experience. From the stay at the Cloud Farm (with a fantastic view) to the surfing. The instructors are excellent, beyond attentive, patient, make sure you are safe in the water and [are] your own personal cheerleaders in learning to surf! We visited amazing beaches and they worked so hard to accommodate all levels and make sure everyone had a great time. I found surf theory lessons to be helpful, now I know now to read surf reports. I'm already planning to return next year!" - Tess Lannoy, San Francisco, CA, Cloud Farm 06/25/16-07/02/16

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