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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 retreat 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!

Get Stoked… in Style™ at our Nicaragua Surf Retreat!

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

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  • “Beyond expectations!” -5 stars

    "I can not say enough amazing things about this surf camp. I learned to surf with the most amazing and inspiring women/instructors. The instructors are encouraging, positive, professional and fun. I was lucky to learn from all the instructors Marie-Soleil, Angie, Elsi, Steph and Shay. They build up your surfing skills each day with theory class, video review and of course in water application.Stay at the cloud farm for a week in April. The house was amazing – complete with infinity pool, great view of SJDS, delicious meals and laundry service. Almost everything in the house was sourced from the cloud farm community, from the furniture/linens to the food. We went to a variety of beaches in the area - the most scenic surf was the sunset session on Playa Maderas.CB is not just a surf camp, it was a unique experience which included yoga, message, trip to the Jesus statue, culture night, and bar hopping night. They organize a wide variety of excursions on your behalf such as Canopy tours, horseback rides, aerial silks, and much more. Did I mention how awesome the instructors are?!" - Hannah Ling, Maple, Ontario, Cloud Farm, 04/09/16-04/16/16
  • “Positive and rewarding experience of a lifetime!” – 5 stars

    “There are so many positives to share about my experience at Chicabrava it’s difficult to know where to start. In short, the staff and instructors were outstanding, the accommodations and food were great, and the attention to detail from registration through to departure and follow up; all excellent. I’m a big reader of reviews but have never written many (okay… almost none) but this experience has inspired me to take the time so others can use it to help in their decision making process.I’m 53 years old and became a widow 2.5 years ago after 29 years of marriage and slowly (and painfully) trying to find my new stride. I started researching fitness camps in March 2016 and somehow got inspired by the idea of Surf Camp (great reviews helped) and quickly booked my trip to Chicabrava for the first two weeks of May 2016. I came to Chicabrava for a new challenge and escape, but achieved so much more. I will definitely make it back again, and would even consider bringing along my 3 adult age sons for a co-ed week at Chicabrava (something they do occasionally at Chicabrava).The following are some insights to hopefully help others considering Chicabrava:Chicabrava is an all-women’s surf camp designed to be a challenging yet fun and soul enriching experience, despite your age and level of surfing experience. First and foremost, the staff and quality of instruction were far above any level I ever imagined. They genuinely care about their guests/students, take pride in their work, and focus on making it a fun and rewarding experience. I have been involved in sports since I was very young but after several years of being a caregiver for my late husband (and desk job in software technology) I wasn’t sure how far or fast I could progress. I was a complete surfing newbie (never touched a board) but they somehow had me up on a small wave day 1 and on to larger waves by the end of the week. I happened to stay a 2nd week and was able to enjoy the larger outside waves and focus on technique and gradually learning more surfing maneuvers (down the line, right, left, etc.). The key thing is that it doesn’t matter where you start or how fast you progress, the team is very patient and inspiring throughout the process. The ratio was almost always 1 or 2 students per instructor which was great. Even 3 to 1 made for a great experience. I was so inspired by the instructors (most in mid to late twenties) who are doing what they love, and doing it with compassion as well as passion. We had a lot of fun!The instruction is comprehensive and includes surf theory (waves, tides, winds etc.) and important safety topics. A strong testimony came from fellow campers (beginner and advanced) who had been through a variety of surf instruction in the past. They emphasized how superior the instruction was at Chicabrava by comparison. The instructors are from all over the globe with diverse personalities and backgrounds, but all meshed together well contributing to a fun and exciting week (in my case 2 weeks). It really is an experience hard to put in words. In the process I know I have made some life-long friends among the staff/instructors and fellow campers. The camp group spanned multiple generations including women from their 20’s to mid-50’s with both young and old providing inspiration and encouragement. Most people share a room (you can pay extra for a private one) but it worked out fine since you are so tired after surfing, falling asleep is easy.A big hats off to Ashley who started Chicabrava many years ago. What a great concept resulting in a great experience for so many women. I would have never traveled to Nicaragua on my own to learn how to surf but a well-structured “all women’s” camp made it possible. It’s not all about surfing, I also did things like Zip-lining, language classes, and volunteered at a local school. You have options.I stayed one week at each of the two Chicabrava locations, 1) the plush and serene accommodation’s at Cloud Farm up in the hills with a fantastic view, and 2) the more basic but clean and charming Surf House right in the middle of town, in San Juan Del Sur. I am glad I stayed at both but would choose Surf House next time as I appreciate the convenience of being in town and enjoying the shops, restaurants, and local culture. The Nicaraguan people are very welcoming and really appreciate any visitor attempts to speak Spanish. It’s important to remember you are going to a 3rd world country, this is not a pampering Ritz-Carlton experience. You will work hard but it will be rewarding. The accommodations are very nice and clean, and I felt completely safe the entire time. The provided meals ranged from good to great.If you are half considering this I say book now, you won’t regret it.” - Gayla Todd, Springfield, IL, Cloud Farm and Surf House, 04/30/16-05/14/16
  • “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

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