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“Fantastic intro to surfing!!”- 5 stars
"I attended the CHICABRAVA surf camp Nov. 10th-17th, and I stayed at the Cloud Farm. It was an amazing experience - I attended with five other girls, all solo travelers like myself, and we bonded immediately and had a great time together! Before this trip I had only surfed once before, but the instruction I received was so good that I improved immensely over the week, surpassing my expectations. The instructors were incredibly nice and patient, and provided specific instruction that helped me perfect my pop-up by the end of the week and catch waves that I identified myself. After this week I definitely feel ready to start surfing more seriously at home. The food was great, and the Cloud Farm was amazing - I highly recommend the horseback ride around the property. I also thought the balance between surfing and other activities was great - I had plenty of time to relax, shop, and check out San Juan del Sur. I definitely plan to go back in the future!”
—Karen B., Oakland, CA. Cloud Farm, Nov 2012
“I cannot say enough good things about CHICABRAVA!” – 5 stars
“This establishment more than lived up to my expectations. I stayed at the Surf House in town, and the accommodations were immaculate. Our house mother, Walkiria, kept the place very clean and neat, and fed us the most amazing breakfasts. The open windows with the consistent breeze from Lake Nicaragua were always refreshing. As expected, staying in town was a beehive of activity with plenty of restaurants, Tona, and ceviche. The scene isn't quiet by any stretch, and if you like to go out and dance till the early hours of the morning, it's nice to be able to walk a few blocks to the retreat of your bed! (…) CHICABRAVA has an alternative accommodation at their Cloud Farm location, which will give you that quiet, mellow retreat experience. It's located on a private, sustainable farm complete with a fishery, and plenty of gardens with local fruits and vegetables. It's breathtakingly beautiful, and away from the bustle of activity in San Jaun del Sur. As for the instructors and the organization of the surf camp, everything was exceptional! We had about 20 hours of water time, and our instructors were knowledgeable and patient. They were professional when they needed to be, and a hell of a lot of fun when not in instructor mode! We had a professional photographer for 3 days of the camp, and he captured some great shots. There was a well-planned schedule for each day, but it was always flexible and subject to change if needed. You won't regret this experience. CHICABRAVA is top notch.”
—Nicole D., Seattle, WA. Surf House, Sept 2012
“AMAZING Solo Adventure!!!” – 5 stars
“CHICABRAVA was my first solo travel adventure. I couldn't have asked for a better experience! I spent the week with 5 other solo travelers at the Cloud Farm, which was just gorgeous. In addition to learning how to surf (after never touching a surfboard I finally caught a wave, what a feeling!), we went horseback riding through the jungle, zip-lining on a canopy tour, and even learned to milk a cow - we were on a farm after all! The views were breathtaking. Every meal we ate was prepared from ingredients grown right on the farm; the house staff truly took care of us. I felt safe and comfortable the entire week, and loved that the point of this camp is to challenge yourself and conquer fears (which I believe I did). I can't say enough good things about this camp. I looked it up 3 years ago and finally did it, but I say if you're even thinking of it, DO IT. Great experience!”
—Kelly M., Shamokin, PE. Cloud Farm, Nov 2012
“CHICABRAVA- Best Week Ever!!!” – 5 stars
“If you want a relaxing, calm, therapeutic, rejuvenating experience, come here. The staff is so knowledgeable about Nicaragua, local customs and food, surfing and the surrounding areas. I would recommend the Cloud Farm if you need a get-away combined with a fantastic learning experience. The housing was clean, spacious and very well kept. The activities were well planned, relaxing, with the right amount of challenge. I have done a lot of travel in my life and would deem this one of the best trips of my life.”
—Savannah V., Jackson, WY. Cloud Farm, Nov 2012
“We absolutely loved it and we will be back. We had so much fun and the surf was great.” – 5 stars
"CHICABRAVA was well informed of all the surf spots and when to go. It was tide dependent and they knew it all. We were so surfed out by the end of the week. We had the best trip and best surf. The staff was incredible and knowledgeable and went out of their way to satisfy us. This was a great decision and now we have really good friends for life there. Again, the staff was excellent along with the owner. We had a fantastic trip and would suggest CHICABRAVA to all. Thank you for all that you did for us and the lasting memories."
—Cathy McCracken, Paia, HI. Cloud Farm, June 2011
“Amazing and I plan to return as soon as possible!” – 5 stars
"CHICABRAVA is an amazing surf school and camp, but beyond that, it's a mindset. The staff and campers during my week were all adventurous, upbeat, and accommodating. The Surf House was welcoming and inviting for relaxing times in between surfing and other adventures. In the house you'll find hammocks to lounge in, a bunch of movies to watch on the common room tv, a fridge, games, and musical instruments to play. My room was perfect with bunk beds to really add to the youthful and fun summer camp feel of the house. Yet it was decorated with thought, paintings on the wall and matching bedspreads. The surf shop in the house was great for providing fun clothes to try on and purchase. Breakfast every morning was served for the group and during this time we would talk about our surfing plan for the day and assess our goals in the water. I loved everything about CHICABRAVA and can't wait to return for more surfing, house fun, and girl adventures."
—Dani, Aberdeen, NC. Surf House, July 2011
“Amazing place, amazing staff, amazing time!” – 5 stars
“This is a great place to learn to surf, learn Spanish and learn about the Nicaraguan culture. The surfing instructors are very knowledgeable and patient with beginners. The Spanish teachers help improve one's knowledge of the language and I was able to carry on a small conversation with the locals after one week! The staff at The Surf House was helpful, kind and provided great tips for getting around town. Breakfast was great every morning and we ate out for lunch and dinner each day and never had a bad meal. I would encourage anyone to make this trip for a great adventure!”
—Joannie, TX. Surf House Spanish+, Sept. 2011
“Best trip ever” – 5 stars
“I stayed at the Surf House with my two girlfriends in Feb 2012. Words can't even describe how much fun we had. It took me a good two weeks to get back into my work headspace back home - I just wanted to go back and surf.
The crew at CHICABRAVA is awesome. Super friendly and helpful. We laughed so much that entire week I had sore abs. The best thing about it was no boys. There is something really fun about being out in the water, just women, no competition and encouraging everybody along. It was really refreshing.
Best thing about surfing in Nica is that 300 days a year there are offshore winds, so the conditions were some of the nicest that I have seen.
Surf House is fun because you are in town, with close accessibility to stores and restaurants. It's not a fancy hotel, but a cool, mellow place to hang out in between activities. I would also definitely recommend wearing an eye mask at night, the light comes in early.
I recommend this trip to any woman with a sense of adventure and love for the ocean and surf. It was such a blast!
P.S. No need to take malaria meds before going...my friends did, and it wasn't really necessary. I got shots for Hep A and B and typhoid. Not sure that was really necessary either, but doesn't hurt.”
—Nikki J., Montreal. Surf House, Feb. 2012
“CHICABRAVA…Another fabulous trip” – 5 stars
“CHICABRAVA does it again! I took my fourth trip to Nicaragua through CHICABRAVA in March, and I am already looking for ways to make it back for a fifth trip. Ashley [and staff] made sure that this trip was just as good, if not better, than the last three.
I had the opportunity to stay at Cloud Farm since I was part of the 40+ group, which offers not only spacious areas and rooms to relax, but also a great view of San Juan del Sur. Not only was the house spectacular, so was the food, which included local dishes, as well as traditional favorites. Electricity can come and go, but even when it is not on, the farm is so relaxing that it only adds to the ambience.
We had the opportunity to experience surfing at several of the popular local surf beaches once again. And, I learned something at every one. Watching Ashley at Popoyo, and getting tips from Sarah, Proffitt and Candace definitely strengthened my surfing abilities. I received some valuable advice that I took home and incorporated at my home break. I highly recommend CHICABRAVA to anyone who wants to learn to surf in a fun location with outstanding instructors!”
—Karen B., Houston, TX. Cloud Farm 40+, March 2012