- The Cloud Farm
- Package Includes
- Surfing Levels
- Typical Day
The Cloud Farm Surf Retreat Lodging
The Cloud Farm is a private upscale surf retreat is within a gorgeous and secluded 500-acre private reserve and farm overlooking the town of San Juan del Sur and its picturesque bay. The farm sits 1200 to 1500 ft. high on a plateau, offering spectacular views of the entire coastline, has a significantly cooler climate than in the town below and could be considered a vacation by itself. We’re surrounded by a steep escarpment on two sides and mountains on the other, which offer unparalleled privacy and security. This is the perfect choice for guests who want more comfort and to “get-away-from-it-all” at our gorgeous open-air surf retreat and enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature!
The Farm has hundreds of acres of indigenous forest, fruit orchards and organic gardens. Most of our food is organically grown right here! Enjoy fresh organic fruits, vegetables, free range chicken and beef served daily. Our milk comes fresh from the cows, boiled, and served every morning with our own organic coffee! Vegetarian? No problem! Our staff is here to serve you and will attend to your every need.
There are lots of great activities right here on the Farm too! Tour the farm on horseback, milk the cows, get the eggs from the chicken coop, pick fresh fruit from the orchards or vegetables from the garden, visit the wood shop where all our furniture is made, or just lay by the pool and soak up the sun and tranquility in the free time between surfing, massage, and yoga!
*Please note: We’re in the jungle ladies, so be prepared to meet a variety of bugs. As our retreat is open air, with sliding glass doors and windows, each bed comes equipped with a mosquito net. It’s a good idea to bring bug spray if you are susceptible to getting bitten. Please also remember that, while Nicaragua has great amenities and spectacular food and experiences to enjoy, it is still a third world country and the infrastructure here is not the same as where you may be coming from. Electricity and water are valuable and scarce resources and, as in many developing countries, we sometimes have water and power outages or “brown outs” that can run from a few hours to a full day. Our camp is equipped with loads of candles and matches in case we experience one of these infrequent outages while you are here. We just want you to keep this in mind when choosing our luxury surf retreat in Nicaragua.
- Seven nights shared accommodations at our private, luxury Cloud Farm retreat
- Transportation to and from Managua International Airport at our scheduled shuttle times
- Breakfast and Dinner prepared daily with organic ingredients fresh from the Farm
- Six days of expert surfing instruction with our team of pro instructors
- Six days of Surf Theory taught in a classroom setting
- Individualized surf goal setting and check-in sessions
- Daily filming of surf sessions and video analysis sessions
- Daily use of surfboard and equipment
- Daily transportation to surf spots by 4×4
- Daily full-time hosting and activity coordinating
- Daily trips into town
- Two guided nights “out on the town”
- Three Yoga classes
- One one-hour massage
- Sightseeing Trip through Granada upon arrival (scheduled shuttle only)
- Photo sessions with professional surf photographer and option to purchase hi-res photo CD for $60
- CHICABRAVA Tote Bag
- CHICABRAVA Water Bottle
- CHICABRAVA Stickers
- CHICABRAVA Surf Shop Discount
Additional activities such as sailing, catamaran tour, canopy tour, horseback riding, extra massages and more can be arranged for an additional cost. Please check out other package add-ons such as Spanish and Volunteering on our Pricing & Add-ons tab.
Surfing Experience Levels
We have the resources and expertise to accommodate all experience levels during the luxury camp week. See the following list below to help you determine your skill level and let us know!:
Beginner – has yet to successfully paddle out alone and catch/ride a wave clearly to its logical finish. This includes someone with ZERO experience as well as someone who is able to stand up and surf in the white water, while being pushed in or paddling into the whitewash yourself.
Advanced Beginner – is able to paddle to the outside in small conditions by using the adequate techniques (turtle rolling and/or pushing yourself up/over/through breaking waves), catch waves and ride them straight to the beach or at an angle.
Intermediate – surfer can successfully paddle out alone at a familiar location and catch and ride waves to a logical finish frontside or backside, trim along the wave face at an angle, and either confidently use or attempt to use the three basic surfing turns – bottom turn, top turn and cutback. An intermediate surfer is able to read the waves and determine whether to ride them right or left.
Advanced Intermediate – is able to paddle out in up to 4-6 ft. conditions on an unknown break and catch and ride waves, being able to perform all of the above.
Advanced – can paddle out alone to a surf spot she has never ridden, assess the lineup, and catch and ride waves to her choice of finish, confidently using a full range of turns and maneuvers. The advanced surfer has full knowledge about surf etiquette, types of breaks, conditions, and what board is best to ride in which conditions.
What’s a Typical Day Like?
When you arrive at our surf retreat, we will have a thorough orientation, welcoming you to the camp and presenting the week’s schedule, among other things. Below is an excerpt from a camp week schedule to give you an idea of what a couple of days look like during a typical camp week:
6:00AM Coffee’s On!
7:00AM Breakfast served with fresh fruit and natural juice
7:30AM Theory Lesson & Video Feedback Review
8:00AM Surfs Up! Playa Remanso
2:00PM Option: Adventure Park Canopy Tour // Town Time
5:30PM Sunset Yoga
7:00PM Dinner & Mid-week Check-in
(Surf Video Suggestion: Roxy Shimmer)
6:00AM Coffee’s On!
7:00AM Breakfast served with fresh fruit and juice
7:30AM Theory Lesson & Goal Check
8:00AM Surf’s Up! Playa Hermosa
2:00PM Option: Hike to see views from the Jesus // Horseback tour of the Farm
6:00PM Massages 1.______________ 2.________________
7:30PM Dinner. Option: El Timon beachfront Seafood restaurant
9:00PM Last night! Night out on the town!
The Cloud Farm is our original luxury camp retreat which includes a shared room (2 chicas per room – can be solo travelers or friends) with private rooms available for an additional cost.
Shared Room – $1,900 per person
(Private room upgrade available for $2,600 per person)
$100 OFF per person for joining with a friend at either location.
10% OFF for back-to-back bookings at either location.
10% OFF for groups of 6 or more at Cloud Farm location.
10% OFF for returning guests.
*Discounts can be combined up to a maximum of 15% OFF*
*All of our packages are booked Saturday to Saturday, airfare NOT included. Please see booking and cancellation policies for more information.
Add-ons: Additional Activities
We have a variety of add-ons and additional activities that we can arrange for you to personalize your vacation and expand your experience while with us. Check out the options available and get prepared to have the time of your life!
- Yoga (3 classes)
- Massage (1-hr)
- Daily full-time hosting
- Daily trips into town
- Sightseeing in Granada upon arrival (scheduled shuttle only)
- Visit to see the views from the Jesus statue overlooking town
- Volunteering (arranged upon request)
- Guided nights on the town
- Extra Massage: $35/hour
- Extra Yoga: $10/drop-in class at Zen Yoga Studio or $50/private class
- Pelican Eyes Spa Mani/Pedi w/wine: $25/person
- Adventure Park // Canopy Tour: $25/person or $5/hiking pass
- Rancho Chilamate Horseback Adventures: $75/person (5hrs; followed by rum shots)
- Catamaran Adventure: $75/person (6 hrs; open bar)
- Pelican Eyes Sailing: $50/person (5 hrs; open bar)
- Crossfit Style Bootcamp: $10/day or $20/three classes (1hr)
Surf + Spanish Immersion option can be added-on to your package for ONLY $100!
Interested in volunteering and giving back to the local community while here? CHICABRAVA gives back in a variety of ways and can arrange volunteer opportunities for you while in San Juan del Sur. Please check out the options below and inquire with us for more information!
CHICABRAVA Camp Bella: Each year, we host a charitable surf camp empowerment program for underprivileged young women in Nicaragua. In previous years, we focused exclusively on aiding in the rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking. In 2015, we expanded our outreach program to include a broader mission of combatting cultural gender inequality in Nicaragua and overcoming the negative effects of generations of gender oppression, particularly in the domestic setting. This year, we are focusing on our local community and excitedly welcome you to get involved as we change the lives of 13 young women from San Juan del Sur. Click here for more info or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved.
Escuela Adelante: The name ‘Adelante’ suggests forward moving momentum, and that’s exactly what this program is all about. Based at the Biblioteca Movil, Escuela Adelante is an 40 student bilingual after school English Prep program, that prepares students for a higher level of education and schooling. The pedagogy is based on language support and exchange between the foreign and local culture, uniting the two and creating a positive learning environment for all. Click here for more information or write to us at email@example.com to find out how you can volunteer at the school.
Chicas Adelante: A community outreach program for young women in the community formed as a collaboration between CHICABRAVA and Escuela Adelante. The respective teams from Escuela Adelante and CHICABRAVA convene for monthly meetings with a select group of young women who have shown hard work and dedication, and a true desire to succeed given their circumstances. Click here for more info!
CHICABRAVA Bi-Monthly Beach Cleanup: Occurring on the first Sunday of every other month, CHICABRAVA invites all schools and friends in the local area to join the beach cleanup sponsored by CHICABRAVA. Anyone who attends the beach cleanup will receive a CHICABRAVA ‘beach cleanup’ tank top and all supplies needed to participate in the beach cleanup such as rubber gloves, trash bags and F-U-N! This is a way to not only cleanup our local San Juan del Sur Bay, but it is a new initiative to bring our entire community, expat or local, together as one for the same common purpose. Click here for more info or let us know if you’re interested!
San Juan del Sur Biblioteca – The San Juan del Sur Biblioteca is a free public library started in 2001 that has over 12,500 books in Spanish and English. The Biblioteca offers two different programs that help the children and community of San Juan del Sur which you can participate in while here. The Children’s Program is a free afternoon class for children that includes theater, story hour, science projects, crafts, study area and English classes. The Biblioteca Movíl is a mobile library project which goes three days a week into the rural areas to schools to deliver books, read stories to the children, assist in arts and crafts, play games and help with the process of lending out library books. This is a great experience to see the rural part of Nicaragua and bring exciting new activities to children. For additional information, please visit their website at www.sjdsbiblioteca.org. If you would like to participate in either of these initiatives while here let us know and we will set it up!
Donations are always welcome in Nicaragua. You might find yourself short on “free-from-surfing-time” while here, so another great way to help out is by bringing down any of the following items:
- School supplies
- Art supplies
- Bilingual dictionaries
- Baby formula
- Adult diapers
- Soccer equipment
- Basketball equipment
- Volleyball equipment
- Baseball equipment
- Softball equipment
- Bachelorette parties
- Mother-daughter weeks
- Co-ed group camps
- Couples escapes
- Family camps
We are sure to provide you with your best vacation regardless of the occasion. Contact us for more details to help you design the perfect trip for you and your friends, family, and loved ones!