“CHICABRAVA is one of the highlights of my life!! The whole experience, from pickup at the airport, to being delivered back to airport, was one of extreme fun and camaraderie! The surf instructors are amazing, with the patience to teach everyone how to surf. It was truly a week of encouragement and celebration of accomplishment and the staff at the surf house was great and bent over backwards to help in every way possible, any needs of the girls staying there! I recommend it to anyone that wants to challenge themselves or improve their surfing ability, it’s well worth the money and time to travel there. I will go back one day!!!”
—Terri B., Lake Havasu City, AZ. Surf House, July 2012
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“CHICABRAVAs Cloud Farm surf camp is a brilliantly designed week that combines adventure travel in a jungle setting, easy to master surf instruction for all levels and ages, yoga and massage sessions perfectly timed to prevent sore muscles, healthy and delicious family style meals, and stunning views from your bedroom window. The CHICABRAVA staff takes care of every detail. All you have to do is book your flight. This was an incredible bonding experience for the 8 guests and 3 instructors, and we were all sad to leave each other on the last day. I can’t wait to return for a mother/daughter camp in a few years!”
—Laura B., Austin, TX. Cloud Farm, July 2012
“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
“My week at CHICABRAVA’s surf house was stellar! My friend and I went without any experience in surfing and both felt like pros by the end of the week. There were two other women in the group, so our skill level ranged. The teachers were super sweet and never put us in a dangerous situation. We were fed well, had nice accommodations, and enjoyed checking out the city. I really appreciated the transport to and from the airport- it’s a long drive so I think it really added value. As well as the two yoga sessions and massage- they were very welcome “treats” after surfing long hours! I would DEFINITELY come back [...] it is invaluable to have teachers who know which beaches to go to for the best waves and know how to get there (plus transport). So easy, so fun!”
—Steph L., Houston, TX. Surf House, July 2012
“Our group of ladies was composed of two gals in their 20′s, two in their 30′s, two in their 40′s and then two in the fabulous 50′s! And this surf camp proved to be not only exhilarating, but accessible to all ages and ability levels. Our instructors were extremely patient, encouraging and just plain fun to be around! Because of their amazing teaching style, CHICABRAVA continued it’s phenomenal reputation of – everyone stands up! We enjoyed being challenged at our own pace to cross personal borders and boundaries and discover more about ourselves as we rode the warm, gentle waves of the beautiful Nicaraguan coast.
And surfing at CHICABRAVA is only half the story! The staff was wonderful at familiarizing us with the delightful town of San Juan del Sur and it’s many attractions – yoga, massage, sightseeing, horseback riding and the vibrant nightlife! We came away with not only surf knowledge and experience, but also a rare camaraderie and memories for a lifetime!
So for an unforgettable, ultimate, adventurous girls’ getaway – CHICABRAVA is the destination!! It will make you young again : )
—Bernie, Redding, CA. Surf House, July 2012
“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 just returned from the most enjoyable, engaging, expanding trip I’ve had in years. Celebrating an “important” birthday milestone with my daughter and her friends, we were challenged and pampered all at once. You have to experience it to believe it. And go to the cloud camp for sure, where the accommodations are simple, yet elegant. And the food is naturally delicious. The instructors know their stuff — and want their guests to learn and have fun. And in addition they are just good people. Bring a group of adventure-loving friends or family — you won’t regret it.”
—70 year old, Marj C., Cheshire, CT. Surf House 40+, April 2012
“I spent a week at CHICABRAVA Surf Camp this past December, and it was, hands down, one of the best trips I’ve taken. I was traveling alone, was a bit unsure of what to expect, but I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! The Surf House has everything you could need, and more, and is in a great location. The staff is so kind and accommodating! Also, this was my first time surfing in about 10 years, so I was basically a beginner. The surf instructors are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and very good at working with different skill levels of the other girls and myself. All of us girls had a blast and everyone definitely agreed that we all want to return as soon as possible. I would highly, highly recommend CHICABRAVA to anyone!”
—Jess Marie, Houston, TX. Surf House, March 2012
“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
“My visit to Chica Brava Surf Camp in May 2009 was GREAT! Our group of 7 were mixed of girls and guys and all long time friends. We stayed on the farm which served us fresh organic meals daily, had our own pool, security, nice rooms with a fabulous view, and plenty of land to roam around on. Ever day we headed out to different surf spots which were well organized and arranged the night ahead. All of us were experienced surfers and travellers, so we got to really explore around. Ashley was awesome and has great local knowledge! Some nights we would go out on the town to shop or go to bars. The staff made sure we had everything we needed. This trip was easy and hassle free. Very relaxing with lots of surf time. I would easily recommend this for anyone going solo or as a group and would love to return one day.”
—Susan Uroda, Carlsbad, CA. Cloud Farm Co-Ed, May 2009
“I had the thrill of enjoying the CHICABRAVA surf camp a second time. My second trip was similar to the first since I went during March and participated in the “Over 40″ camp. It was just as incredible as my first trip in March 2009. We stayed up in the Cloud Farm location [...] Since my camp last year, I’m hooked on the sport. I now own three of my own boards, and I have Ashley to thank for introducing me to surfing. She and our instructors encouraged and coached us. I have a long way to go before I become a great surfer, but I’m sure having fun learning, and I owe much of that to CHICABRAVA!”
—Karen B., League City, TX. Cloud Farm 40+, March 2010
“CHICABRAVA is an amazing experience. The surf instruction is patient, fun, and top class. The accommodations are breathtaking, the food is delicious, and the activities available beyond surfing are great fun. The adventure of learning to surf at CHICABRAVA will give you memories – and pride – that last long after your surfer-girl bruises have faded. Great time, great people, phenomenal surf.”
—Karn K., San Francisco, CA. Cloud Farm, Dec. 2008
“New friends, new sport, new muscles, NEW ME. Thanks CHICABRAVA!”
—Nancy J., Houston, TX. Cloud Farm 40+, March 2009
“Hola CHICABRAVA! Thanks for a fabulous vacation! Everything was amazing – the Farm, the food, the sun, sand, surf, the town, and most of all, the girlfriends I’ve made along the way! I am officially hooked on surfing and can’t wait to come back!”
—Mae R., NY, NY. Cloud Farm, Nov 2009
“I try to go on one trip a year by myself, and in 2009, I decided to go to CHICABRAVA. The first moment from when I stepped off the plane and was picked up by the driver, I felt safe, comfotable and relaxed throughout the rest of trip. I stayed up on the farm and was paired with a girl that I ended up becoming great friends with. The food up at the farm was amazing!!!! And the accomodations were always clean and provided vistas that you only see in the movies. The yoga and massage was also fantastic and a great addition to my surfing experiences. Our instructors were incredibly professional, talented and capable of teaching surfing skills to women of all levels. I had a great time and have recommended the camp to several women (friends and co-workers). While I didn’t come home a professional surfer, my experience was so great that I still have dreams about surfing at least once a week and can hear the instructors telling me what to do better! Haaa!”
—Meghan B., Washington, D.C. Cloud Farm, July 2009
“As an adventure traveler, I loved the fact that I could escape to unruly Nicaragua to try something I’ve never done before – surf!!!!! I wasn’t used to all the pampering – the treatment was first class, as the accommodations and the view. But nothing beats the girls. The instructors can’t be topped. They taught me so much more about surfing than I had anticipated, and they were so lovely and patient and encouraging on top of it. The food was incredible – straight from the farm and full of flavor and organically delicious. The group that I was there with was small and perfect, and Ashley (owner) and the other girls were willing to do whatever it took to make us happy – from rearranging our yoga classes to trips out on the town at night. Learning to surf is a frustrating endeavor, but the expertise and skill of the girls running the camp turn it into an enjoyable ride – and before I knew it I was on the board riding the waves in. Cheers mates! Thanks for an incredible trip. xxx”
—Erin P., Houston, TX. Cloud Farm, May 2009
“I went to CHICABRAVA with my really good friend and we had a such a great time. It is a great surf trip but it is also just a great experience. [...] The Cloud Farm, where you sleep and eat, is out of this world, the house that you stay at is beautiful. The staff at the house is really nice and helpful. [...] The instructors that taught us, in addition to being amazing surfers, they are spirited and encouraging teachers. Surfing is not easy! Oh my I could just go on and on about what a great time I had. The nightlife was so fun. Ashley, the owner, is down to earth and really found a niche in the market. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an experience, interested in seeing the Nicaraguan culture, and is willing to let it go and ride the waves.”
—Attilie S., Houston, TX, Cloud Farm, April 2008