I am so in love with this little surf club and am already eagerly planning a trip back! I couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate my 30th birthday (thanks again Carla for making such a fabulous chocolate birthday cake!)
The lodge is run by two volunteer couples, who work for free but get to stay at the lodge complimentary during their stay (jealous!). Jane, Sholto, Carla and Liam were so warm and easily made everyone feel immensely welcome while staying there. The owners seem to regularly pop in, and Mark spent several evenings chatting with us and getting to know everyone. The food was delicious and we had a good variety during our 3 night stay. I really enjoyed the family style sit-down dinners which allowed us to get to know the other guests.
The lodge is open-air which means all sorts of creatures tend to find their way in for a visit (cabanas only have three walls, with the fourth simply ‘curtained’). If bats, insects, toads or other wildlife make you squeamish, this is not the place for you! (we had two little bats living in our cabana who were very good, quiet houseguests!) I loved waking up to the sound of those mischievous howler monkeys and was thrilled that they ventured close enough for me to get a fabulous photo.
We had never been surfing before, but since I was determined to master it on my birthday, we decided to take lessons from the extremely patient Sholto. It was money well-spent and I highly recommend taking at least one lesson with him. The board rentals are more expensive than the ones from the little place down at the beach, but the boards are definitely of better quality at BVSC. The trek up and down the hill to the beach can be exhausting, especially after a full day of surfing and while lugging a surfboard, but the workout certainly allowed me to not feel guilty about having an extra helping at dinner!
BVSC also offers daily yoga sessions and if I hadn’t been so sore from surfing, I also would have gladly partaken in the morning sessions run by the lovely Jane.
I would highly, highly recommend this lodge!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Buena Vista Surf Club is an intimate design eco-lodge at Playa Maderas, San Juan Del Sur. A unique place for both surfers and non-surfers! Surf or learn how to surf or just enjoy the amazing beaches. Enjoy great home cooked, family style dinners with new friends, do yoga or relax at the 'infinity' sundeck and watch the wildlife from your ‘treehouse’! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Buena Vista Surf Club Hotel Playa Maderas
- Buena Vista Surf Hotel
- Hotel Buena Vista Surf
- Buena Vista Surf Club Nicaragua/Playa Maderas, San Juan Del Sur