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Los Cardones EcoLodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pochomil
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Great chill out!”
Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

You cannot help but relax at the Eco Lodge! I travelled here with my two girls aged15 and 12 who loved surfing and hanging out in the hammocks with their newly made travel mates, watching the iguanas and dodging the hermit crabs at night! I was apprehensive of how I would sleep with all the creatures scuttling around and no electricity to power any kind of air con. Once I got the hang of rattling the toilet door to ensure the lizards scuttled away and got my head round the creeping around on the hut roof was probably the hermit crabs, I slept deeply, lulled by the sound of the Pacific Ocean. The food was lovely. The highlight of our stay was the visit to Los cardones elementary school. My girls showed the local children now to make loom band bracelets and we found the visit very rewarding. It certainly made them realise how much they have and yet how happy the local children were. We stayed two days here before do continuing travelling around Nicaragua and would have loved to stay longer.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Managua, Nicaragua
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

POCHOMIL,,come on guys,, take that shi....out you are 25km from beautiful Pochomil beach,, you should put your real direction winch should be Quisala beach so I think you guys are misleading other travelers that really want to enjoy Pochomil beach..jam writing this review Forni know pochomil beach from a long time,,, so for people to end up way down on Quisala beach instead of pochomil really is terrible....

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

I recently spent four glorious days/nights here and enjoyed some much-needed relaxation. If you're looking for a VERY chill hammock-swinging, beach-walking, massage, yoga, and surfing good time, here's your spot! It's an amazingly clean, efficient and sustainable echo-lodge, with STUNNING woodwork and details - right down to the decorative shells included in the stone pathways. There's also delicious, healthy food on offer and very friendly service to boot! Muchas gracias to Carly, Inigo, Jonathan, Elvis and Marta & the ladies for the laughs and the great service. :)

Room Tip: I loved my cabin #1! The turtle nests were my front yard neighbors and when the eggs hatched, I help...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Lehighton, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Los Cardones is the perfect Eco-Surf getaway lodge that has everything you need to disconnect and reconnect to your roots.

There is surf every day and the food is fresh and delicious.

Los Cardones is clean and friendly and has the kindest staff.

I will definitely be going back soon.

Kevin

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Vienna, Austria
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014

First things first: The location on the beach is extremely beautiful and it might be hard to find a calmer place in Nicaragua. Crabs, birds, iguanas and turtles make this a real nature experience and it's a great place to relax.

But: The price they charge is very, very confident. Almost 200 USD per night include all meals (they are tasty, but the choice is very limited) but don't make up for what you get. The bungalows are tasteful but basic, the toilets don't have a flush and there is no electricity at all. Since there are not even candles, we dined in the dark or with our own flashlights.

It's a good place to get away from it all - stress, noise, people, but also comfort.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014

I recently spent a few days at the surf lodge in a stilted ocean front bunkalow........had a great time surfing, hanging in my hammock, and enjoying conversations with the interesting and attentive staff. The property is the result of much love and the passion of the owners......very thoughtfully layed out, off the grid, and very low impact. The yoga pavallion is Awesome, they have a great selection of rental surfboards, and the meals were excellent. Do go!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We traveled all over Nicaragua, and Los Cardones Surf Lodge was hands down the most authentic beach experience we had. We were able to stay two nights in February of 2014. Our first morning we were awoken by staff letting us know that baby Sea Turtle's from the lodges hatchery had just hatched. My girlfriend and I raced down to beach to witness it. Throughout the day we were able to take in the views and enjoy the relaxing dining cabanas along the beach. Our last day we went on a 2 hour horseback ride on the beach, definitely a great time worth doing.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Los Cardones EcoLodge
Address: | Km 49 Carretera Montelimar, 15 Km Oeste, Pochomil, Nicaragua (Formerly Los Cardones Surf Lodge)
Region: Nicaragua > Managua Department > Pochomil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pochomil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Los Cardones EcoLodge is a Beach Eco Resort on the most pristine surf spots of Nicaragua. We work for sea turtle conservation with our nursery, habitat preservation and beach cleanups. Empty waves roll in all year. The beaches are exposed to both SW and NW swells, making the surf very consistent. An epic left point break, a right reef break, excellent beach breaks await our guests, just one hour from the airport of Managua. Meet people… allow your soul to play and fall in love with Nicaragua. Engage meaningfully with our local community... Volunteer with us at the local school. Become one with nature… Save endangered sea turtles. Find fulfillment in simplicity. Nurture your body with healthy food and activity… massages, yoga, surf lessons, horseback rides, fat tire bicycles, beach volley ball, ping pong, slackline, delicious, homemade, wholesome meals, mangroves and luxuriant forest, fresh air, warm ocean. This Nicaragua Surf Resort is an acclaimed Eco Resort verified by Rainforest Alliance with the highest compliance to sustainable tourism in Nicaragua. Our values: Friends and Family, Protecting our Planet, Sustainable Community Development, Healthy Living, Learning through Sharing. ... more   less 
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