Perhaps I waited too long to write my review (went mid-June), because it's no longer as objective as it would have been. The memories have become even more glazed and sugary as time passes, and the sunsets perhaps even more golden than they actually were. That's the type of trip you want...right? The kind that only gets better when you remember it???
Kudos to Ashley, entrepreneur extraodinaire who has created such a special place for women to expand, explore, and take refuge in others of similair minds! Having travelled alone to different parts of the world, I get really excited to see oases like these that cater to the female, indepedent traveler.
Having taken only a few surfing lessons, I was hoping to get to a point where I could catch a wave, and surf it into shore. I went for a mini-weekend, and got SO much more than I anticipated! The quality of instruction was excellent. From the theory to the execution and practice, I never felt safer, or had more fun exhausting myself! Surf lessons, yoga class, massage, drinks that the local surf bar...dinner in town...the girls are inexhaustible, charismatic, and will make you forget that you (cough) MIGHT be over 40, and have limits to your stamina...:)
Chica Brava is not only safe, conscientious, and fun...they are respected and known in the local community. Local restaurants favor Chica Brava girls with special menus, drink offers, and VIP access to the luxury hotel in town for the pool and drinks. Bouncers at the bars know the surf instructors, and the ladies (they start out as your instructors, and quickly become your friends and soulmates) are recognized and favored in the community. Safety is paramount, and they take their job very seriously.
Noelani, Elsie, Madison...it was unforgettable. Candy - you're a sweetheart. In the interest of space and time, I will say this...I consider myself EXTREMELY fortunate to have family in the country and the opportunity to visit them...so I can run off to the beach on the weekends and see my girlfriends!!!
Education on the Board....Superior (I've taken surf lessons in SJ before, these girls have it DOWN)
Bonding...out of this world.
Come alone, or come with a group, you'll always feel at home with this outfit. From the top down, the love shows. Congratulations, Ladies! You stole my heart!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chica Brava empowers women through the process of surfing and the genuine camaraderie that comes through sharing a lifestyle, a sisterhood, and a passion for the most rewarding sport on the planet. It’s about a pack of women together in the line up, united by what they love. This is your chance to let go, invest in yourself, and feel confident, invincible, and powerful regardless of your size, strength, or stature. At Chica Brava, the past doesn’t matter. It’s about the right here, right now, boundless opportunities that embrace you in the water. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chicabrava Surf Camp Hotel San Juan Del Sur