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Balsa Surf Camp
Ranked #1 of 42 Montanita B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 August 2013

I didn't stay at Balsa, but had dinner there. The celice is the BEST I've had in the world! Loaded with fresh fish, shrimp, octopus, and peppers. The roasted sweet plantains are a fantastic accompaniment to dip with. Delicious!

Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

There is so much to love about Balsa Surf Camp. Honestly. First of all, it's a short walk to the ocean. Second of all, the place is so unique and inviting, it makes you wish you could live there. I should also mention that the owners--plus all the people who work there--are super friendly. They'll give you recommendations, let you use their laptop computer, call a cab for you, etc. The room in which my boyfriend and I stayed was both clean and comfortable--we loved it. In fact, my boyfriend said it was his favorite place that we stayed during our month-long trip to Ecuador. With a beachy, laid-back feel to compliment the Rasta vibes found on the beach, Balsa Surf Camp is truly the place to stay if you want to feel like you're in your own little part of paradise at the beach. Top-notch place with top-notch food and lodging. Stay here! Stay here! Stay here! :)

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Recently returned from Montañita, there are many hotels and hostels, Balsa Surf is a perfect balance, pefect ¡¡¡

Recién volvimos de Montañita, hay muchos, muchos hoteles y hostales, Balsa Surf es un perfecto equilibrio.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

I stayed here for one night and enjoyed the atmosphere. It's very close to the beach and a short walk to the town. The tropical garden and bamboo that's used in the construction of the buildings makes you feel close to nature. We had a drink at the restaurant area of the Balsa but also enjoyed a drink next door in a similar complex. Everybody is very kind and relaxed. The rooms are simple and suitable for 1-8 people, depending on its size. The rooms are not expensive and very clean. The rooms all have their own bathroom and fan to keep it cool. Breakfast is delicious! If I ever come back to Montañita I will stay here again.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
2  Thank Herbie V
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

I visited Balsa about a year ago, and have wished I was there on a regular basis ever since! Some places seem great when you leave, and then the memory fades after a while. However, the location, the great accommodations and food, the wonderful staff, and the overall community down in barrio la punta make this place a truly wonderful experience that one would be hard pressed to forget about. If you are thinking about going, do yourself a favor and just go!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Beautiful place, it's like you're walking into a different world when you arrive! Steps from the beach, but it's away from (but walking distance to) the insanely loud part of town. Amazing staff, daily breakfast was great, surfing lessons great, room was nice and clean (no air conditioning, but it wasn't too bad in February). Would definitely stay here again if I returned to montanita!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Had a great trip to Montañita and staying at Balsa was a huge part of it. Weather was cloudy all week but it didn't matter because the hotel was great.

The hotel is outside of the main part of town about 1km, which you can easily walk via the beach. A note on the beach - it is about 50m from the hotel and easily accessed.

Room was very clean and serviced daily. Service staff was very nice and flexible in case you did or did not want the room serviced, or serviced at a different time. Always good shower water pressure and always hot (thank you!).

Food. Had breakfast daily and there is plenty to choose from as others' have mentioned. One day has ceviche at lunch with some vegetable soup. Ceviche was really good but a smaller portion than I expected.

Surf shop. Borrowed some equipment (balls, racquets) for the beach. Due to weather, didn't take a surf lesson but the lessons are typically taught by the owner or one of the local surf champs, both who are very knowledgable and professional.

Movie room and book barn. Used this one night when it was raining. Really cool to have a projector screen with lots of different DVD's to choose from. Borrowed a book or two from the large collection as well.

Drinks. Had a few beers over the course of the stay. Competitive prices ($2.25 for a large Pilesner or Club). Other drinks (soda, fruit, water) available. Best fresh squeezed juice is from the kitchen and so ask for that if you want juice.

Recreation areas. There are plenty of covered hammocks, tables, bean bags and places to lounge at Balsa. There were all so comfortable. I think I slept every afternoon on a bean bag for 1 hour. Heaven.

Reception area. This is where all meals are served and the desk staff is very helpful and professional. They can direct you on anything - there is also a lot of magazines to read on surf, nature, Ecuador, etc., and a number of local attraction books/brochures.

Insect control. If the mosquitos et. al. kicked up, the staff would burn an herb/leaf substance. It did definitely help. Would also recommend you come prepared with bug repellent.

Overall ---- GREAT TRIP!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Balsa Surf Camp

Address: at the Point, Montanita, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Santa Elena Province > Montanita
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Montanita
Price Range: £42 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Balsa Surf Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover our BALSA SURF CAMP in Montanita, Ecuador, made by and for surfers! The perfect place to discover a country and its waves, its culture and the wonderful art of balsa wood boards shaped by César Moreira, owner of the camp. It is a reconciliation, a union with nature. Imagine! Surfing a tree! Discover our beautiful style of Ecological bungalows only 30 meters from the surf! There are handcraft built by local carpenters using bamboo and wood. In a friendly environment you will enjoy the Montanita surf! ... more   less 
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