I had an awesome stay at the two brothers Popoyo beach lodge. This is seriously the closest place you can stay to the popoyo beach break (one of the more consistent surf spots around). While all the other surf camps are waking up at 4 am to get their groups rounded up to go do spot checks, at the popoyo beach lodge, you just need to roll out of bed, look out the window, and in 5 minutes you could be the first one in the water. Also nice is the fact that this little residential part of the village has it's own security and private gate.
I came here with my two buddies to surf. We had a great time and caught some great waves. If I had to do it over again, I'd probably go down in May or early august, and stay 2 weeks instead of 1.
Robert, the owner, is an amazing host and guide. He lives on a hill in a beautiful home he built by hand (where he also has other accommodations). He has lived in the area for over 11 years and knows the surf spots really well. He's also a very kind family man, naming the two brothers after his two sons. He has lived one of the most interesting lives I've ever seen. Try to get to know him. He's a lot of fun. He'll usually stop by once a day to make sure everything is ok.
A quick disclaimer. The beach lodge is like a hostel, as described on the website. There are private rooms w/ ac and with private bathrooms. The living room and kitchen are the common areas. We basically had the place to ourselves while down there, but I think even if it was full, there is plenty of space and privacy. Everyone in the area is there to surf, so everyone sleeps early to wake up early. It's a quiet little village.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beach Lodge is Popoyo’s newest surf accommodation directly on the beach and the closest hotel you will find to one of the most consistent river mouth beach breaks in Nicaragua. The lodge features comfortable private rooms offering single, double and triple occupancy. Inside the lodge there is a lounge bar and kitchen that serves typical Nicaraguan fare with global influences, smoothies, cold beer and fresh juices. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Popoyo Beach Lodge Nicaragua/Tola