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“Right on the beach!! 1st time there,not the last”
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Popoyo Beach Lodge
Ranked #6 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Tola
Jupiter, Florida
1 review
“Right on the beach!! 1st time there,not the last”
Reviewed 27 January 2012

I have been to Popoyo about 5 times and in November 2011,it was my 1st time staying at the Beach Lodge. Robert,the owner was back in the states, and when I arrived his manager ,Henry ,was right there waiting with the key to the house. I quickly put all of my belongings in the place and, being as I surf, walked about 10 steps off the porch and was on the sand of a beautiful beach which also is a premier surf break.
The house itself has a fully loaded kitchen ,4 or 5 rooms with A/C and nice tile throughout.The views from the back porch are unbelievable and after my surf sessions I would have a Tona and watch the sun set. Robert and family run a very professional business and I will undoubtedly stay there again. Montel6

Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Saint Augustine, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

Roll out of bed (or hammock), take 20 steps, get into the waves. Yes, the Popoyo Lodge is THAT close. When the waves aren't happening there (once or twice on a 10-day trip), Robert, and his sons, Auggie and Marsh know exactly where to go to find a wave. Thing is - it's never very far away from the lodge (bike, walk or short ride). The general area of Popoyo is wonderful - a short two hour ride from Managua, it's a real easy place to get 'dialed-in' and establish a breakfast-lunch-dinner routine - OR just pick up some local goodies and cook them up yourself in the lodge.
I definitely recommend the Popoyo Beach Lodge to families of surfers, solo surfers, or folks who just want to fall off the face of the earth for a time, de-stress and enjoy beautiful coastal scenery and barefoot lifestyle.
Enjoy and leave the world behind!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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PopoyoBeachLodge, Owner at Popoyo Beach Lodge, responded to this review, 12 December 2011
Hola, It was great having your family here in Nicaragua for the fall holiday - we really enjoyed your company! Thanks for your thoughtful review! Very much appreciated and it will definitely give future guests a good insight in what to expect. Loved the little ditti you guys composed about your stay - may become our new theme song!! Come back soon and enjoy the guitar and hammocks anytime! Hasta luego, Susan, Robert, Marsh and Auggie...
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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2011

Of course the surf is great with predomnant offshores and consistent swell. 100 yards out the front door is awesome beach break, so the location is superb. But, what really made the trip complete was the total package provided by Richard and Susan. Richard has the whole placed wired, knows where to surf, where to eat, where to fish, what to watch out for, how to stay safe. He never led us astray. He's also one of the most colorful characters I've ever met. Dude's going on 60 and still charges 20' outer reef bombs. Unreal! So, as you contempate a trip to Nica, you've got to think about the total package - the surf, the lodging, the eats, the advise and counsel needed to maximize the experience. You won't go wrong with Richard, Susan and the Popoyo Beach Lodge!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

Get some perspective and book Popoyo Beach Lodge! It was my first time traveling to Nicaragua, and I was recommended this spot from a friend. On arrival you will be blown away by it's unique location. The loge is minutes away from one of the most hollow fun waves in Nica. It's safe and secure and very inspiring place to stay. It's the perfect combination of beach and countryside. Accommodations are secure, quiet and comfortable. Perfect for a group of 4. You can not find a better view in Nicaragua. If you want to experience the most epic sunsets this planet has to offer, look no further. I will definitely coming back!
Don't forget to bring some extra cash for some Tona's!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2011

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.

  • Stayed September 2011
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St. Augustine, Florida
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

Myself and two friends stayed for a week in June, 2011, and absolutely loved the Popoyo Beach Lodge. The rivermouth/beachbreak directly in front of the property is one of the best/least crowded waves in the region. Other restaurants, surf breaks, etc are within walking and or biking distance. The rates are beyond reasonable. This really is THE place to stay on a budget surf vacation. Safe, gated, comfortable. We'll be back, and this is where we will stay.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 23 May 2011

Spent a week at Popoyo beach lodge and if i were to go back to Popoyo i wouldn’t
stay anywhere else... the lodge is perfectly located, right in front of probably the best
beach break in Nicaragua, add to that incredible sunsets and great comfort. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a few restaurants only a couple minutes walk away. The rooms are equipped with AC and after long day spent surfing, there is no better feeling then stepping into an air conditioned room.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Popoyo Beach Lodge
Address: Popoyo Beach, Tola, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Tola
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Tola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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