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Buena Vista Surf Club

Maderas, Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur 0000 Nicaragua
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Buena Vista Surf Club is a small secluded, six cabaña, jungle eco-lodge overlooking the surf at Playa Maderas, 8km north of San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua. Guests here switch off their phones, unwind and give in to the simple life surrounded by the lush forest and the pacific ocean. Stay in a private cabaña amongst the trees, share family-style meals with like-minded people, wake up to early morning yoga, followed by a surf session and stargaze from our 1000 sqft infinity deck nestled in between the jungle overlooking the ocean.
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Free parking
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
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Ocean view
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Jarrid G wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Where to start..... Arrive, unpack and relax. The place was perfect. It is a must stay for people looking to just show up and not have to worry about any logistics. There is a great selection of surf boards to use onsite. The meals were absolutely excellent, the breakfast was very healthy made with fresh locally sourced organic food and dinner each night was amazing and available for an additional fee. In all of our travels Johnny was the best host we have ever met. He was extremely helpful for local suggestions. And can help organize local surf trips if you decide you want to bag a few other surf spots on your trip. Honestly just hanging out with Johnny and having a conversation with coffee will be missed. He did a great job of making everyone feel very welcome and part of the Buena Vista tribe. The views from the main lodge deck were unbeatable. A perfect spot for early morning yoga sesh or sipping cocktails and watching the sun go down. The rooms were clean and very comfortable as well as private. We could go on and on reminiscing about how much we enjoyed our stay at Buena Vista. The only bad thing about staying at Buena Vista is how high it sets the bar for lodging options in Playa Maderas. Once you experience staying here you likely will not find another place that compares. if you make it to San Juan del Sur make sure to grab a Vietnamese coffee at the surf shop! Cheers, Jarrid and Hannah
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Date of stay: March 2020
Vivian H wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This place has an amazing feeling of being home as you share breakfast, eat a family dinner at night and go out for surf as a group (if you like to). With the super pretty, well-designed private huts in the middle of the nature also gives you the opportunity to zoom-out and relax on your own. Perfect hosts who are passionate about the area, surfing, local crowd and nica-food. Their main goal is to make you feel even more at home! Also the girls in the kitchen doing the cooking are lovely, prepare amazing fresh food and are extremely helpful in case of dietary requirements or just craving something. The main activity during your stay is surfing, with the beach only a 8 minutes walk away (down, 12 up). Cool people in the beach: the best boy in town is Felipe. Lucky you, he is also a surf teacher and is happy to teach you during your stay! Imagine arriving home after your day of surf (and walk up the hill), watching the sun set from the deck, refresh in the outdoor showers and get ready for a cosy family dinner with the other guests, containing vegetables and good local food! I am already planning my visit to the place I called home during my trip!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: Each room has its own charm and is well-designed!
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Pat L wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
A personable place to stay in a lovely location. Not a hotel feeling at all but much more homelike and calm. Meals are taken "family" style and are prepared by very capable, and friendly, local staff. Great, spacious cabanas in the forest give you lots of privacy when you want it. Great help with arrangements of any kind of activity...and of course surfing is one of them. I met my daughter here because she wanted to surf. She got a strong recommendation to go to BVSC by her friend who has a yoga studio back in Canada and has done a group yoga retreat here with exceptional results. My daughter and I both had plenty to do, together and separately as we liked. It turned out to be a perfect location for our meetup. Thanks Johnny, Michele and everyone at BVSC!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Michele B, Manager at Buena Vista Surf Club
Responded 26 Nov 2019
Thank you so much for this lovely review Pat. It was a pleasure to meet you and thank you for both staying here and making this week a memorable one!
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Stephanie A wrote a review Jul 2019
3 contributions
Staying at Buenavista Surf Club was an amazing experience, the food, views and the most kindest, helpful host Michele made it all worth while. You will get the most delicious breakfast here at Buenavista, they had everything you could imagine, crepes, scrambled eggs, homemade bread, fresh fruits with granola, yogurt, smoothies, gallo pinto, grilled plantains, bacon, and the best coffee. And this was every morning, we were always full even by lunchtime. And the dinners were just as good with great variety. Sleeping above the trees was not only amazing but the comfort of the beds made made for a peaceful night. The main area is very comfortable, and you can chill and enjoy the view. Getting to the beach was very easy, a 5 minute walk down the road and you also have 5 restaurants to choose from if you get hungry. I will be back next year, for sure!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Michele B, Manager at Buena Vista Surf Club
Responded 22 Jul 2019
Thank you Stephanie!! It was beyond amazing to have you are Rory stay with us. Special times! Come back and see us!!
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Mike R wrote a review Jun 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
My ladyfriend and I spent 12 days at BVSC in the beginning of the rainy season. Truly, I can't say enough about how much joy we found. Johnny G runs the place. He's courteous, thoughtful and hilarious--he's also a man who knows how to get things. So don't worry if you don't show up prepared for sweltering heat or a deluge of rain... which can be the weather cycle in a single day. Also, Johnny G will help you plan your adventures; horseback riding, surfing (boats and trips) and where to head next if you're on tour. Natasha, who comes to BVSC everyday, teaches yoga. I've got lots of broken body parts and aged injuries... all I can say is that she gets it, and she'll guide you to fix yourself. A special shoutout to Aidaly, who runs the cocina (her pancakes are worth requesting) and she gives excellent massages on the premises. I had a massage every third day! And as far as the political instability in Nica. It's real. That said, the people welcome you and appreciate that you're traveling to their home during this uncertain time. At not time did I feel unsafe. Also, I speak Spanish and made an effort to understand what's up. You should too! Lastly, know that when you stay at BVSC, you are in the hands of people who know and love NICA. That means everything. You'll see.
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Date of stay: May 2019
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Michele B, Manager at Buena Vista Surf Club
Responded 22 Jul 2019
Thanks a million for this great and honest review! Awesome to have you both here!! Saludos from all of us at BVSC
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US$61 - US$103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NicaraguaRivas DepartmentSan Juan del SurPlaya Maderas
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buena Vista Surf Club
Which popular attractions are close to Buena Vista Surf Club?
Nearby attractions include Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia (4.4 km), The Art Warehouse (5.8 km), and Latin American Spanish School (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Buena Vista Surf Club?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Buena Vista Surf Club?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Buena Vista Surf Club?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Buena Vista Surf Club?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dale Pues, The Beach House Nicaragua, and Simon Says Smoothie Bar.
Does Buena Vista Surf Club have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Buena Vista Surf Club offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Buena Vista Surf Club have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.