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Buena Vista Surf Club
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Playa Maderas
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

We love visiting Buena Vista Surf Club! This is an amazing, peacful place with a rhythm and vibe all its own. The property consists of one main lodge and then several open air cabanas. The rooms have a great view of the ocean from your cozy spot nestled in teh jungle. There is a much needed fan in every room and a bug net to keep you comfortable as you sleep. There is no hot water, but after a hot day on the beach, the cool water is refreshing! I love waking up each morning to the sound of howler monkeys in the trees! Breakfast and dinner are included each day and the quality and freshness of these meals are beyond compare. I would venture to say it is the best food I eat while I am traveling in Nicaragua! Eating in a communal style is refreshing and fun! The owners have 2 sets of hosts running the day to day activities and they do an amazing job! There is yoga every morning led by one of the young ladies, and the guys give great surf lessons. The board selection is good. There is no wifi, which is wonderful for simply unplugging and enjoying all this wonderful place has to offer! I highly recommend adding Buena Vista to your itenerary!

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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BVSCNicaragua, Owner at Buena Vista Surf Club, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Hola,

Thanks for the nice review!

It was great seeing you and Neil back and now as Mr & Mrs!

Hopefully you enjoyed the rest of your trip up North as well and we'd love to see you back another time!

A big hug from all of us here!

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

I had to really think about why not an excellent. Almost every aspect would qualify. The hosts welcoming and very accommodating, the rooms, although spartan were comfortable with netting provided. The daily menu change made the food fantastic, fresh vegetables and varied cuisine. Yoga every morning to get the blood flowing a real plus. Surfers will appreciate the boards available for rent, and a sling to make carrying easier. Maybe no pool, infinity or otherwise, or wifi is what keeps my rating from being excellent. Although most of us can live without the internet for a few days and the ocean is 80+ degrees. I can't think of any other reason for the very good rating vs excellent. Close to the beach, and a shuttle available if you want to go to town, although limited times and no night time, so a $ 20 taxi ride back if you miss the last shuttle. The hosts very proficient at arranging tours and activities and went the extra mile to make sure you got help getting around and back in a timely manor. Also had dinner eating for us when we came back late. Overall a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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BVSCNicaragua, Owner at Buena Vista Surf Club, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Hola,

Great meeting you here and thanks for the nice review! Great to hear that you and your daughter Lis enjoyed your stay here!
We also try to do our utmost to make sure everybody has a great time here and take pride in our healthy and varied cuisine!

Hasta luego and and hopefully we can welcome you back another time!

Marc & Marielle

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Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights at Buena vista surf club but will differently stay longer next time. Rooms and the whole atmosphere of the place was perfect. We loved the communal dining and always felt welcomed and extremely comfortable. This was differently a highlight of our trip to Nicaragua. A massive thanks to the staff for making our time at Buena vista incredible.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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BVSCNicaragua, Owner at Buena Vista Surf Club, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2017

Hola,
Thanks for staying with us and great to hear you enjoyed your stay! It was great meeting you and hanging out with you!
Hopefully we can welcome you back another time!
A big hug from all of us here!

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Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Very relaxt and chill place to be! Their simplicity is their charm. The food is great so as the staff And owners. The ocean/jungle view and sound wakes you up in the morning. I Really loved it. You also have the apportunity to join the yoga- or surf class. I would definitly reccomend it.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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BVSCNicaragua, Owner at Buena Vista Surf Club, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Hola, Thanks for staying with us! Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully we can welcome you back another time.

The BVSC crew

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Reviewed 31 March 2017

We absolutely loved this place. We only stayed for 3 days but really regret that we didn't have time to stay longer. The hotel itself is beautiful. The entrance is going to be offputting to some people as you literally feel like you are entering through someone's dusty back gate but as soon as you see the lobby and the view, everything changes. The yoga pad has got to be one of the most beautiful views anywhere. My son and his friend got up early to do the yoga class (which they said was excellent) and they were literally watching whales breaching in the ocean as they did their poses. The meals were delicious with a lot of variety in terms of what was offered. It is a different concept in that all guests eat together at one large table and there is no menu. You literally eat like a family. We actually loved this system as you really got to know everyone else at the hotel. Even though the food is preset in terms of what is offered, they have enough different entrees on the table that you can always find something that you like even if you are picky. Again, the food that we had while there was really exceptional and very fresh. The rooms are all sort of like treehouses in that they are elevated on stilts and in the forest. Again, the view from our room was stunning and the room was fantastic. Be forewarned that there is no hot water but frankly, the temperature is so hot that it tends to be a relief. The walk to the beach is about 5 minutes and it can be a bit of a hike on the way back as it is all uphill and pretty steep but it wasn't really a big deal. I wouldn't book this hotel if you have mobility issues. There is no wifi which at first we found a bit of a pain but after a couple of hours we all agreed that we might implement the same rule when we get back home as it was the first time that we all really talked to each other all the time. Probably the best part of the hotel is the management. There are two couples who run the place and all four of them are really kind, warm people who seem to really love what they do. They eat with the guests at the big table and really focus on making your experience as positive as they can. They passed on their favourite places for lunch and little hidden beaches to hike to. We got to know all four of them and liked them all. I can't think of anything negative about this place. It really was a wonderful experience and I recommend it highly.

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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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BVSCNicaragua, Manager at Buena Vista Surf Club, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Hola,

Thanks for staying with us and for the nice and long review!
Sorry about the dusty entrance. We were building a little storage for our propane tanks, but all done now and the dust has settled.
Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed your stay and our company. It was great having you here and hopefully we can welcome you back another time for a longer stay.

A big hug from all of us here at BVSC!

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Additional Information about Buena Vista Surf Club

Address: Playa Maderas | San Juan Del Sur, Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur 0000, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur > Playa Maderas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Playa Maderas
Price Range: $119 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Buena Vista Surf Club is an intimate design eco-lodge at Playa Maderas, San Juan Del Sur. A unique place for both surfers and non-surfers! Surf or learn how to surf or just enjoy the amazing beaches. Enjoy great home cooked, family style dinners with new friends, do yoga or relax at the 'infinity' sundeck and watch the wildlife from your ‘treehouse’! ... more   less 
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