Best Week of My Life
This place is an absolute slice of paradise. GREAT waves, GREAT weather, GREAT food, and great people. Greg and Kayla go above and beyond to make sure all your needs are met and exceeded. My room was cleaned every day with fresh sheets and pillowcases.
Overall this surf camp is unrivaled. I surfed until I couldn’t paddle anymore, and took (Free) boat rides to different breaks every day. The Rancho overlooking the beach was one of my favorite places to relax. Books, cold beer, and hammocks… what more can a guy ask for.
I cannot wait for my next trip to STN!!!
Everything fell into place
We ended up at STN without much planning after some complications with our original plans, but it ended up being a blessing in disguise. The place is located in a great little seaside village called Miramar and Greg and Kayla (Managers) have done a fantastic job of incorporating the local culture into the camp. So you can feel totally secure in your seaside compound or venture out and mingle with the townies at the sole local watering hole or at Lucy’s lobster shack.
The rooms are nice enough; all have en suite bathrooms, A/C and fresh linens daily. The staff is very warm and cooks and cleans pretty much all day long so you don’t have to worry about any of that. My wife and I were total novice surfers and for us the conditions (small/medium waves that break far away from the beach) were perfect. By the end I was actually catching and riding green waves. This has all the benefits of a hostel (cool guests who like to socialize and have fun together) but none of the drawbacks (shared bathrooms, gross rooms, etc.). Greg and Kayla are really good at what they do! You won’t regret it.
Best Surf Trip in Nicaragua. I will be going back!
If you are looking to go on a surf trip to Nicaragua, do not go anywhere else! Greg understands the swells and knows exactly where to take you each day for the best waves possible. Did I mention there are no crowds at these spots either? Everyday we were there, we only surfed with our group. Which was about 6 people. Nicaragua can get really crowded at the popular spots like Popoyo, so it almost isn’t worth the trip. This is not the case at Surf Tours Nicaragua.
If you have never surfed in your life, there are waves for you too! The guides/instructors were great at their jobs. There were a few people staying with us who were beginners and they were standing up in less than an hour.
Besides surfing there are many other things to do! One day Greg and Kayla took us to Laguna de Apoyo. It was an old volcano that filled with clear water to swim in. There was a restaurant/bar right on the water with a 20ft dock to jump off of. (see pictures) I don’t even need to explain how fun that was. Another day we went volcano boarding! I recommend this to everyone. How many of your friends can say they boarded down a volcano? Of course there is also fishing and spear fishing!
Good times with Good people
Right from the start Greg, Kayla, and Keith welcomed Me and my girlfriend with open arms. The set up was great, you had breaks right out front. There is a pool, a huge patio over looking the ocean equipped hammocks, chairs, and a fridge stocked with drinks. Best place to hangout after surfing all day. The rooms are very nice, super comfortable they have A/C, and we had our own shower. The average day consisted of a early rise eat breakfast, surf, fish on the way back from whatever break we were at that day, grab lunch, and then get into any adventure they recommended to us. Which was very cool of them because my girl doesn’t surf but there was still tons of things for her to do. We went on hikes, tons of fishing, and enjoyed a couple nights out in Leon. The waves were perfect for me being a novice surfer. They were small to medium in size perfect for learning. By the end of the trip I was catching a couple and feeling way more confident in being able to read the swell. All in all one of my favorite vacations I have taken. Between the staff, the location, and the food that was prepared by the ladies working there (which every meal was delicious) it couldn’t have been any better. Definitely exceeded my exceptions. Greg said it best “It was like a vacation with friends” even though we had just meet. Already planning my next trip.
Want to see Nica? Come here.
My whole experience at STN was about Nicaragua. Greg and Kayla are the BEST guides for not only finding the best waves and fish to catch but also for experiencing Nicaraguan culture. I’ve been to lots of surf camps and this is the first one I absolutely fell in love with. Had a bonfire on the beach, rode a horse along the waves, ate a 3-lobster dinner and made some lifelong friends. Come here, you will love it.
Surf. Drink. Sleep. Eat. Repeat
This was the first trip that my husband and I took after we had gotten married and it definitely did not disappoint. First off, the staff there is awesome. The managers and guides there are fun people to hang out with and they are knowledgeable of the area and the people. If you’re into yoga and massages, Kayla is there to accommodate you. Greg and his crew will take you to surf spots where you will not only catch waves but also probably catch fish on the way back. We bonded with all the other visitors there. Everyone is at a different level when it comes to surfing so you’re not intimidated. There were also some advanced surfers there as well so they can show you the ropes. 😉
The place is clean and well-kept. The staff cleaned the rooms and the common areas everyday. The foods are home-cooked and are delicious especially after a day of surfing. The backyard is the beach so you can literally just grab a board and go surf. The fridge is stocked up with local beer and Greg can fix you up a tasty cocktail. Greg and Kayla also took us to Leon which was fun and we got to try out some local street food and check out the culture in Nicaragua. I would definitely come back here again. Two pieces of advice: First, ask them to take you to the Lobster Lady. Second, bring extra mosquito repellent: They have some but if you get bit a lot I would bring more. It’s the tropics so mosquitos are inevitable.
Surf and be totally taken care of
I had a fantastic week stay with Surf Tours Nicaragua. Greg and Kayla are fantastic hosts and will make you feel right at home.
I decided to escape the holidays on a whim and head to Nica to half work on my surfing and half decompress. Originally my plan was to head down to Maderas Beach after 4 days, but I felt so comfortable and at home that I ended up staying the entire week.
If you’re looking for a stress-free get-away focused around surfing, Surf Tours Nica is definitely the way to go. Greg will take you to awesome remote beaches daily to go surf and fish and depending on what you catch you could end up indulging in deliciously prepared ceviche or sashimi by sunset. Kayla always has get tunes playing and will lead you in an awesome yoga session right in front of the ocean. Together, Greg and Kayla will give you an experience of Nicaragua you most likely would never get on your own.
The house is incredibly clean and makes for a comfortable living environment and all meals are prepared fresh daily. If you forgot something or need anything extra, Greg and/or Kayla will help you get what ever you need or will let you use whatever they have on hand to make your stay more comfortable.
Best bang for your buck with some truly great people!
Super fun surf trip
As a traveling surfer it’s unusual for me to want to encourage more “dots in the line-up”, no matter where it is in the world. But every now and then there are places that stand out for location, waves, accomodations and cool factor. The Surf Tours Nicaragua resort in Northern Nicaragua is definitely a stand out!
A couple of friends and I were planning a surf trip to somewhere in the tropics, most likely in Central America, and to someplace none of us had been to before. Emails flew back and forth with names of breaks, countries, friends, resorts, and intriguing rumours. You know the drill, right?
We finally settled on northern Nicaragua, at a resort highly recommended by a friend’s friend, called Surf Tours Nicaragua, one of the original surf camps in the area near Puerto Sandino. Once you book with them, most everything’s covered, from being picked up at the airport to food, surf guides and mini-trips along the coast depending on the waves. And man, did the NST crew — Greg, Kayla, Alex, Shaun & Adan — know the area, breaks and special coastal locations!
It’s always a risk whether you’ll get surf or not on any trip, but we lucked out and scored two solid swells – and the warm offshores never ceased. The resort location is ideal for checking out the two breaks right in front – Punta Miramar and Pipes, both great waves, plenty of tubes to be had. And then there’s the sandbar at Puerto Sandino… if you get it good, it is an awesome surf session, one for your memory banks, for sure. The upstairs “rancho” (veranda) is where you’ll spend most of your non-surfing time, as it’s perfect viewing of the breaks, conditions, people on the beach, taking photos, swinging in a hammock with a book or mag, and hanging out shootin’ the breeze (and you’ll want the breeze that blows through here, believe me!).
So if you’re on the hunt for something a little different in the Northern Hemisphere tropics, here’s my tip — I strongly recommend you check out Surf Tours Nicaragua. It’s got all the right stuff for the total surf & country experience. I had an awesome time!
It was amazing! The website did not promise too much – it turned out to be even better than we expected!!!
The camp managers Greg and Kayla do an extremely good job. Together with their friendly, local staff they took great care of us from the day we arrived until our departure.
The charming house lies infront of the beach and is well looked after – rooms are cleaned daily and have everything you need.
Three times a day you all sit down together and enjoy local, home made and freshly cooked meals which you will for sure miss!
There is always something going on: like daily planned surf tours by boat to different spots or if the swell is bad, outings to Leon, day trips to beautiful volcanic crater lakes or even spear finishing your own dinner, only a few hundred meters off shore.
And if you just want to relax after an eventful day, you can hang out in a hammock on the rancho overlooking the sea, regain your strength in a Yoga session or just enjoy a fantastic massage by Kayla.
Thank you for an incredible time and for letting us be a part of your small, loving family!
We hope to clink “Tona”-bottles again soon after a successful day out in the waves.
Cheers and a lot of “Chappechäs” 😉
Awesome Surf Trip
I had an awesome week with Surf Tours Nicaragua. The staff are fantastic hosts and the home-cooked food prepared by the ladies was delicious. The fridge is stocked up with local beer and you can mix yourself tasty cocktails. I had a fun time hanging out with the surf guides and the other guests. Greg will take you to awesome beaches daily to go surf and fish. The waves in December were perfect for me being as beginner. They were small to medium in size perfect for learning. By the end of the trip I was catching a couple of greens and feeling much more confident in the water. The week at STN was one my highlights during my stay in Central America. I would definitely come back here again!
Feels like home
Relaxed and caring surf camp with no lack of anything. Great souls, daily surf trips with a boat, caring instructors and big family meals all day long. Beautiful rooms and big community areas. Feels like home.
Surf Tours Nicaragua was perfect for me to advance in surfing. What made my time there so great was that I only had to worry about enjoying the waves while surfing – everything else is taken care of in the best way. You have an early breakfast if want to surf the early morning hours, the rest of the day you can enjoy the three delicious meals eaten family style with the other guests and the surf guides. The meals are timed with the surf trips so you are never to hungry or to full to surf. The surfguides take you everyday by boat to a spot meeting your surf abilities and the specific conditions that day. That could be a beach break or reef break.
There was always a surf teacher in the water with me giving me advise and help during the surf lesson. Surf Tours Nicaragua owes a lot of surf boards in excellent conditions, so you can easily select with the help of the surf guide the right board for todays conditions. They will also take pictures and videos of you documenting your progress. When not surfing you can just relax in the hammock watching the waves and other surfers from the beachfront rancho. Or you can play pool billard, jump in the pool, watch a surf movie, learn to play the drums, read a book from the library… there are so many ways to enjoy yourself at that hotel.
I had such a great time with the other guests and the surfguides and also rode such great waves with the help of the surf teacher that I really wished I could stay in that surf paradise longer. If you wish to have a great time in as well as out of the water – this is the best choice.
We had a really great time there. The crew is supernice and helpful. The surfguides are doing a great job helping improve our surf! One of the best surflessons we have ever taken. The hotel is right at the beachfront. Best place to watch the sunset every night. Also, the facilities have a pool where you can relax and hang out after a fun day of Surfing. Will definitely be back one day!
Totally RAD! 😀
We absolutely LOVED our time at STN. Our accommodations were great (the individual A/C unit in our room was very helpful at night! We also loved chilling and doing yoga atop the ‘rancho’), the food was excellent (thank you ladies!) and the overall experience was just AWESOME.
Greg and Kayla run a very sweet space. They take really great care of you and make you feel like part of the family. We arrived as guests and left as friends.
Big ups to Greg, Kayla and all the peeps (Matty, Keith, Jose, Marvin, Eduardo, Luke, Zanito) that help make STN such a fun place to visit and stay at!
Muchos gracias, amigos! We will definitely come back.
Love at First Sunset
Surf Tours Nicaragua THANK-YOU!!! We had the most amazing adventure with you. From the moment Jose greeted us with a huge smile we could feel the stress of NYC life melting away. We stopped on route at a local pharmacy for additional sunscreen and fell asleep only to awaken to the gates of our home for 9 days. The house is magnificent, just like the photos. Arched doorways, terracotta stone floor tiles, spiral staircase, the perfect pool. We chose to stay in a double bedded private room with shower, and the AC saved us each night. Located right on the beach we spent many hours in hammocks lounging on the huge porch lovingly referred to as El Rancho. Fridge at hand always filled with cold drinks, and awesome tunes kept the tropical atmosphere heavenly.
We were there during Santa Semana so a bit of 24/7 beach party ensued by locals until Monday morning when the beach emptied and we felt like it was ours. Blue water, blue sky, magical surf spots, soft sand under your feet. The sunsets were like a movie: transitioning every night around 5:15pm from a bright orange sun to an explosion of purple, pink, and gold. **Precision management and knowledge by Greg who clearly had everything well-organized in the most chill manner. Expert surf guides who are genuinely the coolest friends you never had before. Kayla is a mermaid goddess whose divine massages, professional grade photography, artwork and perfectly challenging yoga sessions enticed us during our stay. Guests arrived and departed with fluidity day and night, no worries.
STN has established itself in the neighborhood and there is a real sense of family amongst the crew. Its obvious they’re passionate about what they do and their goal is to create the perfect vacation/ stay for you.
Staff is constantly cleaning the house, and there’s always an ample supply of soap, shampoo, purified water, snacks available. All are very aware of environmental conservation. (but bring plenty of sunscreen and bug repellent!)
I’m a real picky eater and I felt absolutely catered to. Homemade delicious meals were prepared 3x/day including fresh salads, if you’re lucky Kayla will make you one of her banana smoothies. They even made a special dish each dinner for us. We ate at a long family-style table and the conversations were one of the best parts of the trip. (besides hanging with the crew, G&K on the stoop …and special shout out to Shawn, Keith, Markel, Luke, Olsa and Dalle~Dalle~Dalle (aka: “Dale”).
Day trips to Leon, a breathtaking lagoon, and Gran Pacifica were xtra highlights for us. Our goal is to return soon and explore some more of this beautiful country with G&K. We can’t thank you enough. xoxoxoxo
NOT JUST SURFERS PARADISE
Whether your here to surf your brains out or hang out beach side, u can’t go wrong here!
My first time to Nica from San Diego. Arrived at Managua late night. Got pick up by Irbin at the airport in his sick lit up car. Hour or so we arrive at SURF TOURS NICARAGUA (STN). Rang the doorbell, hoping we wouldn’t wake anyone up. But turned out they were up waiting for us. Got a tour of the place, chitchat n few Toñas. Off to bed.
Next few days were full of adventure.
Wake up at sunrise get some fruit, coffee n beagles. Go surf for a bit, come in for food n water.
Get some Breakfast which was always awesome. Get the game plan for the day from the knowledgeable surf guides. Boat trip or car ride to different surf spot. Come back for lunch. Chillax n drink some Toñas. Go back out or check out the sick tide pools. Get some dinner n shoot pool. Humberto local pool shark n night watchman. Always a good challenge.
Thank you Kayla, Brazilskey, Markel, Keith n Greg for the awesome hospitality n the sick memories.
Honestly I got a little teary-eyed on my second to last night, when I thought about leaving. Dying to go back! Whether to get some waves or visit some new friends.
Awesome place to catch amazing waves
This is a great place to stay offering fun waves everyday and getting taken to the right surf spot. The service was great and they tell you how to get to the surf spots so you don’t get hurt. They guide you to the spots and surf with you to catch the best waves possible and stay safe!!
Great time at Surf Tours Nica at Punta Miramar
The trip met our expectations, head high plus 7 of the 8 days. Staff was friendly and accommodating, sharing local knowledge on where to line up, best tides, etc. Even if they had position in the line up they let us have the wave! Boat ride to Freight Trains/Puerto Sandino was only 5 minutes away. My favorite wave was an incredible left, Pipes, a less than 5 minute walk from the camp. Hanging at the Rancho, the covered deck with a great view of the waves, was very nice between sessions. We all had very nice massages from Kayla to get ready for the next days waves. Food was great, make sure to have them make the Nica boil. Half day trip into Leon was worth it. Price includes boat rides, trips to Leon or local lake and pick and drop off at airport so overall very affordable and worth going!!
Perfect surf trip
My buddy and I had a great trip thanks to STN. The guides were awesome! Fun to surf and hang out with, always putting you on the best waves whether out front or on boat trips. The accommodations are the best in the area, and the small group of people you are staying with quickly become a tight-knit surf crew. Great food, cold Tonas….this is the place!
The location is incredible, there were waves everyday straight out front and the meals were very good. The room we stayed in had everything we needed- fan, ac and private bathroom. The place is clean and the staff were super helpful and friendly. Was stoked with the 3 nights we stayed.