Buena Vista Surf Club

Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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A Perect Nicaraguan Experience

by TripAdvisor Member emhawaii

My friend and I stayed at the Buena Vista Surf Club for five nights after a few weeks of being at various spots in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We LOVED it! Marc and Marielle are incredible gracious hosts and there is a real small homey feel to staying there. The meals were fantastic and it was fun to meet people from al over the world staying with them in the cabinas. The accommodations were beautiful, and we felt very in touch with the surrounding environment, which is spectacular.

Also, we felt that Marc and Marielle really went out of their way to help us sort out travel details of our stay and find good solutions to our transportation questions. We would both go back in a heartbeat, and for longer next time!

The beach at playa Maderas is relatively unspoiled and a spectacular stretch of Nicaraguan coast line. (Not to mention great surfing, which we missed by a few days. . . but oh well!)

I wholeheartedly recommend this place for anyone who loves the beach, nature, good food and great people, in short, EVERYONE!

Has to be seen to be believed!!!

by TripAdvisor Member charliebrowniebrown

We'd heard that Playas de Madeiras was one of the best surf spots in Nicaragua but heard that there was quite limited accommodation nearby. The Buena Vista Surf Club we had seen on the web before we left but it didn't do it justice, never did we expect it to be as breathtaking as it was. The view from the decking is just spectacular, perfect for checking the surf in the morning and watching the sunset with a beer in the evening as are the views from all the rooms. The place is like something out of a designer homes magazine but completely unpretentious, inspired by the nature surrounding it and only seconds from the beach. The couple who run the place made our stay extra special, they were so helpful in everyway, both of them surf so they gave us great advice on the best spots and even give lessons if you need them. They cooked us amazing 3 course meals in the evening, breakfast had everything you could possibly want and the rooms were impeccable. Not normally inspired to write reviews on places but this place deserves every bit of credit!!!

Amazing Place

by TripAdvisor Member jlattur

We stayed at Buena Vista for only 2 nights but we loved it. The place is beautiful, we had wonderful breakfasts and dinners (thanks marielle), and woke up to monkeys and parakeets every morning. We took surfing lessons and did yoga on the deck to the sound of the waves and monkeys. What an amazing place, I'd go back in a heartbeat!

Great Experience at Buena Vista Surf Club!

by TripAdvisor Member SF_CA_Traveller

The other reviews on this site are accurate. Our group had a great stay at the Buena Vista Surf Club. Mark and Marielle are excellent hosts, the food is excellent and the location spectacular. It feels like you are staying with friends.


by TripAdvisor Member tfdalton

The Buena Vista Surf Club is, in a word, fantastic. We spent five nights in one of the cabanas and loved every minute of it. It is set in an incredibly tranquil and beautiful location, with just a short walk (5 mins) downhill to a very nice beach with an excellent surf break ideal for beginning surfers like us. (We were there in low surf season; apparently its good for experts, too). In fact, we enjoyed our time at BVSC so much that the one day we took the half hour shuttle to the nearby town of San Juan del Sur to explore, we quickly tired of the bustle and returned to resume our relaxing. A significant highlight are the owners, Marc and Marielle. They are excellent hosts, good conversationalists, very competent cooks, and all around good folk: the kind of people you'd want to spend a vacation with. They don't treat their guests as guests, rather as friends they welcome into their home. We lacked for nothing in this respect - we felt very at home, so much so that we were sad leaving at the end. We also enjoyed the other guests and had excellent camaraderie, sitting around after dinner sharing stories and good conversation over local beers. The design of BVSC is perfect for its setting - it is eco-conscious, plays to the strengths of its surroundings (the views from the deck are really amazing), and invites nature in--we heard the howler monkeys and saw plenty of birds, an iguana, and some fairly scary (but apparently harmless) spiders. The BVSC probably isn't for everyone, however. It is not a luxury hotel, and those wanting, for instance, air conditioning, constant electricity, hot water, or to sleep without a mosquito net, are better off elsewhere. That caveat aside, staying at BVSC is far from roughing it; it is a very comfortable place and well worth the price. We'd stay there again in a heartbeat.


by TripAdvisor Member east77

We found Buena Vista Surf Resort through searching places on google. this looked to be one of the best places to stay, and certaintly lived up to those expectations. the location is perfect, with amazing views, relaxed atmosphere. Marc and Marielle provied superb service and have accomodations for any requests you have on your vacation. buena vista surf club's rooms and food that is provided are all amazing. i would highly recommend this place to anyone, and would return without thinking twice about it!

Most interesting hotel in Nicaragua

by TripAdvisor Member JT-NYC-79

We recently returned from a fantastic stay with Marc and Marielle at hotel buena vista. Perched at the apex of an undeveloped valley with commanding views of the ocean the surf camp is spectacular. We stayed in an outdoor cabana essentially sleeping within a very living rain forrest. We encountered a variety of wildlife either directly adjacent to or within our cabana including howler monkeys, parrots, geckos, and possums which added to the adventure. We especially enjoyed the company of both our hosts and fellow travellors at nightly dinners (home-cooked by marielle) followed by a few games of cards at night. The beach, used mainly by surfers, is a short walk from the hotel. We rented boards from the hotel and took lessons with a really nice surf instructor. The beach is beautiful and the surf is challenging but forgiving and not overcrowded. We would defenitely recommend this hotel as a unique and engaging place to stay. The laid back atmosphere makes you feel like your staying with close friends.


by TripAdvisor Member DMcFadden

Our stay at the Buena Vista Surf Club was fabulous. Marc and Marielle were perfect hosts, took care of every detail and made our stay both relaxing and incredibly fun. The food was great, and the location, view and beach were amazing. We would definitely recommend Buena Vista for anyone who's looking for a great getaway.

Unique, wonderful experience

by TripAdvisor Member geezergil

We included BVSC for a two night stay during our 24 day trek throughout Nicaragua. We are in our 60's and not into the surfing culture so we were anticipating a marginalization - instead Marc and Marielle could not have been more welcoming. In fact, we sensed a keen interest in talking about something else. This is no small matter since when you stay at BSVC you feel like part of a large family gathered around the dining room for ample and delicious breakfasts and dinners.
We stayed in one of the two cabanas that are on stilts giving the impression you are in a tree house. the kingsized bed was under a mosquito net - necessary, not for mosquitoes during the dry season, but for other, exotic crawlies. With the windows and openings wide you feel you are part of the surrounding jungles with all the accompanying sounds of howler monkeys and birds.
Not surfing we hiked to the surrounding beaches looking for swimming opportunities which we found in Playa Majagual. Both days we lunched at a small beach palaypa - offering delicious sandwiches (eg curried chicken) for $2.00.
We would advise you book ahead for this accomodation since there is limited space and there are no other similar options in this especially delightful area.

Hustle and Flow

by TripAdvisor Member Hermanburglar

From the food to the service, everything about Buena Vista is terrific!

We were a little tired and weary upon our arrival at BVSC due to the fact that we had been travelling since 5 AM that morning, my brand new surfboard was lost in transit, and it took a three hour ride on rough roads to get there.

However, all of that changed once we arrived at BVSC. The second I walked out on that deck all of my travel stress and apprehensions were quickly blown away by the warm offshore breeze blowing at my back. I knew right away that the travel was well worth it. That first look at the sunset with perfect waves in the foreground and a cool Tona in my hand was all I needed to enter a deep state of relaxation.

The fun, family style dinner we had that night was amazing. Mariel is a wonderful cook and the food we had was delicious. It was as if we were sitting down to dinner with friends we had known for years. That night we hung out and played cards (watch out, Mariel is a poker shark) and shared stories.

The next day we woke up with the sun; bright and early, feeling like new people. We were greeted by our smiling hosts, ready with hot delicious Nicaraguan coffee and a delectable breakfast of the freshest fruits, local breads and old favorites.

We then grabbed some boards and went to play in the surf at the beach. The beach and surf at Maderas are perfect, great for beginners on the inside and challenging enough for experts on the outside.

After surfing, drinking beers at the beach shack and sunning all day, we headed back a short walk to BVSC and were greeted by another delicious home cooked meal.

This was our schedule for the remainder of the week. It was one of the most relaxing vacations I have ever had and would highly recommend it.

Of course there are lots of other things to do. Whether going into town, playing frisbee golf or just reading on the deck; there is someting nearby for everyone.

The greatest asset of BVSC is the hosts of course. They are fun, friendly, and beyond accomodating. Marc even went as far as driving a full six hours round trip to pick up my surfboards when they arrived.

BVSC is definitely a unique place to stay and was a wonderful adventure. I wouldn't stay anywhere else if I returned.

Recommended Attractions:
Drinks at Mango Rosa
Howler Monkeys
Movie Night at Bambu Beach
Boat Trip


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Address: Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua