Welcome to WildNica Surf Retreat - 15 mins. south of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Situated in a tranquil setting, backing onto a 450 acre Nature Reserve, we're within easy reach to the southern Pacific Coast beaches.
Welcome to WildNica Surf Retreat - 15 mins. south of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Situated in a tranquil setting, backing onto a 450 acre Nature Reserve, we're within easy reach to the southern Pacific Coast beaches. The 2 bedroom, 400 sq ft Guest House has a huge wrap-around patio, with 'outdoor kitchen', and sitting room. Indoor/outdoor showers, outdoor laundry, outdoor communal kitchen. Your on-site Host lives in a nearby cabin to assist you providing coordination between the property & San Juan del Sur, shuttles you to the local beaches, guided walks into the nature reserve - a tropical forest teeming with life, including 3 species of monkey, countless species of butterflies and birds (including toucans). Nearby horseback riding tours can be booked. All services are off-the-grid. Prices set for the budget traveler: US$45 per night Weekly rate $250. Monthly rate $700.
There is a 2nd cottage (12 x 12) that rents out for $10 a day or $50 for the week. Cottage is connected to an 'outdoor kitchen'. We look forward to hearing from surfers on a tight budget seeking to be within striking distance of the 2 best spots south of town.
4 acres of complete privacy. When looking to get away from the busy North American and/or San Juan del Sur lifestyle this is the place for reading in an hammock, bike rides on rural roads/along vast stretches of beach, yoga on the deck, mediation in the woods, helping in the garden, or surfing everyday at our home beach of Playa Yankee. 4 bikes with surf board racks for carbon-free excursions to the playa. Meals prepared by your Host, local dining, or cooking your own recipes. The solar oven is ideal for slow-cooking.
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Access to 2 of the top surf beaches in the country: Playa Yankee and Hermosa. Looks out onto a 450 Nature Reserve, trail leads from top of property into the rainforest. Nearby river where howler monkeys live in melon trees, turtles sunny on logs, swimming holes. Amenities shared include communal outdoor kitchen. Beach truck can be driven by guests to Playa Yankee and to main gate to catch bus into town.
Interaction with Guests
Host is on-site in their own quarters. They are here to maintain the property and to socialize as time allows. The Host will guide you to the beach and on walks. Its advisable to go on excursions on the buddy system.
This is a rural setting, however there are 2 neighbors also on 4 acre properties. A farmer has right to move his cattle 1 x day on a right of way at the top of the property. We buy fresh citrus form local farmers. The village of Escampequita has a medical clinic, elementary school, chapel, a nice restaurant (Rancho Terra), 2 very small grocery outlets, baseball diamond and rodeo grounds. People are very friendly.
Local bus comes by the front gate 3 x a day. Taxi costs approx. $25 to SJDS.
Other Things to Note
This is a semi-remote location - takes time to adjust to a very slow pace. Sunrise at 5:30am - sunset at 6:30.
No Rules - just be respectful.
One dog is okay to bring.
No loud partying.
The Wild Nica retreat was a great experience. Myself and my two friends decided somewhat last minute to do a surf trip to SJDS Nicaragua. Not originally planning on staying in a house, we were looking all around for hostels, motels, hotels that all seemed to be booked up. We quickly learned that it was Samana Santa (Easter), which I guess is very popular in Nica. Anyway, good thing because we found this perfect sized cottage just out of town with a wonderful host. We were welcomed warmly and it was almost as if the host Alex was another friend we hadn't seen in a while.
We were shown around town, set up with surf board rentals and driven to and from the beach every day! We also got free surf lessons and I am pretty sure I could go pro now if I wanted to! haha.
More on the cottage itself though, it is small and very basic and I want to stress that if you are higher maintenance it might not be the place for you. My friends and I are very easy going and the outhouse, slow running sink tap and distance from town did not bother us at all. In fact we actually loved the outdoor shower and are all thinking of doing the same thing back in Canada (so refreshing!). If you are into surfing the location is pretty prime. It is only a 5 minute drive to Playa Yankee which is less populated and nicer for getting a surf (scratch that... getting a wave! Yet another thing you will learn in your lesson- surf lingo).
Anyway, strongly recommend this place for the low maintenance, surfing motivated individual! Lots to do, easy to get to town for fun nights, and great host that makes anything you want happen!
Nuestro anfitrión fue Alex (ENCANTADOR). Nos llevó a la playa y estuvo pendiente de nosotros en todo momento. El sitio es muy chulo (en mitad de la naturaleza, rodeado de monos y escasos minutos de playitas paradisíacas)