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129 Total Reviews
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Property Description

Surfing Turtle is a lively, fun and social beachfront hostel located on a beautiful stretch of empty beaches in Isla Los Brasiles, at Northern Nicaragua's Pacific Coast, Central America. It is a 20 minute drive from the historic city of Leon, a short boat ride and horse cart ride on the island. Also, we explore travel with an off the grid approach, powered with solar panels, an onsite turtle hatchery, and growing some of our own food. The Lodge provides all the necessary amenities, such as restaurant, stocked bar, private rooms, dorms and more. Also, activities such as surfboard rentals, horseback riding, yoga and more is available.

The hostel has an on site restaurant that offers a variety of national and international dishes. The hostel DOES NOT have a communal kitchen. We ask our guests please not to bring their own food as we don’t have space to spare it.

The Lodge is located on a remote stretch of beach along the Pacific Coast. The beach is virtual deserted with nice waves and beautiful sunsets. Along the back of the property is an estuary with various wild life. In addition, we are neat to some of the best attractions of the area such as Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado and other great spots.

The rooms have comfortable double beds or bunk beds in the dorms. They have fans for air circulation and mesh on the windows. In addition, we have several common areas where the guests can get together and exchange past experiences and future plans.

How to get to the lodge:

From Leon: Take a taxi to the "Mercadito de Subtavia". Then, take a local chickenbus to Poneloya and get off when the bus makes a U turn. Once there walk (400 meters) to the boat ramp, next to "Chepe's bar."

From Poneloya: Once in Poneloya and at the boat ramp (next to "Chepe's bar”), guests must cross a river by boat (1$/person) and either walk or be picked up by horse carriage (free) to travel the 900m distance to reach us. To get direct transportation to Surfing Turtle within Nicaragua, please contact us

Surfing Turtle Lodge Policies and Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival.

Check in from 14:00.
Check out before 11:00.

Payment upon arrival by cash, credit card (5% fee for foreign cards).
This property might pre-authorize your credit card.

Taxes included.
Breakfast not included. It goes from 4.00 USD to 6.00 USD per person per day.


The reception service is open from 07.00 to 21.00
Pet friendly.
Child friendly.

Reviews & Ratings

129 Total Reviews
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Nov 09, 2023
Cute remote getaway right on the beach. The food was realy good and not expensive, $4USD for breakfast and $8USD for lunch or dinner. It is an eco lodge so it is basic but thats part of its charm. We even saw one little turtle get released.
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Couple, 25-30
Oct 18, 2023
We really enjoyed our stay at Surfing Turtle Lodge. Perfect place to enjoy the sun and the waves. The staff is really kind and helpful. If you go there you should definitely ask for lobster in their restaurant!
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Mixed Group, 18-24
Jun 28, 2023
Cool remote hostel, right next to a surfing beach. Waves in Las Peiñitas are supposed to be better though. The stay was beautiful and there’s a lot of outdoor activities (slack-lining, yoga etc.). Only thing you should know is that there is no hostel kitchen, so the stay gets more expensive by the food you have to buy there.
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Male, 18-24


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free WiFi
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Common Room
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Book Exchange
    • Utensils
    • Parking
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Airport Transfers
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
  • Entertainment

    • Board Games
    • Wi-Fi

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