Punta Teonoste Surf & Turtle Resort
What We Love
- A boutique eco-hotel on 'La Rivera Pacific,' with breakfast, a dinner, a surf lesson and moreLearning to surf (or honing your skills) at the property’s pink-sand beach
- Taking a horseback ride and enjoying the scenery at this TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2016 pick
- Going out on a mountain excursion, at either Mombacho Volcano or Granada
- Bonding with nature, and sea turtles, at one of Nicaragua’s four Rainforest Alliance-certified properties
What To Know
- This is an off-the-grid stay; there's no AC, no TV and limited WiFi
- The hotel is a little tricky to get to
- Spacious bungalows have outdoor bathrooms, hammocks and patios
- Bring sunscreen and lots of bug spray – you will be exposed to the elements
For your next seaside getaway, venture beyond the beach towel. At Punta Teonoste Surf & Turtle Resort, on the Nicaraguan coast, you won’t just enjoy the sounds of the crashing waves – you’ll hop on a board and live out the surfer dream. Not only does this all-villa escape boast a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2016, but it blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, offering a unique, eco-friendly experience. So whether you’re honing your skills or starting from scratch, you’ll be keeping things stylish – and sustainable.
If you need some land with your sea, there’s a variety of alternative activities on offer, like Zumba, biking, salsa and horseback riding. You can also sign up for excursions to the famous Masaya or Mombacho volcanoes, Granada, the local hot springs or the Masaya Handicrafts Market, or simply stay in and receive a massage or aromatherapy manicure at Four Elements Spa. And it wouldn’t be a proper Punta Teonoste escape without an excursion to the namesake turtle nursery, either. Finish the day with a meal of local El Astillero seafood or grass-fed beef at the sunset-view restaurant and bar – or order both, for a surf-and-turf dinner to match your surf-and-turf adventure.
Take in the gorgeous ocean and beach views from your individualized accommodation, with one-bedroom and two-bedroom options available. After a day of surfing, wash off under your partially open bathroom’s rainfall showerhead, and snuggle up under your down duvet.
Amenities – Bath- One queen or two single beds- Daily room service- Safe- Wi-Fi access- Refrigerator- Ceiling fan- Pillow-top bed- Premium bedding- Bath amenities- Makeup/shaving mirror- In-room massage service (fees apply)- Welcome amenities- Separate sitting area
Continuing with the resort’s theme of coexisting with nature, Punta Teonoste’s gourmet fusion restaurant gets most of its ingredients from local fishermen and farmers. You’ll enjoy locally grown produce, El Astillero seafood, grass-fed beef, exotic fruits and plenty of other fresh, local ingredients worked into the exquisite dishes here. Highlights include the Nica eggs, which include Nicaraguan gallo pinto, cream, country cheese and meat, and the cilantro-and-ginger sea-bass filet. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners here are all à la carte, and you may also sip organic wines and pineapple mojitos at the bar, while taking in the beach and sunset views that both the restaurant and lounge area afford.
When your body needs a boost after a fun-filled but tiring day of surfing, let Four Elements Spa come to the rescue. Its skilled therapists will help you flush out toxins, rejuvenate your skin and improve your immunity, through a harmonizing customized massage, body scrub or other healing treatment, inspired by Asian medicine. You can also indulge in a little pampering here, through a mask, facial or aromatherapeutic manicure.
Popoyo is on Nicaragua’s western coast and, on land, it features all the greenery you associate with this lush nation. On the beach, of course, it’s got some excellent waves, which is what you’ll spend your days appreciating most, as a hotel guest. Your experience, though, isn’t 100% surfing-centered – along with your lessons, you can make friends with adorable baby turtles at the nursery, swim in the pool, play volleyball, go for a hike in the mountains, rent a bike head out on a horseback ride.Explore the rest of the island, too, on an excursion to the famous Masaya or Mombacho volcanoes, local hot springs, lagoons, handicrafts market, community of local weavers or cobblestone streets of Granada. To meet more turtles, in this case of the rare olive ridley variety, head on a seasonal day trip to the Chacocente Escalante River.
How to Get There
Punta Teonoste is everything it claims to be and more. The breathtaking beach with soft sand and impressive surf, romantic bungalows, poolside restaurant, and free amenities and activities for guests (horseback riding, surf boards, bikes) really did meet and exeed expectation.
We were greeted with cold drinks by Narvin at concierge when we arrived, and we adored him immediately! He checked on us throughout our stay, and made sure we had all we needed. The servers were helpful and friendly, and some spoke English (Sergio is a wonderful conversationalist and lovely human being) and we will stay in touch with both of them.
The horseback rides along the beach at sunrise and sunset were highlights for our young family, as well as hours spent boogie-boarding in the incredible surf. The resort is well appointed and our kids were self-sufficient to come and go to the pool and beach on their own.
It was warm in the evenings but the fans and open air were a welcome change from all the air-conditioned places we stayed elsewhere., and the natural details throughout the bungalows, from furniture to the outdoor showers, were really beautiful and added to the distinct aesthetic appeal of the resort.
The restaurant is very good and priced similar to Granada. For a change of pace we drove a few minutes into the main strip of Popoyo and had some less expensive meals in a more lively setting.
Highly recommend Punta Teonoste for a peaceful, romantic or relaxed family experience.... incredible place and wonderful people!
Cozy and small place with what seems to be a private access beach. The restaurant offers gourmet level dishes and the “icacos en miel” dessert is a must. The budget for this place may be a bit higher than normal but definitely worth it.
A small ecolodge with great, helpful staff (with many who spoke english). The lodge is just back from the ocean with a soft sand beach with no large rocks. The waves can be big if you like riding the waves (equipment available). For me, AC is a must (only a few units have it). There can be tons of bugs (last time I was there) but very few this last August. We drive there on the shorter roads but had to turn back and go though Tola as there was a "river" coming across the road due to a recent rain. WiFi is spotty at times.Over all a very pleasant 4 day stay.
Never having been to Nicaragua we loved the ride from Managua as we got to see how the rural people lived. Our driver was from the hotel and even took us into a small town to find a snack. The ride took about 3 hours. It is more like 2 hours during the dry season we were told because they can take a different route.
We loved our hut. We only used the downstairs but the upstairs was good for kids. Definitely insects get in, but we never had a problem in the room that made us uncomfortable. The ceiling fan and floor fan were very nice to keep us cool during the night with the windows open.
We loved the outdoor shower. The bathroom is in your own walled in garden which is pretty cool.
Our food was really good. Some of the best steaks I have ever had! Everything was really fresh and made to order. As we were on our honeymoon and just wanting to relax we were fine with enjoying a drink while our food was freshly prepared. The portions were of adequate size. Don't expect Outback Steakhouse portions. Haha. Pricing was similar to the tourist restaurants in Granada.
Mario was an amazing waiter/bartender. Very personalized service and likable. All staff was nice as well. Knowing some Spanish is helpful but not absolutely necessary.
We had a surfing lesson but the waves weren't perfect. Our instructor worked at the hotel and was very nice. Maybe driving to a different beach would be better for beginners.
We loved the beach. It really was amazingly beautiful and the water so warm. Also they have a nature trail we LOVED. It was muddy, but we went really slow so we could check out the amazing amount of bugs in the forest. Big spiders, ants, wasps, butterflies. We saw a frog, iguana and a boa snake. We saw a large turtle's tracks on the beach but didn't see any actual turtles. The front desk even let us borrow a flashlight to look for them at night. The tide pools at Rabbit Island north of the hotel were very cool. Some little creatures I hadn't seen before.
We loved our stay here and appreciated the staff. Our only suggestion at check out was more hooks in the room and bathroom for drying towels or swimsuits.
So if you are a bit adventurous and want a beautiful relaxing beach vacation you should check them out.
When we arrived we got a nice, very tasty welcome drink.
So we already knew we will be going to enjoy our time.
Our daughter loved the swimmingpool, the beach is so quiet and all for yourself. We had fun with horse riding. Staff is very flexible.
Mario the bar tender knows how to make a good cocktail and prices are reasonable. Very nice guy! He even knew my name, what worried me a bit, that I was ordering too much. But it is holiday.
The resort is small scale and many people try to make your stay comfortable. So prices of food, drinks are all on relative scale too. Not much higher than Granada city with large competition and not the view at Punta teonoste.
The bungalows are open so traffic of bugs is high. But that is normal on a beach in nature. And not sitting in a block of appartments with a boulevard. Perhaps that means the word Eco? So bring a bugspray for 2$ and we had a mobile klamboo tent, fully closed, putted on the bed, used in Africa. So our daughter of 6 was perfectly safe and we had a quiet night. The shower and toilet was clean and outside.
Before we emailed with David on turtle arrival. He did the trouble to inform what are the posibillities to see them. He was unlucky and needed to start his day at 0.00 am and David drove us in the night with a big 4x4 to a remote beach. After just giving up hope we got the jackpot and on his advice when, we could make some nice pictures.
So if you love nature and you enjoy motivated staff, it is the place to be!