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
A rustic and secluded villa on the coast of Nicaragua, perfect for beachside lounging and fun watersports
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.