Los Clavos Surf Camp offers surf and yoga retreats in the beautiful, untouched Pacific coast of Northern Nicaragua.
Surf Camps (4)
Julia Gavin thrives on the challenges of Ashtanga yoga and has shaped her lifestyle to dedicate hours to her practice. She is a keen practitioner, studying with intensity anything and everything concerned with this traditional practice. Every class taught, be it Ashtanga led yoga class, Vinyasa Flow, hip opening, Myofascia release or yoga philosophy, serves the practice of Ashtanga yoga. She strongly promotes the benefits of meditation through movement exploring the advantages of meditation both on and off the mat.
Surf instructor with French certification - speaks english, french and spanish
from United States, June 2019
"Fabulous empty breaks for all levels. Laid back camp. Go!"
The facilities and overall vibe of the surf retreat were outstanding. Its only 3 years old and looks it. The surf is amazing. The breaks are still uncrowded and worth the effort to travel a bit farther afield. In a few years I am sure it will be more developed because the surf is that good. Mostly we had the break to ourselves. There was never a line up as there was plenty of surf for everyone. The break right in front of the camp was amazing for advanced surfers (its rocky). Romain and Nick had an epic sunset session while I watched while doing yoga.
I got a bit unlucky with the weather in that the swell size took some of the better surfing outside of my comfort zone, but Nick did his best to get me out there and make it productive. The week before and the week after looked perfect for me at Napahua and Aposentillo. They were stellar for those just more advanced than I was. Those guys were having a killer time.
The whole vibe is very laid back.I was traveling solo but had a great time with those in camp (totally new to surfing and they loved it). Between surf sessions we hung at the pool, did yoga (which was great), played petonque (bocce), soaked on the tide pool. There were boxing classes, massages and different day trip options.
The food was good ranging from well done basics for breakfast and dinner with fresh juices to dinners featuring fish caught that day by the fisherman next door to a full on spiny lobster dinner the night before I left. 100% recommended.
from Great Britain, April 2019
"Would go again in a heartbeat"
Beautiful location, lovely people, Los Clavos is a real gem. Very easy transfer from the airport all pre-arranged and lots of communication from Claire and Romain in the run-up so everything ran smoothly. Surf in the morning and chill and yoga in the afternoon. Very highly recommended.
from Serbia, August 2018
"Better than I expected:-)"
My first time in Alps, and yoga retreat! The whole team is well organised, harmonious, professional. Clare was very thoughtful of my slow hiking and made sure to show me some techniques which helped my painful knees. Both Clare and Romaine gave their best as hosts, including exchanging my mattress when my back hurt. And the place was stunning, like the wooden house in the movie Twilight :-) fantastic food with fresh cheeses from the local farmers, and super delish meals cooked by family and hosts(mad skills)! We did yoga with lovely and bubbly Julia, hiked, hugged some trees (mostly me), visited Annecy, swam in the amazingly clean turquoise lake, walked around towns...lovely feature is a heart shaped clearing opposite the house. :-) Overall the week felt like spending time with friends and family. The group was amazing too, such interesting people:-) I wish you all the best!
from United States, February 2018
I loved the food!! The Yoga instructor Haley was amazing and very motivating!
from United States, February 2018
"Sunset, Surf & Savasana "
Removed from the hustle & bustle of city life, the Los Clavos Camp is secluded and practically off-grid. The activities were well thought out and scheduled so as not to overlap with any conflicting interests, so we were busy from sunrise to sunset with plenty of hammock time in between adventures. The food was well-rounded, the hospitality was on-point and we were welcomed with open arms right into the fold.
from Mozambique, December 2017
"Above all expectations"
Amazing location, amazing food, amazing holiday. Romain and Claire who runs the camp were extremely friendly and made me feel very welcome. I would like to go back soon!
from United States, May 2017
"A quiet escape far from my NYC reality"
If you're looking for a place to truly relax and get away from the stress of life, I highly recommend you head to Los Clavos.
I liked literally everything. The accommodations were clean and new with beautiful ocean views. The food (both French and Nicaraguan was served) was delicious, local, and plentiful. The yoga and surfing exceeded our expectations based on location and quality. The saline pool was a wonderful oasis on hot days after a morning of surfing. And finally, the rancho with it's comfortable couches and hammocks, was a perfect place to spend an afternoon reading, playing games, or napping.
Claire and Romain are thoughtful and helpful - and are very good pétanque players so competitors beware.
Julia Gavin is a remarkable yoga teacher who was able to encourage and push us in our practice. She also is very good at understanding the needs of the body and was able to work with those needs and limitations.
Donald the surf instructor got both me and my traveling companion up and surfing! He's very patient and encouraging. He also was sure to put safety first.
from United States, May 2017
"Retreat from your reality"
Los Clavos Surf camp is a beautiful destination for anyone looking to unplug from their daily life and connect with nature and themselves. The ocean view, especially at sunset yoga is spectacular. Romain and Claire have created a space that is inviting and relaxing for all. They are truly spectacular hosts who've created a week long retreat that was exactly what we needed - surf, sun, yoga, beach, hammocks, great food, great people and a puppy. Julia Gavin's yoga classes were tailored specifically to our needs and she spent extra time creating a back bend workshop with Myofascia release. She is extremely talented, knowledgeable and a joy to be around. Our surf instructor, Donald, was patient and fun, while keeping us safe as we learned how to surf. Each meal was delicious and fresh - they even accommodated a vegan diet. All in all it was an amazing experience and I wish I was there right now.
from United States, September 2018
"Une semaine de bonheur "
J'ai passé un excellent séjour. L'ambiance de groupe était super, les séances de yoga de qualité et les randonnées (sportives) en montagne étaient magnifiques.
Un grand merci à Claire et Romain pour leur accueil chaleureux et leur convivialité. Les petits plats préparés avec amour sont à recommander.
Luciana Blanco Villegas
from Argentina, July 2018
"What an amazing experience!"
The instructors and teachers were the best part, Julia and Chloe are super motivating, have great humor, are very responsible yet flexible to everyones needs and truly inspiring human beings. Our hosts (and their pets) and the accomodation were also very very good. Los Clavos Surf camp and the beaches that surround it are heavenly. Thank ya'll so much!
from Canada, May 2018
Excellent endroit, dès notre arrivé à l’aeroport quelqu’un est venu nous chercher. Ambiance et activité excellente. Recommande fortement seul ou en groupe
from Canada, March 2018
Autant l'emplacement, que les activités et le staff sont partie intégrante de l'expérience qui est incroyable. J'y retournerais et surtout je ne serais jamais partie. J'ai eu la chance d'avoir Haley comme professeur, elle est dévoué et à l'écoute.
from France, August 2017
L'accueil, le site !