Stoke, Shred + Shine: A Culturally Immersive Surf Adventure

Playa Gigante - Nicaragua

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Aug 21 - 27, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20
Stoke, Shred + Shine: A Culturally Immersive Surf Adventure
Playa Gigante - Nicaragua

Room to Roam
  • Facebook verified
24 reviews

$NaN
Aug 21 - 27, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

Join these empowering badass surf yogi queens for a week of deep connection. Connect to mother ocean through surfing, paddling, snorkeling and sailing. Connect with the local culture and beautiful souls of Playa Gigante and most importantly connecting to yourself on a deeper level. 


Participate in daily surf adventures, sunrise or sunset yoga and meditation sessions, cacao ceremonies and specialized experiences of the local flavors that this authentic fishing village has to offer. 


Ride horses through local farms, hiking through natural ecosystems and spending time with the local children learning how they work together to keep their environment clean and empower each other to live life to the fullest! 



OUR SPACE/HOTEL:

 Equipped with a sparkling pool, WiFi, and A/C, you’ll be able to enjoy comfortable accommodations without losing the rustic touch that makes Gigante unique. Yoga will be held between a tropical open space underneath our newly built grand palapa and a cliffside ocean view shala.

Breaks in the day are encouraged, so feel free to take a moment to relax in one of our day beds or hammock, and appreciate the cloudy blue skies, palm trees, and gift yourself the feeling of serenity. 

Food

We have a full-service restaurant + bar to prepare meals and beverages during this retreat. Enjoy fresh, locally-sourced ingredients with delicious options for all dietary needs and preferences.  Experience delicious tropical fruits, fresh caught fish, local produce, and a thoughtfully crafted menu to keep you satisfied.

The Community of El Gigante

 A colorful fishing village off the beaten path, El Gigante is located just over an hour north of San Juan Del Sur on Nicaragua's beautiful Pacific Coast. The town is aptly named “big foot” when translated from Spanish to describe the gentle green foothills that meet the ocean with such ease. A town filled with untouched beaches, roaming farm animals, and dirt pathways; you’ll quickly remember the importance of slowing down and to embrace living simply.  


The lifestyle and culture here very much embodies the phrase “Take it Easy”. Arriving here feels like taking one long exhale and a chance to just be. 

MEET THE SURFISTAS: LAYNA, MARY, + IGGY

 Layna is a very peaceful yet powerful yogi and surfer. Obtaining her 200 hour vinyasa RYT in 2016 she has delved deeper into her practice through cross-cultural experience and immersive journeys. She has been a surfer for 10+ years and an ocean advocate through all aspects of life. She strives to have each student tap into that divine intrinsic value we all hold by connecting deep within nature, immersion into new cultures and diving deep into yourself. Her favorite yoga class to lead is under a sunset or sunrise sky nourishing and giving love to those tender surfing muscles after a long day playing on the water.  Layna’s home base is Jupiter Fl but is frequently found traveling through Central American jungle towns practicing yoga and mediation, charging waves and riding horses into the Sunset. She actually lived in Gigante for some time so is beyond stoked to share some of her second home with all who wish to join. Layna leads immersive surf yoga adventure retreats throughout Central America and has dubbed the name Sea Reina by the divine connection to the sea she desires to share. Check out her upcoming SeaReinaSoul surf and yoga retreat schedule @Laynaseareina. 



Mary is an enthusiastic logger & has a zeal for surfing that has been contagious for 10+ years. She owns her own surf instructing business that has taught over 700 women how to surf in less than a year. She is instructing in the water 5 days a week and working on her creative endeavors when she's not teaching. Mary is native to South Carolina swell but has posted up in West Palm Beach, Florida for the last 8 years. Before she quit her job to spread the stoke, she managed a retreat venue and hosted various retreats & logistics for guests that traveled from around the world. When the conditions are not hospitable to teach, she is usually creating collages or embroidery pieces for local markets. You can check out her recent surf-converts and collage creations on her instagram @gurferlady and @gurferlady.creative . 


Iggy is an absolute shredista, native to Vina del Mar, Chile. She is addicted to the stoke and eternal creativity that both surfing and graphic design bring her. Iggy grew up jumping between Chile, Ireland and the United States and has been lucky to be surfing since she was a young one. The ocean has always been her home and surfing has always been a part of her life. Before coming to Florida 6 years ago she instructed for Billabong Chile for 4 years in the town of Concon, Chile. She is super stoked to bring anyone along for a first time froth or a short board sesh. Surfing, teaching surf lessons, doing ding repair and skating are her daily practices. You can see her ripping on her fish during Florida refraction swells or kicking it on a log during our microwave days.  When she's not in Florida you can find her in Costa Rica or Nicaragua with a surfboard in one hand and a coconut in the other. If she's not on the hunt for waves she is designing artwork for herself and other companies @iggypazz 


What’s included

  • Daily Yoga
    Perfect complement to your surfing!
  • Daily Surf Trips
    Based on conditions, we will get to the best waves each day, amongst Amarillo, Lance's Left, Playgrounds, Panga Drops, Colorados, Popoyo, Manzanillo, etc.
  • Sunset Reggae Night
    Enjoy tropical curry with reggae vibes at Monkey House...one of the best views overlooking Gigante + the ocean!
  • Sunset Panga Adventure
    Experience the freedom of the open ocean and working with the elements while you get the beautiful views of the Emerald Coast.
  • Sacred Cacao Ceremony
    Led by a Reiki Master using organic Cacao from the magical island of Ometepe.
  • 4-Star Accommodations
    6 nights in our 4-Star Beachside Boutique Hotel with a pool, grand palapa wellness space, A/C, hot water, Wifi
  • Food + Drink
    Unlimited food, fresh juice, refreshments from our onsite restaurant. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
  • Airport Shuttle
    Roundtrip Airport Shuttle to get you safely + seamlessly between airport + hotel.
  • Alcoholic Drinks
    Full Service Bar Onsite with Fresh Craft Cocktail Creations and Ice Cold Beer
  • Extra Activities
    We work with our trusted partners for the extras like : day trip excursions, horseback riding, boat trips for surf/fishing, massages, golf, moto rentals, whatever you want to do!
  • Gratuity for our staff
    If you loved your service + stay with us, feel free to leave a tip to be shared evenly amongst all of our awesome staff.
  • Travel Insurance
    *strongly reccommended* to protect you investment in case the unexpected happens. WeTravel recommends: www.travelexinsurance.com
  • International Airfare
    We will help you find the bset flight into either Liberia, CR (LIR) or Managua, Nicaragua (MGA). Our roundtrip shuttle picks you up right from either airport to get you to our hotel!
  • International Airfare
    We will help you find the bset flight into either Liberia, CR (LIR) or Managua, Nicaragua (MGA). Our roundtrip shuttle picks you up right from either airport to get you to our hotel!

Available Packages

Shared Room + Bath (double occupancy)
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 Our shared rooms are equipped with either a queen size bed or two twins, a side table/desk, built in dresser, blackout shades, hot water shower, and refreshing A/C.   

$1,999
Deposit: $500
Private Room + Bath
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Our shared rooms are equipped with a queen size bed, a side table/desk, built in dresser, blackout shades, hot water shower, and refreshing A/C.  

$2,299
Deposit: $500
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Room to Roam is an all-inclusive retreat service provider that streamlines the retreat leading process and connects people to amazing experiences off the beaten path. Currently with locations in Southern Nicaragua + Northern Costa Rica.

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What an unbelievable experience! I fell in love with the beauty of the land and the community. Room to Roam does an excellent job coordinating every detail, so you don't have to worry about anything. And I can't say enough about the staff. The staff are like a close family, genuinely friendly and so helpful! This retreat experience was like none other. There were plenty of activities to choose from, making it a unique "choose your own adventure" experience. I'll definitely be back in the future.
By Candace E for Let Go | Recharge | Have Fun on 22 Jun, 2022
Such a great time. The room was comfortable with air conditioning and hot water. The food and staff were all fantastic. Highly recommend!
By Jessica T for Let Go | Recharge | Have Fun on 14 Jun, 2022
Can’t say enough good things about Room to Roam and the whole staff in Nicaragua. The food is next level, the staff is so warm and friendly, I was instantly at home. They guided me through the travel process and I felt completely safe as I traveled somewhere new. The surfing was incredible and there is just some kind of magic down there! I’ll be back!
By Meredith P for SURF + SKATE IN NICARAGUA WITH LORENZO on 13 Jun, 2022
Room to Roam was an amazing experience all around! Accommodations were clean and comfortable with operational A/C, fans, wi-fi, and running hot water! The common spaces were awesome, and the pool was always ready. All the staff on site were welcoming and delightful, and took care of guests' every request. The food was absolutely incredible! Everything on the menu was on point and they handled special requests with ease. In our small group we had a gluten-free carnivore, a gluten-free vegetarian, and a gluten-loving vegetarian. We each had enough options to never have to eat the same meal twice (though some found favorites and stuck to them). I endeavored to try as much as possible, and there wasn't a single dish that didn't completely deliver beyond expectation. The bartenders, spinning the fun music and videos, also spun excellent thirst-quenching drinks from smoothies to cocktails, delivered with a smile. Ashley's yoga and Kate's pilates sessions were just right, and the hour-long massage left me blissful and pain-free. The owners, Chance and Kate, took on all the worries to make sure our experience went smooth - including adjusting rooming arrangements, transportation, border crossings, and covid-testing. And their dogs, Iris and Tarzan, were delightful and wonderful companions for walks and naps. But the one staff member deserving the biggest SHOUTOUT was our Surf Guide, Ramone. Not only did he gently coax us out in all kinds of conditions, but he was attentive to us in the water and always made sure we were in the optimal spot for catching waves. He helped me tremendously with timing and technique, calling me into waves, and instilling my confidence in bigger waves, and in less than optimal conditions. I am grateful for the breakthroughs that came from surfing with both Ramone and our host, Lorenzo (whom I credit for getting to my feet on the shortest board yet!). Our group was quite small (5 guests at the start and then just 3 for the rest of the week), so it was like having the "resort" to ourselves with a high staff to guest ratio. That said, I still think a larger group would not feel any less personally cared for. You really feel like you are visiting friends: fresh home-cooked meals, no need for locked doors, wi-fi connectivity, laundry service, and pet dogs. It's a home away from home, plus plenty of ROOM TO ROAM.
By Kymri W for SURF + SKATE IN NICARAGUA WITH LORENZO on 07 Jun, 2022
This trip was such a blast! Room to Roam set us up in Hotel Onda, which had such a cool, upscale hostel/boutique hotel vibe! The staff were super friendly and our excursions were amazing. I especially love the waterfall excursion and learning to surf with Javi my surf instructor! Kate and Olivia were so hospitable and always checking on us to make sure things were going well or if we needed anything. I'd definitely do this again!
By Rheannon M for PURA VIDA! Room to Roam Expands to Costa Rica! on 17 May, 2022
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I can’t say enough about my wonderful experience with Kate, Ashley, Lorenzo and the whole staff at Room to Roam! This trip was truly magical. I was a little nervous to travel for the first time since COVID. Kate took such great care ushering me in to Nicaragua. I was very stressed at home prior to leaving and Kate kept taking things off my plate as I prepared to leave. Upon arrival we were greeted so warmly by the staff. I was instantly relaxed. Marco’s truly does make the BEST passion fruit margarita on the planet! My intention was surf and boy did I fall back in love with surfing, but I am really walking away with so much more- a complete reboot for my body, mind and soul! I’ll be back again soon! PS the food is out of the this world! Every single meal…. Mouth watering!
By Meredith P on 03 Jun, 2022