Post # 1
Planning a honeymoon in Nicaragua in February or March. Open to all locatoins, but especially would love a rustic rental that is budget friendly! Need suggestions for where to go, best areas, what to see, where to STAY!
Have looked into Escameca/San Juan areas, which look lovely… but still need to book accomodations and need suggestions.
Post # 3
Do you mean San Juan del Sur? It is gorgeous, a little touristy but amazingly gorgeous. I would go back in a flash.
I would do Omotepe island (there is a ferry there from Rivas), and maybe head out to the Caribbean coast as well. volcano surfing around Limon is awesome. I spent a lot of time around Grenada – another big hit. There are a couple of old churches which still are stained on the stones from when it was attacked by Henry Morgan back in the day.
honestly, I spent two months there and I never prebooked anything other than the first night. I’d just go from place to place and wander until I found a place I liked. Your per night cost can range from hundreds (ripoff chain/resorts) to $3 per night, if you don’t mind a TRULY rustic adventure. The cheapest places will be run by the locals, and probably won’t have internet. Also keep in mind – lots of them will have on-demand hot water, where you have to turn the water on JUST the right amount in order to get hot water coming out of the tap. Be sure to ask your hosts when they show you the room.
it would definitely help if you speak some Spanish, you will find that prices magically drop for you, lol. Also – flor de caña rum is fantastic (and cheap!)
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@amanda2: hey! I went to Nica last year – it’s awesome. We don’t like all-inclusive type resorts and also appreciate rustic, relatively inexpensive lodging. We found this cool little resort owned by a European family, beachfront on a gorgeous and fairly undeveloped Pacific beach north of San Juan del Sur.
I was with a group so we rented one of the houses, which was quite nice. We made friends with people in some of the “standard rooms” – they were fine, hostel-like, ya know? The “deluxe rooms” would probably be great for a honeymoon. The pool, bar, and restaurant were really nicely set up and welcoming, you can rent surfboards, and there’s great surfing right out on the beach.
Fyi, I have read and heard from others that San Juan del Sur is super touristy and not that cool, if you want a more low-key trip. (If you want to party every night with a bunch of surfer gringos in a place that’s super developed, then it’d be great.)
My now-husband and I also flew out to Little Corn Island in the Caribbean, which is this tiny (2 sq km) island surrounded by reefs. Pretty good snorkeling and diving, depending on the season and conditions when you’re there. There are no cars on the whole island, the whole thing is walkable, there are tons of private beaches to wander down, etc! It was really romantic and inviting – but definitely rustic. We stayed at Casa Iguana, which has freaking adorable little cabanas and the most gorgeous restaurant area overlooking the ocean. It was really beautiful and peaceful there – we loved it!
Granada and Isla Ometepe are also really cool!
Let me know if I can answer any specific questions.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@amanda2: I just spent like 10 minutes searhcing through my local newspaper’s lifestyle blog, writtten by a newlywed, to find this for you:
Looks like she stayed in Casa del Soul in San Juan Nicaragua!
Post # 6
I hear they have a several volcanoes there. I would try to go to one. (I’m not sure which are most popular).