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Recent Nicaragua reviews

  • Tropical Paradise Discovered

    "Our first trip to Nicaragua, and it won't be our last. We had a wonderful time at George and Karen's lovely spacious house, which would be just as perfect for a families travelling together as it would for a romantic getaway for two. We explored the safe and friendly island -- the natural spring-fed outdoor pool Ojo de Agua was a huge hit with our young teenage daughter -- and we loved the local Punta beach, and ate very well at the nearby lakeside restaurant, a beautiful short walk away in the moonlight. The locals were very helpful: just tell people you are staying at George and Karen's and you're immediately a neighbour, not just a visitor. The property is lush, although we were sorry we were just too early for the avocado and mango harvest. We biked, we swam, we saw the rodeo. We ate, we drank. We spent tranquil candlelit evenings with cold beer and wine on the big deck (we have infinitely more mosquitoes in Canada!) and watched dawn coming up over the farm from the upper deck in the mornings. Coffee and the dawn chorus; palm trees; beautiful birds, and a view to the lake -- all before breakfast on the deck and a morning snooze in one of the hammocks. The lakewater is deliciously warm, and the swimming is safe for even the little ones. If you can stand the excitement, there are plenty of lively bars and restaurants near the ferry, but then you have to get out of the hammock... It's paradise. The cost of living's extremely reasonable, and we were able to take a number of side trips off the island to the coast (San Juan Del Sur will give you all the nightlife you could possibly ask for -- and more), to the spectacular crater lake, Laguna de Apoyo, and to beautiful colonial Grenada -- but it was hard to leave our new island home. And the hammocks. Did I mention the hammocks? And dawn on the deck? And the soft dark nights? And cold beer from the fridge? Can't wait to go back. Save me a hammock. And a beer. I think I'll have a bit of a snoo..."
    Guest: Geoff and Joanne Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 13, 2015
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  • Amazing property, wonderful location

    "My husband and I just came back from an 8 day stay at Tortuga Azul with another couple, and to say we had a wonderful time is an understatement! The house is absolutely stunning and the photos do it no justice at all. It is a straw bale construction, so the walls are all curved and organic looking, which is really different to what we are used to in the north but the result is amazing! The pool and the outdoor area are perfect, so private and peaceful. You really feel like you are out on your own in the middle of nowhere! William the caretaker keeps everything very clean, and we saw only a couple of bugs (no cockroaches-yay!!). The other reviews have talked about how writing things down in english was really the best way to communicate with him and they were not wrong! We had a few minor water problems during our stay and he fixed them within a couple of minutes, he really is a great asset. The location was great, far enough away from town for it to be nice and secluded, but also close enough that you can walk (during the day time only, and it takes about 30 minutes). Taxis can get a little expensive however, and I think we were overcharged quite a bit while we were there. We were getting charged $15 each way in/out of town, and once or twice we were even charged $20 each way! I have heard that this is unusually expensive, however if it is the norm I would recommend hiring the owners car with the driver Elie as that would probably be cheaper. Lots of the reviews mention Elie, and he really is such a gem. A genuine person, and he seems to really enjoy his job. The other reviews however make it sound like he is quite readily available, however this was not the case when we were there. We needed to book him at least one day in advance as he was so busy, and he doesn't like to work past 5 as he has 2 young children, so keep that in mind! He will recommend other taxis however if you need them! The only downside about the house is the noise of the dogs barking at night, but that is nothing some ear plugs can't fix! Also the internet is complicated and slow, but the owners are trying to rectify that! In short-GO AND STAY HERE!! It was a truly wonderful stay and we can't wait to return as soon as we can!"
    Guest: Christine W. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 27, 2015
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  • BEST PLACE TO STAY!

    "Everything about Villas Playa Maderas is AMAZING. We travel every year taking a month getaway, and our rule is we will never go to the same place twice... BUT this will be the exception to the rule. We most definitely will be returning! The view is stunning, it's a short 2 minute walk to the beach along a private path, the infinity pool at sunset is to die for but what makes Villas Playa Maderas stand above any other place is the staffo. Without the wonderful team it wouldn't have the same energy of a home away from home. Right from the time of booking Richardo personally called to confirm dates and to see if we needed anything else arranged. Roberto and Maryleth live just about villa #1&2 and will take the very best care of you-they are the sweetest people you will ever meet- they take huge pride in that they do. I highly recommend getting Maryleth to make your meals, she's an amazing cook! The 24 hour security team at the villas are great. This is the safest we have ever felt travelling, and when travelling with children you can't put a price on that. We highly recommend Villas Playa Maderas to anyone travelling to Nicarugua! It's a place that can not be missed!"
    Guest: West Coast Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 4, 2015
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  • Excellent Week!!!!

    "I planned a trip here for my birthday with my partner and 6 other gay men. I was looking for a low key beach vacation where we could relax and do nothing much other than that. I discovered Nicaragua 365 and sent an email through the website for a house that would accommodate all of us. The first house I chose was not available for our dates but very quickly David and James responded with this house which was equally nice. From that point on David and James took care of everything. We also decided to take advantage of the package that included two meals a day. We arrived at Managua Airport late on Saturday morning. The airport is very small which is great because you can get through security quickly. I have to be honest that we were a bit nervous about how we would be received. We are 8 gay men and we weren't sure how we'd be treated, we were pleasantly surprised how we were welcomed. We walked outside and were greeted by the driver who took us to the house. The drive was about 2.5 hours but it was fine because none of us had been to Nicaragua and it was nice to see the country. We arrived at the house and Cecilia was there already cooking. We unpacked and had a cocktail and started relaxing right away. James stopped by and made sure we had everything we needed. The next day David came by to introduce himself and schedule activities for us. Fortunately he was there because one in our group was stung by a sting ray and David drove him to the clinic right away (all turned out fine). On Wednesday we took a day trip to Granada and went zip lining. David came along with us and made sure we saw the highlights of Granada. We went on a nice boat ride, stopped at an island for drinks and then went to an excellent dinner. I can tell you this was one of the best vacations I have been on. The house was perfect, the staff was incredible and the location was exactly what I was looking for. It was clean, safe, beautiful and relaxing. Thank you to David, James, Cecilia, Juanita, and everyone else who made my birthday vacation one to remember."
    Guest: Randall K. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 27, 2015
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