Am going to be travelling to Central America for six weeks from mid dec to end of Jan. Thinking of spending most of my time in Nicaraua and Costa Rica. thought i'd kick off with a couple of weeks on pacific coast of Nicaragua learning to surf and practicing my spanish. looking for recommendations of where to stay - wanna spend no more than between $30 and $50 per night - any one got any tips?
I have stayed in a small village on the pacific coast called Las Penitas close to Leon. The sea was very rough and not suitable for swimming but there were many surfers. I am not sure if it is suitable to learn surfing though as the sea was very rough and there are many rocks (I am not a surfer though and frankly do not know). There are a few hotels in Las Penitas and all were below your budget and rather empty when we were there. I think we paid $15 per night for a double room.
On the way to Las Penitas, we also stopped in Poneloya, which was recommended in our guide but there were only 2 places to stay and one was very expensive and the other one expensive and falling down. I wouldn't have stayed there for free and would recommend to go to Las Penitas instead. It is easy to reach by bus from Leon and Leon is also nice to visit.
If you are looking for a more 'touristy' place, I think that most tourists head to San Juan del Sur but we did not have time to go there.
Wherever you go, Nicaragua is a great country to visit!
How about Monty's Surf Camp? He's located in Jiquilillo, on the north Pacific Coast...few tourists, lots of local villagers, beautiful location with great waves to surf on. I just watched a CTV special on it, and I've put it on my list of places to visit!
(If you go, let me know how it is!)
Hi, did you find a good spot to study Spanish and surf on the west coast of Nicaragua? I'm planning on doing the same thing in early 2010.
San Juan Del Sur looks like it has both, however I get the feeling it is quite touristy and you wouldn't get the full immersion in the language/culture.
Any tips would be great.