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Where to stay in Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

[ 2 ] March 20, 2011 | Alison Adey

Planning a trip to Isla de Ometepe? Wherever you stay expect a bumpy ride. Hostels are few and far between and the roads are in a bad way. Read on to see which are the best areas and how much to pay in a taxi…

Beaches underwater at Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Santa Domingo, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua - Fabulous Travel Guide

Santa Domingo (pictured) is about 40 minutes from Moyogalpa in a taxi. Either get a local bus (which takes around 3 hours) or take a taxi (1 hour). Don’t pay any more than $15.

Here you’ll find several hostels, a couple of restaurants and one internet café. There’s also somewhere to hire motorbikes and mopeds. TOP TIP Don’t give them your passport – pay a deposit instead. We handed our passports over and when we came back a few hours later they said they’d lost it…

Santa Cruz is a little further away, and it’s here that the roads get particularly bad. It should take around one hour in a cab ($20). There’s not much to do here but it’s a good base if you want to climb Volcan Maderas and San Ramon waterfall.

Volcan Concepcion, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua - Where to stay - Fabulous Travel Guide

Hostels

If you’re looking for a sociable vibe and lots of fun, head to Little John’s ($7) in Santa Cruz. The bar here gets lively at night and there’s plenty of hammocks to chill out in when you’re not exploring the island. Be warned, it’s a fair distance to Santa Domingo on foot so you’re best bet is to hire a motorbike to see the island.

If you’re staying in Santa Domingo then Hostel Buena Vista ($7) is your cheapest option. Dorms are a little old fashioned with worn out sheets and only a curtain separating the toilet from the bedrooms, but it’s cheap and cheerful. There are hammocks out front, a bar and good views of the lake.

Staying in Granada or San Juan del Sur? Find out how to get to Ometepe and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more travel updates,

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About Alison Adey: I was previously Channel Editor for IPC's Homes network (Housetohome.co.uk; Idealhomemagazine.co.uk; Livingetc.com and Homesandgardens.com) but I bid them a fond farewell in December 2010 to embark on this trip. I also worked for Nowmagazine.co.uk as a features writer for two years. View author profile.

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