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…
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.
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.