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Where to stay in Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Where to stay in Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

[ 2 ] March 20, 2011

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,

How to get to Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

How to get to Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

[ 1 ] March 16, 2011

Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua is formed out of two volcanoes: Volcan Concepcion and Volcan Maderas. It is the largest island located on a fresh water lake in the world – and it’s well worth a visit.

Staying in San Juan del Sur or Granada? Your hostel should have plenty of info on bus times and prices. Check out the map below to start planning your route.

Catch a boat to Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Catch a boat to Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

From Granada: Get a direct boat (Monday and Thursday) or get the local bus to Rivas (takes 1 hour), a taxi to the port (10 minutes) and a boat from there (1 hour) to Moyogalpa.

From San Juan Del Sur : Get a bus to Rivas (40 minutes) and a boat from there (1 hour) to Moyogalpa.

See more pictures of Ometepe and  check out the freshwater springs. Need more advice on travelling through Nicaragua? Follow our top tips on staying safe in Central America.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Volcan Concepción

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Volcan Concepción

[ 1 ] March 13, 2011

Planning a trip to Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua? Get ready for magnificant views of Volcan Concepción and Volcan Maderas as you speed around the island by moped.

Volcan Concepción, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Volcan Concepción on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua - Fabulous Travel Guide

See what else there is to do in Nicaragua and see more pictures of Isla de Ometepe here. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, too!

Swim in the freshwater springs of La Presa Ojo de Agua

Swim in the freshwater springs of La Presa Ojo de Agua

[ 1 ] March 8, 2011

Planning a trip to Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua? La Presa Ojo de Agua is beautiful little swimming hole near Santa Domingo. It’s made up of several underground springs that glisten and bubble in the sun.

La Presa Ojo de Agua, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

La Presa Ojo de Agua, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Entrance costs $2 and you can stay as long as you like. Chill out on the sun-loungers around the pool or hike through the tropical forest. There’s even a restaurant nearby serving tacos and cold drinks.

La Presa Ojo de Agua, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

La Presa Ojo de Agua, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

How to get there

La Presa Ojo de Agua is located on the narrow stretch of land connecting the two volcanoes (see map below). If you plan on hiring a quad or motorbike, it takes just 10 minutes from Santa Domingo and makes a nice stopping off point on your way to other sites.

Looking for somewhere to stay? Check out nearby hostels and see more pictures of Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua. And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more travelling updates!

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