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Empalme a Las Playas

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1/2 c N. al Empalme a las Playas Maderas y Playa Marsella | Left Before the Road Splits to Playas Marsella and Maderas, Playa Marsella, San Juan del Sur 00011, Nicaragua
Empalme a Las Playas

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Welches, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tummy aches from laughing, but tummy smiles from amazing food. Roy and Karen are ideal hosts, with coffee pronto in the morning, and ready with stories, suggestions, solutions...Howler monkeys mingle with morning muses, walking "the hill" to the beach became a treasured workout, by choice, since rides were offered. But please, we don't want this place to change. Go if... More 

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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a life changing experience in this haven of nature. The cabin where I stayed was amazing. My coffee and breakfast was ready every morning. The grounds are kept very well. I enjoyed sitting in the common area listening to Roy's stories and laughing. Karen was a sweetheart. I loved being so close to the beach, listening to the... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Wonderful, 'away from it all' cabins set back from the beaches, set amongst the forest, just 15 mins from San Juan Del Sur. Wake up to the sound of howler monkeys and parrots in the trees, have an amazing breakfast while watching the hummingbirds zip around the freshly watered flowers within the grounds. The setting is ideal for anyone wanting... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Great place to get peace and quiet from city life.The owners are really great. Breakfast was amazing. The property is about a 10 minutes drive from Playa Maderas (the owners will drive you there) and it is about a 5 minute walk from Playa Marsella. There is a really good restaurant right across the street called Bar Gaby. The cabana... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Arriving to Roy and Karen's, after a longer than expected drive from the airport, was very refreshing from the moment Roy came to meet us at the car and welcome us. We were 2 couples travelling throughout Nicaragua and we were only staying a short time at each destination. The day we arrived to Empalme had started at 5am leaving... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Roy and Karen, the owners, were so welcoming and helpful throughout my stay. They made me feel like family. Roy drove me to the two beaches nearby, Marsella and Maderas, in his SUV and introduced me to some of the locals. I was very comfortable in the cabin as it was light and spacious with everything that I needed provided.At... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

After working with an NGO all week my friends and I wanted to find a place at the beach. I used tripadvisor and this sounded like a good place. After a good little drive on a dirt road we found Empalme a La Playas. Karen is very accommodating to each guest. She was very gracious about emailing me about all... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The location of Empalme is great for nature lovers as it is in the middle of the forest and you can hear and see many wild animals such as the howler monkeys.The "Cabanas", are simple but large and very convenient. Karen and her son Marty are very lovely, helpful and sweet hosts and gave us a daily lift and pick... More 

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Amador City, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

What a great place! The setting is tropical and instantly feels like home. The Cabina we stayed in was build on pillars up in the trees - feels like you're in a tree house. Rustic and charming and definitely a great place to relax. 3 minute walk from the beach - we were there in the busy season and had... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

My husband and I stayed at Empalme with Karen, Roy, and Marty for 5 nights over Christmas. We had the most wonderful time. All three of them are spectacular hosts, always anticipating guests needs. I highly recommend staying in Empalme. We arrived after midnight on Christmas and they waited up for us, made sure we were settled, and asked if... More 

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