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“beautiful beach location, great guest house, friendly and helpful owners” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Veranera - Playa El Coco

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Magdeburg, Germany
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“beautiful beach location, great guest house, friendly and helpful owners”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

La Veranera is a beautiful guest house right at Playa el Coco, 30 min from San Juan del Sur. The house has a western standard of comfort, rooms are pretty, clean, have hot water and AC. The house also offers a pool from where you have a wonderful view at the beach. The beach is sooo close, you practically step out of the pool to step into the ocean.

Breakfast is served at any time you like on the terrace with ocean view. La Veranera has its own little bar - so softdrinks, rum and some cocktails are always at hand. Luise, who manages the guest house, will also cook yummy dinner or lunch for you for reasonable prices.

The beach itself is uncrowed and the ocean crystal clear with a beautiful view of the mountains of Costa Rica. It is also a great spot for surfing and boogie boarding. The owner Jim also offers fishing and boat tours for reasonable prices...a great way to relax and to get to know the suroundings and nature. Ina, Jims girlfriend, is always helpful and the "source" to seek information about Nicaragua in general.

La Veranera is a guest house, meaning you will be a house guest and not just a customer. The atmosphere is very friendly, relaxing and colloquial. Nevertheless, you may also have your privacy if you do not want to interact with the family or other guests.

I can only recommend a stay at La Veranera for those who want to experience a relaxing but fun time at one of the most beautiful places of this world.

One last tip: Enjoy a sunset-beer with the family and crew. Also stay a little longer, turn of all the lights at the house and start counting shooting stars....

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fishing-Nicaragua, Manager at La Veranera - Playa El Coco, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Hi Mandy,

many thanks for your nice review. We really enjoyed your visit.

cheers
Luise
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I spent four enjoyable and peaceful days at La Veranera in the middle of December.

The Californian ranch style house has three guest rooms, a pool, a communal dining table ( you can eat with the family or on your own) and a quiet bar (note, it is a family bar, not a noisy party place).

My room was very spacious and clean, though basic.

Luise, Jim and Ina will make you feel at home. And that is good, because you are basically living in their home. If they were not such warm and welcoming people, the concept might not have worked were – thankfully they are.

You can order off a short menu or have whatever the family is eating. I would recommend the latter. Luise, who manages the place and prepare meals, is an excellent cook - just go with whatever is her whim. You will probably end up with something much tastier and healthier than if you were to roll the dice at the several other nearby restaurants.

The beach is the real star here though. It is a squeaky clean, wide, white-sand beach, and you may find that you have it pretty much to yourself.

The swimming is very good, and though I am not a surfer looks like it might be a good place for someone wanting to learn.

They can arrange transportation to and from the guest house. They also can arrange trips to the surrounding areas.

If a loud party scene is not your style, this might be.

Highly recommended.

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Fishing-Nicaragua, Manager at La Veranera - Playa El Coco, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Hi Andrew, thanks for your review. We are really glad to hear that you enjoyed your staying at our place!
Come back whenever you want.

kind regards
Luise
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Edmonton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Coco beach is definitely worth the visit. Amazing beach. No crowds. Beautiful warm water. Do not miss a trip here. Drive is wild. Do not attempt without 4x4. La Veranera is very nice. This is a guest house, not a B&B or a hotel. You are entering the home of a family, living with them. If you don't mind being a house guest and interacting with owners and other guests regularly this is the place for you. Not a great spot if your looking for privacy. Rooms are basic but have AC and hot water. Could use a update for the price. Owners very friendly and helpful. They will cook for you for a very reasonable price, great food! Great spot for solo travellers or surfers. Don't expect the Hilton and you will be very happy.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

If you go to San Juan del Sur don't miss this place. The American owner Jim and his German girlfriend Ina have a very nice house next to the wonderful beach. You can have dinner with the hosts on the same table and share their food which is prepared by Louise. If you are a very picky eater you have to know that the standard of the food is not the same like at El Colibri for example. But it's still good. Book a room with private bathroom otherwise you have to share the bathroom with all the other guests that visit the public bar next to the pool. The only thing I definitely didn't like was breakfast. It's tiny (bowl of fruit, fruit juice, 2 pieces of french toast with butter, jam and approximately 1 1/2 scrambled eggs) and you pay 5.50$. In San Juan you pay for the same 2.50$ and you get much more of the same plus gallo pinto. So you better go to the restaurant next door.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fishing-Nicaragua, Manager at La Veranera - Playa El Coco, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Hey guys,

thanks for your review! Its always good to get feedback, to know where we can improve.

I would only like to comment that our bar is not public, but only for our guests.

Cheers
Ina
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Milan, Italy
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

good:
- ocean front (it's right on the best beach near SJDS)
- a very beautiful villa with western standard of comfort
- clean and safe
- friendly, you feel at home
- quite and relaxed atmosphere

bad:
- almost none. Price is fair for the segment (midrange), from 60 dollars per night and it could fall in the top segment with some small improvements, like more furnishings in the big rooms (one bed missing bedside table, one table for the bag, an additional chair in the room and sunbed around the pool, more water pressure, and so on).

The guesthouse has only 3 rooms, around a pool in front of the beach, and it is like living together in a villa, so it's easy to know the other guest (which someone may not like that much). Town is far and the road is unpaved, so you're isolated, as for all the best beaches around San Juan del Sur.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

If you are looking for a sterling clean and uncrowded beach, with a view of the mountains of Costa Rica on your left, consider a visit here. The view alone is well worth the price. However a stay at La Varanera really makes the visit worthwhile. You are greeted by hosts who are very accommodating and low key and very much will follow your lead regarding your need for seclusion or company. Because I enjoyed the company of our hosts, I spent some time with them. The place is immaculately clean with comfortable rooms and bathroom. The food was outstanding cooked by Louise who brought in a bit of her European style to the cuisine. I chose to have all my meals her because of how tasty it is. If you are a little tired of the ocean, you are invited to lounge around in a very slightly chlorinated pool cleaned every day for the convenience of the guests. I had a spectacularly wonderful time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

The breathtaking white sandy beach is the front yard of the pretty and luxurious but relaxed paradise off the beaten path. We enjoyed the super friendly and attentive hosts who are generous and beautiful people and treat you as if you were their friends. The rooms are pretty and cool, bathrooms a retreat with hot water.
The sparkling pool was a big attraction to our teen girls and us adults alike. At low tide you can walk along the waters edge to the turtle beach. A perfect place to vacation with family and friends.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa El Coco, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Veranera is a boutique beachfront guest house located on the white sands of Playa El Coco, Nicaragua. Designed like an old Nicaraguan Ranch House and equipped with all the modern conveniences it is the ideal destination for adventurers, families and couples. The wide veranda with dining area, billiard table and bar wraps around a crystal clear, blue tiled pool. Just steps away from an uncrowded beach this is the perfect place to get away from it all. La Veranera has three spacious rooms to rent. All of them are equipped with all necessary amenities, have air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Amenities of the house: Beach Front, Boats for trips, fishing or surfing available, All rooms with air conditioning and hot water, Wireless Internet, Satellite TV, Swimming Pool, Private Bar, BBQ, Billiard Table, Private parking, Transportation services available. As the home of Fishing-Nicaragua we can also arrange fishing- and surfing tours as well as boat trips and water taxi. Also check: Fishing Nicaragua on facebook. ... more   less 
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