Lug's is a very special place indeed--not for everyone mind you--but some people are just going to love sleeping a stones throw from a beach they can practically call their own.
Playa el Coco is the getaway for the elites from Managua whose families have luxe houses and some of those houses are available to rent for prices that humble backpackers could never spring for. There are 2 other pricey options, but Lugs is the only place that's affordable.
Did we have a crab greet us on the floor of our room the night we arrived? yep! but that's the price of sleeping just a few feet from the pounding surf. Though there are a couple cobwebs here and there, the mattresses are clean, springy, and the sheets are clean too. The rooms are sparse, but who cares? You'll only be sleeping there, and the rest of the time you'll have the most gorgeous beach at your feet.
Kinda pricey for Nica. But then, they have to go 17 km to San Juan del Sur to get everything. But there are ways to save. For lunch we ordered a pizza and they boxed half of it up so we could save it for dinner. Another night we ordered from the limited but expensive dinner menu and we're pleased when our 300 cord garlic/pinapple/chicken pasta dish came out HUGE enough to share and absolutely lip smackingly good.
Tona is 35 here and 25 nearly everywhere else. No biggie. The Piña Coladas are amazing with actual pineapple and coconut milk mixed with 2 shots of rum. Majorly yum. My favorite was my husband's Michalada. Spicy and refreshing!
Great for surfing! And you can swim a bit too, but be careful of the sting rays at low tide.
The Restaurant and Beach Bar: There is a restaurant upstairs with a TV, internet (which we could just about get in our rooms) and a good looking bar. The beach bar is what I liked most though. Some sofas and tables with the beach RIGHT THERE and the perfect place to sip coffee in the morning.
The Service. Robert and Justin, from Canada, own and run the place. Justin is just too nice and is constantly tidying up, or working on some aspect of this still evolving establishment. He might be the one to take your order and you can ask him for anything-like towels (for a deposit) or a shovel to help you build a sandcastle. Robert cooks dinners so good you'll cry and over sees operations. The two of them have plans to open a dormitory soon and also to start eco-cabins on the other part of their property. The rest of the staff is friendly, but seems to be on a rotational basis.
Cleanliness: All the public areas are clean and swept daily. The bathrooms are fine: not super amazingly clean feeling, but totally fine none-the-less. I wore flip-flops. I will say the water was a little off-and-on while we were there. Nearly every day for an hour or two the water pressure would suddenly evaporate for reasons I can't understand. The rooms, other than being a little rough around the edges, are clean enough, and secure for that matter.
They have a security guy that walks around at night also.
There isn't a lot to do other than hang out at the beach. But if that's your thing, you'll love Lug's.
oh, HINT! to get a free ride out there, go to the Black Whale in San Juan del Sur. A free shuttle leaves for Lug's each morning at 9:30
I wish Justin and Robert good luck in the future. The place still has a little ways to go to running perfectly smoothly, but as long as your easy going you'll find the going easy!
- Also Known As:
- Lug's Place Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur