We stayed at Morgan's Rock for a week after Christmas, and brought our 12 year old son. It is a very special place, perfect for families, or for a romantic getaway. It combines a rustic, ecologically friendly approach to everything they do, with a casual sense of luxury. You sense that they really practice an approach which tries to maintain a light environmental footprint while giving the vacationer a relaxing, full-service stay.
The accomodations consist of individual thatched roof, screened cabins, set above the beach on a hill side full of trees, that are secluded from the Main House, where a living room, bar and dining room allow people to congregate for meals and conversation.
The cabins are spacious, with comfortable beds, and a big bathroom, featuring plumbing crafted in an original rustic style. Nothing feels old or out-of-date, but almost like a luxury safari camp, without the overkill.
You walk to the beach and dinner along staired pathways to the beach and over a hanging bridge to the main house. For people who are over 60 and not in good shape these 10 minute walks might prove a burden, since there is an incline and you will complete these walks several times a day. You might want to ask for a cabin lower down to the beach and closer to the Manor House. For us, it was a nice way to transition from the room to the beach or the room to dinner, and since we enjoy a hike, we thought it was a perfect way to interact with Nature, to see monkeys and sloths, and listen to the many sounds of the reserve.
The grounds are huge, and there are a number of trips and hikes that you can take when you do not elect to lie under a lean-to on the large private beach all day, both of which we did. A visit to the farm gave our son a chance to harvest eggs for breakfast, learn to make tortillas, and milk a cow. The horseback ride climbs up the property to a beautiful vista overlooking the beach, then finishes on the beach, where we cantered to stop in front of the stairs to our lodging.
We fished one day, and I wish I had brought my fly-rod. The area is full of birds crashing on baitfish, while tuna and other species hit them from below. The boat we were on would have been perfect to chase birds and use a fly rod or light spinning tackle to cast from the boat. Unfortunately, they were using trolling gear for game fish, with no light tackle on the boat, so we would drive through these schools, hoping to snag a fish while the rods sat waiting. We caught two fish when we could have caught fifteen or twenty. It became more of ride along the coast than the fishing it should be, so I spoke to management about it, and they were enthusiastic about exploring this option, as they had seen a fly fisherman land ten the day before.
The dining room service is very friendly and helpful, and you got to know them over the course of a week. At the time, the kitchen was in the midst of change, and sometimes dinner would come out with an entree cold, or a dish overdone. We sent back two dishes, which were quickly addressed without hesitation. You would want to buy the meal plan, as anything more than a day trip to town one day is not really desirable, unless you are a surfer.
Nearby San Juan del Sur consists of a string of so-so beach-side restaurants and another street of inexpensive souvenirs. Granada, about 45 minutes from Managua and 2 hours from Morgan's Rock, is worth a stay for two days or so. If you are flying from Managua and leaving Morgan's Rock, take a flight later than 11. Some people were leaving to catch their flight at 4 or 5AM.
Overall, Nicaragua is very reasonable, and your money goes further than neighboring Costa Rica. It also still feels off the beaten track, and still has a sense of discovery.
Ask for a room close to the Main House if you don't want to hike 5-10 minutes to your room
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