This place was just outstanding. The staff have mastered the art of being both chill and attentive at the same time. I never saw anyone rushing or bustling about, there is a whole lazy relaxed atmosphere that complements the Central American sun -- when we came in the Grateful Dead were playing on the sound system -- but at the same time everything I asked for was done promptly and politely. Food was always on time, hot and delicious. Nate and the rest of the folks at Rancho Esperanza were absolutely wonderful. I couldn't have wanted anything more from them. They were perfect. It was the best place to unwind after a week of hard work.
The beach is secluded and not even remotely crowded but not a private or gated area. Rancho Esperanza is located by a fishing village so there are fishermen out in the evening and morning. Those of you into the locked up sanitized experience that makes sure your Central American travel experience doesn't include any interaction with actual Central Americans...well this isn't for you. Go to some crappy corporate place.
The beach is beautiful. The accommodations were outstanding. The staff cool and attentive. Wonderful place!
And they compost waste and they support the community!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our idyllic backpacker get away combines low-impact, natural living with projects that actively benefit the village. Whether you are looking to escape, contemplate and create, or just unwind for a few days Rancho Esperanza lets you appreciate authentic Nicaraguan life at a beautiful beach setting while you are confident that your presence is doing good not harm. We offer eight bamboo cabanas, two dormitories, and camping. Surf rentals, community excursions, Spanish classes, kayak and boat tours, hiking trips to Volcano Cosiguina, and volunteer opportunities available. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Esperanza Nicaragua/Jiquilillo