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El Coco Loco Resort
Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
“An experience to die for”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

I stayed at El Coco Loco during a one week service trip where we volunteered through Waves of Hope to help build a high school for the community and help teach English to adults and kids. Outside of Waves of Hope, El Coco Loco is a wonderful and comfortable place to stay. The area is so beautiful and they have a great amount of activities available at low prices. The food is to die for. Be ready to be in greater touch with the community and faculty of the resort, which includes some of the most colorful and welcoming people you will ever meet. El Coco Loco provides the most unique and meaningful vacation experience, I wish I never had to leave!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

El Coco Loco is an amazing resort with fantastic amenities. Excellent food featuring lots of fish and fruit. Great location, with excellent surfing available. There's a yoga studio, a pool, a volleyball court, and a soccer field available as well. El Coco Loco is within a day's travel from Managua or Granada. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. Commitment to being sustainable and community-oriented sets El Coco Loco apart from other resorts in the Chinandega area. The resort is also home to Waves of Hope, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of those in the community of Mazano Uno. I would highly recommend those who visit El Coco Loco get involved with Waves of Hope as well, as it is an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

I spent a week at El Coco Loco on a volunteer trip with waves of hope and surf for life. An hour north of Chinadenga, the resort is located in a beautiful, relatively undeveloped part of Nicaragua. A typical day would involve surf or yoga in the morning (sometimes both), volunteering morning-afternoon then chilling at the pool watching some epic sunsets, or a sunset surf session. The accommodations are simple, practical, and eco-friendly. One of the best qualities of the resort is that it's management is very conscious of it's role in giving back to the community and that was one of the reason's I was so stoked about staying there.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

El Coco Loco is the most beautiful, relaxing, and inspirational place to be, whether you are looking for a vacation, an escape from your daily life, or an opportunity to participate in meaningful community service alongside local people who are involved in the process, and who are directly benefiting.

With morning yoga or surf lessons, relaxing hammocks, mouth-watering Nicaraguan meals made by skilled locals, and playful dogs, I cannot imagine a more perfect place to spend a week or two (or a lifetime).

Jamie and Ben, the owners, are incredibly sweet and friendly. It is awe-inspiring to listen to their stories as to how they decided to create El Coco Loco and Waves of Hope (their non-profit development organization) and their successful efforts to become truly part of the community in which they live and help. They are a shining example of what true community development should look like: participatory, meaningful, and sustainable. As guests and/or volunteers, you can be part of it too - whether you play with the kids of Kids Club, converse with the locals, or take a shovel to the ground in their recent high school construction project.

I am quite literally counting the moments until I can return again and again.

- Silpa

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Traveled to Coco Loco to volunteer in the community with a group. But we got so much more out of the experience than we expected. Coco Loco is intimately tied into the surrounding community, so we met residents and their children and truly got to know the area. And we also enjoyed beautiful sunsets, surfing, lounging in the pool, doing yoga and just soaking in the surroundings. Just as important as all of that was the friendship we formed with all of the folks at Coco Loco -- by the end of the week, we were laughing with the owners, playing with the (awesome) dogs, and molding a true connection with everyone there. Thanks Jamie, Ben, Christine and everyone at Coco Loco for opening your resort and your arms to to our group!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

El Coco Loco is the most charming resort we have come across! The place is wonderful!

The cabanas are lovely – super comfortable and absolutely immaculate. The outdoor private compostable toilets and stargazing showers have most all-inclusives beat. The rest of the resort is equally lovely with a fabulous pool (perfect to dip into when the mid-day suns shins down), an inviting restaurant, and plenty of super cozy hammocks. The food is delicious – local, fresh and well prepared. The beach is beautiful with surprisingly warm water, welcoming waves and friendly surfers.

But the true charm of El Coco Loco is the vibe. Hosts Jamie and Ben, with their super gracious staff, make El Coco Loco a true piece of paradise. It’s a must!

A few tips:
- Do not drink the water here or anywhere in Nicaragua.

- If you’re coming from Managua, ask the driver to stop at the first On the Run to load up on waters, beers and snacks. It will make the three-hour drive a lot friendlier.

- If you can, bring a reusable water bottle to fill up from the big jug and carry around. They have lots of cups and bottles if you can’t.

- The hour-long massage in the open, ocean-facing yoga studio is worth every single penny. It’s a must!

- Christine and Nikki’s yoga classes are top notch. Try one!

- Bring a flashlight if you want to take a stroll to the beach at night to gaze at the amazing stars.

- If you have time, ask Jamie and Ben to explain (or even show you) all of the amazing work they are doing in the community trough their charity, Waves of Hope.

- In addition to Jamie and Ben and all of the staff, the resort has numerous pets – a few dogs and some cats. The animals are all super sweet; make sure to give them some love.

I hope your travels take you to our favourite hidden gem in Nicaragua.

Happy travels!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Enterprise, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

The crew at El Coco Loco have created such an amazing place. Simple but beautiful cabanas and a gorgeous yoga studio. It is so quiet and relaxing at El Coco Loco all you want to do is read, walk the beach, do yoga, and lounge in the pool. Yet there is so much more! The surfing just a short 8 minute walk down the beach is great for beginners. The staff has ample boards and helps you get to various surf spots in the area. We came for the surf and were not disappointed. Yet we could have gone and done more like horseback riding and fishing.

The food at El Coco Loco is amazing. Our favorite was the lobster dinner. The best I have ever had and we used to catch and cook our own lobster.

The owners are passionate about this place and it shows. They hire locals, have created a nonprofit for the community, and genuinely care about this place. It is hard not to become connected to this place and community.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about El Coco Loco Resort

Property: El Coco Loco Resort
Address: El Manzano , 1, El Viejo, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Chinandega Department > El Viejo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in El Viejo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coco Loco Eco-Resort is more than just a resort – it is a place to call home, a place to form friendships and memories, a place to deepen your practice and recharge your soul, a place to surf until you are too tired to keep paddling. A place to find inspiration in the simplest forms. ... more   less 
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El Coco Loco Hotel El Viejo
El Coco Loco Resort Nicaragua/El Viejo

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