O.K., if you are not the type who seeks adventure, Ometepe Island is not for you. The beauty of Ometepe is branched by friendly locals, spectacular views peace you can breathe. There may be other places where tourists could stay in Ometepe but Hacienda Merida is closer to places of interest like Ojo de Agua or the waterfalls. Kayaking is a must while at the Hacienda and if staying for several days, there is only one charge of 10 dollars but you can use them for as long as you want and as many times the kayaks are available. While getting to this place is totally out of the ordinary, time does not seem to be an issue there. Life in Ometepe is very laidback, particularly where Hacienda Merida is located. It is said that this is a copless town though anyone would be hardpressed to find any policemen at all on the entire Island. Roberies in Ometepe are unheard of and locals in general are vey friendly. Young tourists backpackers are found everywhere on the Island and seem to be more sophisticated than most senior tourists visiting this Island. Locals are most often scourned by those senior tourists's arrogance, expecting first class service but paying only 10% of what they would pay if they stayed elsewhere, yet one can always see Ometepians with an open smile and willing to assist anyway they can. Hacienda Merida has diverse mission programs to assist locals (a big plus). Their rooms are O.K. and their prices are just right. Food and drinks are extremely cheap though. We were six and for two nights we only paid 300 dollars with meals included. Oh, and something else, while there is no hot water, for some strange reason, you feel rejuvinated after several seconds on the shower (mind this was not claimed by the management but we all left with energies to spare for the remainder of our vacation, the closeness to the volcano perhaps). I higly recomend renting the Mahindra Scorpio 4x4 to explore the Island, we could not have had more fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formed by two volcanoes rising in the middle of the lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is a true paradise that offers visitors a unique and fantastic experience. We welcome you with spectacular sunsets, various outdoor activities, untouched wildlife, beautiful views of both volcanoes, hotel dock, direct access to lake Nicaragua and to highspeed internet. it is the perfect place for a calm yet thrilling and definately unforgettable vacation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Merida Hotel Isla De Ometepe