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La Via Verde - Organic Farm and B&B
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful time on Ometepe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

We wondered if La Via Verde would live up to the reviews and it most certainly did! Eileen and Darren have such a lovely way of welcoming everyone, and made us wish our entire time in Nicaragua had been at La Via Verde on Ometepe. If possible, do not miss the occasion to relax and enjoy the beauty and thoughtful ways they make your stay memorable,

Room Tip: We loved staying upstairs and enjoying the views from the treetops!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

PROS:
Unbelievable breakfast- owner makes everything from scratch and most ingredients directly from farm
SUPER CLEAN! She manages to have essentially bug free rooms on a farm environment.
Bathroom was immaculate as well as rooms
Flushable toilet
Great balcony
Common area had beautiful views of volcano
Eileen very accomadating
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hot water available but limited so shower quick
Shared bathroom with 1 other room but the cleanliness of it made it 100% worth it
No AC but nice fan and breeze at night

  • Stayed February 2013
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

La Via Verde is the calm following the insanely, outrageously inexplicable heap of Nicaraguan comic events that ends right in front of Eileen and Darrin’s place. Dazed and confused you ask yourself, "Did that really happen?" "Where are we?" Why is this wild turkey tied to my backpack?" Then, Eileen emerges like a ray of sunlight who’s made her way seamlessly between all things forest. Head chatter and worry suddenly give way to the vivid beauty of the trees, the greenery of everything alive around you, and the grace and lightness of soft, little butterflies who gently whisper, “No pasa nada” as they flirt on by. The property and cabin designs are simply Zen, the food is unassumingly indulgent (eggs, yogurt, fruit, homemade breads, crepes, mulberry jelly fruit juices) and super fresh. The coffee is tasty and your beds are immaculate. Eileen and Darren will go above and beyond to facilitate a fun, safe and welcomed stay in Ometepe. Darrin has built the place impressively and “Elena” knows everything and everyone on the island. Thanks guys! With that said, La Via Verde is your home away from home. Go there.

Room Tip: Request the cabin in back of the main house!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Matagapla, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at Via Verde for two nights in early June 2013. We had a friend visiting from the States for her first time in Nicaragua and we strove to show her the best of what this beautiful country has to offer. A trip to Ometepe was a definite stop on the itinerary.

After much research, we decided to book Via Verde. The reviews here certainly helped us make this decision. From the first contact to Eileen via e-mail to arrange our reservations, we knew we were in good hands.

We couldn't have imagined a better visit, even after the high expectations of reading the reviews. Eileen and Darrin have created a winning formula, and after almost 3 years of running Via Verde, they seem to give it the kind of attention and passion one would expect for a new business trying to make their mark. It is evident that they love what they do.

I will not repeat what all others have already said about location, helpfulness with activities, attention to detail, the awesome food, etc., because it has already been said (or written) and it is true!! What I will add is my absolute delight that Eileen and Darrin accomplish all of this while making a concerted and more than admirable effort to minimize the human impact on the environment and the land they so love and are lucky enough to be a part of.......

They have gone to great lengths to learn how to use the reproducing resources of the land and general sustainability of themselves and their guests - without compromise to comfort. Bravo!! We learned so much from you about what's possible and you have inspired us to do a better job of this during our daily lives.

We will most certainly be back to Ometepe, Via Verde, and Darrin's and Eileen's beautiful home. Thank you for sharing it with us and others. We look forward to seeing you again soon and many more times in the future.

Thor and Gus

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

Have you ever dreamed of having a cabin in the jungle with a view of a beautiful volcano? If so, this is the place for you! Eileen and Darren’s organic farm is a great place to stay on Ometepe Island! The farm offers guests with a quiet and private place to call home. We rented the cabin and were astonished with the amazing view of Volcano Conception! They offered a delicious breakfast for guests to eat before exploring the beauty of the island. Enjoy dinner delivered to your room at the cabin and watch a romantic sunset!

The cabin has a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and a loft.

The farm is walking distance to beaches and the town of Belguay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

I too am reluctant to let the cat out of the bag on this one. Eileen and Darrin have absolutely thought of everything. I have never stayed in a place where every detail has been considered and covered so well. We stayed on the upper floor of the main home on the property and it is so unique and beautifully adapted to this spot. From the jaw-dropping view of Conception Volcano to the hammocks and rocking chairs on each generous deck. The fresh, beautiful breakfasts were extraordinary and my only complaint being that it was too much food - of course you can adjust your order for breakfast each morning but you don't want to miss any of that beautiful food, so that is hard to do. The place was very clean and organized. Eileen arranged for amazing guided tours for us. We did a kayak late in the day with Sean from Cafe Campestre through the Rio Istiam and out to Lake Nicaragua for the sunset. This is a must do if it is running and you are able bodied enough to do it. The bird life is stunning and we saw cayman as well! We did another tour with Ben, the owner of Cafe Campestre - a great mixed tour with discussion of history, daily life, Finca Magdeline (a farm), visiting Las Cuchillas a village in the hills, coffee and banana plantations, LOTS of great petroglyphs and a hike up to the Jerusalem waterfalls on the Maderas Volcano. So much information on this tour and a cool view of life in the hills on Ometepe. Again you need to be able bodied, but this tour is totally worth the hike!
Don't miss eating at Cafe Campestre in Balgue! The coffee is excellent, the food amazing! We had fun renting bikes and riding around on the days we didn't have tours planned. Ojo de Agua is a great place to swim and relax on a hot day. Lots of shade around a beautiful pool with food services and souvenirs for sale. There is a nominal fee to get in ($2 US when we were there). The beaches of Santa Domingo are very nice and were virtually empty while we were there. This area was a very nice place to be on Ometepe and this is the main place we would like to return to in Nicaragua! The pace on Ometepe is charming and the locals friendly (we found all the locals we encountered in Nicaragua to be very nice and genuine people). The ferry ride from San Jorge is a bit of an experience, but a nice cheap and decent way to get here and back. Don't miss Ometepe. And if you can get accommodations at Via Verde - don't hesitate, we highly recommend both the place and the people here! I recommend a minimum of 4 nights on the Island. Eileen and Darrin work hard to keep this place going and are very accommodating and lovely hosts!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Superior, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

I hesitated for nearly two months on writing this review, mostly because I wasn't sure if it were possible to put together words to describe Eileen & Darrin's hospitality, but also a little because I want to keep this gem all to myself!

Eileen and Darrin's B&B isn't just nice in comparison to the hotels in the area, it's excellent in comparison to places we've stayed in the U.S., Central America and Europe. The entire establishment is absolutely spotless. The interior design is simple and beautiful. The view from the communal deck upstairs is breathtaking.

They have literally thought of EVERYTHING to make your stay comfortable and unforgettable. There are umbrellas, towels, a lantern, a small desk/vanity area, folding stools, a ceiling fan, a closet area with hangers, fantastic linens, and beautiful patio with hammocks (yes, plural), rocking chair and a drying rack in each room. There is also sunscreen and bug spray in the bathroom if you've forgotten yours. You share a communal patio with the only other room in the main building (there is a cabin to rent, too!) which includes a refrigerator with free water, and beer, rum and soda for purchase. There is free wifi, a spotless hot shower and Eileen will even lend you a hose if you'd like to do some laundry.

And Eileen is a genius when it comes to local activities and provisions. She has a binder with information, menus and maps for about everything you could possibly do on the island. She scheduled a guide for us to hike Volcan Maderas, told us where to rent the best bikes, as well as reserved a pizza for us at El Zopilote, and arranged for our lunch to be made by a local restaurant for our hike. Any little thing about the area you need to know, Eileen is your girl. And if she doesn't know, you can bet she'll find out for you. And to top it off, these two love the community. They do what they can to give feedback to local establishments, taking the time to make a phone call or to extend a helping hand anywhere they can.

And somehow, if everything else wasn't already perfect, breakfast is included in your stay. And, let me tell you, the food only magnified how much we had come to love the place. While there, we tried the eggs, toasts, crepes, yogurt, granola, homemade jam and the beans, all of which (even the yogurt and granola) was homemade. There will likely be coffee brewing by the time you wake up, and I swear - Eileen made us the best cup of coffee we had on our trip through Central America. And we LOVE coffee. The breakfasts are big, cooked to order, fresh and I swear Eileen & Darrin's hospitality passes a generous dose of good karma into each and every delicious bite.

I would recommend this B&B to anyone and everyone. Staying here was a remarkable experience and I wouldn't have considered our trip to Central America the same without having met these two.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Via Verde - Organic Farm and B&B
Address: Between Santa Cruz & Balgue | Between Santa Cruz & Balgue, Isla de Ometepe 48800, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Ometepe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ometepe, offers amazing nature, a chance to step back into a simple, slower way of life & charming friendly inhabitants who can teach us all something about being happy with less. As Americans who love living here (since 2004) we hope to provide a bridge of understanding & connection for you into the culture & life of this very special place. We would love to help you plan & organize a trip that will align with your interests & optimize your experience. Located on our organic farm La Via Verde is a cozy, intimate B&B with only 2 bedrooms on our second story. Up in the trees the wrap around verandas have great views of Volcan Concepcion, sunrise and sunset. Rooms have private balconies, queen bed, ceiling fan and are screened. There are 2 shared baths with flush toilets and limited hot water showers. ... more   less 
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