We're a group of 4 families that's been vacationing together for 4 years. We started with Negril, moved on to Roatan, and then to Akumal. In each place, we've been lucky enough to stay in very good, very well-reviewed places, thanks to the many TA reviewers to whom I owe ALL of my wonderful vacations. Each year, we we have been very happy. But Finca Las Nubes! It outdid them all.
The minute we pulled up to our house, everyone started raving. And they never stopped. When I first booked these two houses that were was not on the beach, I was nervous. We have 9 kids among us, and water is crucial. I needn't have worried. The pools at FLN are gorgeous, and the kids loved them. Turns out, it's a lot easier to supervise kids in a pool than at a beach...
Besides, beaches weren't too far away, and made for nice afternoon excursions. We'd recommend Playa Hermosa. There's a bar/restaurant and plenty of shade. The surf is gentle and they were releasing baby sea turtles when we visited. We all got to help guide the little guys into the water. Unbelievably cool. We were all teary.
We also really liked Playa Maderas, though it's a surfer beach, and is reputed to be too rough for little ones. I can't really speak to that, but on the day were there, the shallows would have been fine for todders. Littler kids would probably like the tide pools, too. It's a beautiful, wild beach, and great for walking. If you like the Outer Banks in North Carolina, you'll be fine here.
Our kid (ages 6-12) rented boogies boards ($5/day), and had a blast. So did our husbands (ages 46-52), though they're not nearly as nimble or cute. Mind you, we walked past the main beach -- two small coves up -- to get some space from the party scene. (If, for no other reason, that we felt like a bunch of frumpy, middle-aged ladies.) It didn't hurt that we had our own cooler (thank you, FLN) full of Tonas and Fantas. The surf here was much gentler, but there are some submerged, flat rocks. We had not problem with them, but we made all the dads stay in the water to supervise.... Also, there's no shade, so you might want to rent an umbrella elsewhere. (Or paint yourself like mimes, as we did.)
But, back to Finca Las Nubes: It was hard to leave. We all loved just hanging out by the pool. The views are just as good as the photos on their website suggest. I can't imagine a prettier place.
The staff there was great. Nice, responsive, unobtrusive, and very hardworking. For each meal, they checked in with us to see what we wanted, and then went above and beyond to provide it. One of the owners, Natalie, mentioned that "moms love this place." Well, she's right. I loved it. They did everything, and all I had to do was read and sleep....Heaven.
We rented one car through Finca Las Nubes, and I'd recommend doing the same. With our $400/week truck came our driver, Ricardo. Ricardo took us everywhere. He let the 9 kids ride in the truck bed through Finca Las Nubes, until we hit the main road. Those kids were so happy. He lead our caravan of rental cars to the best beaches and elsewhere. Though we were never pulled over, he was well prepared to deal with local police on behalf of the entire group, should a problem arise. He suggested good places to buy various items. And, most important, he was an all-around good guy. Everyone enjoyed talking with him and really enjoyed learning about Nicaragua from him.
Beyond beach trips and long mornings, aside we also enjoyed playing with the two resident white-faced monkeys, milking the cows, collecting eggs, riding horses ($20/pp per trip, but well worth it), bottle-feeding baby pelaguays (sp? -- a sheep-goat hybrid, I think), and just walking the roads and trails of Finca Las Nubes.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'd be happy to help.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury all inclusive villas located in forest preserve. Fabulous views of the entire Pacific coast and volcanoes in Lake Nicaragua. Gourmet organic meals, 5-star service, including chauffeur. Infinity pools, swim up bars, horseback-riding, surfing, fishing, canopy tours, etc. Fully functioning organic farm with wood shop, nursery, cows, goats, chickens, etc. Overall the most incredible experience of culture, nature, activity, farm life and pleasure in the most beautiful setting with the most accommodating staff anywhere on the planet. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Finca Las Nubes Hotel San Juan Del Sur
- Finca Las Nubes Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur