I stayed at Buena Onda over Semana Santa (Eater week) in April, 2013 with my family –my wife, her Aunt and our 3 young children ages 4 to 9. It was one of the greatest trips we’ve taken. Here are some details:
Our flight landed in Managua in the evening, so we stayed at the Best Western directly across the street from the airport – clean and comfortable. Philip arranged transport from Managua to Buena Onda the next morning. We could tell right away this was a unique and special trip. The friendliness of the Nicaraguan people, the rough and tumble drive to Buena Onda, even stopping for groceries on the way was especially interesting and really fun.
Philip and Sarah welcomed us with open arms and we immediately felt the warmth of Buena Onda. We rented one of the 2 bedroom villas. There was plenty of room, it was clean, welcoming and had amazing views from the second floor deck. Right across from the house is the restaurant and bar overlooking the pool. The food is great and there was never an issue finding something delicious for the parents or the kids. We ate most of our meals there – the daily specials were a hit every time. There is also a small breakfast and lunch place on the beach where you can have eggs while overlooking paradise. Rancho Santana with a full restaurant and bar is a walk down the beach.
The beach is sensational – rugged, natural, beautiful with of course tremendous surf. The surf can get pretty rough, but there the break is usually further out so there is room to wade out into the shallow whitewater before you get to the big waves. We had to keep a very close eye on the kids, but that would be true no matter what ocean beach you are visiting. There were very few people on the beach as everyone is in the water surfing.
We were in the minority traveling to Buena Onda with children, but it was never an issue. The kids were welcomed and had the time of their lives. Our boys spent a good part of everyday skateboarding on the halfpipe, watching the surfers, collecting shells and swimming in the pool. Philip and Paul took us out fishing one day and when we came back they prepared our catch. My oldest says it is ‘the best meal of his life’. Our little girl made fast friends with Philip and Sarah’s daughter. They were able to meet locals and see a life that is far different than what they know or have seen in their travels.
Since the resort is small and a bit off the beaten track, it attracts ‘travelers’ as opposed to ‘tourists’. That along with how Philip, Sarah, Connie, Paul and the staff manage the resort gives the place this really cool sense of community that you only see at truly special places.
We take a big trip every spring and this year we are going BACK to Buena Onda. This is the first time we’ve ever gone to same pace twice – Buena Onda is worth it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our seaside hideaway is just a stones throw from one of Nicaragua's finest beaches, Playa Santana - where our nearest neighbors are grazing cows and howling monkeys. We have superb, consistently breaking, barreling surf right out front. Sunshine, tropical warmth, warm water and off-shore breezes 300+ days a year, comfortable (and affordable!) Accommodation, and most of all, BUENA ONDA (good vibrations) morning, noon and night. Your Swiss hosts, Philip and Sarah, will make sure that you spend your well-deserved holiday hassle free, in style and that you are well looked after during your stay. Come and explore - we'd love to share our little piece of paradise with you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Buena Onda Beach Hotel Tola
- Buena Onda Beach Resort Nicaragua/Tola