Last May I had an incredible week in Nica...and I had a bit of time and thought I share a bit of my experience as well recommend the place where we stayed…looking back on it…probably the best trip I’ve taken (been in around the US, central America, and the Caribbean). If you have the opportunity…I would recommend going to Nica and strongly consider the accommodations where we stayed. With the canal in the works...regardless if it will be complete on time or not...I thought I'd float a few of my thoughts… Accommodations: Left NJ with a crew of 8 and flew outta of PHL for about a $400 round trip ticket to Manguana (we purchased our flight in Nov. 2013). After a quick 2 hr. ride through a few main and back roads our driver dropped us off at Hacienda Iguana. To say the accommodations were unreal is an understatement: 4 bedroom, 3 baths, balcony, entertainment area, living room and full kitchen—every room AC’d. Although we brought an “insta-crowd” it was totally worth it as the group brought the cost down substantially. We also participated in their meal plan ($30 a day per person) and received 3 squares a day—cooks took requests and even gave us lobster tails 2x during the week. Meals in general were freaking unreal and always fresh…they provided with water, snacks…given how much I was surfing I was eating a ton and they always provided more…I easily benefited from the meal plan and snacks. The place was about 50yrds away from the beach but could easily be seen from our place (4th floor). They also had a beach bar/infinity pool, etc. right in front of the break—with happy hour starting at 4:30 and beers only $1 per. Overall, stoked with the accommodations and the amenities provided…the place itself is one wherein I would definitely bring my wife to…kids…well…plenty for them to do—swim, sand castles, beach walk (I have a 4months old and 5year old), but I am sure my older kid would get a bit bored. However, if just the wife and I—she doesn’t surf—but loves to lounge at the pool…it would be a perfect get away.