Nicaragua Advice

Discussion in 'Central America' started by Surfh2o, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. Surfh2o

    Surfh2o Well-Known Member

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    Aug 23, 2013
    So I want to go back to Nica, but this time I have to take the wife. I want to do things a little differently and rent a car and not stay at just one place. I want to explore around a little bit and find a place to stay here and there. I like not having a schedule and I'm pretty sure I should be able to find places that have vacancy at the time, but is it worth the gamble? Should I just roll the dice or plot my course and make reservations for each place? I'm the kinda dude that doesn't like itineraries. I just wanna go with the flow and see what happens. How dumb am I?

    The plan is to work my way south from Astillero, Popoyo, Santana, San Juan Del Sur and maybe even further south just to explore. First thing upon arriving to location would be to secure a place to stay, if that fails I could head back to original location. Of course this depends on vacancy. I know July is a popular time but shouldn't I be able to find rooms?

    Also thinking about side trip to Granada, maybe stay my last night there to be closer to the airport and I might want to see a rain forest and/or volcano.

    Spanish = minimal
     
  2. CDsurf

    CDsurf Well-Known Member

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    May 10, 2014
    i was in popoyo and i wanted to get out the entire time. Check out the extreme north, thats what i would have done if i had a car. Chinadega
     

  3. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    how dumb are you?
    medium, i guess.
    you don't sound smart but not REAL DUMB either.
     
  4. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    Bro be nice everyone has questions, doesn't mean their dumb.
     
  5. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    ok. answer these questions? what beach you want? you goofy or reg? u ok w/beachbreak colorado? or
    do you seek greener pastures? no hablas espanol? just the two of you? a/c mandatory? both holdin us passports?
     
  6. Atantic0

    Atantic0 Well-Known Member

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    Nov 30, 2014
    Baddy Sugartits, you ok? Lay off the fried mayonnaise balls. Your blood pressure goes up and you get all crazy.
     
  7. Surfh2o

    Surfh2o Well-Known Member

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    Aug 23, 2013
    Haha. I am slightly stoopid. Anyways. I'm not worried about which breaks. If it looks good I'll go. Don't care about amenities/AC. Yo hablo muy poquino espanol lol. Yeah just the wife and I unfortunately. I did the bro thing last time, but I got in trouble with my old lady...another story for another time. We'll both be holding our passports. I guess what I'm asking is.. Am I stupid for just trying to "wing" it, by not having reservations at each place locked in? I don't want to lock in and then have to leave a spot that could be potentially firing or what not. Also, I know gas is an issue out there. When I was there I never saw one gas station on the coast, but again I only stayed in the Popoyo area. Does SJDS have gasolina? The drive from Popoyo to SJDS is about 1-2 hours correct?
     
  8. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    nah, winging-it ok. that air bnb phenom could help. only thing many times its not so easy to drive between spots
    due different things like traffic and weather and social problems. i know rivas has a gas station; no doubt others.
     
  9. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    north nica is a myth.the south is much better.really.they got that big outer reef that looks like pipeline,beachbreaks,reefs,points.the north is for poor people like me just looking to ride some whitewater.there are no good waves in the north.

    real talk tho stay in the south if your bringing your wife.its not so bad in the south,up north is rural ghetto fishing villages with some bad apples.u don't want to get robbed while your with your wife.if anything head south into costa rica if your looking for some better waves.
     
  10. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

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    Apr 25, 2007
    I would say you're a dumb a$s if you DON"T wing it. Maybe lock up the first 2 nights accomodation so you don't have to mess with it upon arrival but that's it. Thats basically what I do for all my trips--including a couple Nic trips---and it always works well. Nothing worse than being locked into something your not happy with. Just my 2 cents. Enjoy your trip
     
  11. Surfh2o

    Surfh2o Well-Known Member

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    Aug 23, 2013
    Thanks fellow Bros. Yeah I'll probably lock in the first night or two as you suggest and possibly the last night in Granada. Anyone ever stayed in Granada? So ukelele you think I'll find vacancy on the coast? Like I said I'm planning on starting in Astillero and heading south from there and end up in SJDS or further south.
     
  12. followoz

    followoz Active Member

    35
    Jul 17, 2013
    Best advice is book a room for the first 1-2 nights in the north so you can get a feel for things, then wing it heading
    south. To answer some of your other questions, there are several gas stations in Rivas and there is one as you come into town in sjds. South of sjds on the coast road is super rural and bumpy dirt roads once you get 10 minutes out of town. I doubt you will have trouble finding a room for 2 especially if you aren't worried about AC or other amenities. I think Popoyo is at least a 2 hour ride to sjds but I never drove that myself. Grenada has plenty of accomodations so good choice on last night in country
     
  13. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    blasters said i should be nice to you so heres' a spanish lesson:

    ALWAYS greet every new person whom you meet in context (not like croc dundee in manhattan..) with a
    salutation...."hola" works fine. also, ANY person (that you should be respecting) should be greeted or at least
    considered with "buenas dias/tardes/noche." after "hola" its ok to add "como estas". a "sonrisa" helps and
    know your numbers and "cuanto es"?....suerte....dat rite dare half da idioma.
     
  14. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    Solid advise. I've always learned to say please, thankyou, excuse me, I'm sorry, good morning/evening, how much is, where is (especially the airport, gas station and the bathroom)lol. where ever I have traveled. Although at times I butchered the pronounciation the locals always appreciated the effort and a few laughs at my expense. Have fun!
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2015
  15. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

    402
    Apr 25, 2007
    Granada is awesome---Leon is even cooler in my opinion.....Very artsy and full of music and students. I don't think you'll ever have a problem finding a place to stay
     
  16. Surfh2o

    Surfh2o Well-Known Member

    94
    Aug 23, 2013

    Yeah same here, that's about the extent of my espanol. Just the basics really.
     
  17. Surfh2o

    Surfh2o Well-Known Member

    94
    Aug 23, 2013
    Leon sounds fun, but I don't think I'm going to make it that far north.
     
  18. Lola646

    Lola646 New Member

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    May 11, 2015
    North Nica is not a myth. Having just spent 2 months there - village of Aposentillo, about 40 mins North of Chinandega - I assure you there is plenty of waves to be had. The main wave is called the boom and it's the heaviest. There are several other areas near by that get great waves as well. Overall the most consistent waves I've seen in Nica and I made my way up from SJDS checking out all the beach breaks in between. I would try to work it into the trip! Also the roads are fantastic all the way to the beach. Granada is beautiful and worth checking out - the wife will love it!
     
  19. CDsurf

    CDsurf Well-Known Member

    391
    May 10, 2014
    You are talking about the outer reef. It doesn't break until it gets big enough to really hurt you. I bet 70% of people, myself included, aren't truly ready for it so I wouldn't recommend it. Popoya main reef is awesome and extremely crowded.
     
  20. smitty517

    smitty517 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 30, 2008
    You folks must have much different wives then I do. I've been to north Nicaragua several times and I can tell you my wife wouldn't last 10 minutes. I love the place but way too rural and nowhere near enough of necessities for her. Good news is that she loves the Hilton on Oahu so Nicaragua stays a trip just for the fellas. You won't have any problems winging it. Just watch your stuff and where you park etc (normal things to worry about).