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Finca San Juan de la Isla
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Reviewed 27 December 2011

We stayed (two couples) mid December and I have to say it was the best two days of our trip.
We were first greeted by Ernesto, and then the owner, Cesar. Two of the nicest people you will meet. Ernesto accompanied us on a walking hike to the mineral springs and told us many interesting things about the country. Later, we had a wonderfully prepared family style dinner.
The food was delicious. We sat on the porch of our rooms in chairs and hammocks and watched the firefly show. Truly magical. The property is well located. Not a far drive to town. Yes, the road is rough getting in, but not impossible. But really, once we were there we did not want to leave. We took a drive the next day to see other places on the island. We also checked out other accomodations. This only affirmed that we had picked the best spot to stay.
Upon returning from our drive to town the second day, we had a lovely swim in the lake. The lake looked as if it would be a bit rough, but really it was wonderful! Saw a magnificent sunset with a Volcano view and then another fabulous dinner. Cesar kept us company at dinner and talked with us all about Nicaragua. Finca San Juan de la isla is a wonderful place. It is not luxury, but it is clean and comfortable, with excellent food, and fantastic hosts. You will feel like you are home and if you are like us, you will not want to leave.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Lisa V
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Reviewed 17 November 2011

This place was amazing. The four of us were the only ones here, and we just stayed for one night, but it was definitely worth the trip. The drive into the property is pretty rough, we had a 4x4 vehicle so it was fine, but make sure you're prepared. Despite the bumpy ride, the trip in was beautiful - surrounded by a banana plantation and huge trees. We got there just as the sun set, and we were treated to a splendidly green scene with fireflies and a full moon. The word 'picturesque' could definitely describe it! :)

Cesar (the owner) came out to visit with us and he and his team cooked us an amazing dinner - the best steak I've ever had in my entire life. We sat outside enjoying the sounds of the waves, the crickets, and the rum :) The buildings were beautifully restored and the rooms were very comfortable. I wish we could have stayed longer, but we had to get back to Managua the next day. Next time Cesar! :)

Note: there were definitely a few bugs - pack spray if you don't want to get bitten.

Room Tip: We just stayed in the rooms in the main building, but I think there are little cabanas you could rent too.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank ynattirb
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

My girlfriend and I stayed here in August, and we had a terrific time. The property is a beautiful restored ranch right on the water. The trip down the dirt road from the main route to Altagracia will make you feel like you're really getting away! The San Juan also doubles as a functioning "finca," which is great for those seeking a non-intrusive, responsible tourism experience. From the hotel you can see the Vulcan Concepcion and look across Lake Nicaragua. Both excellent views.

We also can't say enough about the staff of the hotel. Marvin (head chef), Ernesto (manager and guide), both went above and beyond to facilitate our stay. The food was also absolutely amazing; fresh vegetables from the farm and fresh fish caught during the day. The guapote was especially delicious!

All in all, an amazing place and an amazing experience. We can't recommend it highly enough.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room, but you can rent a whole cottage for an extra $20/night. If you have the cash, they looked awesome.
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Rustic compared to larger cities, but absolutely gorgeous. Right on the water, with beautiful flowers. An actual working ranch, great food. Clean, with AC in each room. We had our own little hacienda. loved it.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank NYCadventuretravel
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

Staying at Finca San Jauan de la isla was a huge treat. It was so peaceful. We literally felt like we were the only people in the world there. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The showers were hot and had great pressure. We had amazing breakfasts and family-style dinners. The lake was perfect for swimming, the beach perfect for chilling, the scenery (volcanoes, lake, beach, lush trees/plants) was breathtaking. The only other people we saw were a couple of locals fishing. I spent a lot of time relaxing in the hammocks. After night fall, ligtning bugs twinkled in the darkness. Ometepe had so much character. It is a place like no other.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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