We found Hotel Hamacas in the latest Moon guide. It was only $23 including tax, no a/c, I think you can get it but it's not necessary. It's a few paces from the San Jorge beach on Lake Colcibolca, which is not gorgeous but a very authentic Nica beach. (As in, there are signs telling people not to wash their cars in the lake.) There were several restaurants with comidas tipicas.
We decided to spend a night there before taking the ferry to Ometepe in the morning; at that time the winds were high and we only wanted to travel by ferry in the a.m.
The rooms were immaculate, and it was very shady and well landscaped, for an off-the-beaten-path, cheap Nica hotel. It was charming with dogs and a parrot.
Hammocks outside every room, and there was usually a nice breeze. Very colorful decor, cable TV, reliable electricity.
Breakfast was very simple, but it was a nice outdoor breakfast and the juice was great!
There's not much do to in San Jorge, but we took a taxi to Rivas for the evening and got plenty of local flavor.
If you've got a little time, or want to experience how a lot of Nicas do the beach, spend a night or two in Hotel Las Hamacas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Hamacas is located a few meters from the pier of San Jorge, where you can take the ferry to the beautiful island of Ometepe. We are 35 miles of San Juan del Sur, 30 kms to the first beaches of Tola and 40 kilometers from the border of Costa Rica (Penas Blancas). Hotel Hamacas offers a cozy and quiet place, with personalized service. We have comfortable rooms in a natural setting. We offer wireless internet access, 24 hour security and private parking. ... more less
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