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“Rama tours”

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“Rama tours”
Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

We did a private snorkeling tour with Rana Tours. It cost an extra $45. What a huge mistake! It was supposed to be a 3 hour snorkeling excursion. What should have been a 40 minute boat ride to Costa Blanca beach turned out to be over an hour due to our "guides" going very slow so they could fish. Needless to say, this cut out almost an hour of our time. When we got there, they gave us masks that were not washed or sanitized. They just rinsed them off in the sea water. During the actual snorkeling, we saw maybe 3 fish. We went to the beach and spent most of the time picking up sea shells. On the way back, they took their time again, more interested in fishing than assuring we had a good tour. We passed by another tour boat and they handed off the masks we had just used, once again without washing or sanitizing the snorkeling equipment. Stay away from this company, you will be disappointed!

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London, Canada
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“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We did not have high expectations, but we were pleasantly surprised by the nice beach. We were there in the morning, so it was quite quiet...a few people swimming and sun bathing. We took off our shoes and walked in the surf, stopping on the way back to sample the local beer at a beach side restaurant. It was quite good and very reasonable at only $1.50 USD. The small town had some unexpected surprises...a cart pulled by two long horn oxen and two goats being reluctantly led by two boys on bicycles. Local flavour!

Visited May 2014
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Hawthorne, Florida
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“Unimpressive Beach”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

I really wanted to say something positive about the SJDS beach, but coming from Florida, it is difficult. The best thing about it is the view: of the ocean, fishing boats, etc. The sand is dark, coarse and extremely rocky in places. Also, dogs, including strays, roam freely, so watch your step! There is debris at the upper part of the beach. Restaurants border the beach, but after stepping over dog poop, I lost my appetite. On the weekend, busloads of locals arrive and the beach looks like a calm, gleeful refugee camp lined with colorful makeshift tents. Well, it is their country, not ours. I respect this. Apparently, the beach attracts many foreign surfer types who likely are not concerned about less-than-pristine beaches. The beach, like town, is rustic, which is actually part of its charm.

Visited March 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“Not the best beach but good with the overall setting”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I have been to much better beaches, but I think the beach was okay for being right in town. I enjoyed watching all the activity and it is really pretty clean for being a city beach.

Visited May 2014
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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“beautiful, romantic but not the best”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

The beach at San Juan del Sur is incredibly picturesque, just about post-card perfect, in fact. The long, wide crescent beach is flanked by a striking rock outcropping on the south, while the north end is dominated by a small mountain dotted with million-dollar homes and topped by a gigantic fiberglass statue of Jesus. The water is generally a beautiful blue and anchored fishing boats bob about, along with the now and then amazing yachts and sailboats. The occasional cruise ship and the gigantic, luxurious sailing cruiser that calls at the port add visual interest. The beach itself is generally abuzz with activity as water taxis load and discharge passengers and fishing panguas are launched into the surf with hopeful folks intent on sampling the local seafood. By North American standards, it is generally uncrowded--unless it's Easter or Christmas, when it's Coney Isand crazy and not my cup of tea. In fact, I avoid the whole town like the plague at those times. Prices double and triple, traffic is downright dangerous and the police, by necessity, are everywhere.
The beach's other attraction is that it's lined with restaurants and bars, any of which make a perfect spot to take in the incredible sunsets that seem to be a daily occurrence--and they range from grungy to elegeant. All feature excellent people watching opportunities, from the pick-up soccer games, to beach performers, runners, walkers, lovers, surfers and other assorted sinners.
It's a great time and very romantic and feels very secure, although it can feel sketchy at night if you wander too far afield and single woman are best advised to stay with company. As for the beach, beautiful, yes, but...I'm not that fond of the sand at SJDS, a bit gritty and dirty compared to some of the spectacular beaches north and south of town. Although the town is to be commended for its clean-up efforts, you'll see more trash here than elsewhere. The water can be a bit dingy at times, too, and you may as well resign yourself to being pestered by hawkers selling sunglasses, pottery, junk jewelry, cell phone accessories, honey packed into recycled rum bottles, clothing and dog knows what else. The best way to avoid them is to hang out somewhere like Iguana, where they're not allowed inside.
Any trip to Nicaragua should include the beach at SJDS. It's easy, though, even without a car, to visit some of the beaches north and south of town. I'd tell you my favorite, but then I'd have to kill you.

Visited April 2014
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