After spending just over a month in Nicaragua (Granada, Ometepe & the San Juan Del Sur/Rivas region) I have to say that Lug's was definitely my favorite spot to visit on our journey. The country has plenty to offer for the adventure traveler but this spot is surely one of Nicaragua's real hidden (not for long) gems.
We were sent there by a long-term ex-pat who claimed that Coco Beach was his favorite in the Rivas region. He boasted a wide stretch of beautiful, clean beach in a remote setting just 40 min's from all the hustle n' bustle of SJDS. He claimed that if we parked ourselves at Lug's Place for the day, not only would we be on one of Nicaragua's nicest beaches, we would also meet some awesome people serving great food & drinks at a very reasonable price, in a very chill setting... Sound perfect? Well, it was!!! So perfect, we actually hired a shuttle to go back at least 5x's while we were staying in SJDS. All said, I visited this spot with about a dozen friends on various occasions & everybody loved it!
We were told the Burritos were a must.... Amazing! For a lighter snack, the tacos were my favorite. The pizza & side salads were also a hit... And if your really lucky, you'll visit during one of Lug's Sunset BBQ Bash's!
Although the beach is remote, absent of Peddler's & large crowds (for now) there is plenty to do at Lug's. They have both boogie and surf boards for rent, bacci ball & darts to play, there was a sling shot competioin one day, good music, there are a few hammocks hung in the shade to chill out in, a couple lounge areas with plenty of seating and some really comfy outdoor couches to relax in. All said a great vibe with all the amenities you would hope for to enjoy a day on the beach. It did get busier on weekends with a nice mix of locals & travelers.
The owners, Uncle Bob & Nephew, Justin (Canadians) were hands on and always there to make sure we were having a great time. The staff was always friendly & accommodating.... And Nixon, the Bartender knows how to pour a serious drink!
The only con is that this spot is a little tough to get to for now (they are extending the road as I type so things will change quickly) But truth be told, that's what makes it so special in the end. You will have to take a very early bus from SJDS (7am last I knew), rent a car or hire a shuttle to take you for the day. That said, you may want to consider renting one of their rooms and staying a while to really enjoy the place and not have to worry about getting there and back.... If we had not already rented a spot in SJDS we would have gladly stayed at Lug's. Right now they only have basic rooms/clean with shared bath however, they are building 4 suits with private bath and ocean view/balcony above the restaurant. These should be available soon! There are other places to stay on the beach if the dorms seem to simple for your taste... There is fancier place with rooms, restaurant, bar and pool at the North end of the beach but even if you stayed there or in one of the variuos condo's available for rent on Coco, I would advise spending your days at Lug's... It's just a great vibe... And the prices are amazing :)
I can't thank them enough for all the great times we shared :)
You will know you are there when you spot the Canadian flag they have staked on the beach!