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“Beachfront condos @ ponga drops”
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Hacienda Iguana
Ranked #4 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Tola
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Maui, Hawaii, USA
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“Beachfront condos @ ponga drops”
Reviewed 7 June 2008


Iguanas is a private gated development located in the "NIcaraguan Rivera" - 3 + hours drive from Managua (last 40 min on dirt road). We stayed at the Condos directly on the beach, 5 min walk to Ponga Drops surf break, 15min to Colorado.

There are NO Services currently functional in the Iguanas Development (other than a golf course and a small resturant built in the very back of property-10 min walk away from beach). The onsite rental agency does NOT accept credit cards, the nearest bank-ATM 40 min drive on dirt road.

Beach front condos are nice inside (VERY expensive at 200-250 a night), however no amenites avail in complex other than a pool.
If you are coming here you are paying to be staying directly on the beach.

**There are NO stores in area, you must bring all food in and fill up on gas in Rivas.

However, if you are coming to surf, be warned the breaks here are VERY busy. I found out during my stay that the real reason they call the surf break ponga drops is that every 5 min another ponga shows up and drops off another boat load of surfers.

The vibe here can be wierd as the everyone who comes to this area is looking for uncrowded world class surf. The surf in this area can be very fun, however, be warned there are a lot of people surfing in this area. One day I counted 5 pongas moored at ponga drops, along with all the people staying at the the large group surf rental houses (Mark &Brians & NSR house to name a few) and dont forget to add the people staying at Iguanas Beach condos and everyone else who lives in area, and it makes for a crowded lineup.

It is a nice beach with fun surf, but does not live up to what Iguanas is charging top dollar for.

  • Liked — Location on Beach
  • Disliked — Price and lack of services for price paid
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with friends
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Property: Hacienda Iguana
Address: Tola, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Tola
Free Parking
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Ranked #4 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Tola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hacienda Iguana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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