Playa Tesoro was quite an experience. And I mean a pleasant one! The facilities (Yellow Casita 42) was very clean and comfortable. The pool was just a few steps from the front door and the ocean just about 30 yards. The waves were great, the beach stretched for miles and we didn't see a soul on the beach the entire time we were there. Yader and his staff were the best and would get you anything that you needed. Anna is one outstanding chef and all her meals were excellent. Yader is very fluent in English as are some of the staff. We had a great time with all of them. The only thing I would recommend is that you meet on the road to Salinas Grandes and let Yader lead you to the resort. That part is a challenge. All in all, a great time, very isolated, and great management. Would go again!
quiet not crowded. just the place to relax and get away from it all. with the wind it is cool enough with out a/c
I'm giving Playa Tesoro 5 stars because I can't give it 10? I LOVED this place, and will def be back. I wanted a remote beach house to write, swim, and surf. This place blew me away--right on the beach, very private, but with a super helpful friendly staff who really go out of their way to take care of you. This is the only place I've ever been where I wake up in the morning to find a herd of wild horses around my pool? The beach goes basically to infinity in both directions--with like no people? No one trying to sell you anything, no garbage, no hassles, super private, great on-shore break, sandy beach... I surfed and bodysurfed every day for a week and never stepped on anything but sand... There's no light pollution, or really any lights at night (other than your house) so the stars and moon by the sea are just incredible. I saw 5 major meteor showers, yee haw! So, yeah, this place is amazing. Now for the caveat--it's not disneyland. The road in is brutal (that's why there's no people or garbage yo). They have a delightful restaurant and a great cook, but you have to roll with what's available--if you want something they don't have, plan to order it at least a day or two ahead, because they have to send a man on a horse or a dirtbike to go get it from town. So--this is not a place for people with special needs. But if you want an incredible beach getaway with a bit of adventure in the mix, this is the place! Good to know stuff: they can arrange transportation for you, either by 4wheel or boat. They house is totally modern, with internet and a full kitchen, so you can bring your own food, etc. They fish every morning for the restaurant, and you can go with if you want :-) I decided to stay longer and the owner was super great about working it out--and I discovered that the booking websites tend to block out days that people are "interested in" but not actually booked-- point being that you should call/ email the owner if it looks booked, because they may be able to work you in?
We stayed in the Yellow Casita for the first two weeks of November. The casita has its own private pool which is awesome. Two air conditioned bedrooms with a queen bed in each plus they supplied us with a spare bed for a small extra fee. Full kitchen with basic dishes enough to cook with for the weeks as well as a coffee maker, toaster, microwave, etc. There were a couple items that we found we needed and just had to ask and they provided it for us. They sell large 20l bottles of water at the restaurant next door which is much easier then buying it at the grocery store, however we have found that the 20l bottles water in Nicaragua often aren't cleaned well enough and the water quality is not good. We ended up drinking the tap water after the first couple of days and it was great. No-one got sick after ten days of drinking it. We fished, surfed, boogie boarded, helped release hundreds of turtles into the ocean, learned how to net fish with a local, bird watched, etc. Tonnes to do, all you have to do is ask the staff at the restaurant and they will take care of finding you a surf instructor, or fishing guide, horses, or what ever else you need. Even grab you anything you may have forgot when they run to town pretty much daily. The road to the Casita is rough, or wet however if you time it you can drive down the beach, or leave your car or get dropped off in Puerto Sandino (perfect concrete highway from Leon or Managua) and they will pick you up in a water taxi. I think they will also pick you up from the bus stop in Salinas Grande. It is a secluded beach, so if you are excepting a party crowd, this probably isn't the place for you unless you bring them with you.
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