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Puerto Viejo - Entering Town from the South
MARCH 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: After being stranded for 3 days in Big Corn Island (and overnight in Bluefields), I finally managed to get from Big Corn Island to Granada. From Granada, I had to make my way to Puerto Viejo on the Carribean coast of Costa Rica. On paper, this involved: A long distance bus from Granada to San Jose (about 9 hours) A long distance bus from San Jose direct to Puerto Viejo (about 4.5 hours) At the time of this post, US$1 = C$580. I planned to leave Granada early enough for me to make […]

Granada, Nicaragua – to – Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica – Journey


FEBRUARY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I spent 1 month living on Big Corn Island and 1 month living on Little Corn Island. From Little Corn, I had to make my way back to Granada. On paper, this involved: A boat from Little Corn to Big Corn A ferry from Big Corn to Bluefields A boat up river from Bluefields to El Rama A bus from El Rama to Managua A bus from Managua to Granada In reality, I took a short-cut and shaved about 1 hour off the journey … LITTLE CORN TO BIG CORN BY BOAT: […]

Corn Islands to Granada – Nicaragua – Journey


FEBRUARY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: In my “Beginner’s Guide” to Little Corn Island, I provided information about: How to get from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island Why I chose to stay in The Village What Little Corn Island looks like Where to stay What ‘short term’ accommodation I found What ‘long term’ accommodation I found In this post, I will tell you more about what it is like to actually live on Little Corn Island and a lot more about everyday costs. I, also, do a quick comparison between Little Corn Island and Gili Air […]

Little Corn Island – Nicaragua – Information



JANUARY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I had so much trouble getting to the Corn Islands that, in a way, I was DETERMINED to stick it out. I booked a Vacation Rental on Big Corn Island for 1 month and tried to get the best out of Big Corn that I could. The rental that I had in Big Corn was very nice: a 2-story, 2-bedroom house all to myself for US$500 / month. Big Corn Island didn’t “cut the mustard” so, it was time to move on to Little Corn to see if it offered anything better. AFTER ALL, […]

Little Corn Island – Nicaragua – A Beginner’s Guide & Where To Stay


DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: In my “Beginner’s Guide” to Big Corn Island, I provided information about: How to get from Bluefields to Big Corn Island Why I chose Brig Bay What Brig Bay looks like Where to stay What ‘short term’ accommodation I found What ‘long term’ accommodation I found In this post, I will tell you more about what it is like to actually live on Big Corn Island and a lot more about everyday costs. I will, also, compare Big Corn Island with the Bay Islands (Roatan and Utila) in Honduras. […]

Big Corn Island – Nicaragua – Information


DECEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I tried to get from Greytown to Bluefields to catch the boat out to Big Corn Island. I had to abandon this route and make my way from Greytown to Bluefields by land via Rama. This added 1 week to my timeline. I wanted to compare Big Corn Island to the Bay Islands in Honduras (Roatan Island and Utila Island). I arrived in Bluefields on a Monday and booked myself into the Mini Hotel y Cafetin Central (MHCC) at N$400 / night for a Fan Double with Private Bathroom. I booked 2 nights. The […]

Big Corn Island – Nicaragua – A Beginner’s Guide & Where To Stay



DECEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I spent several days making my way from Granada to San Carlos via Costa Rica so that I could take a trip down the Rio San Juan to Greytown. I wanted to experience the Rio San Juan villages and the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve … but, still get to Greytown in time to catch the once-weekly (Wednesday) boat from Greytown to Bluefields. My ultimate goal was to get out to the Corn Islands. I have heard some bad things about the Greytown to Bluefields boat trip – so, I wanted to find […]

Greytown to Bluefields – Nicaragua – Journey


  2017: OVERVIEW: Nicaragua can be cheap – almost as cheap as Southeast Asia – if you go to the right places. The key is to not stay in the popular Western-owned ‘party hostels’ such as Bigfoot, Pacha Mama or Naked Tiger which charge at least $10 for a dorm bed; walk a few blocks further and you can get a private room for the same amount(US$10). In most respects, Nicaragua is the cheapest place to travel in Latin America, which makes it the cheapest destination in the Americas period. Naturally, you have to give up a little comfort in the […]

NICARAGUA REVIEWS


DECEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I wanted to take a few days travelling down the Rio San Juan from Lake Nicaragua to Greytown to see and experience the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve and, possibly, do some kayaking down the river. I tried to get to San Carlos from Ometepe Island but the ferry between the two does not operate anymore. I ended up in Granada and needed to renew my CA4 90 Day Tourist Visa. So, I made my way from Granada to San Carlos via Costa Rica. My ultimate goal was to take the boat from […]

Rio San Juan – Nicaragua – Information



DECEMBER 2017: Read our Retirement Reviews to find good places to retire on a budget. OVERVIEW: I spent 1 week on Ometepe Island. I stayed at the Hostal Tecali near Santa Cruz. I wanted to get from Ometepe across the lake to San Carlos to spend a few days going down the Rio San Juan to Greytown. Alas, the ferry that used to go from Ometepe to San Carlos no longer operates … I was told that I needed to go back to Managua (a 1.5 hour ferry from Ometepe to San Jorge followed by 3-4 hours on busses from there […]

Ometepe – Nicaragua – via Costa Rica – to San Carlos


DECEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: We came from Ometepe Island … where we stayed for 6 nights in the Hostal Tecali. The hostal is located 600 meters up a dirt road from Santa Cruz. My Double Room should have been US$15 / night. But, I got it through BOOKING.COM at a 67% discount. We rented a scooter from the Tecali for 5 days which allowed us to get around the island to all of the tourist spots. We paid US$17 / day for the scooter (discounted down from US$20). It was now time to move on and to […]

San Juan Del Sur – Nicaragua – Information


NOVEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: We came from Granada … where we stayed for 6 nights in the Boutique Hotel Maharaja. The hotel is located at the eastern end of Calzada Street (the main tourist street). We paid a discounted price of US$23 / night for a Twin Room.Aircon was available for an extra charge of US$10 / night … but, we just used the ceiling fan (which was perfectly adequate). Our room was next to the dipping pool and a small outdoor seating area. Our room rate included a small (insufficient) free Breakfast … which was […]

Ometepe – Nicaragua – Information



NOVEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: We came from Las Penitas … where we stayed for 6 nights in the Barca De Oro Hotel. We paid a discounted price of US$21.35 / night for a Bungalow … the hotel was running a ‘Stay for 2 Nights and get the 3rd Night Free’ promotion. Without this promotion, we would have paid US$32 / night. At US$32, it would have been too expensive for a GRANDPAcking Budget … and, in my opinion, over-priced. The hotel was one of the largest in Las Penitas with a 20 table Restaurant and Lounge […]

Granada – Nicaragua – Information


NOVEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: We came from Leon … where we stayed for 4 nights in the El Jardin Hostel. We paid a discounted price of US$15 / night (down from US$25) for a small Twin Room. The En Suite was OK … But the room was a little bit too small for 2 people to live in comfortably. It had a small garden and a communal area with a shared kitchen. We stayed in the El Jardin Hostel so that we would be close to the Bus Terminal. It was time to head for Las […]

Las Penitas – Nicaragua – Information


NOVEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. BACKDROP: I was making my way south into Nicaragua from El Salvador and stopped off for 4 nights in Leon … I was slowly making my way to Managua Airport. In Leon, I stayed in the Guardabarranco Hostel (US$18 / night discounted down to US$15 / night). It was a small Hostel with about 10 rooms in total. It had a Shared Kitchen. Communal Area. And a back garden with a couple of hammocks. My room was nice. Albeit a bit on the small side. And I had a good cold-water private bathroom. Wifi was good everywhere […]

Managua – Nicaragua – Information