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OCTOBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I spent 3 weeks in El Salvador. I didn’t think much of it … so, I cut my trip in El Salvador short and headed for Nicaragua early. I made my way from El Esteron, El Salvador to Potosi, Nicaragua by shuttle and boat across the Gulf of Fonseca. I got stuck for a night in Potosi. I arrived just after 3pm … and, the last bus out of town leaves at 3pm! I had to ‘rough it’ in Potosi in a cheap hotel for 1 night (there are only 2 choices – […]

Jiquilillo – Nicaragua – Information


DECEMBER 2016: Click here to read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Punta Gorda (Belize) to Livingston & El Estor (Guatemala) by water taxi (lancha). In Livingston I stayed in a BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard hotel: the Hotel y Restaurante Casa Escondida. I paid US$33 / night for a Twin Room with Fan and Cold Water Ensuite overlooking the rivermouth. The Twin room that I had was tiny. The best thing about the hotel was the view: There is nothing to do in Livingston, 2 nights is enough … this gives you 1 whole day to walk to the stepped waterfalls and spend […]

Rio Dulce – Guatemala – A Lakefront Hideaway



OCTOBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Valladolid to El Cuyo by public transport. Valladolid was a big disappointment. In Valladolid I stayed in a GRANDPAcking Standard apartment hotel: Gayser Apartments. The Gayser is reasonably clean and pleasant. The problem was that Valladolid, itself, was boring. ABANDONING ISLA HOLBOX: I stopped off in Valladolid because I was making my way to Isla Holbox. I wanted to stay on the beach in Isla Holbox … something that I have not yet been able to achieve on a GRANDPAcking Budget anywhere in Mexico. On my budget, I am limited to no more than […]

El Cuyo – Mexico – An Almost Perfect Escape


OCTOBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Mahahual to Bacalar by public transport (Colectivo). Mahahual was a small, relaxed, tourist village with a nice Caribbean Beach setting. In Mahahual I stayed to GRANDPAcking Standard in a hostel: Hostel Jardin. Mahahual accommodation is expensive; the Hostal Jardin was the ONLY accommodation that I could find online that I could afford. As is usual in such Mexican Tourist spots, almost all (if not all) ‘western quality’ accommodation is online. The Jardin is borderline for GRANDPAckers. But the Double Rooms were perfectly adequate, it had a nice central garden, and a communal kitchen area. It was […]

Bacalar – Mexico – Information



OCTOBER 2016: Click here to read our Mexico Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Tulum to Mahahual by public transport. Tulum was a pleasant surprise. It is not a ‘picturesque’ town but it has a good ‘vibe’. In Tulum I stayed below GRANDPAcking Standard in a cheap hostel: The Weary Traveller. The Weary Traveller is a Backpacker Hostel. But a reasonably clean and pleasant one. I couldn’t afford a hotel in Tulum and I wanted spare cash to visit some ruins and to dive some cenotes. It was time to move south to Mahahual. So far, in Mexico, I have stayed on the ‘well […]

Mahahual – Mexico – Information


  MAY 2016:   Why not read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: Malapascua Island is located just off the north coast of Cebu Island, Philippines. Malapascua Island is a well known SCUBA Diving destination. As with Port Barton, El Nido, Coron, Boracay and Panglao … its popularity reflects in its prices. For GRANDPAckers, Malapascua is expensive (yet still affordable). Read on … GETTING THERE: I made my own way from Bantayan Island to Malapascua Island by Ferry, Ceres Aircon bus and Bangka. The ferry from Bantayan to Hagnaya leaves every 1-2 hours, takes 1.5 hours, and costs PHP175 each including the PHP5 Terminal Fee. At the Hagnaya Ferry Port, you […]

Malapascua – Philippines – Information



MAY 2016: Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: As with many other destinations in The Philippines, the cost of pre-booking nice accommodation online was too high for a GRANDPAcking Budget. Malapascua Island prices were comparable with El Nido, Boracay, Panglao and Bantayan prices. High. Very high. Accommodation in The Philippines ‘known tourist destinations’ is, generally, a problem for GRANDPAckers … the accommodation is poor value for money. Everywhere. Anything less than PHP900 per night is likely to be backpacker rather than GRANDPAcker Standard. PHP2400 / day is our total GRANDPAcking Daily Budget! As a rule, I try and keep accommodation costs to no more than 50% of our Budget; this […]

Malapascua – Philippines – Where To Stay


MAY 2016: Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: As with many other destinations in The Philippines, the cost of pre-booking nice accommodation online was too high for a GRANDPAcking Budget. Bantayan Island prices were comparable with El Nido, Boracay and Panglao prices. High. Very high. Accommodation in The Philippines is, generally, a problem for GRANDPAckers … the accommodation is poor value for money. Everywhere. Anything less than PHP900 per night is likely to be backpacker rather than GRANDPAcker Standard. PHP2400 / day is my total GRANDPAcking Daily Budget! As a rule, I try and keep accommodation costs to no more than 50% of my Budget; this […]

Bantayan – Philippines – Where To Stay



FEBRUARY 2016: Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I was disappointed with El Nido Town; it doesn’t live up to its ‘hype’: The accommodation is over-priced and poor value for money; it is almost impossible to find anything decent on the beachfront for less than PHP2500 / night The island hopping is over-priced and poor value for money; it is twice the price of the better Island Hopping Trips that you can get in Port Barton The restaurants are over-priced and poor value for money; it is almost impossible to find anything decent to eat for less than PHP200 – if you do, expect small […]

El Nido – Philippines – Nacpan Beach


  FEBRUARY 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: It is said that ‘El Nido is another one of those ‘must see’ places in Palawan… if not THE place that most people come to Palawan to see‘. El Nido is not just a target location in itself, it is also the gateway to the Bacuit Archipelago of 40 islands ‘which rivals Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay for sheer dramatic seascape. Idyllic days are spent island hopping in a “bangka” (a traditional outrigger canoe)‘. Online write-ups paint an idyllic picture of El Nido: ‘Jaw-dropping El Nido has been dubbed as one of the most beautiful […]

El Nido – Philippines – Information