"We came to Nicaragua as travelers that have spent time all over the world. At 5 star resorts and very low key eco resorts. We have never before found a place that was such a perfect mixture of everything. Some of the most beautiful scenery..."
"Where do I even begin... my partner and I came here for five fun-filled, unforgettable days. We didn't want to leave! Not only was our Casita beautiful, immaculate, and complete with breath taking views, but the entire staff consistently went above and beyond to ensure.."
"I cannot begin to express how enjoyable my experience was. I give the absolute highest praise and thanks to everyone at Verdad.. from Mark, Dylan, Alex, Neti, Charlie, Willy, Freddy...The list goes on... If you enjoy an off-the-beaten-path escape, with endless activities, Verdad..."
"Best vacation of my life! Upon arrival, we checked out the beautiful cabins that were perfectly designed; minimal and eco-minded. The view from the cabin deck is spectacular, and you're able to just wake up, look out, and see the beautiful mountains and ocean down..."
"I did a retreat here with 15 people and it was really lovely. The dining room and open air deck have incredible views of the ocean. The architecture and design are beautiful, with lots of wood. The walk to the beach is about 10 minutes..."
"Verdad at Costa Dulce was EVERYTHING I EXPECTED AND WAY MORE. If you want to travel to an untouched paradise come to Verdad. We stayed in Casita 2 and it was so beautiful and perfect. The staff was outstanding and the meals by the chefs.."
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In terms of cost and value—especially when you consider other nearby Central American spots like Costa Rica, Guatemala and trendy Panama—there is no better place right now than Nicaragua for adventurous spirits seeking a tropical climate. That’s not to say you shouldn’t take care and be mindful of your surroundings in Nicaragua (or anywhere you travel), as a volatile political situation and civil unrest over the past couple years have had their effects, but Nicaragua’s tourism is bouncing back in a big way with hotels reopening and the resumption of new hotel development and other tourism infrastructure. Our crystal ball is telling us the under-the-radar Central American spot is going to be an up-and-coming destination in 2020 and beyond. Here’s how Nicaragua will delight you. click here for full article
Cherry-picking Central America’s off-season surf and yoga delights
By Judy D’Mello / July 3, 2019
Playa Escameca, Nicaragua: Verdad
Marc Schultz and Dayna Winter of Amagansett opened Verdad, a fitness and yoga haven on the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua, in 2016, after being lured by the country’s generous people and the spot’s magical views. Today, TripAdvisor ranks it as the number-one hotel in the region and one can see why. Perched on a hillside overlooking the beautiful sandy beach of Playa Escameca, Verdad was constructed with the help of local artisans and encompasses five freestanding casitas with decks overlooking the ocean, as well as two pool rooms. It is 100 percent locally staffed and the couple are well invested in the community after helping to start a nearby school.
Verdad hosts retreats of all kinds: fitness, yoga, energy healing, and recently, a women’s empowerment group.
“We’re happy for any group of like-minded people to take over the entire place,” said Mr. Schultz. “And we’re also happy to close the place down even for a group of six or seven.”
Surf enthusiasts should note that Nicaragua boasts good waves all year, but for consistent waist-to-head-high swells, March through September is best. Verdad can arrange lessons or retreats through the nearby La Escuelita surf school, owned by the best long-boarder in Central America. click here for full article
Dayna Winter and Marc Schultz and their daughter, Maya, of Amagansett
have been charmed by Nicaragua’s Pacific coastline
Nicaragua, with its miles of pristine beaches, rain forests brimming with spectacular wildlife, rolling hills interrupted by the occasional river, and a complete set of volcanoes — extinct, dormant, and smoking — is the kind of country that will inspire you to build a hacienda, open a yoga and fitness retreat, and throw away your cellphone.
Marc Schultz and Dayna Winter, year-round Amagansett residents, did just that, almost — they kept their cellphones. In 2007, together with their young daughter, the family first visited Nicaragua, spending a week in San Juan del Sur, a fishing village along the southern stretch of Pacific coastline, about an hour’s drive from the Costa Rican border. They left as owners of about an acre in a new development known as Costa Dulce about 20 minutes from San Juan del Sur. Here, they built their dream hacienda overlooking a breathtaking vista above secluded Playa Escameca, where part of a “Survivor” television series was filmed. By 2010, tourism had surpassed coffee as the country’s main source of income.
Last August, the couple opened Verdad, a fitness and yoga retreat, on an adjacent lot. It has five freestanding cabins with decks overlooking the ocean, a pool, two pool rooms linked by landscaped paths, an open-air yoga studio, and an outdoor dining area.
Until quite recently, the oft-heard travel tip for first-time visitors to Nicaragua was, “go with an open mind and a Spanish dictionary.” Off the main roads, children guide farm animals along dusty paths, ox wagons roll by, and vaqueros (Nicaraguan cowboys) ride tall in the saddle.
Eclipsed by its fun-loving neighbor Costa Rica, often called Gringolandia, as the honeypot for luxury and eco-tourism, Nicaragua’s place in the hierarchy of Central American travel destinations was virtually nonexistent, unable to shake its mala fama of Sandinistas, Contras, trade embargoes, Cold War, and other phrases that did not exactly scream “holiday paradise.”
But its turbulent past also gave Nicaragua an edge that appealed to the curious traveler. Tourists began to push past that outdated image — the war ended in 1990 — and arrived in the early 2000s to find a beautiful and well-preserved country with a proud culture formed during the country’s harsh revoluionary years, and one that was the safest in the region, according to a United Nations survey. click here for full article