Want to take your family to Nicaragua? We took two weeks this summer to head south to visit Morgan's Rock an eco-resort with 4000 acres to explore located on the Western Coast of Nicaragua.
First let's talk about the setting. It's a lovely ride from the roads skirting the nearby Lake Nicaragua. Then you drive for miles on bumpy, bumpy dirt roads to arrive at the coolest eco-resort we've stayed at yet.
The sprawling property is brimming with things to do and see. But first you need to settle in. The main lodge is the hub of activity. There you'll find the restaurant, pool and the library. It's where the days begin and end. Carlos welcomed us at the front desk and helped us map out all our days and gave us the lay of the land.
The resort has 15 rooms, ours was most likely the most modest. The other 13 had ocean views ours looked out into the jungle. The open air rooms were well-designed using local hard woods. But note: there is no air-conditioning, only two strong overhead fans. The wood throughout the resort was gorgeous and the resort is constantly planting and reforesting the property.
But you won't spend much time in your room, there's just too much to do! So let's talk activities.
First, there's the beach; stretching 1/2 mile the wide beach had waves that were perfect for body surfing but never too rough for the kids. It was quite secluded and private. Several times, our family, was the only ones in the ocean.
Boogie boards can be rented from the reception and there were beach huts with padded chairs, hammocks and plenty of shade. Hermit crabs were plentiful and kept our youngest bust trying to train them.
Excursions are the,way to go. The staff was lovely. Carlos, at the front desk, tirelessly answered all our questions and helped map our stay and Erlon was a charming and informative guide.
Erlon took out our on our first morning to the farm breakfast. We drove out on the property to the working portion of the farm. We milked a cow to get fresh leche for our coffee and warm milk for the kids. We fetched eggs from the impeccably clean hen house and learned to make our own corn tortillas. We blended corn meal and water then patted out our tortillas. The eggs were scrambled up, placed on tortillas with beans, rice and more pico de gallo all right on the farn. What a meal!
On a separate outing, Erlon took us out fishing on the small EcoI boat that is moored in Morgan's Rocks' bay. The perfect outing for kids who love the water, we caught a fish within the first 20 minutes. All you need is a hunk of wood, fishing line and a lure. We tossed the line off the back of the boat and trawled for fish. Success! One mackerel, one tuna, one bonito. This very rudimentary system did the trick. The mackerel was immediately diced up for ceviche on the boat (with icy cold Tono beer-doesn't get much better!). The kitchen cooked up the rest of our haul that night for dinner.
Sunset horseback riding was a popular activity. We saw a porcupine with our guide, the eagle-eyed Erlon as well as many interesting birds.
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Offsite, we arranged for an excursion to Da Flying Frog an awesome zip lining course with 15 stations and incredible views of San Juan de Sur. The kids,went tandem with instructors. $130 for the 4 of us + transport.
A highlight of the trip was the surf lessons at Playa Remosa. Carlos from Morgan's Rock set us up with Good Times Surf shop. the girls are up and surfing in no time thanks to instruction from Pedro and Luis. They guided our little surfers on to gentle waves for over an hour--the girls are totally hooked. Miguel spent 90+ minutes with Mr. Momtrends making sure he mastered the basics. Pedro patiently coached me to "paddle paddle paddle!" helping me time my rides and start to get beyond the basics. I respectably rode a dozen waves in a little over an hour. Total cost $240 for 3hours of surfing with all the gear and transport.
One note--get used to Central American time. I don't mean the time zone, I mean everything takes longer than promised and is farther away. If you are in the proper mindset you know to just roll with it.
As I said reception is the hub of activity. There's a nice bar set-up and a cozy honor. Just off the library is the open-air restaurant. Most visitors opt for meal packages. We picked the "light" plan that provided breakfast and dinner. We loved the fresh fruit and eggs with pico de gallo.
Dinner had many options. We liked anything with chimichurra sauce on it! Fresh fish was plentiful. The kids gobbled up the mahi-mahi fish sticks that were lightly breaded. Tip: Don't miss the ceviche.
Notably there were very few mosquitos. There were lots of crabs hermit crabs and many other little fellows.
Don't drink the water. Even when brushing teeth bottled water is suggested.
As for getting there, get ready for a trek! Fly into either Liberia in Costa Rica or Managua in Nicaragua. Transfers are available from both and Morgan's Rock will help you with setting up your ride. A car is not necessary for getting around.
What we'd change?
The bikes were all broken and the road in and out of the property is quiet rugged. The portions were rather small for the meals.
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