My wife and I were slightly concerned about travelling to Nicargua because of the US travel advisories. Do not believe the US government's slanted view. We never felt any safety issues at Villa Noche or San Juan Del Sur.
The staff at Villa Noche consisted of Memo, Claudia, and Armando. Memo speaks enough English for a non-Spanish speaker to convey every need he/she could have. Memo was outstanding. Period. He is very friendly and knows enough people to be elected the mayor of San Juan Del Sur. He has the ability to recognize what you like and don't like to the extent so that you don't have to even say anything to him.
I recall with longing listening to Claudia talk in her beautiful sing-song Spanish voice to Memo and Armando. Claudia kept the house spotless. We felt so comfortable with the security of Villa Noche that my wife and I let Claudia and Armando babysit our children as we enjoyed a date at San Juan Del Sur Pizza (total bill $25 for superb meal of 16 inch meat pizza, giant bowl of seafood pasta with white cream sauce, 2 Tonas, 4 Flora de Cana rum drinks, plus tip. Too bad they are not in Houston!!)
Armando did not speak very much English, but he has a heart of gold. Our children loved him. I saw him every morning at 6:00 a.m. without absence cleaning Villa Noche. All of the staff worked together as a team to make our stay enjoyable. They exceeded beyond expectation.
Waking up at Villa Noche is incredible. When you open your eyes and ears, you only hear and see the Pacific Ocean. The sunsets are equally spectacular, sitting on the comfortable lounge chairs listening and seeing nature in all its glory. Speaking of the view, from Villa Noche you can can see Costa Rica to the South, the bay of San Juan Del Sur to the East, and the blue Pacific to the West and North.
We visited 3 different beaches around San Juan Del Sur. With spelling aside, Playa Rumanzo was a nice place for children as the surf broke off the beach and had gentle slow breaking waves that were perfect for learning how to surf on a long board. Playa Madera was the surfer hangout for sure. The break was a bit off the beach and had a nice local beach bar. Playa Coco was simply stunning. Its on all of the tourist pictures. When my wife and I arrived with our 2 children at 11:00 a.m., there were 2 other people on the beach. The beach was about a mile long. Solitude reigned supreme. By the time we left, we had seen 6 other people in 4 hours. There was also a very nice beach bar and restaurant there. However, get there soon as it looked like there were plans for condos in the next 3 years.
For runners, Villa Noche may be a challenge, at least it was for me at the beginning of our stay. Ville Noche is obviously on a cliff / hill side overlooking the Pacific. However after 3 days, the hills were no problem and served as a quick 30 minute workout. The views were tremendous. Nothing compares to diving into the infinity pool overlooking the Pacific after a nice jog, and then having Claudia serve breakfast at whatever time you want.
I did not know how beautiful Nicaragua was before our trip. It has 18 volcanoes, although none threaten Villa Noche or travel to and from. On our way to the beach, Memo readily pointed a monkey in the tree. Obviously my children thought that was very cool. Nicaragua is the next Costa Rica without all of the touristas.
As a final note, I insist on everyone requesting "Lobster de Memo." Its a pan seared lobster tail with butter and parsley / pesto sauce. We had it twice and still continue to try and imitate it at home.
Bottom line is this: It is not a question of if, but how soon until we return to Villa Noche.
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