With its array of national parks, forest reserves and eco-tourism hotspots, Nicaragua is made for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are a couple of eco-hideaways that cater to just that client.
El Coco Loco Resort
A community focused eco-resort in northern Nicaragua, El Coco Loco Resort offers guests a very special travel experience. Since 2009, the resort has worked to improve the quality of life of the local community through educational programs, development and volunteer efforts. Over the past 10 years, Coco’s Waves of Hope foundation has invested over $400,000 into projects and initiatives focused on education, infrastructure, health care and the environment.
After giving back, guests can nurture themselves with yoga retreats, private classes and a teacher-in-training program. Guests can also take up surfing at all levels. Accommodations include eight palm-thatch cabanas on the main property and three boutique rooms in the new beach house. For more information, visit cocolocoecoresort.com.
Jicaro Island Lodge
Relaxation and wellness are easily within reach within Nicaragua’s west coast’s “Tourism Triangle” at Jicaro Island Ecolodge. Located on a private island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua and just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada, Jicaro is a serene alternative to the bustle of the nearby historic city. The ecolodge is comprised of nine private 2-story casitas, many with a glorious view of the lake and nearby Mombacho Volcano.
Jicaro offers year-round yoga and wellness retreats that combine exceptional yoga experiences with opportunities to learn about the destination and its culture. The wellness center at Jicaro, overlooking the lake, features two open-air rooms and private showers for spa treatments. A highlight at Jicaro is the floating yoga deck, reached by boat—it’s a serene location where guests can enjoy sunrise yoga, afternoon meditation and sunset dinners. For more information, visit jicarolodge.com.
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