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Popoyo

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Popoyo is a city in Bahia Salinas, Nicaragua.

Get in[edit]

Take a chicken bus from Rivas to Las Salinas and get out at the last stop. It is a 5km~ walk from where the bus stops to Popoyo Beach, but you should be able to hitch a lift or pay a local a small fee to take you the rest of the way.

Get around[edit]

The beach is long, but you should be able to walk almost everywhere in Popoyo.

See[edit][add listing]

The amazing Pacific sunsets.

Magnific Rock Hotel has panoramic views of the beaches and the rock below.

There are hot springs in nearby Las Salinas (US$3 entry fee), perfect for relaxing after a morning's surf.

Do[edit][add listing]

Surf (board rental US$10/day), or walk along the beautiful white sand beach.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There is a small tienda in town for your basic needs, but it is maybe better to stock up in Rivas prior to travelling out here. You may be able to pay for your accommodation by card, but there is no ATM (the nearest being all the way in Rivas), so bring enough cash.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Every hotel has its own attached restaurant (expensive) and there are few cheaper comedors. You can also buy a fish off some of the local fishermen and have a barbeque on the beach.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There is an old local man on a bicycle who sells delicious freshly squeezed fruit juices in plastic bags for C$10.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Buena Onda Beach Resort (Popoyo Surf Hotel), Playa Santana, +505 8 973 01 01, [1]. checkin: 2.00 pm; checkout: 12.00 pm. Best beach resort in Popoyo. 30.  edit
  • Magnific Rock Popoyo, Playa Popoyo, Las Salinas (In front of Playa Popoyo), +(505)89166916, [2]. Perched atop a 30 metre cliff on Popoyo beach. Best views of Popoyo, Outer Reef, Santana and several other surf breaks. Hotel with penthouse, apartments and shared accommodation. Excellent bar and restaurant onsite.  edit
  • Surf Ranch Resort - Popoyo, 505-8816-8748, [3]. Surf Ranch Resort in Popoyo is the 2nd resort in the franchise, currently being built just minutes from Popoyo on 25 acres of Ocean View Property. Dorms from US$15 (you may have to negotiate them down from US$20), privates from US$60. Magnific Rock is somewhat isolated, far away from the other hotels and restaurants on Popoyo, but it is only a 2km~ walk from the main road.  edit
  • Hostel Sunset Villas, Guasacate, Popoyo. Right on the beach, dorms from US$10, privates from US$25 (December 2014). Clean rooms, basic kitchen and barbeque area, but smelly bathrooms, poor showers and no nighttime security guard. The dorm is next to the road, making it especially vulnerable to break-ins.

Stay Safe[edit]

Petty crime is quite common in Popoyo, unfortunately. Always leave valuables in an extremely secure location, make sure you lock your doors and windows, close the curtains and leave a light on if not in the room after dark - there have been a number of break-ins. Likewise, it is not a good idea to leave laundry outside after dark, as it may not be there when you wake up in the morning. The local police are next to useless, eventually you may track them down to fill out an insurance form, but don't expect them to do any actual investigative work, although everyone in town knows the few bad eggs who cause the trouble. It is mostly drunk and/or drugged up local men who are responsible, and they occasionally harass female visitors, so avoid walking the road or beach alone after dark.

Get out[edit]

Hitch back to Las Salinas and take the chicken bus back to Rivas, or jump out at “Gigante Salida” for Playa Gigante.



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