Playa El Coco
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Eighteen kilometers south of San Juan del Sur, this jewel of a beach is great for swimming, fishing, and access to the turtles at La Flor; this is where you’ll find Parque Marítimo El Coco (tel. 505/8999-8069, www.playaelcoco.com.ni), an extensive compound on a wide beach with a popular restaurant called Puesta del Sol (open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. daily) with meals from $7.
Accommodations range from furnished apartments to fully equipped bungalows and houses; prices start at $80 and go to hundreds of dollars per night—weekend packages are very reasonable with a group of people. Houses have air-conditioning, satellite TV, hot water, and kitchen, and sleep up to eight people.
You should come prepared with supplies; there is an on-site minimarket, plus bike rental, Internet, and a new conference facility.
© Randall Wood & Joshua Berman from Moon Nicaragua, 4th Edition