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DESTINATION: NICARAGUA

Tranquillity in an old trouble spot

It's easy to fall in love with San Juan del Sur, a fishing village on Nicaragua's Pacific coast. The pace is slow and the people are engaging.

March 20, 2005|Susan B. Stroh | Special to The Times

WHERE TO STAY:

Hotel Villa Isabella, Diagonal Norte Iglesias Catolica, Apartado Postal 17, San Juan del Sur, Rivas; 568-2568, fax 568-2549, www.sanjuandelsur.org.ni/isabella/. American owners and standards: comfortable rooms with queen-sized bed, private bath and TV/VCR. Starting at $75 for a double including breakfast. Lovely new swimming pool and four one- or two-bedroom condos are available.

Hotel Colonial, 568-2539, www.hotel-nicaragua.com. Brightly colored and clean, close to the beach. Doubles begin at $50, including breakfast.

Marsella Beach Resort, Apartado 8, 887-1337, www.marsellabeachresort.com. Octagonal one-room cabanas, nestled in the side of a hill, spectacular views and own beach. Restaurant provides fresh fish, good food. Secluded, yet only four miles from town. (Restaurant's availability is sporadic, so call first.) Doubles begin at $60.

Piedras y Olas Hotel and Resort, De La Parroquia, 1 1/2 blocks to the east, 568-2110, fax 458-2511, www.piedrasyolas.com. High quality, new and built into the hill above the very classy restaurant La Cascada. Awesome views and infinity pool. Doubles begin at $100.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday March 24, 2005 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
Nicaraguan coast -- An article in the Sunday Travel section about San Juan del Sur, a fishing village on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, gave an incorrect website for information on the area. The correct site is www.sanjuandelsur.org.ni.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday March 27, 2005 Home Edition Travel Part L Page 3 Features Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
Nicaragua coast -- An article in the March 20 section on San Juan del Sur, a fishing village on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, listed an incorrect website for information on the area. The correct site is www.sanjuandelsur.org.ni.

Hotel Casablanca, Apartado Postal 36, San Juan del Sur; 568-2135, fax 568-2307, www.sanjuandelsur.org.ni/casablanca. Right on the beach, air conditioning, a small pool, doubles from $140, including breakfast.

WHERE TO EAT:

La Cascada (see above): Beautiful views and atmosphere. Fine gourmet fare, combining continental and Central American food in innovative ways. Entrees $10-$20.

Ricardo's Bar, 568-2502, www.sanjuandelsur.org.ni/ricardosbar/main.html, an open-air restaurant bar on beach overlooking east side of bay. Good food (hamburgers, salads, seafood), book exchange, film shows and Internet. Entrees $4-$11.

Big Wave Dave's Restaurant and Cocktail bar, 568-2151. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a charming courtyard or in the bar. Offers picnic/box lunches. Entrees $4-$8.

Pizzeria Ristorante O Sole Mio, 568-2101. Run by Italians with authentic Italian food, good wines. Entrees $5-$12.

El Toro Bakery, one block north of Catholic church. Includes small cafe. Excellent cinnamon rolls, breads, English muffins and cookies.

TO LEARN MORE:

For information on the area, try www.sanjuandelsur.org/ni.

Consulate General of Nicaragua, (213) 252-1170, www.consuladodenicaragua.com.

-- Susan Stroh

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