We’re looking for a beach area with a village near. We love Samara in Costa Rica and are interested in some place similar in Nicaragua. We’re not surfers, but a surf area is fine. Any suggestions?
I blogged about the Top 4 Off-the-Beaten-Path surfing and fishing villages here: http://www.elportonverde.com/2013/11/03/top-four-beaten-path-nicaragua-surfing-fishing-villages/
Another underappreciated IMO option is the Masachapa/Pochomil area which is near Managua. Several dining and lodging options and easy access.
Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua
I have to admit I don’t know too much about Samara Beach, Costa Rica, so not knowing what it is like it’s difficult to know how to compare it to a similar destination in Nicaragua. But now that I’ve read up on it, I’d have to say that my recommendation of the Masachapa/Pochomil area probably isn’t a proper comparison.
From the above link from http://globetrottergirls.com/ it sounds like Samara is a place that feels off the beaten path but has all the amenities with none of the all-inclusive resorts that other places in Costa Rica have.
I’d describe the Pochomil/Masachapa area as definitely on the beaten path (after all, one of the few all inclusive resorts in Nicaragua is located nearby). But, it’s pretty much off the beaten path for foreign tourists. Its usually filled with Nicaraguan vacationers and most of the private homes in the area are owned by nationals. Semana Santa (Holy Week) is a big deal in this area, as it is in most publicly accessible Nicaraguan beaches. Some of the bars and restaurants make ten times more than usual during that week.
So good luck tbrooksher! If I were to answer your question again, the most similar beach town to Playa Samara is Playa Gigante. It has a nice supply of local places to stay, private homes to rent, and isn’t a big surf spot (but nearby all the best breaks).