We ate at Johnny's Place as it was the only place open during mid-week. The food was fresh and the menu was offered in both English and Spanish, it's easier to just order at the bar. The bugs were unreal!! Remember bug spary and don't forget your lower back.
Favorite Dish: The blender drinks were great.
We took a shuttle bus from Antigua to La Avellana. Shuttle buses are a tad more expensive than the regular bus sysem but when time is an issue I suggest using them. Antigua is filled with tour agents that operate shuttle services, just pop into one of their offices and they can arrange pick-up and drop-off. Just pay for the service and they will give you a voucher to give to the driver.
Once in Avellana you will take a shuttle boat through a Mangrove swamp, you will pay more than locals but that's just how it is, don't argue. The trip by boat is very relaxing, you float by little homesteads, interesting bird life and wonderful Mangrove trees with huge buttresses.
Once in Monterrico prepare yourself for a stroll, a hot stroll. There is a little cantina at the dock and I would suggest picking up a soda for the trek. Just follow the dirt road through the sleepy town, lots of dogs, lots of chickens and best of all lots of pigs. Just keep on walking and all of a sudden the town fades away and you will find yourself standing in front of the massive, powerful Pacific Ocean on Baule Beach.
Unless you get to Monterrico on a weekend, you are likely to miss all the action. There's nothing to do or see, just a black-sand beach with nice waves. Some people surf, some people look for turtles or any kind of animal getting to the shores at night, some people just chill out and get tunned!
Monterrico is hot! The sand is black and soaks up the rays. By 10 in the morning walking on it is unbearable and a great game to play with friends, who can stay on the sand the longest without getting third degree burns, drinks help with this game. I love heat, so Monterrico was perfect.
Fondest memory: When we stayed in Monterrico it was very guiet, we basically had our hotel and the beach in front of it to ourselves, more than three days might of been too much but at the time the solitude was lovely. In the evening we would take a walk along the beach and the sky would become a velvet black, blending into the moody black beach, it was quite romantic.