Pochomil is south of Managua about 1 hour on the Pacific Ocean. It is a popular weekend spot for people living in Managua. The beach is big and very accessible. Along the beach front at the INTUR entrance, you will find dozens of local comedores "local grass hut restaurants" serving up the daily catch from the ocean. Pochomil is a small town and...more
Few people, including Nicaraguans, know of the large number of unstudied archeological sites in the low lands near Pochomil. There is one tour that takes you to one of Nicaragua's most signficant archeolocial sites. It is in an area that few know of and only requires a walk of about 2 miles. This site has one of the 2 only sites, yet discovered,...more
From close by Montelimar you can enjoy a surreal ATV/Snorkeling tour that takes you up the beach about 15 miles. Yes, 15 miles of undeveloped beach that is. The location is a huge tidal pool that is formed in low tide that is about 200 yards long and 100 yards wide and about 10 feet deep at the deepest point. Most fish are found in 3 to 6 feet of...more
After a good dinner a few of us in our group decided to go back to the beach and relax under the starry sky. Even though there was light coming from a nearby resort (they had a generator going cause the electricity was out again), it was still pretty dark so we took our flash lights with us so we could find our way back to the stairs. Strooling on...more
It may have the look of a tourist trap but renting an ATV or a horse to take for a spin around the beach wasnt all that bad. It was 100 cordobas (17 cds to the dollar- 17:1; 170= 10USD) for a half an our ride for the ATV and only 40 cords for the same time on a horse(which could be led in front or followed from behind by the owners). Its worth it !...more
I arrived to Pochomil in the beginning of December. Apparently not the high-season, the beach was deserted as the pictures shows. The beach and the water were really nice though, and the sun was shining. Next to the beach there is a kind of a promenade, where restaurants in palmhuts offer dishes with fish. Having the beach to myself was all right...more
On the beach in Pochomil there are many simple restaurants with thatched roof and the beach as the floor. The restaurant just below Hotel Alta Mar where I was staying is Restaurante El Mirador. I had lunch there and this day in the middle of the week I was the only customer. At the restaurant next door I saw a group of five, otherwise it was empty...more
The restaurant at Hotel Alta Mar has got a nice location with a view over the ocean below. I visited during the week and had lunch , dinner and breakfast here and it was all the time a quiet place with a few other guests (also staying at the hotel). There are two hammocks and a pool table too. As Pochomil is situated by the sea there are fresh fish...more
Luke and Margarita are the perfect people to bring you a little of North America and Nicaragua in the menu selections here. There is no comparison in this small town. They simply have the best food which would be hard to beat even in a large city. Their small restaurant/bar is located directly behind Vista Mar Hotel. Tell the taxi this and you'll...more
Ok, you have got to understand that there are more pigs and chickens here then humans, so night life and bars and such are on a different level then New York City. There are 3 places I would recommend
1) La Rocca Bar and Grill. The owners are Luke (Canadian) and Margarita (Nicaraguan). They are located behind the Vista Mar Hotel. Everyone knows where Vista Mar is, which will help you find La Rocca. Great international, outdoor environment with new bar and small, very impressive menu. No dancing, but they have music (satellite). You pick.
2) La Sasso Hostel/Bar. AKA, The Gringo Bar. The reason for the name is that the owner, Frankie, has a rather large tatoo on this back shoulders that says, Gringo. So all the locals know him as, The Gringo. Beside that he sicks out like no other gringo...about 6'5". Super nice guy, married to a Nicaraguan who also helps behind the bar. They are located on the beach of Masachapa on the other side of the Masachapa River from the fishing cooperatives. The are right next to a well know restaruant called Ebennezer; as in like, The Scruge.
3)Triangulo Bar. Right smack in the middle of small fishing town, Nicaragua. Can get a little rough after midnight as the alcohol level begins to exceed the blood level in some of the guests. Its safe enough but, just remember that most small towns that mix alcohol with a certain amount of boredom and poverty usually leads to a little fighting. No different then where I grew up in southern Oregon.
My first intention was to travel from Granada via Jinotepe and El Cruzero to Pochomil, to avoid going to Managua and taking a taxi there to another terminal, but at my hotel they told me it would take a very long time as buses were infrequent. So I took a microbus from Granada to Managua. They leave only a block from Hostal San Angel where I was...more
The bus from Pochomil to Managua leaves not far from Hotel Alta Mar where I was staying. I went down to the bus stop, but there was still some time before the bus was leaving so I sat on the bus talking to the driver for a while. Before the bus had left Pochomil and Masachapa the bus was packed with people, but many of them went off in San Rafael...more
Apparently there are a few ways that my organization has gone to Pochomil. In the past they have arranged private transportation or taken a taxi. Both of these way may be a little more spendy then many like but at least you have this option. And then there is the bus. Buses go often but it wouldnt hurt to as around ahead of time (or call the...more
My sister and I went to see if we could find a little market or something near our hotel for some souvenirs to bring back... but we couldnt. But once we got down to the beach we found that people would walk up to us with all the stuff we were looking for. So everyone i needed to get gifts for was taken care of.
What to buy: Jewerly, Hammocks, what ever floats your boat.
What to pay: Feel free to haggle a little. But many times the stuff is cheap enough that even slightly inflated you wont feel it. Some people in our group were able to get a large (two person hammock) for 10USD (down from 25USD). 10 is what they were selling them for in the Managua market as well so it ended up being a fair deal.
There can be a quite strong undertow in the sea so be cautious when you swim. When I visited Pochomil in July 2010 the currents felt extra strong. I have read that Pochomil is good for surfing most of the year, but not when I visited. Three surfers staying at the same hotel as me said the currents were too strong at the moment for surfing. And one...more
That is, there is very little infraestructure here for shopping, dinning etc. BUT, that's the point. If you want to get away from the thronging crowds, here's a great place to do it. Taxi's are cheap and a bit rough in condition yet, reliable. Additionally, it is very common that the driver will pick up other passengers if there is room in your...more
There is always a danger when swimming on the beach. Know your own strength, Dont go out alone , try to stay in the site of the people you are with. There is strong current that moves north on this beach. And some of the wave my surprise you (that goes for every beach) so be aware. Take breaks and never swim if you feel too tired. I dont know how...more
If you didn't know Costa Rica in the '70's or haven't heard their history, there was nothing on the beaches of the now, very popular Costa Rica. That's Nicaragua's beaches: lots of huge, beautiful beaches, a few places to spend the night and eat, unlimited potential. There are no tourist traps here yet.more
So everyone knows that you will try to be sold something that you dont need when you go to the beach. But many times we dont know how to say no. There will be people trying to sell you jewelry, figurines, hammocks, even ice cream, as well a few people just looking for hand outs. Dont get mad if you see the same people over and over just send them...more
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A few suits for swimming and flip flops (thong shoes), there are alot of snails in the sand near the water edge so unless you have hard feet... you may want to where something on your toes.
Photo Equipment: LOTS OF FILM OR EXTRA MEMORY CARDS! Sunsets are great!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Flash lights (power my be out for hours or you may just want walk late on the beach~ helps in finding your way back). Extra battries. Mosquito nets or spray with lots of deet. we had a waps nest in our room (luckly it was empty so i didnt feel the need to get someone to remove it)
Miscellaneous: Sun Screen ...of course...but really use it. Dont be fooled by the clouds and breeze.