Montelimar is Barcelo. There is no separate town. The closest town is Masachapa which is about 1 mile south of Barcelo, Montelimar. After about 2 days at the resort people seem to get a bit restless and begin looking for stuff to do outside of the resort. Barcelo has a huge beach that is seldom croweded. If you walk northwest (away from the main resort) you will find at least a mile of your own private beach. But bring you drinks with you because there is no service once you leave the main beach front. The beach is perfectly secure although, just like anywhere, keep an eye on valuables if you hope into the water. A few locals typically walk through the remote beach area fishing and looking for clams. The surf at this beach is pretty weak for surfing, but perfect for beginners. Better waves are found up the beach a few miles but it is too far to walk and there are no roads. Might rent an ATV to get there as an option. For additional costs, there are ATV rentals and tours including a snorkeling tour and a tour to Masachapa and Pochomil by ATV. Both are tons of fun. There are also horse back tours on the premises. Take a ride either in the morning or the afternoon when the temperatures are cooler and/or to check out the sunset from a remote section of the huge Barcelo Beach. Guided horse tours are also available and are located next to the ATV tour/rental location. Check with local tour operator Inspiration Tours at www.inspirationtours.org or inquire at reception for the tour office at Barcelo for such activities.
The main "feed trough" at Barcelo is their buffet restaurant. There you will find loads of a variety of different foods with an international flare. There is another restaurant at the Casino that is not part of the paid fare of the hotel. Food there is pretty good and the environment is cozy. Views from there can be stunning, especially at sunset.
Favorite Dish: Steak and whatever is for desert.
There is a humble casino in the old house of President Samoza. Its a beautiful structure indeed. The casino as a few gaming tables and slots. Don't get too excited...its really small. The discotech is not too bad and can be lots of fun on a weekend night during high season. Other then that...sit by the pool, jaccuzzi or the beach or go to Masachapa looking for some action.
Dress Code: Casino, casual to nice casual
-horrible rooms [bungalow or new section-full of insects:lezards,spiders,weird bugs.
bungalows;horrible bath room dirty ,rusted...
-horrible food and pastry :not original ,dull,oily
-impossible to swim in the beach ,too manywaves ,
don't try any water sport :very dangerous
-impossible to stay onthe sand :continuous strong wind
-do not try to complain:noone answers
Unique Suggestions: nothing to do ,you must be stoic
Fun Alternatives: forget about Barcelo Hotels :client has no imprtance
ATV tours into the jungle on Barcelo's property.
ATV tours to the local communities of Masachapa and Pochomil for an excellent cultural
exchange and/or enjoy a little dancing, beer and/or local rum.
Petroglyph Nature Hike
Kayaking Sandino Estuary at sunset
Fishing like the locals tour off the coast of Barcelo
See www.inspirationtours.org for details.
Also see my tips for "Things to Do" at Montelimar.