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.
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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 along. Dont stress out over it. After all you are there to relax and that is just part of the atomsphere.
Unique Suggestions: If you feel like you want to patronize the vendors then by all means do so. Just know that they may send some friends over or their competetion may try to sell you the same thing (if you like one you'll love two). Just say "acabo de comprar algo. no gracias." or " No quiero nada." And at the risk of sounding like Im stating the obvious... Dont let them see your American Dollars or Euros (especially if you have $20ies or higher). One they will really try to sell to you and they will inflate the price like crazy, and two you dont want to make yourself a target for crime. Only take out what you need and be firm at saying no if they do get a look. Dont be afraid to walk away if you feel pressured.
Fun Alternatives: 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 ! there are a few places on the beach to get an ATV or two (you have to be 16 to rent one just so you know, but parents can ride with children.) The guys with the horses will come up to you if you even hint at interest and you can take your pick! No matter what you ride remember that there are other people on the beach. Be Aware so you dont crash or run someone over (or straight into the ocean). Be smart, and have lots of fun! Hope you like my pics!
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