Santa Cruz is located right at the isthmus of the island and hence offers a great starting point to discover. We spent our first night at the quiet Hostal Maria, which is favorite for its cheap, traditional food. You might have to wait for a little, but the delicious dishes are definitely worth it. Afterward, we ventured out to get to know the island.
Things to do in Santa Cruz:
Relax by the water
After a tasty Nicaraguan breakfast, we headed to the beach to enjoy the water and the first sun rays. We admired the vast lake which could have been easily mistaken for an ocean. The pristine water was calling for a swim. We got pretty sunburned even though it seemed overcast. For the most part of the day, we had a little bay to ourselves. It’s a lovely spot to let time pass. Every once in a while, a gaucho would lead his herd of horses to the water. It’s so beautiful to watch!
Enjoy a beer at Morgan’s Bar
We ended up Morgan’s Bar, a lively place where you can get in touch with the party crowd of the island. It gets wild in the late hours, but it’s an excellent spot to meet other travelers.
Enjoy the sunsets at Zopilote
Zopilote is the place to conclude the day with a magnificent sunset. We enjoyed the lush vegetation and the laid-back vibes. Zopilote is an eco-friendly permaculture farm nestled right amid the jungle. It’s a fantastic spot to meet locals and travelers alike and just kick back.