Global Mark : 12.17
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Comments : This is a very impressive beach but it is also a very dangerous one. Extreme care in the water essential !
What to do ? Walk the beaches from N to S : Poneloya, Las Penitas & Suyapa. It should take you a good 2 hours / On the way, stop at the old green hotel (on the rocks) for a good panorama, rocking chairs and a water tap to get rid of the sand / Admire the waves from a safe distance / Lye down on the sand : during week day, the place could be all yours ! / Spot many colorful villas, most empty during the week / Watch birds in formation / In season (Aug to Sept), observe turtles. This place was reported to be the largest turtle beach in Central America, with very few people knowing about it... / Dream at the sunset
What you may not like ? Not being really able to swim : huge waves and strong rip tides / Swimming alone, without the advice of a local : a few people have died doing so / The limited supply of cheap places to stay or eat / A few barking dogs
How long ? At least half a day. More to explore the area.
Where to stay ? Only a few places, most empty during the week :
- In Poneloya village, 100m after entrance :
- In Suyapa beach area, last bus stop :
Where to eat ? All the above places have an attached restaurant. Mediterranean & Italian restaurants as well. If you do not like the prices (most dishes in the 50-70 bracket, Barca de Oro a bit cheaper), a few comedores as well.
Where to swim ? Considering the danger, where a local tells you it is safe to ! There is a safeguard mirador opp.
Hotel Lacayo meaning that this should be one of those places. But considering the size and
strength of the waves, swimming actually means getting water up to the knees only. My guide book recommended the smaller beach of Las Penitas (S of the rocks
& abandoned hotel) as a safer place to swim. According to a local I asked, this is one of the most dangerous, except maybe at its
southern extremity. Indeed, the waves were the most impressive there ! Suyapa beach did not look any better with its rocks but, according to the owner of Barca de Oro, some areas are swimmable. As a whole, it is more going to be about the sand than the water...