The first FP Escapes at Madera Village had plenty to teach us. Namely, how to soak up as much Nicaraguan beauty as possible.
Thinking of making the trek yourself. Take a look at FP top 5 must-dos in this Nicaraguan oasis:
1\ Yoga at Maderas Village: If Maderas begins to feel like home, that’s because it is: owners Dickie and Dave make it a point to meet everyone who’s staying there, no matter how long, and some visitors even turn into almost-permanent residents. The beautiful yoga space is outdoors, with a thatched roof, so you can practice your down dog while listening to the wonderful sounds of Nicaragua: wind, birds, monkeys, and waves crashing in the distance.
2\ Surf at Maderas Beach: Just a short walk from Maderas Village, you’ll find Maderas Beach, a small beach boasting a few restaurants and bars and great surf. Rent boards from Escuela de Surf for $25 with a lesson, or $10 without. The guides are super helpful, so you’ll be hangin’ ten in no time.
3\ Ride a Catamaran: Although a bit more expensive than most Nicaraguan activities, a catamaran ride from San Juan Del Sur is a must. The boat trip leaves from the port in town, so you can easily spend the morning exploring shops and restaurants. We recommend the 5-hour boat trip, with swimming, ceviche, and a wonderful selection of local drinks.
4\ Eat at Buddha’s Garden: This hidden gem in San Juan del Sur serves delicious raw vegan treats that will leave you feeling healthy and clean and was the first raw and vegan restaurant in the country. You can get your favorite juice, smoothie, or even raw vegan brownie while on the road (and believe us, you’ll want to. It’s delicious).
5\ Find a Secret Beach: Walk along the coastline at low tide, and you’ll find tons of secret beaches. Not only will you most likely have the beach to yourself, the waves will be perfect for play(oneword)time. Make sure you stay to watch the sunset, but just be sure you can make it back before the tide comes back up!
Models: Koya Webb & Alden Steimle