What to do

In and around Huehuete

The beaches of Huehuete are on a 20-kilometre-stretch of Pacific shoreline, between the charming fishing village of Casares to the north and the Chacocente Nature Reserve to the south.

More active guests will want to explore the length of the virtually empty beachfront with an early morning jog or during a long walk, or have fun playing in the waves. Others will prefer the hammock as the ideal observation point to watch, with a bit of luck, a sea turtle laboriously dig her nest right in front of the rancho where she will deposit about 100 eggs, then hide the spot and make her way back to the water. We are presently testing a turtle egg protection strategy to avoid people digging up the eggs in order to sell them as a food delicacy...a practice that is illegal in Nicaragua but hard to control. We buy the eggs from the people who dig them up, and re-bury them in a supervised environment until the day they are ready to hatch, then we help the baby turtles get back to the sea. In this way we do our part to protect the sea turtles, some of which are classified as endangered species.

A deep-sea fishing trip from Casares can be organized in advance. The beach at La Boquita is well-known and attracts a lot of local people, especially on Sundays. An excellent restaurant in La Boquita is Bar y Restaurante Elieth. You can also reserve in advance a horseback riding excursion in the forests inland from La Boquita.

The town of Diriamba is famous for the festival of its patron saint, San Sebastian. This feast is one of the biggest and most famous in all Nicaragua, and takes place in the two weeks around January 20, Saint Sebastian's day. The town is packed with revellers and dancers in processions throughout the streets and towards the next village, Dolores. This is also the setting for the world-famous play El Guëguënse, which has its origins in pre-Columbian times and has been passed down through Nicaragua's rich oral tradition. The costumes of the players are beautiful and they are carefully guarded all year long in anticipation of this exciting carnival.

Diriamba and Jinotepe have traditional open-air markets which are fun to visit. The cathedral in Diriamba is impressive given the size of the town, and Diriamba's most famous landmark is the art-deco style town clock (el reloj), a little tired-looking but still the pride of the town since 1942. In Diriamba, a good place to eat typical local food is Mi Bohio. In Jinotepe you can try what we think is the best pizza in Nicaragua, at El Coliseo.

On the road to Diriamba at kilometre 58 on the left, visit La Máquina, a beautiful private forest reserve, protected since 1981. There is a river with waterfalls and pools for a refreshing dip, and you can see many different species of trees of the dry tropics. You can bring a picnic or eat at the restaurant, which has a limited menu of meats and fish but is perfectly acceptable, and beer is available. There is a small entrance fee to the park.

Excursions and Activities

Here is a list of only a small number of possible activities in Nicaragua depending on your taste for adventure and your time. Some of these suggestions are easy day trips from Huehuete. Please note that as the tourist industry in Nicaragua is not yet fully developed, it's important to plan your activities in advance and confirm your arrangements closer to the date to avoid disappointments.

  • Visit to Granada, one of Central America's most ancient colonial city and very well preserved buildings. Boat tour of Las Isletas of Granada
  • Visit to León settled in 1610, the other famous colonial city and university town with its busy central plazas
  • Excursion to San Juan del Sur and surrounding beaches
  • Excursion to Lake Cocibolca and Ometepe, its volcanoes, luxurious vegetation and its archeological treasures
  • Excursion to volcanoes Masaya (whose lava can best be observed at night) and Mombacho with its nature adapted to different levels of walkers
  • Canopy tours in Mombacho or San Juan del Sur
  • Visit of a coffee plantation in Matagalpa, Jinotega or Nueva Segovia or tobacco plantation in Estelí
  • Visit of the so-called "pueblos blancos", including San Juan de Oriente which is famous for its pottery, Catarina for its tropical plant nurseries and its lookout over the Laguna de Apoyo, Masatepe for its furniture-making along the main road and Masaya for its handicraft markets
  • Visit of the Miskito Caribbean coast and the Corn Islands on the Atlantic coast
  • Fishing trip and exploration of the Rio San Juan and the Solentiname archipelago
  • Ash-boarding on the slopes of volcano Cerro Negro (León)
  • Visit of Chinandega, for its international fishing tournament and world class Marina Puesta del Sol
  • Visit of chaotic Managua... its colourful Roberto Huembes market, the remains of the old cathedral, the monument to the Sandinista revolution, a surprisingly rich cultural scene, a mix of modernity and poverty which always stirs emotions
  • Visit of the mountainous border regions of Ocotal and Somoto and the Bosawás nature reserve

 

Don't miss the hípica, horse shows that happen on Sundays all over the country and where people and horses from all levels of society meet for a procession and much beer-drinking and revelling. Find out where is the nearest one and join the fun with the locals.

However long you are staying at Quinta Mar y Estrellas, we hope that you will enjoy our houses and that you will feel at home. Relax, have a snooze to the sound of the waves, take in the stars at night and make out the "necklace" on the horizon made by the night fishing boats. And of course, don't hesitate to just do nothing!