Perched high above a breathtaking rock masterpiece in the town of Las Salinas sits Magnific Rock Hotel, an inviting wooden lodge with the best sunset view on the Pacific coast. Surfers flock here for the legendary Popoyo break, but also for Santana's, both of which are easily scouted from the 270-degree panoramic view from the top.
Rice and beans can do for only so long. By the time you arrive at the Rock, you've likely forgotten that fresh, organic food is an option. From lobster curry and spinach salad to rib eye steak and cous cous, the food is nothing short of orgasmic. Featuring farm fresh, organic herbs and vegetables from the hotel garden, fresh fish and lobster from the ocean below and locally sourced meat and grains, the healthy, creative fusion menu of the Australian chef will undoubtedly make the one of the best meals you have in Nicaragua. Sunset cocktails & dinner at the Rock is a must. Stay a night – or 10 – and indulge in the warm, uncrowded waves. Before you know it, you'll be one of the many long-term guests. With a staff so friendly you'll soon feel like one of the family, it's not hard to imagine settling in for a few weeks. Yoga retreats, guided surf trips, massages and excursions are all available.
From $20/night. +505 8608 5818. From Rivas, take a taxi (about 45 mins.) or hop a chicken bus into Las Salinas.
Photo: Charlie Brown