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San Miguelito


San Miguelito is a small lakeside town situated in wetlands that, given the biodiversity of the area, have been declared a RAMSAR site. The wetlands are home to a vast variety of bird species and a great number of reptiles—specifically alligators. The nearby islands of Guarumito, Carrizal and El Boquete are especially good locations for spotting the wildlife, and El Boquete, in particular, has nice beaches for swimming. You can also go canoeing and fishing on the lake, or visit the iguana farm of Los Guanabanos. If there's time, treat yourself to a bit of relaxation at the Camastro River hot springs.



Most eateries in San Miguelito serve very simple dishes of rice, beans and fish. Try Restaurante Vega Torrez, Comedor La Mojarra or Comedor Marizam.



Lodging in San Miguelito can be hard to come by, with Hotel Cocibolca being the nicest, most comfortable option. Rooms come with fan, mosquito net and pleasant views, and breakfast is included. (El muelle de San Miguelito. Tel: 0552-8803, Email: Rooms $12 per night). Those on a budget can try Hospedaje Fumsami (Dorm: $ 2, Doble: $ 4.50) or Hospedaje Sandoval (Doubles: $3 with shared bathroom).


Getting To and Away


Buses leave Managua daily ($10. 11 hrs, 6:00 a.m.) and you can also take a bus from Granada ($7, 9 hrs) or San Carlos ($3, 3 – 4 hrs,1:00 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 4:30 p.m.). Do know, however, that the roads are bumpy and muddy, making for some pretty long rides.



Private pangas (boats) are costly at $40, but they do shave time off the journey; the trip takes about an hour. Alternatively, public ferries leave San Carlos at 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday, and cost only $2; the journey takes two hours. It is also possible to take a ferry from Granada. The boat leaves Mondays and Thursdays at 2 p.m ($3 – 6), but it would be wise to arrive at least an hour in advance to secure a space for your hammock; the journey lasts about 10 hours.


Other places nearby San Miguelito: Boca De Sábalos, San Juan De Nicaragua, Islas Solentiname, Refugio Bartola, San Carlos and El Castillo.

By Emma Mueller
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry...
10 Sep 2009

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