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July 22nd, 2016 Finca Cañas Castilla

A lovely spot to stay a night or two after crossing into Costa Rica. Very friendly owners. $5 per person/night with very slow wifi, clean bathroom with a shower, and 3 super well-marked hiking trails on their property! Tent friendly and quiet at night.

July 21st, 2016 Hotel California, Liberia

Great spot to base yourself for a trip to the island or for the border crossing (only 30 min away). So much land, pick your spot. $10 per car/night, wifi, and he opened a room with bathroom and shower for us to use.

July 20th, 2016 Caballitas Mar

Really great spot right on the water with nice breeze and a view of Concepcion. We did a kayak tour into Rio Istian with them (3.5 hours, saw 5 crocodiles, highly recommended!!) so they gave us a bit of a discount: $20/person for the tour and $2/person to camp. Super quiet at night as they stop serving food/drinks around 6pm or 7pm. Wifi, bathrooms/shower, electricity, and restaurant with delicious desayuno tipico (and the plate was huge). It's not gated or anything but there's a vigilante that stays the whole night and the families in the area seem very kind. We set up our ground tent and felt totally safe.

July 19th, 2016 Finca Magdalena

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July 18th, 2016 Finca Samaria

We stayed in the hostel area, not the restaurant but it's all the same family. Really lovely place with access to and views of the lake. Big beautiful garden for tent camping and plenty of space for your rig. $5 per person per night, no wifi, but there are bathrooms and a shower if you want it. May also be possible to plug in but not sure. Super quiet at night and not too hot!

July 14th, 2016 La Bicicleta

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July 14th, 2016 Porta do Sol

Good spot on the outskirts of the busy and loud San Juan del Sur. Plenty of space for rigs and tent camping (definitely take the spot on the opposite side of the pool closer to the street because unfortunately they do sometimes play the music until late at night). $5 per person per night which includes access to the pool, wifi, electricity, bathrooms/showers, and a restaurant if you want it.

July 7th, 2016 Hotel Madera's Inn

Good, clean, and cheap. We did the night tour at Volcan Masaya and didn't want drive to Granada at night so we posted up here and it was perfect. $20, wifi, showers, super quiet. No parking lot but we left our car right in front of the hotel on the street and there was a vigilante until 2am.

July 7th, 2016 Punta El Cacique

This place is *way* better than Paradiso Hotel. You can actually park within their gated (and huge) property, there are far fewer people, and there are plenty of awesome spots for a tent, if you need it. And, of course, there's the beautiful and clean lake right here in front me w kayaks available. 150c per person per night if you arrive after 5pm and leave before 9am, but if you stay multiple days you also have to eat or drink 150c worth per day (per person). The desayuno tipico is delicious! Wifi, bathrooms, showers, and electricity.

July 6th, 2016 Volcan Masaya National Park

*Update: Camping is only allowed outside the gate right next to the highway. Free and there's a vigilante all night. As for the volcano, its active right now so they're only allowing people up for 5 minutes for the day tour and 15 minutes for the night. (For the night tour they open the gates at 5:30 and people start lining up in their cars an hour before that, so get there early to be sure to get a spot!)

July 6th, 2016 Volcan Masaya Entrance

*Update* It's open but because the volcano is active right now they're only allowing people up for 5 minutes for the day tour and 15 minutes for the night. (For the night tour, they open the gates at 5:30 and let only 20 cars in at a time until 7:30). People start lining up at 4:30 so get there early to be sure to get a spot!)

July 3rd, 2016 Finca Agroturistica Don Chico

Beautiful spot right up against the Reserva Natural Macizos de Peñas Blancas. You can tent camp right near Don Chico's coffee plants or you can stay in your car right outside his house. 50c per car per night and includes a surprisingly nice bathroom with a shower. He is also a guide and will take you on an awesome hike up to the waterfalls and the highest point for 200c per person (~5 hours). There is also a tourist center a few meters down the road with cabañas and tours but they charge a lot more. No need for 4x4 to get here.

June 28th, 2016 Reserva El Jaguar

A beautiful 100 acre reserve working to protect the wildlife and forests in the area. $5 per person per night, which includes use of the super clean bathrooms and showers (though I'm not sure if they're hot or cold). WIFI is an extra $5 and electricity may be possible as well. They also have a few cabanas. There are tons of hiking trails that leave right from the reserve and the bird-watching/listening is insane here! Doesn't require 4x4 but it's 11km of a pretty bad dirt road to get there. That road doesn't come up on GPS but there is a sign to turn off the main highway about 9km south of San Rafael del Norte.

June 21st, 2016 La Villa de Soledad B&B

A really lovely spot right across the road from (or ON) the Rio Cangrejal. We weren't super excited about the options in this area (because most of the places barely have space for a car) so we decided to inquire here and are so glad we did! They're technically a B&B but, depending on how busy they are, the owner, John, will allow you to camp on his beautiful, flat, and spacious property. (Or if it's time to splurge and relax in a hotel, this is the place to do it!) But if you decide to camp, you have two options: Up the driveway (4x4 required!) near the main building which has electricity, bathrooms, wifi, and running water ($6 per person per night). OR he also owns the grassy patch of land at the bottom of the driveway that does *not* require 4x4 and is essentially on the river but there is no bathroom, electricity, etc. (Not sure how much he would charge for this)

June 19th, 2016 Alton's Dive Center & Hostel

Great dive shop away from the hustle and bustle. Super friendly staff and definitely one of the quietest hostels on the island (they stop serving alcohol at 7pm). We did our advanced cert here because we couldn't pass on the $275 special they were having. "Fun" dives are also very cheap ($35/tank). The accommodations aren't the nicest but it wasn't much of a problem because we were outside or diving most of the time anyway. Has a kitchen (with big fridge) for guests to use, wifi, etc. Lots of sand flies on the island - bring baby oil!!

June 11th, 2016 Cesar Mariscos Hotel & Restaurante

The heat wore us out pretty fast so we decided it was finally a good opportunity for some legit "hotel time." They have two hotels: this one (~$70/night with breakfast) and the "annex" which is 3 blocks away and a little cheaper (~$50/night no breakfast but all the same facilities as here). Secure and guarded parking lot for our car around was the corner. Tela is a bit grungy but we were super happy with this place - clean, cozy (w really comfy beds!), friendly, and has a pool!

June 6th, 2016 Familia Velazquez (Avelio/Bertilia)

Wow, not enough incredible things to say about this place and these people. The adventure starts the moment you hit the dirt road in San Geronimo and drive 20kms through the mountains of Parque Nacional Montaña de Comayagua to reach the community of Rio Negro (4x4 and high clearance highly recommended). The Velazquez Family owns an organic coffee farm (the brother of Avelio sells it in Minnesota!) and have opened up their beautiful land to folks to camp on. 75L per car per night. No bathrooms for campers (yet!) but they can open up one of their cabanas for you to use, if needed. No wifi but they do have electricity (not at sites). As of now, there are two areas to camp - near the river or at "the vista," which is flat and has an incredible view of the valley. Bertilia, the wife of Avelio, is also a great cook (vegetarian chorizo!) and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an extra cost. And when you're wanting something active, you can take a hike through dense forest up to two waterfalls: Los Ensueños (50 min) and La Gavilán (1.5 hours and ~70m tall!!). No need for a guide - the trail is well-marked. We spent here 4 wonderful nights here and when we weren't outside enjoying the forest we were drinking coffee w our new friends in their kitchen :)

June 4th, 2016 Paseo Pupuseria

Delicious pupuseria two blocks up from the church! Right on the corner. A little more pricey than we've been paying (22L per pupusa) but it was well worth it.

June 3rd, 2016 Cabanas Los Pinos Mountain Resort

Great secure spot on the outskirts of La Esperanza. Our payment was to eat in the restaurant (300L for two people including a tip) which had good food and large portions. We stayed up near the soccer field and were able to pitch our ground tent. Bathrooms (with a shower and hot water!), very slow wifi in the restaurant, and probably electricity if you want it. Gets busy on the weekends.

June 2nd, 2016 El Bosque Hotel and Overlander Camp

Great spot to base yourself for a trip to the ruins (they're within walking distance!) Big open area with plenty of [shaded] spots to park your rig and/or pitch a tent. 100L per car per night and includes wifi, bathrooms, and electricity. Really friendly staff and super tranquil spot.

May 28th, 2016 Parque Nacional Montaña de Celaque

Incredibly beautiful and pristine place. 120L per person for entrance fee (one-time fee) and another 100L per person (per night) for camping. Super quiet and tranquil with lots of opportunities for short and long hikes. We did the challenging overnight hike to Cerro Las Minas (highest point in Honduras!) and saw the sunrise from *above* the clouds. One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. And you *can* do it without a guide - the trail is really well-marked. Visitors center has super clean bathrooms and showers. Highly recommended!

May 26th, 2016 Finca Bavaria

150L per vehicle and includes bathroom, shower, wifi, and electricity if you want it. Might be an extra charge for electricity, though. Super tranquil, lots of shade, and calm during the day/weekdays but it gets pretty loud at night on the weekends because it has a bar/restaurant. Within walking distance of the town, which is super cute.

May 25th, 2016 Entre Pinos

Beautiful gated and secure resort between La Palma and San Ignacio with 100 acres of land that they allowed us to camp on! $8 per person with access to the bathrooms (which are nearby the camping area), the shower (a little further from the camping area), and wifi. We didn't find anything we were too excited about in La Palma so we decided to try here and are so glad we did. Super tranquilo. Lots of shade, you camp right next to a pond, and they might even let you use the *pool!*

May 16th, 2016 Campo Bello

A beautiful, quiet, and *cool* (temperature) campground up in the mountains, but it's down a pretty bad dirt road. 4x4 recommended. Only a 5 minute drive down the hill from where you start the hike up Volcán Santa Ana. $6 per person with bathrooms and showers.

May 14th, 2016 Laguna de Alegria

Great, quiet spot to camp. (We stayed two nights and were alone for both) $1 per person and $1 for the car. Bathrooms aren't so bad - at least there's an actual seat! Felt really safe.

May 14th, 2016 El Mangal, Suchitoto

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May 10th, 2016 Los Cobanos Village Lodge

Great little hotel in the small fishing village of Los Cobanos. It seems like the owner doesn't have a consistent rate for sleeping in the parking lot but since there were 4 of us he offered us a room with 4 twin beds for $20 total. Very eccentric but super sweet guy. Wifi, pool, bathroom/showers, and restaurant with good food! No AC in the room we stayed in but there were fans.

May 7th, 2016 Nacional Parque El Impossible

Beautiful spot in a real national park! We stayed in the second camp in area (which is the only one you can drive into). We hiked to the mirador and did the Los Enganches hike to the river, which was awesome. $6 per person and $1 per vehicle. Well worth the awesome drive up but highly recommend 4x4, especially during the rainy season.

March 26th, 2016 Gasolinera Tiovic

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March 26th, 2016 El Ranchito (restaurant)

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