A Tour of Tola
You may have known about the pristine beaches, crystalline surf swells and families of turtles sheltered by the gentle curve of Guacalito’s bay, but did you know that Guacalito de la Isla is located in the beautiful region known as Tola?
Tola is located between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific Coast, with the region extending up the coast from Brito Beach, located just 30 minutes from San Juan del Sur, to Chococente, where the Olive Ridley turtles lay their eggs.
Chococente Natural Reserve is actually one of the most visited family attractions in Tola, hosting one of the largest sea turtle reserves in the country. Olive Ridley is the most common turtle to lay its eggs here, yet Leatherback, Hawksbill and Pacific Green sea turtles can all be found at Chococente as well. Preservation of these animals is an enduring effort in the area, greatly influencing the increasingly sustainable approach taken to all local developments, including Guacalito de la Isla.
Tola is also one of the newly discovered regions with great swell for surfing. Popoyo, perhaps the most famous surfing spot in Nicaragua, offers surfers large reef breaks, easy access and inexpensive accommodation facilities. In fact, there are more than ten beautiful beaches lined up one right next to the other including: El Astillero, Punta Teonosta, Popoyo, Dorada, Iguana, and Gigante. Within the gates of Guacalito de la Isla, we have our very own well-known surf spot. There is a great barreling left that breaks off a point on the north of Manzanillo beach – at the heart of the community. Water sports such as surfing, swimming and fishing are all welcome here, as well as land activities such as hiking and horseback riding.
Tola is a region overflowing with beauty and adventure. Whether its watching a family of turtles make their way out to sea, or teaching the grandchildren to swim and surf, the home of Guacalito de la Isla is sure to create memories that will be passed down from generation to generation.