|I went to a new small resort near Rio San Juan called Los Gringos on May 9th through May 16th 2006. It’s a group of three new palm thatched cabanas and a large thatched restaurant/bar. It’s located right on the owner’s private, sandy and secluded beach. The only visitors being the local fishermen going out or coming back from a days fishing or visitors for lunch or dinner in the restaurant. The beach is sandy and virtually deserted. Sometimes a riding party will gallop past. If you’re interested in riding, the horses are fabulous and are delivered right to your cabana door for a three hour ride (or less!) along the beach and through the woods. You can buy conch shells from the fishermen and Lorenzo, the handyman, is happy to lop off the top of a coconut for you. What a place to chill out! The food was gorgeous. The chef, Patrick, is Belgium and peaks 5 languages. He cooks with an international style using fresh fish, pasta, steaks. Everything mouth-watering! One night we had a fantastic BBQ on the beach. There’s plenty of beer, wine and mixer drinks too. The cabanas are new and very comfortable with hot showers, ensuite bathrooms, fans and mosquito netting on all the beds. Each has a decked porch with a hammock or hammock chair. It’s about 50 steps to the beach and the same to the restaurant. There’s lots to do nearby. Gri Gri lagoon was great. Diving excursions are taken out from the lagoon too. Find Felix who speaks English and will organise everything and go along as translator…for a small fee! This resort is off the beaten track and not for those who want a big resort atmosphere but it was the best holiday I’ve ever had and I’m desperate to go back.
The prices are very reasonable too. Patrick was doing a website when I was there but not sure if it’s finished yet as he said beginning July. www.losgringodr.com