Directions to Grouper Hotel and RestaurantAddress: 1111 Santa Maria Road, Santa Maria Del Mar, Nicaragua
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Directions to Grouper Hotel and Restaurant
By car: You can rent a car, but you will proceed from Managua airport to the town of Chinandega which is about 2 hours away. Any of the local rental agencies will provide you with a map and directions to Chinandega. Once you reach Chinandega, you will come to a roundabout and you will take the first right. If you follow the signs for the town of El Viejo and Marina Puesta del Sol, you will end up on Hwy 50 leading out of Chinandega. You will remain on this hwy for about 25 minutes, passing sugar canes fields until you see a Century 21 real estate office on your left. Just past this office there will be a turn off on the left and you will want to turn here. There will be signs posted for Aponsentillo and Marina Puesta Del Sol. Follow this road for about 3 miles and you will pass a soccer field on the left. About a 1/2 mile past the soccer field there will be a turn off on your right that is the entrance for Santa Maria Del Mar. There will be a sign for our hotel as well and you will want to turn right. This road will take you to within a block of the beach and the road will then turn left. Continue on this rustic road for about 10 minutes until you reach our hotel on the right. If traveling from Managua airport by bus, you will want to take a taxi from the airport to Israel bus station. The cost for a taxi to Israel is about $8.00 Tell the driver you want the bus to Chinandega. There are two types of buses. One is the regular local bus(chicken bus) that stops at most of the bus stops along the way and usually takes about 3 to four hours to reach Chinandega and costs around $2.00. The other bus is called a microbus and is a shuttle van that is an express and only stops in the major towns between Managua and Chinandega and costs around $3.00. After you arrive at the bus station in Chinandega, you will want to take a taxi or a local tricycle service to the other side of town where the bus to Asseradores departs. There are two buses daily that pass by Santa Maria. One is traveling to Asseradores at 12 noon and departs from Chinandega. The other bus goes to the town of Aposentillo and departs from the next town of El Viejo at 3:30pm. If you are taking the 3:30 bus from El Viejo you will need to either take a taxi or local bus service to El Viejo. The buses to El Viejo leave from the same bus terminal as the bus to Asseradores. Both of these buses are local buses and take about 1 1/2 hours to reach the Santa Maria entrance road. The cost of each bus is $1.00. From the bus stop, you will have about a 25 minute walk to our hotel. Luckily, there is a tienda in the actual town of Santa Maria that marks the halfway point and is a good place to stop for a cool beverage before continuing to Grouper Hotel. Because Santa Maria Del Mar is still a rural area, we would suggest that only experienced backpackers take this bus route because of the walk from the bus stop.