Playa Jiquilillo (pronounced: he-keel-e-o) is a sanctuary away from the masses that flood Nicaragua’s southern beaches when the surf is good (or not). Miles of gently sloped empty stretches of white sand beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing, playing, relaxing and practicing yoga.
Kyle and I chose a privately owned cabana to relax and restore after several hard weeks of travel and a bad bout of water poisoning. We found our one bedroom, one bath, fully furnished kitchen cabana on VBRO.com and rented it for about $40/night with discounts included for week-long stays. The best thing about staying at the cabana was its neighbor, a kind-hearted Italian gentleman who had spent several winters prior on the shores of Jiquilillo. Ruggero went out of his way to accommodate us with locally produced fish, shellfish, vegetables, tortillas, entertainment and relaxation during our stay in Jiquilillo. Although there are a few tiendas, vegetable stands and guesthouses lining Jiqilillo’s coast, the majority of the food distribution (especially fresh caught fish and shellfish) is by word of mouth. Ruggero helped make Jiquilillo’s isolation more comforting and enjoyable and to that we owe him greatly for our fabulous experience. No surprise from a man who has never used the internet.