Playa Pan de Azucar

Jan 7th, 2005, 09:28 AM
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Playa Pan de Azucar

We will be staying at Sugar Beach Resort for a week in Feb. Anyone have any info about the hotel good/bad. Also where are good places for day trips from this area? Is the water drinkable or only bottled water? Are there small groceries in the area to buy juice, diet coke, to stock frig in hotel room? Any info about this area would be very helpful. What about nightlife? Thanks for your posts.
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Jan 7th, 2005, 09:42 AM
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If you have been following much of the board you will know that a lot of us think highly of Orquideas Inn. The owner of Orquideas recently bought Sugar Beach and has been doing some work on it (just a little redecorating from what I gather-not much construction). I am sure you will enjoy yourself. Water is fine.
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Jan 7th, 2005, 04:01 PM
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Thanks Jessie. Do you, or anyone else out there, know if there is anything to do there in the evening? Is is safe to drive the roads at night in that area, say from the Flamingo area back to Sugar Beach. We would like to try some restaurants besides the hotel for dinner but are a bit concerned about driving after dark. Thanks.
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Jan 7th, 2005, 08:20 PM
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You'll be fine. It is a very rural area. Get your bearings in the daytime so you are familiar with the road and be careful. Yes, there are little mini supers in the town of Potrero. Also a wonderful bakery--kind of hard to spot--you may have to ask. Wednesday night is ladies' night at the Las Brisas in Potrero--you might want to check that out for dancing and a little nightlife. Also, the Marco Polo restaurant is very decent. Stella's at Flamingo is good for evening meals as well. Marie's Restaurant in Flamingo good for lunches. Up the paved road in Brasilito there are 3 very good restaurants--Camaron Dorado (my favorite), The Happy Snapper, and Perro Bravo at the Hotel Brasilito.

You will be on paved road driving from Brasilito to Flamingo. Just outside Flamingo there is a dirt road that turns right toward Playa Potrero. This entire area (after you turn) is unpaved and very rural. Playa Pan de Azucar and Hotel Sugar Beach are on another dirt road that, if I remember correctly, goes only there. Not a particularly short drive, which makes the hotel somewhat isolated. But, with your vehicle, you'll be fine and will enjoy the property. It looked very nice when we visited last summer--we drove out there to look at it, but didn't stay.

Daytrips: Check out the turtles laying their eggs at Playa Grande. If you go early enough in Feb., you might be able to get a night tour.

Monkey Park between Huacas and Belen

Tamarindo also a good day trip.

If you want a longer day trip, go to Santa Cruz (about an hour), then into the country to the little pottery making town of Guayitil--you can find some very nice pieces there if you like that sort of thing.
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Jan 7th, 2005, 09:13 PM
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Do be careful on the road from Flamingo to Sugar Beach at night. It is narrow and unpaved and very very dark. It is fun during the day and is known as the monkey trail. Lots of howlers hanging around the edges. I did a homestay in Potrero and it is a darling little town. I wouldn't mind actually living there.

There was a casino in Flamingo awhile back. Since the marina closed I don't know if it is still there.

Diving, snorkeling and fishing are the big 3 in that area. The Catalina and Bat Islands are very nice. Have heard reports from people who have been out there during the same time you will be and they have seen Humpbacks. You can also head over to Rincon de la Vieja. I haven't done the hotel day trips to Rincon just been hiking which is what we prefer. There are reports elsewhere on the hotel day trips. The web site pretty much lists everything there is to do. I stayed at Los Inocentes for a few days and enjoyed the horseback riding. That is a common day trip from the area you will be in. Percy just gave a very nice report of things he was able to do.

I put out some feelers on the Hotel on another board and evidently the Orquideas owner is one of a group of people who invested in Hotel Sugar Beach. The person who responded says that he has stayed there twice since they finished the remodeling and that it is very nice now.
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Jan 8th, 2005, 06:57 AM
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Thanks to all for your advice. We have been a little hesitant about the trip after booking, but with your ideas I know that it will be good. I'll report back on Sugar Beach upon our return.
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