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On my final full day in Nicaragua we decided to take a trip to Montelimar Beach to enjoy the ocean for a day. Although the Pacific Ocean is only an hour and a half from Managua the trip there is quite an adventure. We got lost a couple of times on the way so it took a little longer but that just added to the adventure.

The first interesting occurence was when I was driving down the road and noticed a semi blocking the highway. It seems the power lines were too low for it to fit under them so there was a guy with a long stick holding up the power lines so the truck could get by.



What's Up With The Truck?

Ah, A Guy Is Holding Up The Power Lines

Heading To Montelimar Beach

Heading To Montelimar Beach

OK, We're Lost

But It's A Cool Town

The Clock Tower

The final 15 miles or so are spent winding through the mountains and jungle on the way to the coast. The scenery is absolutely spectacular along the way. The thing that struck me most was the lack of traffic. In the US there would be 100,000 people trying to get to the beach on a beautiful Sunday morning, in Nicaragua you see a car every 20 minutes or so.



Computer Geek

Heading Into The Jungle

Heading Into The Jungle

Fun Road!

Fun Road!

Road To Montelimar Beach

Thick Jungle

Thick Jungle

Finally, A Town

The Beach Is Close

Yeah!! I See Ocean!!

The Beach Is At The End

The beach is absolutely beautiful and surprisingly clean. When we got there my girlfriend and her 2 cousins just looked dumbfounded by it. It was only then that I realized that they had never seen the ocean before. It was extremely gratifying for me to be the one to take them there the first time.

On the beach there is a hotel called the Hotel Summer that has a large open-air restaurant right on the beach. We grabbed a table and set up shop there for the day. It was just mind-boggling to me that no one was at the beach. There were maybe 50 people total. (if that)

Some video of the beach and the restaurant...




Bring Your Horse To The Beach

Beautiful Beach

Surf's Up

Chica Bonita

Look Out Peter, A Shark Is Coming!

View From The Restaurant

Restaurant/Hotel

Restaurant/Hotel

Light Snack

Once we had a light snack it was time to hit the water. Junieth wasn't feeling well so Peter, Michelle, and myself hit the water. The surf was quite high with waves of 6-8 feet at times. I had a blast teaching Michelle and Peter how to duck under waves and how to body surf. I really think they had the time of their lives.



Peter Is Ready

Me, Peter & Michelle

Playing In The Pacific

Playing In The Pacific

Playing In The Pacific

Horse Rides

After a day at the beach it was time to head through the sugar cane fields back to Managua. This really was an incredible trip as I got to experience so much in Nicaragua. I've really come to love the country and it's people in a very short time. I'll be back there in only 3 short weeks (8/4) but it seems like a hundred years away.

Some video of the drive into the mountains...




Fish For Lunch

Michelle

Sugar Cane Fields

Sugar Cane Fields

Sugar Cane Fields

Painted Rocks

Heading Home

Heading Home

Mucho People In That Truck

Turn Here For The Beach

Mountain Town

Pollo Asado


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