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Gigante Bay Tienda

After spending three months touring around 
different islands in Nicaragua, I felt like I was ready to explore a different part of the country, so I decided to head back to the Pacific Ocean. S
everal people had lovely things to say about Playa Gigante, so I decided to see for myself by making my way to this sweet fisherman's village.

The locals said that there were many places to stay, but I ended up making my way down to the end of the village, to El Camino Gigante. 

As I was waiting at reception I noticed it was located in a lovely 'tienda' with several types of handicrafts. The right corner of the room immediately caught my eye, because that's where all the good clay works were. I was later told that they were all handmade by women from close-by San Juan del Sur. There was everything from plates and cups to little ashtrays and knick knacks; and it was clear that everything there was intricately worked and well designed. I was surprised to see such high quality items and was tempted to buy the whole shelf so I could keep everything for myself, (or MAYBE give away as presents for friends and family back home).

After I got my bed in the dorm, I noticed the 
lockers for tourists to store their things in. Since I didn’t have a lock (and my sun block was almost gone) I went straight back to the tienda where I could easily get the items I needed, which was a relief. Gigante Bay is a little isolated, so I really appreciated the convenience of having everything I needed right there.  


Three days later, I decided to extend my stay at Gigante Bay and work as a volunteer with my main focus (of course) being to help organize the shop. For the next three weeks I spent my days filling up coconut-oil, re-arranging displays, talking to the owner, and thinking about useful equipment we could sell. We started sourcing out things like snorkeling-sets, organic/local coffee, condoms, and sprays. And then we also decorated the space with some artwork to make it even nicer. Later I was given the task of adding some artistic flair to a table in front of the shop, right next to our big adobe-oven, so that people passing by might feel more invited to stop, and come in.

And hopefully we achieved exactly that. Because in addition to the things I already listed the shop has handmade shooters, funny masks, little toyswood-based materials, smoking-accessories (like pipes, papers and bongs), walletshammocks, hand-made bags, up-cycled shirts and lots of art work. Literally something for everyone.

I hope you can stop by and enjoy your time in the shop as much as I did. And don't forget to let us know what you think! 

Yours,

Sepa G.

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Beach accommodation for your every need in Playa Gigante
Imagine waking up to the sound of the waves crashing, stumbling into the Camino Restaurant literally steps away from the sand and sipping your morning coffee while taking in the beauty of the bare-naked south-end of Playa Gigante. You have plenty of choice of accommodation, and every one of your needs will be met depending on what you’re after. Here are your choices…
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Camino Hostel Overview

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Overview

Camino del Gigante hostel is the place to be. Incredible staff and great food right on the south end of Gigante beach. The hostel accommodation provides a great place to lay back, hang out and meet great people from all over the world.  Located on the sand with the waves for a front yard and the Nicaraguan setting sun for dessert makes the beach lodging experience truly beach.  Stumble onto the restaurant patio, a bar stool or just the sand from your room, this is vacation, this is your moment. 

 



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From our friends!

“Welcome to the simple life. This is the place where nature is roaring and life is determined by sun and tide. Gigante Bay gives you the means to truly make the most of the beauty around you, whether it be on horseback, catamaran, surfboard, motorbike or fishing boat; whilst still having the opportunity to practice your Spanish.” GabyNew
Gaby, Australia November 2014
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Rooms w/ bath

3 rooms at this funky beach hostel have bathrooms, all down stairs and all down to earth. Located behind the restaurant, these rooms are a great place to mingle with fellow travelers and enjoy the festivities in Playa Gigante. 


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Rooms w/out bath

The upstairs accommodation and one room downstairs share 3 comunal bathrooms and showers. The upstairs rooms are arranged around a breezy deck space amongst the trees. Our staff here at Camino del Gigante Hostel are constantly looking over these facilities so they are nice and clean. 


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Dorms

Two rooms are set up for your low budget traveling needs in Playa Gigante. With nine beds available, odds are you’ll leave Gigante meeting at least one new friend. Newly remodeled bathrooms and showers. The dorm accommodation is located a short distance away from the rest of Camino Hostel in Cascabel. Navigate to the Cascabel page to make a reservation.

 

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Camping

We also have Camping for the real hippies. I lived out of a tent for years so I am sensitive to the campers needs. Shaded sandy spots are available to pitch a tent or hang a hammock under the trees and stars Gigante beach. Feel natural and feel the nature around you.

 



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Camino Hostel

With 9 rooms to he house, 3 with private baths and the others share. Mingling in between the new facilities isn't so bad, actually it's fun.  One room has a window to the stock area but everything else gazes into the jungle or upon a incredible sunset.

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Colorline Lodge

This is a colorful gem. A massage patio up stairs is shaded by thatched palm and cool like a Tona beer at two.
 The lodge grounds are home to turtles and baby ducks, like a delicate farm of flowers and green.
Each room has a private bath and no shared wall, sol standing color cubes draped with beautiful openness and natures song, crashing waves with blowing trees.

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Casa Amarilla

This simply elegant Japanese design soothes the soul and lightens the step.  Big spaces and attention to detail has coined this house as the "most comfortable house in Gigante"  Upstairs consists of a very casual grand master bedroom over looking the patio and any of the many spectacular sunsets. Across the hall sleeps the garden state AC room with two twins usually pushed together for fun .  Both room have loads of closet space and multiple windows for a cross breeze when some fresh sea air is in need.  The hall spills out onto the huge mixed dinning slash living room.

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Prices:
Rooms w/out bath: $31 per night
Rooms w/ bath: $39 per night
Dorms: $12 per night
Camping: $7 per night

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From our friends!

“Welcome to the simple life. This is the place where nature is roaring and life is determined by sun and tide. Gigante Bay gives you the means to truly make the most of the beauty around you, whether it be on horseback, catamaran, surfboard, motorbike or fishing boat; whilst still having the opportunity to practice your Spanish.” GabyNew
Gaby, Australia November 2014