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Choose the location of your hotel carefully, as some are at the end of isolated paths that are easy to get lost on when returning at night, yet offer perfect solitude. Most places are located on the lower western shore, but this area can get a little crowded with partying backpackers. Don't forget to pack a flashlight, or candles and waterproof matches, for that matter. Make sure your hotel has snorkel gear if you plan on exploring the reefs. Otherwise, bring your own. In addition to the offerings below, the island will soon have a high-end boutique resort called Beso del Mar, due to open in January 2012. Located on the gorgeous, white sands of the North Shore, this 16-cabin retreat with pool, yoga platform, and restaurant promises to be one of the best beach hotels on Nicaragua's Atlantic coast. For early bookings, contact garrylesesne@gmail.com.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.