International teacher & traveler, bilingual, very active in local issues including education, water and community projects such as local road and beach clean ups every season with the neighborhood children and offer English, computer and art classes to the local community children. Currently working on trying to get workable laptops for excellent 2nd year university students. Donate a used but good laptop - take everything off it and donate it to progress in education. It really makes a difference to these students' educational success and their families future too.
Also we accept anything for the local school children and teachers since the schools, children and their families basically have nothing. Items can be used and in good quality including puzzles, coloring books, stickers, backpacks, or anything for school and learning will be put to very good use and bring lots of smiles.
Sporting equipment, used clothing and shoes in any size are all appreciated and will be shared with the local school children who help to clean the beach and road several times a year. Teach volunteering in the community, recycling and environmental awareness. All donations will be greatly appreciated and support educational success!
Our guest houses are reached by paved roads between 30 - 45 minutes from the main ports.
There are many activities nearby including the organic coffee cooperative, rivers, mineral springs, waterfalls, prehistoric petroglyphs, zoomorphic statues and ceramic museums and kayaking the River Istiam wildlife refuge.
Linda offers two different guest house rentals on the beach in Santa Cruz. Short and term rentals are available in these very beautifully constructed homes of volcanic rock, brick, and local hardwoods.
The smaller house - The Beach Casita sleeps 2 guests and the Main Beach House sleeps up to 5 guests. The Beach Guest Houses have a 2 night minimum stay but most guests need a few more days to explore the island and relax too! .
The houses are surrounded by lush tropical organic gardens and a volcanic rock wall for privacy - with just a step to the longest stretch of sandy beach and the fresh water lake.
The houses have many arched screened windows and doors to catch the lake breezes, ceiling fans, and reading lights.The kitchens are equipped with everything you need to prepare meals and we can help to stock the kitchen with the basics for cooking too.
There is an outdoor BBQ area and a new clay roofed ranchito for hammocks and rocking chairs to enjoy meal and relax outdoors surrounded by lush tropical gardens overlooking the lake. There are several small shops and various restaurants with WIFI nearby.
Linda offers Reflexology foot massages to rejuvenate the body after traveling or hiking.
We invite guests to sample from the organic gardens, offer complementary filtered spring water and with a 4 night stay - complementary homemade desserts.
Laundry & concierge service is also available.
We enjoy hosting guests and meeting new people - sharing from our gardens or something unique and wonderful from the island along with intercultural exchanges.
Our guest house rentals have received excellent reviews on travel sites such as tripadvisor, etc..We look forward to meeting you on magical Ometepe Island!