One of the ironies of long trips is that sometimes you really need a vacation from your vacation. Time to truly slow down and not think about sightseeing or transportation or what’s coming next, and after a hot and humid couple of days in Granada we were ready for a break on the beautiful shores of Laguna Apoyo. Located only 30 minutes from the city, this little lake feels like a world away.
Along the lakeshore there are a couple of options for places to kick back and enjoy the water, but we chose Hotel Paradiso because they had a cheap private room available and after three nights in a ten person (tiny) dorm room we were ready for a bit of privacy.
The lake itself is pretty small and we were there on a particularly windy day, so we didn’t actually do much (any) swimming, but we thoroughly enjoyed sitting by the water, drinking Tona, chatting with fellow travelers, and reading.
Paradiso has kayaks, chairs and a floating dock available to its guests, as well as a restaurant and bar which serves delicious (although slightly overpriced) smoothies and crepes. There is a “kitchen” available for guest use, but honestly you are better off spending the cash versus attempting to cook a meal in the janky, ill-equipped room they claim is a kitchen.
As the sun set, the day-trippers from Granada piled into vans and returned to the city while those of us staying the night crowded into the bar for a lively music quiz. With free booze on the line we all pulled out our game faces and attempted to name the songs played by the DJ. A well-rounded team representing three continents and spanning generations came out victorious, while our all American team (which spanned the ages of 20-25) got condolence beer for scoring the lowest (by far).
We only spent one night on the lake, but it was enough to feel relaxed and rejuvenated and ready to take on the second half of our trip.
Dollars and Sense
Shuttle to Laguna Apoyo from Granada: $3 per person
TIP: You absolutely do not have to stay the night, and because of its proximity to Granada this would be a super easy day trip.
TIP: We heard you can get to the lake by public transport, but the shuttle was pretty cheap and was super straightforward.