First off, let me tell you that Nicaragua is one of the most amazing countries we have traveled to. Many of the locals would tell us Nicaragua is one of Central America’s best kept secrets! The country has stayed just on the outskirts of American influence so rest assured when you visit you won’t find a McDonald’s on every corner. It’s a place that we have already begun planning more trips to and possibly retiring to haha.
When we first arrived, I was excited, and I did not have any preconceived notions so I was ready for anything. We drove from Managua (the capital) to what is known as one of the best surfing locations, San Juan Del Sur. It was beautiful to drive across the countryside. As we saw drove through different towns and spoke with the locals it made me incredibly grateful for many things that I feel I don’t deserve. We may not always feel like we have it all but as Americans we have endless opportunities.
When we got to San Juan Del Sur we explored for a little bit but we were very excited to get to Tree Casa. I do a ton of research about the places we stay at but for this trip it was a little hard to get access to as much information as I am accustomed to but who wouldn’t want to stay in a tree house! Let me tell you that Tree Casa exceeded my expectations. We were immediately greeted by Victor. He became a really great friend during our stay. One of my favorite things about Tree Casa is how friendly their staff is. You visit as a guest and you leave as family. We made so many wonderful friendships that made it so hard to say goodbye.
Carlos the General Manager gave us a tour of the entire resort. The resort is on a huge property with an incredible amount of activities to do. It sits out in the jungle away from the main city on one of the big hills, but it feels like you are in complete heaven. The views are incredible and the Owner, Doug has 500 acres which he plans to keep adding to this wonderful community. They keep most of the natural trees which allow the wildlife to still thrive along with the visitors! Some of our friends watched a howler monkey play right outside their balcony. Carlos showed us the yoga studios, some of the bike trails, the garden, the inspiration treehouse, the horses, kitchen, the pools (yes pools there are 2 amazing pools), and the tree platforms that you can climb to see the views of the ocean or the views of the resort!
The environment there is unique. The rooms are built like the treehouse you always dreamed of having as a kid but extremely clean and critter free haha! The best part is it is completely tech free which allows you to completely escape everyday life. No TVs! However, they do have Wi-Fi. It was so nice to not be bombarded with tech everywhere while staying in such a nice place. It allowed us to really connect to the environment and the people around us.
Our first night we took a cooking class with Guillermo, their head chef. Our class started in the garden by picking all fresh ingredients and ended by eating the most delicious vegan meal! Guillermo opened the first vegan restaurant in Nicaragua! It was so neat to hear how they plan to grow their garden on 4 acres to only use fresh ingredients for their guests! It was such a perfect place to start fitting into their community.
The next night we went horseback riding through the jungle with our new friends Heather and Tammy. Jav had never ridden a horse before so he was a little nervous at first, but their horses are very well trained. It was extremely fun racing to the tops of the hills and then making it to the outlook destination to see all of San Juan Del Sur at sunset. It was beautiful! It was such a great experience that Jav said he is open to riding horses again!
We stayed at Tree Casa for nearly a week and we got to know most of the employees and locals that lived nearby. Jav and I are already planning on returning. It was such an amazing experience that we love sharing with our families and friends. It will be a place that when we have kids we will take them there and teach them about the culture. The community they are building there is going to be unlike any other and I am excited to see how it grows over the next few years.
If any of you are needing an escape from the day to day I encourage you to travel to Nicaragua and stay at Tree Casa to not only go somewhere new but to have a life changing vacation. Visit treecasaresort.com to book your stay!