And Sometimes We Relax: Ojo de Agua, Ometepe Islands

Ojo de Agua

I know this blog is called Mel On the Go, and I usually am pretty active trying new things or repeating activities I love in new places, but sometimes I need a break. And Lyna is on vacation, so we opted for a chill day and found it easy to relax at Ojo de Agua!

how to relax in the ometepes

The Ometepe Islands is a good spot for a relaxing day. While I couldn’t find any spas, the lakefront here is similar to an ocean, with sandy beaches and waves lapping onto the shore. It’s lovely and calming. And the water temperature is perfect!

Wednesday’s epic hike made us tired and sore, so we kicked back and took the day at a leisurely pace and enjoyed ourselves.

Our yummy lakeshore breakfast involved watching the waves and the horses walking through them outside our hotel. $3.50 for breakfast at our hotel fueled us for the day. After eating, we debated a dip in the lake or just a chill in the hammock. We had a very limited agenda.

Ometepe Islands
Horses on the beach – breakfast view

bicycling to ojo de agua

After getting up our energy, we hopped on bikes we’d rented the night before after hiking (for $5 each a day), and rode to Ojo de Agua. Bicycling here is very easy and a great mode of transport. The island bus only comes every hour and we haven’t caught it yet. There are some rolling hills on the island but we managed the 3.5KM ride to the park easily.

Bikes Ometepe Islands
Pre-biking selfie

about ojo de agua

Ojo de Agua is one of the top attractions of The Ometepe Islands. Ojo de Agua means “The Eye of the Water” and is a natural pool from an underwater river that comes from Volcano Maderas.

So after being wounded by the volcano, we were hoping to get restored by it, a little bit. Ojo de Agua is very touristy, replete with souvenir shops and drinks in coconut shells. I don’t care because the entry is only $3 and the water is clear and refreshing! Shaded by large leafy trees, the pools are located in a very pretty naturalistic environment.

Ojo de Agua
Ojo de Agua

relax at ojo de agua

Lyna and I enjoyed swimming in the waters and watching the hostel kids party and swing on the Tarzan rope. We spent a full day at Ojo De Agua: we ate lunch, Lyna hiked, and I read. It was restorative. We felt good!

When you go, be prepared for, as Lyna called it “Spring Break Nicaragua Style”, because it is a hotspot for hostel kids to party. I don’t mind it as it’s their vacation too!  

Before we went, I imagined Ojo de Agua as a zen natural spring but it’s more like going to a resort for the day. For only $3. Either way, it’s great, just be forewarned. Not everyone goes to relax at Ojo de Agua, but we did it!

Rope swing
The rope swing at Ojo de Agua
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Author: Mel

Living aboard a sailboat, blogging about the places we visit and the adventures we have. Love hiking, cycling, scuba, animals and adventure.

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