Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Susan T
Managua, Nicaragua33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Birdwatchers paradise! I was told there are over 140
bird species that have been identified here. We also saw sea turtles being released. Hotel/restaurant Barca de Ora is located on the edge of this beautiful estuary. You can book a boating tour through the hotel or rent one of their kayaks. The hotel is the closest hotel to the reserve’s office to pay for entry or your boat captain will get them for you.
Written 29 November 2022
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carlotatrx
Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I kayaked on the water between the island and the mainland. We stopped at the turtle reserve sign, because we knew A new batch was born and they were to release then today at 5. It was a unique experience. However, I feel sad that they leave all the turtles together in a small basket before they free them, because some turtles would exhaust ask their energy and be frazzled when they are put on the sand that they can't walk to the sea.
Written 28 January 2020
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Louise S
Roenne, Denmark4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
We were seven people in the boat, together with our two guides filipe and Miguel. The boat was nice, and the two guides showed us a lot of interesting birds, crocodiles, snakes and crabs. They took us to the beach and opened fresh oysters for us to try and showed us some cool fish and shells. Finally they took us to a more calm beach to take a swim. A very good day - thank you filipe and miguel
Written 20 October 2019
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Whitney
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
A very unique little tour around the island. We saw many beautiful bird that I had not seen in other parts of Central America. The guide was friendly and helpful. Gorgeous mangrove trees untouched by mankind. Wish I brought binoculars or a good camera to see the birds better.
Written 23 June 2019
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Emma
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Great trip! beautiful scenery; very peaceful and quiet; lots of birds. You can also visit the sea turtle sanctuary.
Written 18 February 2019
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jennifersullivan32
Elizabeth, IL21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
The natural mangrove forest is an ecosystem all its own. We hired a lancha for a 5-hour tour for 30 USD pp - well worth it. You also have to pay 3 USD pp to the national parks system for entrance. The trip by boat, winds through the mangrove forest, and with luck you'll see many different types of birds and all different sizes of crocodiles, from bitty babies, to big mamas. Many people rent kayaks, but I enjoyed the knowledge of our native guide - Bernillo. He also took us to a secluded beach where we found many different types of shells and sand dollars. Be sure to wear sunscreen and bring bottled water (you can also bring beer, if you prefer).
Written 1 February 2019
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Mano a Mano
Leon, Nicaragua4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017
You can take a kayak and go 3 hours around the mangroves and arrive to the turtle nursery. The local indigenous community takes care of them and releases the turtles at sunset. Really magical experience, even better when is turtle season. I recommend it.
Written 1 May 2018
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travelflowers
Atlanta, Georgia91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
We rented kayaks from Barca de Oro and paddled to San Juan Venado island via the estuary. It took about 45 minutes to kayak to the point where there is a small dock and a path across the island to the turtle sanctuary. We went before sunset because we were paddling, so when we arrived we were the only visitors there. The beach was stunning and the woman running the tortuga reserve was very friendly and welcoming. Visiting the island was one of the highlights of our two-week stay in Nicaragua. It's a magical place and if you go by kayak you get it all to yourself. Boats bring tourists for sunset, so if you can't paddle, you can still visit.
Written 8 March 2018
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MarzUSA
Wauwatosa, WI48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
My friends and I toured the reserve- saw crocodiles, iguanas, so many bird species that if you are a birder, you will like this spot even more than I did (and I liked it so much I'd like to go again.) Our guide knew where to stop the boat and look for elusive, shy critters, and at the end, we were charmed by a tub of baby turtles that were released in the evening. A memorable journey!
Written 17 February 2018
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Patrice_VDD
Ronse, Belgium309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We spent about 3 hours on Antonio’s boat going through the mangrove. We saw a lot of different type of birds, also iguanes and crocodiles. Antonio knew where to look. We spent a great time and took excellent pictures. A must for the nature lovers.
Written 24 January 2018
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