After opening in 2009 as a rustic backpackers hostel, the owners of El Coco Loco, in northern Nicaragua, have worked hard to transform their place into an all-inclusive Eco-Resort. Now Jamie, Ben and Earl are celebrating the start of their fourth year with the completion of a salt-water pool.
The new pool is located atop the resort's highest point, directly in front of the restaurant, overlooking the beach volleyball court, charming cabanas and the Pacific Ocean. "We hope the pool will provide guests with a much needed reprieve from the sweltering temperatures that Nicaragua is known for" says Earl.
Less than a year ago, a yoga studio was also built, adding to the variety of activities already available for guests. In addition to offering regular classes, El Coco Loco has also been certified by the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School and has already graduated more than 10 new yoga instructors.
Surfing, however, continues to be the main attraction at El Coco Loco. Morning offshore winds make for slow rolling waves at three different breaks that are all within walking distance of the resort. Despite heightened awareness of the area amongst surfers, most breaks still remain quiet compared to those farther south.
El Coco Loco has also achieved great success and recognition through its Waves of Hope Development Program, a not-for-profit organization registered in Canada that strives to improve the quality of life for families living in Northern Nicaragua. In just a few years, Waves of Hope has received more than $30,000 USD in donations, one hundred percent of which has gone directly to helping those in need.