The natural reserve Charco Verde is a protected area located between the two volcanoes of Ometepe, at the bottom part of the island. The area encompasses a lagoon, forest, and a beach.
The lagoon is called Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) and it is closed off from the lake by only a thin strip of land. The lagoon provides a shelter place for many birds.
The beach of Charco Verde is one of the best beaches on Ometepe. The quiet and rather private beach called Bancon is perfect for swimming and relaxing. You can hike through the forest to this beach and back to the entrance of the reserve, which will take around one hour if you do not stop at the beach. During the hike you can enjoy the nature and you can also observe the main land which is visible on the horizon from this side of the island.
At the entrance of the reserve there is a hotel (hotel Charco Verde) where another great beach is located. The hotel provides dressing rooms and there is also a restaurant where you can have a drink or eat a meal. At the hotel, kayaks are also available for rent. From your kayak you can explore the coast and you can even enter the lagoon. If you have a fishing rod, you can also fish from your kayak!
You can enter Charco Verde at the hotel. An entrance fee of less than one dollar should be paid, which also includes use of the dressing room and shower of the hotel.
You can find this natural reserve around kilometer 12 of the road from Moyogalpa to Altagracia. There is a huge sign next to the road.
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