Every time we come to Antigua we never intend on staying long; it’s a town with few restaurants to get excited about, no beach or lake, and not a whole lot to do if you don’t plan on taking Spanish lessons. But all of sudden it’s been 5 days and we wake up from the easy pace, gorgeous views and perfectly cool weather to plan our escape. The hostels here are superb and competitive. If you can’t find a bed for under $8usd that includes a substantial breakfast and kitchen use — keep looking. (Click here for photos)
The town itself is something to be admired, and unique to Central America. The streets are clean and cobble-stoned. The houses are well-kept and private. The locals are friendly and not too pushy when it comes to browsing. There is also a high concentration of foreigners here. Recent college graduates and recent retirees alike come here to learn Spanish and because of this there are lots of people to meet and enjoy — another reason the time passes so quickly and unnoticed in this town.
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Hotel Antigua Orquideas