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Laguna Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Laguna vacation


LucyHB
Farol accomodation 4 stars
While the town of Laguna has some impressive architecture, it's accommodation infrastructure is somewhat lacking. The historic centre has virtually no decent accommodation to its name, while the nearby beach resort boasts plenty of high rise hotels but very little of any real charm. A far nicer option is to take the bus/short ferry ride over the lake to Farol, a little beach town famous for its large lighthouse. Here you'll find that every other house is either a pousada (guest house) or is available to rent, and there are also several good guest houses. The beaches are clean, beautiful and virtually empty, making this an ideal place to relax for a few days.

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LucyHB
Laguna architecture 4 stars
Laguna is pretty much overlooked by foreign tourists visiting Rio, which seems a shame given that the town is home to some wonderful examples of colonial architecture. While the historic centre of the town could perhaps do with a bit of smartening up, it boasts street after street of brightly painted houses, churches and public buildings. Happily, the ugly concrete high rises that blight so many historic towns are conspicuous by their absence - instead, dotted among the colonial houses are some fantastic art deco buildings - fans of the style will have plenty to keep their attention here.

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LucyHB
Hotel Branco - what the....?? 1 stars
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In our search to find affordable city centre accomodation, we came across 'Hotel Branco' - a small whitewashed building on a colonial street. After climbing up the steep stairs, we were met by an elderly couple who looked at us like we had just landed from Mars. We explained that we wanted a double room, and they asked 'to rent?' - erm, wasn't planning on buying! They looked at us so increduously that I actually thought we had actually wandered into somebody's private house, and had to actually ask them if this was indeed a hotel. It was, and eventually the landlady decided to show us some rooms, all the while ignoring me every time I asked the price. After she had shown us about five different rooms that were all identical and beyond basic, she finally informed us that the price was Rs$15. Between us. Super cheap, but the place just felt a little too peculiar, and we decided in the end to pay double that for the sanity and security of Hotel Recanto.

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LucyHB
Farol - pousadas a go-go! 5 stars
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Taking a day trip from Laguna to Farol, we immediately realised we had made our base in the wrong place. Farol is a little village across the lake, with gorgeous beaches, a giant lighthouse, and more pousadas than you could shake a stick at. Every single house seemed to have an 'aluga-se' - 'for rent' sign on it, or a 'Pousada' (guest house) sign. Given that the village seemed virtually deserted - you can have the amazing beaches pretty much to yourself - I'd say there would be plenty of scope for bargaining to get a good deal on a room. There are also a few campsites here, charging Rs$8-10 per person, one is right next to the lighthouse.

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LucyHB
Hotel Recanto - basic but clean and modern 3 stars
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The port town of Laguna has little in the way of foreign tourism, and to me its historic city centre is missing an opportunity for attracting more. The centre has some great colonial buildings, but very little by the way of decent accomodation. You can store your luggage at the bus station for Rs$4 - the holders are big enough to fit two big backpacks, and stroll around looking for something, but the best we found was Recanto - very basic room but clean, modern and good for the price - Rs$35-40 with private bath, Rs$30 without. The hotel also owns a snack bar next door, which is where you'll receive your breakfast of bread, meat, cheese, coffee and cake. Must be the best city centre option.

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LucyHB
Hotel Flipper 4 stars
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Are, this was more like it. A quick taxi ride and we were in Mar Grosso - a pleasant beach with lots of hotels (mainly resort-style) and cheap places to eat. We were booked for a night at Flipper - a big hotel with pool, games room etc - great for kids. Our room was huge, with two single beds as well as our double, so it would be excellent for a family. The reception staff were very helpful (even when we forgot our room number!) and overall we had a very pleasant stay here - far more options than in the historic centre. Rooms were decent value too - about Rs$200 walk up price for our big room.

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