Caribbean islands may not be the first thing that come to mind when you think of Nicaragua, but the destination’s east coast is indeed home to stunning white-sand beaches and untouched islands in the Caribbean Sea. Get the best of both worlds with a trip to Nicaragua that includes historic cities, volcanoes and lakes, as well as uncrowded Caribbean beaches.
2014, a year to venture into Nicaragua
Jan. 8, 2014
With its alluring colonial cities, fascinating volcanoes, and stunning rainforests, bordered by the Pacific coast on one side and Caribbean beaches and islands on the other, Nicaragua is a country that has it all. No longer one of the region’s best kept secrets, it seems like 2014 is a great year for every type of tourist, from backpackers to retirees, to venture into Nicaragua.
San Juan del Sur, as it is the surf HQ for Nicaragua
This post on TripAdvisor is from somebody from my old hometown, Corona del Mar/Newport Beach, Ca. so I had to figure out a way to respond to his or her question just to say “Hi!”
Turns out, United has what they call an embargo on oversized items, which means no surfboards coming down to Nicaragua until the airline changes policy. So to get to the point (thank you…) not allowing surfboards into the country on that airline creates opportunity for those that rent, buy, or sell surfboards.
The obvious way to resolve the issue is to rent a surfboard, but another option could be to buy a board from a departing surfer or in a surf shop in San Juan del Sur and then re-sell it at the end of the trip. This would probably work better for someone staying a longer period of time.
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…We spent most of our time at Southwest Beach, near the Arenas hotel. The other main beach is called Long Beach and has larger waves, but it said to be rockier and is also more desolate. Southwest beach offers a few places to grab some food and drinks.
We went snorkeling on the reefs right outside Ike’s place. The reefs were a little shallow for my liking, so I headed in after seeing a few cool fish, but a few of the boys stayed out there and said they saw some awesome fish.
Nice travelogue about a pleasant visit to the Corn Islands. There is some great news for folks looking to have a guided tour to the Corn Islands. Our friend Tanya at NicaTour Group is now offering a short but fun tour five day stay in these beautiful islands!
Here are some further details about Tanya’s great tour:
5 Day Corn Islands Tour
Take 5 days and explore Big and Little Corn Islands on our 5 Day Corn Islands Tour package. Spend five days and four nights in Nicaragua’s Caribbean Paradise. Kick back and relax! Trust us, you’ll never want to leave.
November 20 – November 24
Price for 5 day tour: from $685 US per person, includes taxes and fees. We also have an upgraded package available. We also book group travel. Please call for details.
- Return flights from Managua to Big Corn Island
- Airport and harbor transfers
- Hotel transfer
- Meals as indicated (breakfast at both hotels)
- Big Corn Island tour
- Return transport by boat between Big and Little Corn Island
- Some meals and beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips and Gratuities to the driver and the people at the dock who help with the baggage.
See more of Nicaragua. Add the 5 Day Corn Islands Tour as an extension to one of our mainland Nicaragua tours.
3. Re: Surfing…aside from Colorados, help me with these spots?
Jul 16, 2014, 5:21 PM
What would be the best way to get to Gran Pacifica without a car? How about getting to sjds from gran pacifica?
4. Re: Surfing…aside from Colorados, help me with these spots?
Jul 16, 2014, 6:06 PM
Greetings mike m: If flying into MGA with boards, a rental car is preferred. If you are staying at G.P., they can arrange transportation for you. If you need to go by bus, taxi to Mercado Israel Lewites and take a bus to Pochomil. Before getting to Masachapa/Pochomil, get off at km 49 and you can probably hitch a ride or eventually a taxi will pass by on the highway and you can negotiate from there.
I’ve taken Farmstay guests there on daytrips before too. There are surf guides that can do this too. My friends at NicaSurfing.com are headquartered in Managua and could get you on a run to G.P.
Now to get to SJdS from G.P. on bus, you can take a bus to Jinotepe, and from there a bus to Rivas, and then to SJdS. Alternatively, you can go back to Managua, get to Mercado Huembes, and take an expresso to San Juan del Sur.
Check out http://thebusschedule.com/EN/ni/index.php for bus schedules.
Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua
Surfing Advice for Nicaragua
Just tryin’ to help a bruther out hahaha. Trying to get around to get to the various surf spots is not that easy without a rental car,that’s for sure! You had better have more time then money available.
Looking for a friendly face and a tranquil and cool place to stay that first or last night in Nicaragua?
Due to airline schedules and travel times, many visitors to Nicaragua arrive late at night or depart very early in the morning. For some, that means staying overnight in the Managua area.
Your host Mike welcomes you with personalized service and attention to detail that the most discerning travelers can appreciate. We hope to help you have a relaxing stay here in Nicaragua from the moment you leave the customs area at MGA airport to the moment you pass through security on your way back home. For those first-time visitors, here is a link to my blog about What’s the drill? What to expect when arriving at MGA Managua’s Augusto Sandino International Airport
We work and live on a small (eight acre) organic permaculture farm located in the breezy hills south of Managua, overlooking Ticuantepe and Masaya, Nicaragua. We enjoy the views, peace and tranquility here so much, we decided to share it with a select group of travelers…if are you one of those who want a unique Nicaraguan vibe from your first to your last night in-country, then we are the right place for you!
You will not be ‘roughing it’ at El Porton Verde, far from it, as the property has excellent amenities usually found in four star hotels such as custom-made furniture, quality beds, bedding and towels. We also have a swimming pool, free high speed WiFi, and delicious Nicaraguan breakfasts that typically include ingredients grown and raised here on the farm.
We give you the “soft landing” treatment from the moment you pass through Customs at the airport until you go home. We also provide local half-day and full-day tours of our local area such as Volcano Masaya, the Masaya Artisan’s Market, the Pueblos Blancos, Granada, etc.
If you would like a little slice of Paradise, Nicaragua-style, we welcome you to stay with your host Mike. Check in 2pm. Check out 12noon. Only cash on arrival. We accept PayPal and are listed on air bnb. Cancellation policy 48 hours. Breakfast is included.
We have lodging for groups of up to 14.
Financing still a mystery as Nicaragua unveils details of giant canal
BY TIM JOHNSON
McClatchy Foreign Staff July 9, 2014
Nicaragua is exploring to see if they can build a canal like the Panama canal. (Tim Johnson/MCT) MCCLATCHYDC
Nicaragua forges ahead on canal that would remake world trade
MEXICO CITY — The Chinese tycoon behind a plan to build a mammoth inter-oceanic waterway to compete with the Panama Canal whisked into Nicaragua this week and, in several appearances, including one with President Daniel Ortega, affirmed that “the biggest construction project in the history of mankind” has a green light.
In a lengthy appearance on state television Tuesday night, Ortega sat next to Wang Jing, the Chinese telecommunications magnate who’s been pushing the plan, and pledged that the proposed canal “will permit the country to eradicate poverty and misery.”
The two promised that environmental damage during construction of the canal _ at 173 miles long, more than three times the length of the one in Panama _ will be minimal. Construction will begin late this year and be finished within five years, they said. As many as 5,100 ships a year would use it to pass between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
So the “inevitability train” seems to be arriving at the station known as the Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal, and Presidente Daniel Ortega and the Chinese backers of the canal couldn’t be happier! If you click through to the McClatchy story snipped above, you can read a little more about the mystery that is the funding of this enormous project. As I have blogged about before here, and here and here, the project can be viewed as a potential economic boon to the country or it could be an environmental and property rights disaster waiting to happen.
It can also be viewed, as apparently Ortega does, as a historic inevitability that has been in the works since the 1880s. I think the statement made by the Maersk shipping container line company is key, they will have 20 ships that are so large that even the expanded Panama Canal won’t be able to handle them. Also, that a trip from NY to LA saves over 800 kilometers from a similar trip through Panama is such a dollars and cents proposition that it is a no-brainer for a company like that to essentially back the project (although they were careful to shy away from an outright endorsement).
Of course, I am still worried about the ecological affects. As an eco-boutique small bed and breakfast, most visiting the Farmstay come to Nicaragua for the natural beauty and this project certainly will affect some huge swaths of Nicaragua, essentially cuttting it in half! This project would negatively affect eco-tourism in the country.
Nicaraguan Insiders say that the project is a go, that the Chinese Development bank has the funds and is fully prepared to do this. As the Chinese curse is purported to say: “May you live in interesting times.”
You might want to stay in Managua when:
- Your incoming flight arrives late in the day and you might be feeling a bit tired and prefer to get a bite to eat and get to somewhere nice where you can take it easy and get a good night’s sleep.
- Your next Nicaraguan destination can wait a day, you’ve done a lot of traveling and are on VACATION so give yourself a break and start to relax already!
- Your departing flight is leaving really early in the morning.
- You are traveling on to the Caribbean coast and need to wait until the next days flight to Bluefields, Corn Island, Puerto Cabezas, etc.
- Your flight came in late and you are planning on going first to somewhere kind of far away, such as Chinandega, Matagalpa, Esteli, San Juan del Sur, Rio San Juan, Ometepe Island, etc. which you cannot or should not attempt to travel to at night.
- You have some dental work or doctor’s visits to take care of by the best doctor’s and dentists in Nicaragua. You can save a lot of money with medical tourism in Nicaragua!
- You have some NGO-church-mission-related, or other type of work to be done in the capital.
- You are seriously thinking of relocating and understand that it is a good idea to get to know the biggest city in the country before moving on and deciding where you want to live in Nicaragua.
- You understand that the best way to check out the different areas, especially along the Pacific Coast is to stay in the Managua area because transport to beach areas on the coastline is simpler since there isn’t any Pacific Coast Highway of Nicaragua!
if your situation does not fall into any of the above you probably don’t need to worry too much about where to stay in Managua. So enjoy your stay elsewhere and thanks for reading!