Five Reasons You Should Go to Nicaragua Right Now
The once-troubled country is now safer and more accessible than ever. And that’s perfect timing
by Maura Walters
June 9, 2015 — 12:35 PM PDT
Updated on June 10, 2015 — 5:30 AM PDT
After decades of political turbulence, Nicaragua is finally safe and open for business. Filled with undisturbed beaches, sleepy surf towns, and eco-conscious hotels, the country has invested in travel-friendly infrastructure while keeping its local charm intact. Getting there is easier than ever—Delta and American Airlines just added direct routes from Miami, and the first private airport will open at the end of the year.
Here’s yet another “go to Nicaragua” story in the press, this time from BloombergBusiness. First comment, what the heck is with the misspelling? eco-conscious?
Short version of the five reasons is listed below (with links to previous stories posted here on elportonverde.com covering the same subjects and topics):
- Nicaragua is Costa Rica 20 years ago
- The Inn at Rancho Santana
- Premium Cigars
- Five-star Mukul Resort
While none of these reasons are exactly wrong, this article is pure fluff/PR blabbing IMO in the sense of not one mention is made of the cultural and people-to-people aspects of a visit to Nicaragua. But, this BloombergBusiness not Smithsonian or National Geographic so let’s keep this short article in perspective, right?
As someone who regularly scans articles of this type, I just wish one of these writers would come up with a little bit of a different angle to the whole question of “why visit Nicaragua?” and stretch the reader’s mind a little bit to see how Nicaragua is a unique place with a different history, a mix of diverse cultures and peoples, and also has a geography which is quite distinct from other Central American countries.
As we go forward and the travel industry in Nicaragua grows and matures, if we just focus on how we are just like Costa Rica was in the past, as Nicaragua “catches up” exactly where do we end up? Who needs two Costa Rica’s? What is and will be the differentiators in the travel market between the two countries in ten years? Twenty years?
Assuming transportation for tourists gets better, that levels of service increase, that specialized tours and the quality of those tours and guides improves, that more luxury properties are built that provide world-class service levels, what else can be done to maintain a competitive edge with other countries like Costa Rica?
My humble suggestion to INTUR and other “powers that be” is to focus heavily on what those differences are and hopefully will be in the future and aim towards maintaining and growing those travel experiences.