Airbnb Review – Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

Great retreat location, outside the madness of Managua. Gorgeous views of the countryside and the volcanoes at Masaya. Immaculate pool and a warm and inviting “Nicaraguan-family” feel. Super-flexible host in Mike (patient to a “T” with our transportation needs!), great “Nica” breakfast and warmly attentive hostesses in his wife and Samantha. Eager to please and make us feel at home.

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Nicaragua: Two Coastlines and Way More Than Twice the Fun – WSJ

Nicaragua: Two Coastlines and Way More Than Twice the Fun

Nicaragua is a great place to learn to surf, but there’s plenty to keep you busy if that plan runs aground—from beachcombing to climbing volcanos to noshing ceviche

HOLY COWABUNGA | The beach at San Juan del Sur, a former fishing village that has grown into a laid-back surf resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. ENLARGE
HOLY COWABUNGA | The beach at San Juan del Sur, a former fishing village that has grown into a laid-back surf resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. PHOTO: CORBIS

I GRIPPED my surfboard with equal parts resolve and dread.

Unable to tame the waves from atop my board, I’d just been knocked into the Pacific for at least the fifth time. With the salty taste of defeat fresh in my mouth, I began to question the wisdom of my trip to Nicaragua—at least the learning-to-surf part of it.

Seeing I was flustered, my patient young Nicaraguan surfing teacher, Saul, tried to calm me down. “Move your body a little more back,” he instructed, holding the front of the board as I slid my 6-foot frame further down as best I could. “Paddle, paddle, paddle,” he said, pushing the surfboard forward. I felt the board begin to lift onto an arriving swell, raised my right knee first, then my left, and for the briefest of moments, I rode the wave, elated, before crashing down into the ocean again.

My husband, Paul, had much better luck on his surfboard as I sat and watched him from the beach at Playa Remanso, a stretch of white sand on a cove set between forested hills on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, just south of San Juan del Sur.

SURF AND TURF | Nicaragua’s Mombacho volcano, outside GranadaENLARGE
SURF AND TURF | Nicaragua’s Mombacho volcano, outside Granada PHOTO: ALAMY

Fortunately—for me, anyway—Paul and I had come to Nicaragua to do more than surf. We’d been to Costa Rica and Guatemala and were eager to get away from Central America’s more touristy corners and tap its natural beauty. Nicaragua fit the bill: Its diverse geography includes smoking volcanoes for climbing and both a Pacific and Caribbean coastline, ideal given our plans to swim, surf and sail. We also hoped that the trip might give us a better understanding of the country’s recent revolution.

read the rest at–> Nicaragua: Two Coastlines and Way More Than Twice the Fun – WSJ.

At this point, a standard-issue story on traveling to Nicaragua must include at least one of two things:

And this story from the Wall Street Journal certainly hits on both of these items, so kudos to the author, Polya Lesova  as she nails both! From her extensive biography and finance & markets background, it might appear at first glance she’s not too well utilized by the WSJ, where she appears to be doing mostly travel & leisure type stories. I did find this to be a decent, if rather bland account of her “adventures.”

Of course no issues with the author at all, I just wish that Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Washington Post, etc. start doing stories on some of the real adventure travel opportunities to be found in Nicaragua. Going to San Juan del Sur and Granada is going to see the most popular and tourist-friendly places to visit in Nicaragua.

So that’s all well and good, but we’ve seen and read that story for a few years now as Nicaragua has definitely become a place to put on your wishlist as word gets out. So without trying to bite the hand so-to-speak, maybe a little nibbling suggestion might be appropriate?

Of course for most first-time visitors, it is indeed an adventure to just buy a plane ticket to Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport. Especially if you have limited to no Spanish skills, the sites and sounds of SJdS and Granada are probably all the adventure one might be on the lookout for one that first trip.

Since there have been many many similar stories to this one by Ms. Lesova, I would like to see the editors of some of these media publications broaden their perspectives and send someone out to do a bit more of a true adventure travel piece. Write a story on taking the trip to Corn Island the long, slow way taking buses, pangas, and ferries. Get deep into the forest at the Rio San Juan. Visit the Pearl Cays and sleep in the huts of the Rama peoples of the Caribbean. Do a quite challenging hiking in the backcountry, discovering new waterfalls near San Ramon. You get the idea. True adventure travel please.

gluten free options? – San Juan del Sur Forum – TripAdvisor

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Greetings 4travelgirl:

As amen9 says above, the traditional Meso-american diet is essentially gluten-free and a large part of Nicaraguan cuisine is based on those staples. So basically they’ve been doing gluten-free up here until the Spaniards introduced European foods like wheat.

For example with gluten-free Farmstay visitors we just make sure to have corn tortillas instead of toast.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde

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A Nica gluten-free lunch would look a bit different...think more tortillas and beans!

A Nica gluten-free lunch would look a bit different…think more tortillas and beans!

Paypal in Nicaragua | Últimas Noticias, Entretenimiento y Mucho más..

Paypal in Nicaragua

Paypal en Nicaragua

PayPal in Nicaragua

It is one of the best known worldwide digital payments companies digital payments, where you can be completely sure that your payment can be made safely and efficiently, so you can be confident that if a company in Managua is operating PayPal, well you can give reference of your personal data and your personal accounts.

PayPal in Nicaragua is listed as one of the many advancements in the business world, so if you want a company that offers security, speed and confidence in individual transactions or purchases this is your best option.

This international company offers all companies and businesses the opportunity to receive payments from abroad.

So this company one of the advantages offered to all members is:

Protect affiliated to it trades.

It offers the option of a web site as payment.

The fraud risk models and analysis tools are tailored to your needs.

It has a total of more than 200 markets worldwide, so you can receive payments from different parts of the world.

If you want more information about this company please visit their official website and so you can also learn more about how you can join and what are the conditions to operate the company.

But we assure you that if you join this company will be an excellent choice for your business.

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Beachfront Homes and Lots San Rafael del Sur | venta | casa con vista al mar : USD 90000.00

San Rafael del Sur | casa con vista al mar

  • 03/04/2015 10:25 pm
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Property Information

Location: San Rafael del Sur
Price $90,000.00
Price/m2 of land $128.57
Construction size m2: 0
Lot Size in m2: 700
Benefits: Near School, Near Transit, Ocean View, Ocean Waterfront, Plane, Water system, Electrïcity, Easy Acces


San Rafael del Sur Masachapa. In front of the Hotel la Bahia, oceanfront house, three bedrooms, ample kitchen, 2 terraces, 700 meters square, perimetral wall, parking for 5 vehicles.





















via Beachfront Homes and Lots San Rafael del Sur | venta | casa con vista al mar : USD 90000.00.

I know this house fairly well, having inspected it when I represented a prospective buyer who was thinking of making the investment in this property. It has a great location; it is right in-between Pochomil and Masachapa, within walking distance of several hotels, bars, restaurants and other nightlife, surfing, horseback riding, fishing, etc.

It also needs a somewhat substantial amount of work! Hey, do you see that last photo of the nice yellow and green oceanfront patio deck? It is actually for the house next door, which is called Casa Ayers. This is part of our “surf and turf” package where we pick you up at the airport, overnight at the Farmstay, and then the next day we help you exchange money, buy groceries, and set you up for a week or two at the beach. Then, at the end of your time, we come and pick you up, stay with us one more night (if necessary) and then get you to the airport ontime for your departure.

I’ll be setting up this package vacation deal more formally soon, but until then, if interested, write us at inquiries (at sign) for details!


Mega canal project threatens to uproot Nicaragua’s farmers

A Chinese-financed shipping canal in the works to connect Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast to the Caribbean would dwarf Panama’s famous waterway. But while Nicaraguan officials say the project will create much-needed jobs, human rights advocates and environmental groups are protesting the construction. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the controversy.


JUDY WOODRUFF: Next to Nicaragua and a massive project to connect the hemispheres with another canal that’s stirring up controversy.

Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.

FRED DE SAM LAZARO:They came by the busload. They piled into cattle trucks. They came by horse and mule from miles around for a rally that likely tripled the population of the dusty little town of Los Chiles.

At stake was Nicaragua’s sovereignty, they chanted, sold to the Chinese. The object of their protest is a shipping canal to be built by a Chinese company. As described in this video dubbed from Chinese into Spanish for Nicaraguans, it would stretch 170 miles across the country to connect its Pacific coast to the Caribbean and thus the Atlantic.

It’s not a new idea. The Americans once considered it. This map from 1870 shows a proposed route for a shipping shortcut between the Earth’s hemispheres. In the end, the U.S. Congress opted to build in Panama.

Nicaragua’s waterway will dwarf the Panama Canal, three times as long and twice as deep. Cost estimates range from $50 billion to $100 billion.

read the rest here-> Mega canal project threatens to uproot Nicaragua’s farmers.

You gotta love the faux-concern in  Judy Woodruff’s voice here as she introduces the topic of the Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal as being soooo “controversial.” Not to say she’s not correct in that the canal is getting people excited, both positively and negatively, but let’s make sure we understand that PBS Newshour has an agenda and a viewpoint here, okay?

With that in mind, this is a balanced piece of reporting IMO, although like many news reports on the canal, certain conclusions have already been drawn before a real environmental and social impact report has been released. Specifically, when you hear someone say that the environmental damage will be so terrible and the financing so suspect, you can’t really say one way or another about these subjects yet since the formal reports have not been released and that funding will only come after the environmental and other feasibility studies are released and thoroughly studied by the parties involved.

So it is a bit of a cart before the horse situation here. Now once the reports are released, it is open season against HKND unless there is a clear committment to mitigation of any environmental damages that will be proven by a large part of the budget being committed to repairing any damages and engineering solutions to prevent extensive harm being caused by the building and running of the canal assuming it ever goes into operation.

The Sandinista's canal spokesman says the route is being moved south, but how far south will it go?


Buying a Surfboard – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

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Buying a surfboard

I will be doing a 2 month workaway, one month in Nicaragua and then a month in Costa Rica, so I decided it will be cheaper to buy a surfboard rather than renting (as I will be living in San Juan De Sol and then going to Pavones and plan of surfing most days).

I have read some people posting saying about how its hard to find boards in Nicaragua, but everything I read hasn’t told me how to get one.

Does anyone know surf shops around the area I can contact to buy a used one or know of a website I could find them from?

Please and thanks!

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Greetings Aly:

The most obvious thing would be that there are several surf shops in SJd SUR where you can find a board to buy.

Not sure if this would exactly work out, but another idea is to put an ad in the local craigslist advertising what type of board you are looking at and what you might pay and hope someone sees it on a couple of days before you get here to try to sync up with someone leaving the country who would rather have a couple hundred bucks than have to pay to get the board back home with them.

Good luck out there Aly…

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

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HELP! Need a Guide for a Day in Managua – Managua Forum – TripAdvisor

8. Re: HELP! Need a Guide for a Day in Managua

Apr 20, 2015, 11:23 AM

Just wanted to report back and let everyone know how my experience was! My husband and I hired Mike from El Porton Verde to guide us around Managua and we had an absolutely wonderful time! We visited the Masaya volcano, the artisan’s market, the Plaza de la Revolucion, the Coyotepe fortification, and some great scenic views. His price was wonderful and we had a great time spending the day with him and enjoying the city. Seeing an active volcano up close was an awesome experience and was the highlight of our trip. We definitely plan on returning :) Thanks again Mike!

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Fantastic, I am humbled by your rec for the great tour we had and so glad you had fun! We certainly had a busy day and filled up those eight or so hours with lots of activities and sights! Come back and stay with us next time…

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

Foreigners use online financing for Nica projects • El Nuevo Diario

  • April 20, 2015

Typing “Nicaragua” in the search box of Kickstarter displays multiple responses. This website, which enables people around the world to finance projects and ideas, has allowed various solidarity initiatives published by foreigners to be conducted in Nicaragua.

Building an ecological art studio built with plastic bottles, a book with drawings by Nicaraguan children and a program of learning poetry and theater for children in Granada and León are some of the projects that are fully funded by the contributions of people in Kickstarter.

Photography in Potrerillos 
Jackie Munro is a photographer, filmmaker and educator who knew the community of Potrerillos in Boaco in 2008 as a volunteer organization Amigos de las Americas.

After establishing ties with the family with whom he stayed, traveled once more and then began to assemble your project. He got a little over a thousand dollars on Kickstarter and traveled a third time to take pictures and make photography classes for youth and children.

“My class was focused on his own behalf and have the confidence to tell their own story and pictures of young people were really powerful. Some of his images are very inns and beautiful, others are intimate and honest, “Munro said.

The money raised used it to buy some items for recording, disposable cameras for students of photography course and pay some of the passages.

A new bridge 
Continental Crossings is an organization of engineering students from the University of Iowa who travel during their vacation to developing countries to build bridges in rural communities. The last to be completed was in Cinta Verde, in Matagalpa.

They needed about $ 15,000 to build these bridges and though they received contributions from the municipality of Esquipulas, the organization Bridges to Prosperity and contributions that met the young volunteers, funding fell short by $2,000. Full funding was achieved thanks to the campaign created by the student Sóley Porsteinsdóttir on Kickstarter.

“The design and construction are easy compared to fundraising. Kickstarter is why it is so important. We also used it as advertising. So we found a college alumnus who is now training to be a mentor of the project, ” says Porsteinsdóttir.

Children’s Books 
A book featuring Nicaraguan children is another project that has raised more funds than through the online funding demanded.

“The Adventures of Deyla and Diego” are fiction books showing everyday situations of children living in rural areas of Nicaragua, to simultaneously entertain and help children develop critical thinking. The photos accompanying reading, show two Nicaraguan children living adventures in their community.

The American educator Kristina books Mundera developed after work in the community of Pueblo Nuevo and noticed that children in rural areas have no access to books.

Fundraising has been so positive that with the extra money they have been receiving educational purchased sets for teachers and children.

Not everything is social 
Although most projects that foreigners seeking to do in Nicaragua with funds received online are social, there are exceptions.

There are some initiatives seeking finance documentaries or films they want to do about Nicaragua and its people. 
A young Washington received $ 2.730 to travel to Nicaragua to take pictures of the people who live near volcanoes for six weeks.

An artist from Kansas scraped together $ 4.700 to visit Nicaragua and participate in a residence to learn about indigenous methods to create pots and ceramic water filtration.

What is Kickstarter?

OPPORTUNITY • A website online funding for creative projects. Since its launch in 2009 have raised funds for more than 83,000 initiatives.

For projects to get the money that has been donated to them, should achieve its goal in dollars. If not satisfied, do not get the money.

To date 44% of the ideas have achieved their funding goals.

Extranjeros usan financiamiento online para proyectos nicas • El Nuevo Diario.

The story linked-to above mentions 10 projects but I see 54! Here is the list of Nicaraguan projects.

This is definitely something new in the world of fundraising for projects, and though Kickstarter has been around for a few years now (since 2009) there are still lots of people who are not familiar with the concept. I think it is best put on the actual Kickstarter website:

1. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, 8.4 million people have pledged more than $1.7 billion, funding 83,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.

2. Each project is independently created.

The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we’re not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it follows our rules.

3. Together, creators and backers make projects happen.

Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

Read the rest of how Kickstarter works here:


Russia proposes airline in Nicaragua | La Prensa Noticias

Will mid-sized Russian jets and a new airline be coming to Nicaragua to serve as a new national airline?

Will mid-sized Russian jets and a new airline be coming to Nicaragua to serve as a new national airline?

Russia has proposed airline in Nicaragua

The Russian corporation Sukhoi Civil Aircraft of the Government of Nicaragua presented a proposal for the creation of a national airline, quoted RT news agency RIA Novosti.

“The Government of Nicaragua is planning to create an airline. We have submitted a number of proposals. Nicaragua is a historic partner of Russia in Central America. It is in a good geographical situation, “said Yevgeny Andráchnikov, vice president of the Russian company.

Yevgeny Andráchnikov said that currently being negotiated exploitation five SSJ-100 that make up the initial stage of future airline alleged in Nicaragua.

According to Russian media, the SSJ-100 is a regional airliner flights began in 2008 and three years later began performing commercial flights, and has a capacity for 100 passengers.

Rusia presenta propuesta para compañía aérea en Nicaragua | La Prensa Noticias.

This is a very “light” article as in light in actual facts and real plans, so read this as pure speculation at this point, but the idea proposed is to start a new Nicaraguan national airline using Russian jets. Nicaragua currently has only one national airline, La Costeña, and one can only hope that if there was some competition to the current routes that would help keep prices down and services up?


As a Nicaraguan Insider, I would say don’t take this proposal very seriously right now, but it is a data point for those following the relations between Russia and Nicaragua as well as a possible good thing for tourism in Nicaragua. I’m not sure how many Russian tourists come to this country, but I can’t imagine it being a very large number.

It seems this new airline would rely on the current set of visitors to the country instead of opening up a new market of Russian visitors. As has been written in opinion pieces in the Nicaragua Dispatch, Nicaragua needs new friends but I don’t believe that Russians represent any great number of new visitors to Nicaragua.

A little Nicaraguan aviation history

In addition to La Costeña, according to the Managua airport Wikipedia page, there used to exist an airline called LANICA that stopped functioning in 1981 and its assets ended up with another short-lived airline AERONICA which shut down in 1992, only then to be yet again resurrected again as NICA which terminated all operations in 2004, so its been awhile!