CHICHIGALPA, Nicaragua – A new attraction for fans of extreme tourism has been inaugurated at the foot of San Cristobal Volcano, Nicaragua’s tallest, in the northwestern region of the Central American country.
The site, with its inn, dining hall, visitors center, tourist service facility and trails for climbing the 1,745-meter (5,721-foot) high volcano, was constructed with a budget of 250,000 euros ($276,125), funded 80 percent by the European Union and 20 percent by the Chichigalpa city government.
Its construction is aimed at promoting the comprehensive development of the tourism value chain based on the Route of the Colonial Cities and the Volcanoes, the EU said.
“We used to think that all this volcano could do was erupt, but now it’s on the national route of tourist attractions,” Chichigalpa Mayor Victor Manuel Sevilla told EFE.
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Surfing beaches near Managua or Granada
Sep 13, 2015, 7:22 AM
Hi there, Can anyone tell me the easiest good surfing beach to get to from Managua or Granada? Thank you
Re: Surfing beaches near Managua or Granada
Sep 16, 2015, 12:09 AM
Greetings Gazelle1: The best surfing beaches near Managua are Pochomil, San Diego (Gran Pacifica), and Playa Quizala. More here, “Top five Managua-area Vacation, Surfing, and Fishing Villages” elportonverde.com/2014/…
From Managua, the beaches are about 1 hour away while from Granada, the beaches are about 1 1/2 hours away, plus they aren’t really that great for surfing with possibly the exception of La Boquita.
Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua
Surfing is definitely more accessible and with better quality waves from Managua than Granada IMO. There is one world-class surf spot and three or four other good surfing beaches near Managua. Granada on the other hand, is further away from the ocean and the only real surfing beach is La Boquita, which is okay but definitely neither world-class nor is is a good beginner’s beach.
I replied later on to the same thread on TripAdvisor that if they are leaving from Granada, they’d be better off going down to the Tola beaches, which are lovely and have fantastic surf! They’ve even held World Surf Championships in Tola!
Retire to Nicaragua’s Crown Jewel
Granada has charming Spanish-colonial homes selling for bargain prices. Granada is built around a bustling town square anchored by a neoclassical cathedral. By Kathleen Peddicord Oct. 20, 2015 | 9:45 a.m. EDT
Nicaragua offers one of the world’s largest lakes, pristine Caribbean beaches and islands, cool mountains and hundreds of miles of dramatically beautiful Pacific coastline. This country also boasts one of the world’s most affordable costs of living in retirement. A couple could retire comfortably here on as little as $1,200 per month. It’s easy to establish retiree residency in Nicaragua, which has a low minimum income threshold. Regardless of what you may have heard or read, Nicaragua is a safe and welcoming place. Every time I visit, I look forward to getting there and I’m sorry to leave.
You have to hand it to Kathleen Peddicord, she does have the ability to publish the same basic article seemingly about one hundred times and the US media keeps eating it up! Kathleen has been around Nicaragua for quite some time off and on, so it’s not like she doesn’t know of which she speaks, heaven forbid!
It is interesting that there is such a consistent push towards Granada from the likes of International Living Magazine and Live and Invest Overseas. While I personally like Granada quite a bit,I wouldn’t call it the “Crown Jewel of Nicaragua.” Being a tourist there is quite fun on occasion, and the town itself is lovely, but as the saying goes, “Its a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.”
For the casual reader interesting in relocating to Nicaragua, I recommend staying away from organizations that make most of their money selling the dream in the form of expensive conferences where experts will share their knowledge about how to make it abroad, especially from a financial perspective. The majority of so-called “experts” really are interested in selling you their overpriced real estate. Making money in real estate is not the typical scenario here.
In fact, I’m a proponent of taking a very cautious approach to living and investing overseas as there are downsides to living in Nicaragua or other overseas countries that publications and individuals which are mostly interested in selling you real estate naturally are unlikely to put in the forefront.
Not only do they want to sell you property at the “gringo price” but the “dumb money gringo price.” The lifestyle seminars won’t tell you about lots of important aspects of moving and living overseas. Pricing of real estate, for example, is not transparent, although there was recently published a price snapshot for Central American real estate.
People from the United States, Canada and Europe move to Nicaragua for a lot of different reasons. If you want to live in the largest expat community, join the clubs and legion halls like you did back home and be able to easily get along hardly speaking a word of Spanish, then Granada is the place for you. Just don’t think it’s the place to buy cheap real estate and live inexpensively. A similar house in a village about fifteen minutes away from Granada would cost about 1/3 less, for example.
Sure it might cost less to live in Granada than in a big city up north, but don’t go thinking you’ll be part of the greater Nicaraguan community or that you’ll really be challenged to learn the language. For example, if your goal is to integrate to a certain extent with the locals, I think there are better places to do that in Nicaragua. If your goal is to live cheaply, there are lots of places that fit the bill better. For example, a little house in the nearby “Pueblos Blancos” such as Niquonomo, Masatepe, Catarina, San Juan de Oriente, etc. might be the call. The weather is better there anyway as the elevation is higher.
I hope this gives you dear reader(s), a bit of perspective so when you read these articles you keep your mind on the realities, not just the dream, of living in Nicaragua. As always, feedback and comments are welcome!
Tola | PLAYA SANTANA $12,500
- 10/04/2015 4:30 pm
- Beachfront Homes and Lots
Location: Tola Price $12,500.00 Price/m2 of land $20.59 Construction size m2: 0 Lot Size in m2: 607 Benefits: Near School, Near Transit, Mountain View, Plane, Electrïcity, Easy Acces
ROADFRONT. 350 MT FROM BEACH. CHEAPEST LOT YOU WILL FIND THIS CLOSE TO THE BEACH.
Tola | PLAYA SANTANA $12,500 10/04/2015 4:30 pm Beachfront Homes and Lots Property Information Location: Tola Price $12,500.00 Price/m2 of land $20.59 Construction size m2: 0 Lot Size in m2: 607 Benefits: Near School, Near Transit, Mountain View, Plane, Electrïcity, Easy Acces Description ROADFRONT. 350 MT FROM BEACH. CHEAPEST LOT YOU WILL FIND THIS CLOSE TO THE BEACH.
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I haven’t lately posted any of these real estate ads that I find might be interesting to my dear reader(s), so here is one that popped up that looked good. This is actually near Playa Santana aka Playa Jiquiliste, which is where one of the three ISA surf championships was held; actually the contest was held here two years ago.
Playa Santana is near Popoyo, and the whole area is undergoing sort of a growth spurt, what with the new Costa Esmeralda airport opening up nearby. It’s a region of Nicaragua known for its excellent surfing and is a fairly tranquil and rural sort of country feel of a place.
This property is a bit back from the beach, but 350 meters certainly is within walking distance. Also, not being that close to the beach is good in the sense of WHEN we get another tsunami there might be a bit less chance of your house being carried away along with various lives. What you say? You haven’t heard of any tsunami’s in Nicaragua? Well, look it up folks!
There was a tsunami in 1992, so a bit more than twenty years ago and it wiped out the homes along this stretch of beach and one hundred or so lives were lost too, so it’s something to consider when you buy property in Nicaragua. You might want a bit of elevation!
So with that pleasant thought I’ll sign off now. Enjoy!
- Ometepe |
The calm waters of Lake Nicaragua represent a source of income for artisanal fishermen Ruth Martinez and 29 other members of the Israel Cooperative in the municipality of Moyogalpa on Ometepe.
But starting this weekend, the office that this group has developed throughout her life will experience a leap of quality.
“Another livelihood for fishermen who will offer kayak tours, boat, some crafts and the possibility that the visitor can learn how to fish with bait, cast net or seine” says Martinez, who from now on will be a small business owner at the Eco Efficiency Center in Punta Jesus Maria, which opened on Saturday by representatives of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur), the European Union, the Cleaner Production Centre, the Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation and the municipality of Moyogalpa.
Efficient Eco Center, together with the Floral Trail, located in the reserve of the Concepción volcano and ferry station infrastructure Puerto Las Brisas, in the town of Altagracia, part of the Project to Support Local Economic Development through Colonial and Volcano Routes since 2012 driving in six departments of the Pacific the above organizations and ending in December: Tourism sector.– Sendero Concepción volcano –
According to Marc Riehl, regional director of the Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation, the project has earmarked an amount of 8.2 million euros, 3 million of that total was spent for the benefit of 19 local tourism initiatives in the Pacific country.Intervention in these three initiatives approved in the case of the island of Ometepe to strengthen local capacities in services, infrastructure and development of tourist circuits.
“The most important aspect of the project is to work with communities, because subsidies have been given to NGOs, cooperatives and municipal governments, it is most important to us, that the money gets to the people and that can have an impact in the lives of people, “said Riehl.
Maria Miriam Potoy, representative of the Foundation among Volcanoes, shared that with the implementation of the project was able to form the Union of Tourist Guides of the island and Rural Network Ometepe Tourism.
“In the case of the Union of Guides became a formal cooperative composed of 17 members, while the network currently encompasses 11 initiatives,” said Potoy.
According to Potoy, members of both initiatives have been trained in areas such as tourism management, accounting, marketing and service improvement, especially with regard to advertising campaigns via the Internet.
Among the beneficiaries are members of the cooperative artisanal fishermen Israel in Punta Jesus Maria.
What will be offered?
According to Walter Ponce, coordinator of the Rural Tourism Network, living with families on the island, adventure and natural landscapes are part of the strengths that the beneficiaries may explode.
“The options are promoting include boating, riding, cycling, nature-friendly activities. Also living together in houses of native people, and elements related to the ancestral part of the island, shared Ponce.
Meanwhile, Roger Arcia, micro Punta de Jesus Maria said that apart from the option of learning to fish, tourists also have the chance to taste the local cuisine and entertainment in top condition.
The Island (Ometepe) is one of the main destinations for visitors, the vast majority are foreigners, but also domestic tourists, “says Anasha Campbell, co-director of Intur.
Punta Jesus Maria five modules have been built where visitors will be offered food, drink and crafts typical of the island. Meanwhile, Maria Leticia Salazar, project coordinator, said that the complex will allow the population of Moyogalpa have a tidy and suitable for space tourism potential of the municipality.
“Those who came visiting us for a while and then went to the other town, where infrastructure exists r Qu, with the first phase we hope to start to change that,” added Salazar.
While in the path La Flora in Concepcion volcano, which is under the responsibility of the Cooperative Union of Tourist Guides of Ometepe, we want to encourage this option as a major Moyogalpa.
“In the first 500 meters an agricultural intervention that keeps you in touch with nature, in the second part of the tour you can see a lot of species of trees, bird watching, herds of howler monkeys, white face is seen and variety of reptiles and amphibians, “said Jose Antonio Argeñal, coordinator of volunteer rangers on the island of Ometepe.
Anasha Campbell, co-director of Intur, stressed the importance of Ometepe as a key tourism enclave both nationally and internationally, so that strengthening the capacity of local tourism businesses is an essential step.
“The island is one of the main destinations for visitors, the vast majority are foreigners, but also the national economy, in the case of those who visit believe that spending is higher than the average in the rest of the country (40-42 dollars), because it involves transported to the island, stay on the island, buy local crafts, “said Campbell.
According to the co-director of Intur, from January to July this year the flow of tourists has grown by 4.4 percent over the same period last year.
“In July last year we received nearly 700,000 visitors, this year the figure exceeds 800,000
tourists, “Campbell said.
- The Eco Efficient Punta de Jesus Maria, the complex path Floral Volcano Conception and construction of infrastructure waiting room Puerto Las Brisas in Altagracia, the three projects are developed on the island of Ometepe; with a total investment of 567.445 euros.
This is a good story, another good data point for those following Nicaraguan tourism and it’s development. The story says 800,000 tourists are visiting in 2015 with 700,000 visiting the year before. That is a lot of visitors!
Teaching tourists the traditional fishing techniques, offering kayaks and such, is all good. Equally, I’m glad to hear that better infrastructure in general is in place and other projects soon to come. Congratulations Ometepe Island, you are definitely on the list of most-visited places for tourists in Nicaragua. I would guess Granada and San Juan del Sur would be the other in the top-three. Opinions?
Nicaragua: The country travellers haven’t yet discovered
UTE JUNKER Last updated 05:00, September 29 2015 3 Roberto Zuniga
There is no sleeping in in the city of Leon. Even for those nestled, as I am, behind the sheltering walls of a converted convent – walls thicker than anything built in the intervening three centuries – 7am is wake-up time. That is when a loud siren sounds across the town, rousing any sleepyheads and reminding them that it is time to get up and go to work. A second siren sounds at midday, announcing f lunchtime. It is an odd ritual, redolent of life on a plantation. A local tells me the practice used to be common across Nicaragua. Back when workers were too poor to afford clocks or watches, it ensured everyone got to work on time. Today, the only place it is still practised is in Leon, which seems slightly odd, given that this is Nicaragua’s foremost student city. Perhaps it is the only way they can get students to show up for their morning lectures. I have never come across a city-wide wake-up call anywhere else in the world, but then, Nicaragua is different. Central America’s poorest country has a lost-in-time feeling, with a laidback pace that has disappeared from most corners of the globe. The country does not feature on many must-visit lists, but it is hoping to change that, aiming to reinvent itself as tourist destination. Given its magnificent natural attractions, from soaring volcanoes and massive lakes to dense jungles and wonderfully preserved colonial cities, it should be an easy sell.
Thanks for this story Ute Junker…I think you just barely made it here before the hordes arrive haha. Actually, if you stay away from Granada, San Juan del Sur, and parts of Ometepe Island, you will not see too many tourists. You mentioned how in your visit to Leon you just saw a few international travelers here and there. That’s why personally I enjoy Leon much more than Granada. Going to Granada you are confronted with several Irish Pubs, Tex-Mex restaurants, falafel bars, etc. that is much like home. On the Calzada (the main tourist drag in Granada) where is to my knowledge only one restaurant that actually features Nicaraguan cuisine that is not an overpriced fake experience.
Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua
Living in Nicaragua is different than the USA
It’s a lot like living in the good old days
Living with minor inconveniences
No deprivation required
A comfortable life
Had a great time staying with Mike at his Farmstay – we were picked up at the airport after a late flight by Mike which made our landing in Nicaragua so easy ! We then awoke the next morning to a beautiful view of banana and mango trees, and birds chirping in the background. We had a delicious breakfast both days, then headed off in a tuk-tuk to explore Granada, the nearby Masaya volcano and chocoyero reserve. Was a wonderful holiday !
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This is the review from the couple who came in on the Spirit Air flight and had a great getaway weekend for a very inexpensive price. We are always grateful for kind reviews and strive to bring a lot of value for your hard-earned travel dollar, so when we have folks come down for only a two night stay, and they report back that they had a lovely but short visit, we feel like we are performing a good service for our visitors.
In their short visit they had some excellent adventure travel (hiking and birdwatching), saw some colonial architecture, and got a good taste of Nicaragua for such a short visit.
Julia took advantage of our “soft landing service” and they did their own self-guided tours to Chocoyero/El Brujo nature preserve, Masaya Volcano, and Granada. They hit the ground running and got the most out of every moment!
Eco-Casita Truda is a place to escape civilization and feel one with nature. It is 40 minutes to an hour from Leon depending on how you travel but it feels like a world away. You constantly hear the mesmerizing sound of the surf. In the evening, you add to that, the sounds of the crickets and the spectacular view of the stars and all cares are wiped away.
This lovely large beach front property with trees that are natural to the area is in a secluded section of Salinas Grandes beach which has a handful of private residents, mostly owned by expats. Both lots on either side of the property are currently vacant which gives Eco-Casita Truda an even more secluded feel while still being close to caring neighbors. The closes neighbor is an American couple who live on the beach full time.
The sand is volcanic so is a slightly darker color. The beach and entrance to the ocean is smooth sand. The warm waters in this area stay shallow for a good distance in the ocean and there are no known riptides. Residents swim and surf there without incident. Pelicans and other nautical birds accompany the high tide as they dive in to capture their dinner. Fishermen frequent these waters and it is possible to go out with them or purchase fish from them down the beach. The local surf camp came to visit Eco-Casita Truda and shared that this is an excellent area of the beach for surfing. The neighbors are friendly and helpful and keep an eye on the property when the tenants are not around.
Fully solar and fully screened for mosquitos
Naturally air-conditioned with open air flowing through in the upper areas of the ceiling, large windows and double doors that open to the front porch and view of the ocean
Very large living/dining/kitchen space is open air with barred windows and shades that roll down but no glass windows to separate from the outdoors, Living area has sofa that can convert into a trundle bed supplying two very comfortable twin beds. There is one more comfortable floor mattress that sleeps one.
Large light-filled bedroom with an enormous window with an amazing view of the ocean. The bedroom windows are screened and have wooden shutters. This room can be completely locked and shuttered separate from the house so that tenants can keep their valuables even more secure in this room. The room is furnished with a queen size bed, wardrobe, desk, office chair and a solar fan with radio.
Light-filled bathroom features high open air windows with bars and screens that allow for air flow and a sense of being outside. The shower is enormous. There is a utility sink for washing clothes with scrub board build into it. There is also space for storing surfboards in the bathroom. Additionally, there is an outdoor shower on the property.
A TV is available for tenants use. A signal booster is available for use so that cell phones will receive reception in the house. It also assists in strengthening the internet signal.
Internet hotspot comes with the house for which tenants may purchase time. (Instructions are given on the use of the equipment.)
Kitchen is equipped with a 24 hour solar combination fridge and freezer as well as a gas oven/stove and all needed kitchen supplies. There are no other kitchen appliances available for use that require electricity such as a microwave or blender.
Potable Water is supplied by a water tank that has to be refilled monthly. The cost is minimal and the responsibility of the tenant.
A local city bus runs from the village of Salinas Grandes 4 or 5 times a day and is about a 1.5 mile walk down the beach to catch it. The most recent tenant chose to purchase a motorcycle for his transportation purposes. About a mile from the house is a local drinking/eating spot that sells limited supplies including fresh fish, pork, ice, sodas and a few other items. For a nominal fee, they will do your grocery shopping in town on Mondays. If you choose to hire someone to wash clothes, clean, cook, clean the yards, run errands, there are local folks who charge reasonable fees that would benefit from the work and can be recommended.
Eco-Casita Truda will be available at the latest September 1st, possibly sooner. I am looking to rent it for four months, September to end of December or early or mid January but will consider a period as short as one month. For a one month rental, the cost is $700, two month rental, $675 monthly and $650 for a three month rental. The holiday month of December is priced at $750. There is a deposit of $250 that is required at the signing of the lease. The first month’s rent is due prior to receiving the keys to the property. The deposit will be returned within one month of departure minus any funds needed to cover damages incurred. details. The approximate measurements of the eco-casita are the following: Interior: 765.8 sq ft, 71.1 m2; Exterior: 855.0 sq ft, 79.4 m2; Interior Measurement Detail: Great Room: 24.0 ft x 18.5 = 444.0 sq ft; Bedroom: 16.5 ft x 11.5 = 189.8 sq ft ; Bathroom/Laundry: 16.5 ft x 8.0 = 132.0 sq ft; Total Interior: 765.8 sq ft; Patio: 24.0 x 9.5 = 228.0 sq ft; Total Interior with Patio: 993 sq ft. I am open to renting to a group of surfers and providing additional bedding and tent.
This is a really cute little beach front casita located on a good surfing beach not all that far from Leon. The current and soon-to-be former tenant, Paul, was looking for a place to live by the beach while he was staying at the Farmstay and he saw an ad on Craigslist Nicaragua for this place.
Long story short, he got a hold of the owner, whose name is Truda, and as they were discussing what was on offer over the phone, they discovered that Truda was going to be our guest in just a few days time. When she came for her stay, they met, became friends and did the deal to rent the place! So I feel like we sort of midwifed this initial deal and it certainly worked out good for both parties. Another cool Farmstay story ehh?
Well, you can be the next happy tenant! I suppose staying with us at the Farmstay is not mandatory, but it couldn’t hurt.