Café de Nicaragua


Café de Nicaragua

Nicaraguan coffee is some of the best in the world, thanks in part to the ideal conditions of rich volcanic soil, shade from exotic trees and honed cultivation practices. Visit Nicaragua’s northern coffee region to see the process for yourself, from tree to cup. Coffee tours can also include walks through the surrounding forests, where you can see hundreds of species of birds, and engagement with local communities. Paired with visits to nearby beaches, colonial cities, and more, a trip to Nicaragua never tasted so good.

See how your coffee is made


via Café de Nicaragua.

Yes, a coffee tour would be great thank you! At the Farmstay we could even help you with that. For example, if you want to learn how to roast your own coffee you could do that here. We even hosted overnight an official coffee cupper (a person who goes around the world tasting various coffees…can you imagine?) and she said that our coffee roasted over a wood fire was very good. She said to me “this was roasted over mango wood, wasn’t it?” I actually had no idea what type of wood we had used, but thought, it certainly could have been mango wood! She rated my coffee as “very good.”

Small victories my friends, small victories. But yes, there are some great places to go and visit up near Matagalpa, such as Selva Negra. Its nice and cool up there and very refreshing after the warmer zones near the beaches and in the main cities of Nicaragua like Granada and Leon.

Anyway, we do enjoy our coffee here at the Farmstay and I like being able to make the roast according to my own prefereces (which vary from medium- to dark-roast) and the extreme cost savings. I buy the beans at the wholesale market for 40 cordobas the pound and the finished product in the supermarkets costs about 160 cordobas. And our coffee is every bit as good as the fancy local Nicaraguan brands.

Beautiful Hotel In The City Center

Beautiful Hotel In The City Center (Granada)image 6

condition: excellent size / dimensions: 11,200 sft

The Hotel Casa Vivaldi is a fabulous hotel located in the center of Granada. This property is situated between Central Park and Lake Nicaragua, and a block from the promenade “La Calzada”, Granada’s nightlife area.

This well furbished hotel is comprised of 12 air-conditioned rooms and has a 60′ by 20′ swimming pool and restaurant. Most important is that there is an adjacent lot (1.920sqf) included with the purchase of the hotel. The adjacent lot can be used to expand the hotel structure, to provide additional parking, or be sold. As one of the few remaining building lots in the Granada city centrer, it is a prime piece of real estate.

Operated profitably for year, the Italian owners are selling because they want to return to Italy. The price has been reduced $240,000 for a quick. Reduced from $890,000 to only $650,000 the business, land, chattles and inventory are now well under market value. If you are looking for an investment or a retirement business, act now. At such a reduced price this opportunity will not last long.

via Beautiful Hotel In The City Center.

Via Craigslist Nicaragua, comes this property, which is very lovely, for sale at a serious discount. The Italian owners are returning to their native Italy and looking to sell quickly. A real investment that could pay off very handsomely while affording the owner an excellent lifestyle!

Business León Sale of hostel right | rooms, USD 0.00

Business León Nicaragua | Sale of hostel right

Sale of hostel rightDate added: 07/17/2014 3:50 pm

Category: Business

Property Information

Location: León

Bathrooms 5

m2 50

Lot Size 0

Parking 0


Sale of Hostel right in Leon, Nicaragua.

Located at 3 blocks to Cathedral. Working, with all legal papers in order.

Sixth place in Trip Advisor rating for hostels in Leon. Great reviews for place in main hostel web places.

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Hostal Tangos




via Business León Sale of hostel right | rooms, USD 0.00.

Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua (video in Spanish)

The above video is well done, has good production values and I like the focus on the northern Nicaraguan area, the “Ruta del Cafe” or Coffee Route is one of these ideas that the national tour agency gets to promote an area and/or activity/interest under one umbrella, that is for sure, but if I can put on my critic’s cap here, the presentation, while nice, does not mention a webpage where one can actually find out more and possibly book a tour! The title of the video is UNICOOTUR and the logo on the video says UNICOTOURS. Neither of which appear to be connected with a sustainable tourism organization located in Northern Nicaragua. So sorry but I couldn’t find any actual links for you. But, again, pretty video. Enjoy!

I wanted to share with you some actual links to Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua for you to take a look at, but there really aren’t any, either in Spanish or English! I do know about a few, but they are not really any sort of organization of sustainable tourism in the country, just listings and some general information. Well, here’s what I have:

There are several properties that are self-described “sustainable tourism” destinations, and most if not all of these tend to be legit as far as the eco-friendly standards such as trying to save electricity, water, promote ecological practices in general, including permaculture and other sustainable farming techniques.

Some of these are listed here:

There are a bunch more, most of which are new that I haven’t really heard or know anything about. If you know of anymore and can personally recommend them, please comment here!

Sadly, that’s about it!

Retirees eye lower cost of living in Latin America

Retirees are attracted to the warm weather, good medical care and proximity to the USA.


Tanya Hartill, owner of NicaTour Group (, estimates that retirees can live well in Nicaragua for about $900 a month. Many people on her tours have visited other countries and are being very deliberate in their decision-making, says Hartill, who offers an eight-day tour for about $1,375 a person, excluding airfare.

via Retirees eye lower cost of living in Latin America.

Friend of the Farmstay, Ms. Tanya Hartill, got a nice mention in USA Today in a personal finance/retirement article. Congratulations Tanya for getting some recognition for the excellent, well-priced tours that you run specifically for people looking to retire and invest in Nicaragua. Keep up the good work! If anyone wants to know more and get a personal recommendation from me, please contact me.

The NicaTour Group’s tours include site visits to some new housing communities, meet and greets with actual locals (like me!) who have been there and done that as regards making the transition, experts in areas such as Residency, Real Estate, Healthcare, Medical Tourism, etc.

Her prices are very fair considering you will probably save yourself from making some potentially costly mistakes if you go in on your own without the knowledge and contacts that you get from the organized tours.

Farms Matiguas | sale | Villa with coffee and cattle in the mountains of Quirragua. : USD 80000.00

Matiguas | Villa with coffee and cattle in the mountains of Quirragua.


Date Added: 05/07/2014 9:52 pm

Category: Farms

Coffee and cattle farm in the mountains of Quirragua.Property Information

Location: Matiguas

Price $80,000.00

Price/m2 of land $0.11

Construction size m2 0

Lot Size in m2 700000


Villa 100 mzs. in the mountains of Quirragua, Matiguás Township, Matagalpa at 1100 meters. 13 mzs. coffee, suitable for cacao, vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, beets, bell pepper, tomato, strawberry, grape, chia, cardamom, etc..) with plenty of wood for buildings: red, black and yellow granadilla, arene, guava Tiger nancitón, oak, etc.. abundant water (2 rivers and natural water unpolluted born on the property, I improved pasture. brizanta and Pará Caribbean temperature 20 ° minimum Celsius and 28 ° ideal for tourist and ecological vocation weather conditions Maximum Celsius Great for Brown-Swiss cattle, high yield Holstein milk.. 80% is mountain, 20% for agriculture Contains large house, corral, benefit, galley, coffee variety is Catimor, is not affected by rust and is the type cherry is ripe but not falling off the plant, so your chance to get something valuable especially for water at a spectacular price,. proper documents, the bank purchased property, to order their registration history.

via Farms Matiguas | sale | Villa with coffee and cattle in the mountains of Quirragua. : USD 80000.00.

Note to the reader: Farmstay El Porton Verde has nothing to do with this property.

What is the deal with this property?

I have found it on the Internet on a Spanish-language website and it looks like a great property! If you want to get in the coffee-growing business in a gorgeous area with two rivers and a natural spring this might be worth investigating. The water alone is very valuable, especially if you are considering a bug out location (BOL) or a survival retreat in a good climate with income.

Coffee as an Income-Producer

The coffee business has taken a big hit due to a plague that effects some varieties. According to the seller, this coffee hacienda has a variety not affected by the roya disease.

Other possible sources of Income

This also could be a great eco-tourism property too.

If you want more information and don’t speak Spanish

If you do have the cash and are serious about a setup like this, let me know and I can make inquiries for you.

Top five Managua-area Vacation, Surfing, and Fishing Villages

In this post, we will discuss the top five Managua area beaches. Any of these five would make a fine vacation spot and some are great for surfing and for fishing! Since the capital city is not located directly on the Pacific coast, visitors sometimes overlook the fact that located within easy striking distance of Managua are several beautiful beaches. The five beaches listed below are all located approximately one hour away from the capital city and are just a sampling of the beaches located within an hour or so from MGA, Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport. 

In addition to their all being approximately the same distance, they all share the warm ocean temperatures and beautiful sunsets. Some of these beaches are fantastic for surfing! Others are great for a nice long romantic walks on the beach. Let’s discuss each one individually.


Nice wide sands!Pochomil is perhaps the most well-known beach near Managua. It is located just to the south of the fishing village known as Masachapa. The beach is wide and sandy with some rock formations and tidepools. Luxury homes, hotels, and guest houses are located up and down the beach. It is a great place for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a day trip, or a morning of great surfing. The surf is a beach break with rolling a frame waves that can be written up to 2 1/2 m in height.

Gran PacificaGran_Pacifica_Beach

Gran Pacifica is actually a residential and hotel development north of the Masachapa area. Entry is reserved only for residents, guests and daytrippers who need to pay an entrance fee or have overnight reservations. As such, it is a much more exclusive beach experience where you are unlikely to find a huge number of people on the beach, unlike the beaches of Pochomil and Masachapa. 

As far as the surfing is concerned, it is excellent. There are two surf breaks at Gran Pacifica. 

The first break is an advanced, experts only, left reef slab surfing break. It has various names ss_hemmies_offshore_nicaragua_surf_websome of which are: going to Punta San Diego, Hemorrhoids, or just simply Hemmies. To surf here you must only attempt during high tide on a swell from 1 to 2 m in height. It has a critical take off spot. If you mistime the takeoff, or do not commit to the wave, you will fall and there are very sharp sea urchins and other marine life just below the surface on a very shallow and sharp reef.

asuchilloThe second surfing break at Gran Pacifica is a much more mellow wave experience. The beach is called Playa Asuchillo, and is a beach break with a rivermouth that creates good sandbars suitable for fun surfing for intermediate and novice surfers.


montelimarMontelimar is an all inclusive resort with a lovely beach, decent to good surfing, and huge luxurious swimming pools, a fun casino, and all-you-can-eat buffets. Access is strictly controlled. You must be a guest at Montelimar to access the beaches and the grounds. If you are not a guest, you are limited to casino access. For adventurous surfers, it is possible to walk in but access is difficult at best. The surfing is concentrated around a headland on the south end of the beach which breaks up some of the rip currents and forms a decent beach break peak to provide good surf, especially for long boards.


PLAYA DE MASACHAPAMasachapa is a fishing village which house bars, restaurants, and small hotels along it’s beachfront area. There are reefs breaking up the surf and as a fishing village it is pretty protected from the ocean waves. So surfing right in front of the beach of Masachapa is not very good. But, it is surrounded by the other surfing breaks of the area.

Playa Quizala

atardecer-quizala-nicaraguaQuizala is probably the most well-kept secret beach of the Managua, Nicaragua area. Located to the north of Montelimar and to the south of Gran Pacifica, Quizala is a wide open sandy beach. The surf can be quite good on its day, as a beach break with some good form due to the sandbars. There are literally only a couple of lodging opportunities available. 

The best spot to visit is El Paraíso del Bikini. A friendly Frenchman named Cedric owns it. He has built swimming pools, rooms to stay in, restaurant bar and plenty of shady areas to enjoy a fine afternoon at the beach.

For more information, contact Mike at Farmstay El Portón Verde
Tels: 505-2279-9434 or 505-8861-7254 (Nic) 949-607-8466 (USA)

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Thanks Kathleen Peddicord for keeping the gringos in their place hahaha! Seriously people, if you are interested in Nicaragua as a retirement destination, let’s hope it is because you want to live with Nicaraguan neighbors too!

Saying there are only three possibilities for retirement lifestyle choices is like saying you should go to the ice cream store, ignore the 28 other flavors and just select between vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Ridiculo!

Nesting in Nicaragua – House Under Construction Tour

Looks like Holly Beck Obermeyer has something in common with the Farmstay. We are both trying to finish construction before the baby arrives! We’ve got less then two weeks though while she has three months. I’d be betting on her finishing on time. Us? Not so much…